Season of Adventure-my Arizona Art Journal

Once again it is Get Messy Thursday! As we did not have a prompt set this week, and I have had a light sensitive headache all day and did not get finished what I wanted to share today. I thought I would share one of my travel art journals today.

I currently have 4 travel inspired altered book art journals:


Arizona, Chicago, Columbus and Dallas. All inspired by trips or places I frequently tavel to, I always collect paper ephemera as I travel and they to use that as the primary materials in these journals.

Today Imwanted to share some of my Arizona art journal. Inspired by the trip my Mom and I took last year to visit my Grandma in her winter home in Arizona.

Here it the title spread:


Mainly acrylic paint and markers. With a bit of collage cut from one of the Arizona newspapers I collected.


The index page. Horses always remind me of my grandma as we always rode her horses together.


Left page used a gift card as a stencil and then filled in the colored boxes with words about our trip. Right page hand cut Arizona state stencil with a bit of collage.


All washi tape greenhouse page


I used painters tape embellished with colored pencils to look like the wonderful Pal verde trees that we saw everywhere in Phoenix.


I love the photos in this book of cactus and su let’s that I chose to be this journal. This page was a photograph of these great red flowers that I just altered with painting out sections with acrylic paint.  I also outlined the petals with onc of my brush pens and colored some of the petals with markers.


This is my favorite spread in this journal: Arizona Rememberance.

The news paper Grandma subscribed to it the Arizona Repiblican (I think) so I used most of the standard head and then cut out the rest of the letters I needed for remembrance from other headlines in the paper.

I call this the “not in Nebraska anymore” part  of the page. I liked that this photo kind of looks like me and my westie Waffle 😉.


This part of the page is about the day my older brother and his girlfriend took mom and I hiking in Sedona, AZ. We hiked around Bell rock in the picture. The shadows is actually a photos I took of all of our shadows printed out on tracing paper and then outlines with brush pens. And I used ripped newspapers to create the mountains that surround Phoenix.

So that is a look at all I have done in my Wrizona art journal so far. All the paper I used for collage elements is either collected in AZ during my trip or is photos I took.

Get Messy an Art Journal Challange

So I heard about the Get Messy Art Journal Challenge from one of my great Instagram Art Journal friends and had to check it out. I am so glad I did! 😀  you should check it out here: http://getmessyartjournal.cayleegrey.com/about/  I decided to join the group, both the prompts and tutorials have been great so far!

For my first warm up I used the free printable I got from them. I used it for the dust cover for the little book I am going to use as my dedicated get messy art journal.

Here is what the dust cover looked like before I started:

Dust cover before

As the first set of Get Messy prompts are going to be Love themed I thought the book title was appropriate.

Used my favorite color of Liquitex Ink! Deep Violet and my sponge Daubers to swirl it around.

Used my favorite color of Liquitex Ink! Deep Violet and a sponge Daubers to swirl it around.

I also decided to integrate this weeks challenge 5-Using Washi Tape in ways I normally don’t into this cover. So I used Washi tape to cover up the words that I did not want as part of my finished cover.

used my blue Sharpie Stained maker to draw squiggly lines up from the pages then a water brush to spread it around.

used my blue Sharpie Stained maker to draw squiggly lines up from the pages then a water brush to spread it around.

printed on tracing paper

I printed my free printable on to tracing paper (something I am slightly obsessed with in my art journal). I did several different sizes since my tracing paper is legal size and I did not know what size I wanted to use. One of the things I love about printing/copying on to tracing paper is it is so easy to see how it layers with your existing page. I tried a few possibilitys before deciding what size to use:image

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I finally decided to cut it apart and make it follow the flow of the book pages:image

I also decided to use one of my other favorite techniques for this cover. Embossed aluminum foil. Which my brilliant Mom found is awesome to make in the SIZZIX machine with an embossing folder. This one is mad with the aluminum top of a disposable foil pan lid. image

I cut out one of the clocks and put it in the center on the bottom.image

After taking a break and coming back to it I decided I did not like the melony color on the top so I used more of the deep violet to cover it.image image

For the back cover I used more of the Liquitex Ink! in cerulean blue and quinacridone magenta on the back cover swirled with my sponge dauber. but the magenta turned out a bit muddy after it dried so I covered most of it with more deep violet.  image

I love all the different textures you can get with the sponge dauber here are some detail shots:image image image

Then I broke out my white Molotow paint pen and did some letteringimage

Decided to cover the back cover of my with #’s written cursive. I am totally loving the how the white Molotow pen pops on the swirly ink background.image

I decided to use the largest version of the printable on the back over the top of the # words. I used washi tape to attach the tracing paper by the corners. Instead of just gluing it down like I normally would. image

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Finished dust jacket: 

Here it is on my new little art journal. I think I might touch up the text a bit but over all I am very happy with it: image

Using everything I have learned for you!

Sorry I have been MIA recently. Have so many projects in the work. One of them is taking everything I have learned about altered book art journals, and using it to make awesome journals for other people.
Check them out in my Etsy store: https://www.etsy.com/shop/TheImaginoreaum
And you can see flip through videos of all my offerings on my new YouTube channel:
https://m.youtube.com/channel/UCdoMSgJz7tXzzQ9gdXH-hmQ
I will be doing lots of fun things on my channel in the near future, like how to’s and a studio tour so you should subscribe 😉

Here is a little taste of all the art journal goodness I have just linked to above: http://youtu.be/WZOn8M8Yz4Q

Pattern Play

Art Journal Page-11/29/2013

My Art journal is about experimenting, practicing, improving and diversifying my skills as an artist; but mostly it is the place I play. Some days I want to collage, some days I want to paint and other days I just want to draw patterns. The day I was working on this spread I wanted to create, but dragging out all my art mess out seemed like too much work. So I just grabbed my jar of pens and started drawing repeating patters inspired by the knitting I was doing at the time. Here is the result:

Detail L page

Detail L page

Detail Left page

Detail Left page

Detail Left page

Detail Left page

I find doing this kind of scale/half circle pattern very relaxing. I just love the way it grows across the page.

