Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Use those little scraps

The other day I was working at my desk and a little box full of small scraps fell over and spilled all over my workspace.  I save these little scraps for making inchies and other things, but this was just silly.  There were literally tons of them that spilled out...something had to be done!  I grabbed my square altered book that I've made into an art journal and went to work.  Not really thinking about what I picked up, I started randomly gluing the little bits onto my layout.  I do admit that I went for mostly blues and greens but I really didn't try to think about it.  This particular journal I don't usual write much in...but a few days later I felt the need and wrote on the more flat pieces of paper about a conversation Allen and I had. 

I definitely want to try this again...maybe warmer colors next time?

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Colorful Doodle Backgrounds

I really got into making these backgrounds from Paivi's directions on her blog, they looked like so much fun to do.  The backgrounds start with a layer of random watercolor painting then adding lots of different pens and colors in many different layers.  When I made my first one I was hooked and couldn't stop making them.  I tried different doodles for my each of my four different backgrounds.  I found the doodling part so relaxing...I would just zone out while doing the doodling.  Below are two art journal pages I made using the backgrounds.

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Quote and New Morning Pages Journal

It was time for a new morning pages journal and I thought it might as well look fun and colorful for my morning adventures in babbling.  I like to write in the inexpensive composition journals that have a hard cover, but I typically buy the ones from Office Max or Staples versus a dollar store because the paper and cover are of a nicer quality.

I decorated the cover with lots of scrap pieces of paper in blues and greens and then rolled over it with a brayer loaded with white acrylic paint.  The inside front and back covers are covered in vintage music paper.  I colored the music paper with Caran d'Ache water soluable crayons and then brayered over with white acrylic paint again.  I've been doing a lot of letter doodling lately so I put an extra quote that I thought was appropriate on the inside front cover.

I started writing in this journal this morning and I loved being greeted by this playful cover.
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