Hello, and happy Tuesday! My husband is away on business, so last night the girls and I turned our entire living room into one big art journaling mess party. It was great fun. So I pushed aside today's tutorial and decided to share a bit from our art journal party.
A bit of background: My daughter has been taking a cute online class about journaling and music and wanted to me to follow along. So, while that was a bit different for me I decided to give it a go. I didn't really follow along with the class, but did pick up a couple of cute ideas my daughter learned from it. What I did was to pair some of my favorite songs with some of my most inspiring images found on pinterest, and just create pages that kind of spoke to the feeling of the songs, and perhaps some of the lyrics, etc. I did try a few techniques I have wanted to try, but mostly kept it quite simple. It's not as layered as I normally work, or like a lot of the wonderful art journals you see out there in blogland, but it was very relaxing to just work with pretty images and songs. So, here we go...
The photo above was one of the cute techniques my daughter learned in her class, and that was to sprinkle sequins all over the page, and cover them with clear packing tape. They stayed in place nicely, and I loved this. In fact, I loved it so much, I decided to make a good percentage of my pages with sequins or sparkles. :) (shocking, I know...) I also layered this page with vintage sheet music, printed wax paper, and paint.
Ok, now have you ever tried sparkle Mod Podge? Oh my. I loooove this stuff, but wow, it stinks! I think I was getting a bit light headed using it. If it didn't stink so bad, I would probably use it on every page for the rest of my life. (no, not really...well, maybe). I tried later to replicate it using Stickles, and it of course adds some lovely glitter, but not to the extent that the sparkle mod podge does.
Here, I just glued in one of my fav images, added some gesso and once that dried wrote in some of the song lyrics. I added random splotches of gold sequins as well, and oh a bit of gold polka dotted washi tape. (which will be headed to a cute little pink store near you very soon-along with all sorts of new tapes!)
Now, this spread is still unfinished, but I did the whole packing tape transfer thing. Not familiar with transferring images with packing tape? Simply adhere your image to the packing tape, then from behind where the paper is you spritz it and rub, rub, rub, until all the paper is off. (or as much of the paper you want removed) Now, I did this with vintage sheet music, and instead of doing all that rubbing with my finger for an entire page, I used an old dish cloth. Much easier, but be patient it still takes a while to do this. I liked the way it turned out. Under this (now) transparent sheet music I painted, and collaged an image onto the page. The image then peeks out from under the tape. I purposely left some of the paper on, and did not make my image o100% transparent. I again added gesso on top of that, and added some lyrics.
The lyrics continue onto the flap that I simply added with washi tape, and will continue even more onto the next page as well. This whole spread is embellished with lots of Stickles.
A few challenges I gave myself with this:
I am trying my best to only use paper and art materials. No fabric or lace, and it's hard. I have found that I turn to vintage/antique fabric and lace over and over.
I'm using a standard size composition book. I normally like to work much smaller, so this is a challenge to me as well.
Just keeping it super simple. I have found this to be very relaxing, as there is less thinking about what to do with each page.
I'll share more when I get finished, or as I do more.
So far, my song lists include songs from Natalie Merchant, Aerosmith, Guns n Roses, and Bryan Adams. Ha. What a grouping, right?
I'll be back next Tuesday with more of a project based tutorial, and I hope you didn't mind me veering off from that a bit today.