Friday, 25 April 2014

First Art Journal Completed!

I have completed my very first art journal!!!  I only started art journaling last year and my shiny new art journal seemed full of countless big white pages so its amazing that I have actually filled all these pages up.

I feel I've learned so much - about art journaling, the creative process and even about me!  and I can't wait to see where my art journaling 'goes'.  I am not an artist and before starting this journal I had hardly ever used paint.  Now I love it although I'm still pretty clueless about how to use it - but hey, its all about experimentation and fun.  One of the best things that has happened is that it has made me stop being a perfectionist - that's been really freeing and I'm still amazed that I can fling paint and ink about with abandon and not be concerned when the page doesn't come out exactly how I wanted :)

The last page in my journal had to be about this:

This page started with a piece of scrap paper where I had scraped a stencil clean of texture paste.  It looked so lovely I stuck it on the page.  Then I sponged distress inks, stenciled and stamped.  Here's what it looked like before I stamped the title and added the journaling strips:

The great thing about art journaling is using whatever you want, like the scrap paper with the texture paste residue:

 I love this big corner flourish stamp by IndigoBlu which I got free with a magazine subscription.

The girl with the swirly hair is another free stamp which came with the same subscription.

I used another piece of scrap card where I had punched daisies for the journaling - I need to work on my handwriting!!!

I had to add more daisies:

And then a butterfly which I'd had lying around for ages from another project:

There are so many amazing and talented art journalers out there who inspired me to start art journaling and continue to inspire me to try new things - thank you all.   I want to give a special thank you to Julie Fei-Fan Balzer who hosts Art Journal Every Day where we can all share our creations every week and who is such an amazing artist and inspiration, and thank you to Tracy who gave me my first comment which encouraged me to go on with my blog.

I'm linking up at Art Journal Every Day , Friendship Friday at Create with Joy,
and Creative Every Day


  1. Well done, you! Great achievement - says me who has six (or is it seven?) on the go and never finishes one....I'm impressed :-D Love the colours on this and I'm also impressed that you were able to let go of your perfectionism - I still find that so difficult. Bless you x

  2. This is stunning! I just love the colors! Thanks so much for joining us at the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog! - Ashli :)

  3. your page turned out beautifully~!
    maybe art journaling is a little bit about having faith in ourselves and the process itself . . . we have to actually let go of that will to create perfectly and let the paint land where it will . . . and in the end we have created something beautiful just by allowing ourselves to have a little creative fun.
    congrats on your first finished journal~!!


  4. Great job finishing your first journal!! Beautiful page with lovely textures and colours. Thank you so much for sharing with us at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog!

  5. Wow! This is awesome! Love the coloring and the beautiful details.
    What a wonderful project, all of the details are stunning!It's very inspiring.

  6. Wow! This is so beautiful! I love the pretty color palette and all the texture! Thanks for joining along with the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge!

  7. How exciting! Congrats! Now you can start a new one!

  8. Yay, you made it! Isn't it fun to look back over all the pages and see how far you've come? Enjoy starting a new one.
    And thanks for the shout out - I didn't realise I was the first to comment on your blog :)

  9. You have used colours so beautifully in your journal, and all the stencilling and embossing is fabulous!