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.

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Get Messy Prompt-Love and Lessons Learned

For my first spread in my new little (it measures 6 1/2 inches by 6 1/2 inches) get messy art journal I decided to do challenge 2-love and lessons learned. I decided to do it about my relationship with my adopted sister, and what happened to it after she suffered memory loss. This was a really intense spread to do but I am really glad I did it.

Below is what the spread originally looked like. This book is one of those little gift books and all the spreads have text on the left but very diverse and interesting photos on the right. all the photos are also printed in sepiatone which is why I chose it as an art journal.

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This book does not have especially heavy or interesting paper so I did coat the pages with acrylic matte medium before I started. I put it on thick with a big brush so the brush strokes would stay and give the pages some additional texture.image

I used Liquitex Ink! in Prussian blue and Carbon Black for making my background.  ink+water=lovely visual texture. I use old eye drops bottle full of water and a water brush to control where the ink runs.image

I also used my white Molotow paint pen to outline the woman and frame on the right page. Then since I am horrible to draw people I chose to photo copy several of my photographs on to tracing paper (see I am slightly obsessed with the tracing paper). All are photos I took while staying with my Sister and Nephew, 2 of the photos are of reflections of us. I chose these intentionally because when copied on to the tracing paper they looked very shadowy and indistinct.  image

Here you can see the original photo on the bottom and the copy on the top. image

I also chose a typical Amanda shop window selfie. Taken in the window of the Swarovski crystal shop thus the hanging strands of crystals. image

One of the things that I love about copying/printing on the tracing paper is you can see the image through both sides of the paper. So often if you want the color or contrast less intense or to fit the flow of the page you need the mirror image of the photo you have chosen. All you have to do is flip the tracing paper over and adhere it face down. which is what I chose to do with this image. however before doing so I did trace my outline with a white colored pencil: image

Then I added journaling on top. image image

For the left hand page I labeled and dated the left side of the page. Then I did some more personal journalling in red underneath. I then layered on the 2 photos and added more journaling on top. I choose this photo of my nephew reaching for me because he and I still have the same wonderful relationship. But sadly my sister and I do not. image

Below is the fill finished spread with the tools that I used to make it: image

I am going to be sharing this spread with my Sister as well. Maybe art will be able to tell her what I have not been able to any other way. That is one of the wonderful things art can do.

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