Looking across the pages

Looking across the pages

 

Finished L page

Finished Left page

Details of the Right hand page: Detail R page

Detail R page Detail R page

 

Detail Right page

 

 

Full finished Right page:Full right page, Brush pens over text

Full finished spread

Full finished spread

I did not take process photos for this spread like I normally do as it just me doodling across both pages. It was just simple and easy, but sometimes that is what we need. Play (even artistic play) does not always have to be highly imaginative and elaborate. Sometimes it can be simple, repetitive, and even formulaic. Like playing solitaire or duck, duck, goose, we love the simple order of the process. After all what makes something play is the attitude not the action. In this art journal spread what I needed was mental rest and rejuvenation of simple pattern play.

 

Art Can be a Winding Road

One of the things I particularly like about doing this art journal is that I get to try a lot of new different techniques; and since it has the built in size constraint you can finish a page or 2 page spread quite quickly. Because of my art classes I am used to working 9×12 or larger so the size (the encyclopedia’s page is 10″ tall by 7″ wide. ) is a challenge. Also working with what is already on the page is a great creative challenge, I make it my goal to try and use the existing text and illustrations to my advantage not just to slap something over them. It is fun because you know from the start that no matter what you do it is going to have at least 2 layers of depth. It really is kind of a weird analogy of what life in my brain is like all kinds of knowledge, that may be useful or not, always there in the background and then there is all this creative problem solving going on on top. Anyway I digress…

The other interesting challenges of my chosen medium is: It is a bound book, I have always worked in a spiral bound sketch book or on independent media. But having that other page can be quite janky to get to where you want to work, not to mention that either 1 page or the other is permanently curved. Which can make doing collage test layouts on the curved page very interesting.

To return to my pages after I had played paper dolls for 5 consecutive pages I was ready to try something else, and by that time my stupid headache was finally gone so I could do something more elaborate and detailed with all the lights on. So I decided to do a preliminary sketch for a painting I have been wanting to do for years. Because sometimes I take a photo because I know that needs to be a painting like this one:

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Which I took at a park in council Bluffs in 2010. It has 4 of my favorite things in an image. 1. Awesome light, 2. Dramatic shadows, 3. Trees, 4. Interesting pathway.

Now because of the texture of the paper in this encyclopedia it works amazingly with wet media, pens, markers, paint. But it just does not have the right kind of texture for dry media like pencils or conte. Up till now in my art 90% of the time I use either pencils or conte for all the drawing and sketching I do. But in this art journal I have been using these great Faber-Castell PITT artist brush pens:

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I decided to use them to do my sketch. I chose 2 text only pages (except for a small black and white map on the left page) to do my sketch on I love the depth and texture that drawing over the text gives to the image:

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I am really happy with how it turned out:ImageImageImage

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It was quite tricky to get the perspective right, and decide where to have the break in the center of the image. This is the first time that I used my bull clamps and clamped the pages to the cover to flatten the page I was working on.

One of the things I particularly like about doing this art journal is that I get to try a lot of new different techniques; and since it has the built in size constraint you can finish a page or 2 page spread quite quickly. Because of my art classes I am used to working 9×12 or larger so the size (the encyclopedia’s page is 10″ tall by 7″ wide. ) is a challenge. Also working with what is already on the page is a great creative challenge, I make it my goal to try and use the existing text and illustrations to my advantage not just to slap something over them. It is fun because you know from the start that no matter what you do it is going to have at least 2 layers of depth. It really is kind of a weird analogy of what life in my brain is like all kinds of knowledge, that may be useful or not, always there in the background and then there is all this creative problem solving going on on top. Anyway I digress…

The other interesting challenges of my chosen medium is:

a. It is a bound book, I have always worked in a spiral bound sketch book or on independent media. But having that other page can be quite janky to get to where you want to work, not to mention that either 1 page or the other is permanently curved. Which can make doing collage test layouts on the curved page very interesting.

To return to my pages after I had played paper dolls for 5 consecutive pages I was ready to try something else, and by that time my stupid headache was finally gone so I could do something more elaborate and detailed with all the lights on. So I decided to do a preliminary sketch for a painting I have been wanting to do for years. Because sometimes I take a photo because I know that needs to be a painting like this one:

 

 

 

 

Which I took at a park in council Bluffs in 2010. It has 4 of my favorite things in an image. 1. Awesome light, 2. Dramatic shadows, 3. Trees, 4. Interesting pathway.

Now because of the texture of the paper in this encyclopedia it works amazingly with wet media, pens, markers, paint. But it just does not have the right kind of texture for dry media like pencils or conte. Up till now in my art 90% of the time I use either pencils or conte for all the drawing and sketching I do. But in this art journal I have been using these great Faber-Castell PITT artist brush pens:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

lot so I decided to use them to do my sketch. I chose 2 text only pages (except for a small black and white map on the left page) to do my sketch on I love the depth and texture that drawing over the text gives to the drawing:

 

 

 

 

 

 

It was quite tricky to get the perspective right, and decide where to have the break in the center of the image. This is the first time that I used my bull clamps and clamped the pages to the cover to flatten the page I was working on. The drawing as a whole is far more impressionistic and “scribbly” than my normal style but I am really happy with how it turned out:

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Half my sketch over laid on the original photo:

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