I've really struggled lately to get on with my crafting. Lack of time means I've tried to force myself to think of projects and themes but couldn't. I wasn't allowing the ideas to come naturally and I found this frustrating. So what's the answer? An art journal.
I've long admired other people's art journal pages and longed to try for myself but I didn't know where to begin. Well my problems with finding time and creativity are exactly the impetus needed. Now I can be creative, using any mediums I choose but without trying to focus on a particular end result. I don't need to decide whether I'm altering an object, creating a wall hanging or a scrapbook layout - I can just create. And whilst I have an idea of what I want to convey with the page(s), it can just evolve with no pressure to 'not waste supplies' or create something practical/pretty/giftable.
I'm sharing today the cover I created for my new art journal. I was going to make it myself with a Bind-it-All but then I remembered I bought this one a while ago in Hobbycraft for £5.00. First I gave it a coat of gesso to make stamping easier, then used a stencil and some Imagination Craft Sparkle Medium in Soft Purple to add some dimension. When this was dry I used a small round paint brush to splatter on the Cosmic Shimmer Mist in Vintage Rose.
I had a selection of odd letters left from a chipboard alphabet set and painted some with gesso, then used a script stamp and Distress Ink in Dusty Concord and the rest were painted with lilac chalk paint. The words are stamped using DI Black Soot and the mini chipboard frame is heat embossed with Frantage Aged Scarlet Embossing Enamel.
I really enjoyed creating the first page and I'll share this in a few days.