Struggling with Art Journaling. The very beginning.

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Ok, I continue uploading content from my old blog, that was swallowed by blogspot…

Last year I tried art journaling for the first time. And I can honestly say – this is one of my favorite things in the world now!  Basically, this was the reason I started the blog as I needed feedback on my work.  And my main inspiration was (and still is) Every Day Is A Holiday blog. Seriously, search no more – Jenny and Aaron have everything!!! – very in-depth tutorials, lots of positive thinking and (as for me) T.A.S.T.E!  Another great source of inspiration I found in Rookie – an online magazine created by famous Tavi Gevinson.

For a start, I should have chosen not as huge (or small) notebooks Size does matter! ;)

For a start, I should have chosen not as huge (or small) notebooks as these ones. Size does matter! ;)

The beginning was not as easy as I thought It would. I didn’t have a clue about the glue (or other materials) and it took me hours to reinforce pages. I also didn’t have all the colors I meant to be using in paints, so for example, to arrive with the baby-pink page I covered page with  fluorescent pink marker and then quickly put a layer of gesso… 20120906_154401 20120906_145218 20120906_154438 IMG_3469IMG_3472Oh yeah, almost forgot – If you can’t find cool papers for your projects, you may want to go to a home-improvement store like Leroy Merlin, they normally give free samples of wall paper and you can end up with very interesting effects in your journal.  Not that I completely finished this page…but this was my first attempt :)

PS: I’ve got a useful and nice comment from  NikkeyB on my old blog.  And here is what she said: ” Love the texture you were able to get on your pages on the close up pictures with the cherub. I also thought the pink highlighter and white paint was very inventive. Most of the time when I reinforce a page I will just use plain old white printer paper, and Aleene’s tacky glue, and water it down just a bit. If gesso is hard to find you can do what I do, and use matte white ceiling paint. I have been using whats left from a house painting protect. Just stick with it with every new piece you will learn and get better and like what you make more and more. ”