Layering Art Journal Backgrounds with Napkins and Tissue Paper

Apologies for the lack of Spring posts, my friends. I’m back in the saddle now. (On the palette?) Here’s a pic from my new art studio (moved it twice this year already, not moving again) where I’m working on altering a book into an art journal for personal use. Not adding any watercolor paper, just removing and altering pages that already exist. In these pics I’m using tissue paper and napkins as background layers. 20150527_071300 20150527_071710 20150527_071853 20150527_072019

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More Black and White Journal Pages

Would you believe today marks my last Guest Designer post with Faber Castell Design Memory Craft? Since my last Black and White Journal Page post was such a hit I decided to do another. Here’s a sneak peek below. For my swan song, could you please visit the original post at this link and leave me a warm and fuzzy message? And be sure to visit me here to see what I’m working on. xo, seena

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Seena’s New Black & White Journal: Page One – Before and After

Hello everyone! Happy New Year! It’s my first post of the new year and I’m still reminding myself that it’s 2015. I know protocol says post every day (my cousin who works for the great oz, Google, said it so it must be true, right?), but honestly, how can art be authentic if we’re forcing ourselves to do regimented blog posts each and every day? I’ve actually stopped following a few artists on facebook, because their posts have become spam. (15 more days! 14 more days! 13 more days! Uggh.)

I had a great rest over the holidays and came home feeling rejuvenated. 2015 is going to be a great year I think. It was an embarrassment of art riches for me over the holidays, between gifts and boxing day sales. I’ll be sharing that with you, as well as some AMAZING books I’ve found, both for inspiration and collage.

Anyhoo, hubby and I went to Starbucks yesterday and I have to tell you the “Flat White” is my new favourite coffee. Love it! I brought the grey journal he gave me for Christmas in which I’m only journaling in black and white. It’s a fun challenge. Here’s the before and after of my first completed page. I painted in the white frame before I though to take the photo. Pardon my blueberry square:

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After pen work

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Wishing you all the best 2015 can bring. xo seena

Art Journal Page: Purple Alien

Hello everyone! This is such a busy time of year. I have to be careful to not let creativity take a back seat when my to-do list needs attention. Here’s a page I’ve been working on recently.

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I used Pan Pastels to create the background. Collage is the next layer and the ink layer came last, including the tree which I created. I’d love to know what you think – please leave a comment below!

Free Printables: Vintage Graphics!

Look what I have for you today, my friends! A google+ bestie led me to this find and it was something I thought you’d like to bookmark. Here’s my favourite printable (don’t be surprised if you see it on a future art journal page!). Wouldn’t this be great printed in black and white with unexpected heads inside, like pets or silly family faces?

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You can find the other printables at Eclectic Anthology. Happy collaging!

Junk Journaling, Part 2

Holy smokes this has been a busy week! Where does the time go?

I wanted to show you something fun I added to my junk journal. Check out these tabs:

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Can you guess where I got them? I’ll give you a hint… they were free! I found them in my recycling bin…

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Yes indeedy friends, it’s the weird box top thingy from the kleenex box. Just turn over, fold, stick, and paint. Couldn’t be easier! And in terms of functionality, they’re sturdy and a great canvas for paint or ink. Love it!!

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Just another reason to love junk journalling – upcycling! If you’ve repurposed anything for your art or junk journal I’d love to hear about it. Please tell me about it in the comments section!

CLICK HERE for a list of the materials I used in today’s project.

xo, seena

Junk Journaling, Part 1

Hi everyone! I’ve just finished an art journal video which will be posted on Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft’s blog next week. You can see my other Design Memory Craft designs here and here. In the meantime, I’m having a lot of fun in my junk journal. When I was first introduced to this concept I had a difficult time understanding what a “junk” journal was all about. Why would anyone want to journal junk? Isn’t every page sacred?

Well guess what? No pages are sacred, that was just my perfectionism talking. I am now a complete convert and here’s why: Junk Journals = freedom! Freedom to make mistakes and experiment, which in turn frees your creativity from perfection. You can do no wrong. Make sense? Here’s a peek at my junk journal. The cover is made from a Trader Joe’s grocery bag. I’m not worried about messing up a grocery bag, that’s for sure!

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The inner pages are made from junk paper (envelopes, old book pages, scrap paper scraps, etc.). This cat illustration was cut from an old children’s book. I embellished, add some new elements and decorated the page.

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The red bird is a collage item from a color laser copy of another of my projects. I added the tree and buds.

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Pages aren’t the same size, the same color, nor even from the same source (although you could use a cheap notebook)! If you are having some challenges with a blank page or wondering how to start art journaling, I highly recommend giving junk journaling a try. It’s a wonderful antidote to the fear of mistakes! Stay tuned for more of my junk journal pages… happy journaling!

CLICK HERE for a list of the materials I used.

xo, seena