Monday, July 15, 2013

In the pages of an Art Journal - 1 & 2

Hi!  I have been dabbling with mixed media a bit lately so I decided to begin an art journal.  The pages will contain my fledgling experiments!  The first two pages in no way reflect the cool journal pages I have seen on Pinterest, blogs and galleries but these are my beginnings!

I fell in love with mixed media primarily because of my visits to Mona Pendleton's  blog so it seems fitting that my first two pages are created with the help of   "A Mixed Media Color Challenge".  It's a fun new challenge with gorgeous inspiration from the DT!

I thought this sentiment was a clever way to begin my journal.  The original color of paint on the page is called Bahama Blue and looks just like the eggs in the inspiration photo but the layers of gesso and smeared ink ended up lightening the page so much that the end result almost looks more like a soft blue.  

  Thank you to Janeen for giving me some advice on how to finish my first page! 

Since I wasn't totally happy with what I had done on the first page, I went to work on page 2 and the second page is the one I am entering into "A Mixed Media Color Challenge" and Just Us Girls #197 .

(The clips are temporarily holding the pages down so that I could photograph the page) 

As you can see, regarding the color, I learned from my first page and did not add so many layers of  gesso. This time the bahama blue paint stayed a bit truer to the color challenge.  I stenciled the hexagon pattern with TH Broken China then painted "MPD Destressed Background Blocks" with acrylic paint.  After it was dry I stamped the dots again, this time with MFT Kraft ink. ( I love that ink!  It kind of soaks into the paper leaving a wonderful soft aged look.) I then layered on watered down gesso.

I took inspiration from the middle photo on the challenge board and used TH Distress Crackle Paint to imitate the worn and distressed wood.

I chose the word HOPE as the word for this page and on the back of the page I have written a sentence of hope as well as three scriptures to inspire me in HOPE!

Page 2 of journal entered in the following challenges:

 Just Us Girls #197  (MIXED MEDIA)

"A Mixed Media Color Challenge" (Light Blue, Turquoise and Neutral)


  1. Just gorgeous and a wonderful take on the photo inspiration. Love the sentiment on the front.
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  2. Angie, you are rockin' the Mixed Media. What a great job and such fun to start a journal.

  3. i like them BOTH! you're such an inspiration.

  4. Fabulous pages! I do like the brighter 2nd one. Thanks for joining in at JUGS! [I am glad you found us!]

  5. Gorgeous pages Angi! I love them both! The washi tape really pops on the second and that texture looks awesome! What a sweet bird! Thanks for joining along with A Mixed Media Color Challenge!

  6. 2 great pages! the 1st one is softly subtle and love the thicker dots and brighter colors on the 2nd - bot lovely techniques! Isn't it fun to learn all these mixed media things!!

  7. I love that blue/green and cream color scheme, and you sure put it to good use in your beautiful journal. I hadn't heard of this new challenge, so I bookmarked it to look at later. Blessings!

  8. Both of these are lovely! I am learning so much each time I enter the challenge! I love how one is softer blue and the other more vibrant. They are both so pretty!

  9. What a beautiful BG you created and just love the bird and the vine!! Thanks for joining us at Just Us Girls this week!

  10. Angie, BOTH are so Pretty and a great start to your MM journal! LOVE the BG you created with the dots and hexes and that bird and sentiment are FAB! Thx for playing with us at A Mixed Media Color Challenge!

  11. Oh, Angie, this is beautiful!! I love both pages!! When I look at these pages I realise that I've still got a lot to learn about mixed media! Great work!


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