Home Inspiration Journal

home inspirationWithin the scope of my “moving-series” I’m showing you some pages from my home inspiration journal. I love to browse through magazines for inspiration, but since I will never find a particular image in the magazine again once I put it away, I started to rip out pages and organize them in different journals – DIY and recipes, for example, and, well, home inspiration.

Here I liked the black and white and slightly “used” look.

home inspiration2On this pages I gathered ideas for plants in windows. I also love the wall sticker with the birds.home inspiration5

DSC00294Usually I’m not into pastels, but I like how it gives the whole room a vintage look.home inspiration4I started sorting out and packing my stuff this afternoon and I already feel kind of overwhelmed. I wonder how people who have a whole house manage to move….

Do you have any tips for house moving?

Art Journaling: Circle Stamps

circle-stamps4Not only do I love letter stamps, I like stamps in general very much. Very often I use every day materials as stamps, especially for stamping simple patterns as backgrounds.

Two things I regularly use for stamping are bubble wrap and mason jars.
Here I used a wrap with bigger bubbles and covered it with coat of acrylics using a roller, before pressing it onto the paper.DSC00176Than I added a second layer with bubbles which were a little smaller. I also went over the page with the roller and the paint which remained on it after covering the bubble wrap.circle-stamps1Then I took the bottom of the maison jar, where you usually can find a “patterned circle” and covered it with paint.circle-stamps2I really like the look of the mason jar stamp with its little pattern and the irregularities. circle-stamps3

To finish the page I filled the maison jar circles with gesso, cut little butterflies and glued them on. For me this is an unusually colorful and bright page, but I like it, because of its springy and happy vibe.

Do you have any tips which everyday objects would make great stamps?

Changes

changes1Once again, I have to make some changes on my blog and especially on my blogging schedule. While I love coming up with new projects and writing tutorials explaining how to make them as well as I love designing all my other posts, I noticed that it’s putting some pressure on me that I have to do it  at a particular time. I’m getting stressed out when I know I have a project post scheduled for the next day, but my project isn’t really finished and the post isn’t written yet. And since blogging is a hobby but not my job, I can’t afford to make it first priority, even if I wanted to. But I want blogging to be fun and not another obligation that’s stressing me to fulfill. So I’m going to cut myself some slack by doing posts according to what I’m in the mood for instead of following a strict weekly schedule. I will keep my categories and posting days for the most parts, but will allow myself to mix it up a little.

I guess I just have to figure out what works best for me. But I still love blogging and am so glad I started this blog!
This is also a great opportunity to say thanks to all of you who stop by, read my posts, like my posts or even leave comments or follow. I really appreciate it and hope you will continue doing so even if there are some little changes.

changes3And to put my plan in action, today I just share some pictures with you. Yesterday I painted paper for some lanterns and loved how the colours turned out. This would also make a great background for an art journal page. It’s a simple wet in wet technique and a part of the effect comes from the paper – I painted on coated paper bags which are thought to hold your break time snack.
Also I’m very happy with the close-ups my new camera is taking.changes2How do you plan your blogging schedule, have you made changes to it in the past and what works best for you to keep blogging fun? Please leave a comment!

Art Journaling: Altered Images

alter-imagesIn my last Art Journaling Post I shared a page includeing an altered image. Today I’m going to show you what I did to the image. I use this technique when I don’t want to draw something (usually faces) but don’t want to use an image out of a magazine, either. Above you see the altered image on the left and the original one on the right.

Here’s how to do it:

  1. Chose an image you want to use and cut it out. You probably could first alter it and cut afterwards, but I find it easier to do it this way, since like this, I can see the outer lines of the image. DSC02271
  2. Thin down some Gesso with water, since you don’t want full coverage but still want to be able to spot the image.alter-images3
  3. Paint over the image using the gesso-water mixture, let dry. While drying, gesso usually brightens, so you have to decide if you’re satisfied with the opacity. If not, add a second coat of gesso and let dry again.alter-images4
  4. Paint and draw over the image however you like. I started by drawing the outlines with ball pen…alter-images5then I added some shadows and some colour to the face and the hands using watercolours….alter-images6and afterwards I painted the clothes using watercolours again.alter-images7Next, I used coloured pencils for some more colour and depth and drew the outlines, lashes and pupils with black felt pen. I also added some shadows with a ball pen.alter-images8Then I stupidly thought I needed some more colour pops and grabbed my oil crayons, which are usually great (thanks, Frau Koch!) but for this, they were just too much (in my opinion) and I liked the image better without them. But that’s how Art Journaling sometimes goes, so I’m sharing this step anyway.alter-images9

And that’s it!

The only thing that’s a little bit impractical is that you can’t draw or paint over the gesso with every kind of colour. Some kinds don’t really adhere to the gesso and even with watercolours and coloured pencils you have to use a lot of colour.

Do you like to alter images before using them? What kind of techniques do you use? If you know any other techniques or have some tips for me, please leave a comment!

Art Journaling: Bad day, good page

small-thingsAfter posting a journal site I didn’t really like yesterday, I wanted to share one I actually was happy with – even though the day I made it obviously everything else went wrong. But usually I feel better while I process these things by journaling.

I used acrylics, gesso, magazine paged, felt tip, coloured pencils and ball pen.

I would love to know what you do with journal pages you aren’t content with. Do you keep them anyway, do you cut them up to use them for other pages or what do you do?
I have seen others cutting pages in stripes and using the stripes to make borders on other journal pages, perhaps I will try this, too….on the other hand I think even if I don’t like a page it’s still a memory of a particular day or feeling and therefore I usually just keep the pages. What do you think?

Art Journaling: The Colour Blue

Today I just needed myself to calm down and relax a little bit. While blue can lead to a quite moody look, for me it’s also the colour most calming, especially the lighter shades.blueSo I did a blue page today and thought it would be fun to share the process. Above you can see some colour swatches (see this little notebook here).

I started by ripping out pieces of blue paper from magazines and glued them onto the page.
relax1Than I added some blue watercolours….relax2 gesso to lighten it up…
relax3and a picture of a women I cut from a magazine, as well as some other scraps and doodles.Than I painted over the woman with gesso, watercolours and black ball pen.realx4Finally I finished with some more doodles and colour and a little bit of lettering.
relax5I don’t really like the result, I think it’s quite boring, but since I’m not talking art but Art Journaling, it’s more about the process, so I share it anyway.

Which impact do certain shades of colour have on you? Which is your calming colour?

Art Journaling: Letter Stamp Collection

word-stamps1 The week before last I shared ideas how to use handwriting on journal pages and  this week I stick to the topic and keep on talking about including words in art journaling. First I wanted to collect a few different ways to add words, including letter stamps, but then I thought they deserve a post on their own. So here I present you my little letter stamp collection, I hope it will keep on growing!

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  1. Rubber Stamps. These are easy to handle since they are mounted on blocks of wood, but if you just push them onto an ink pad the edges of the blocks get coloured, too. If you want a cleaner look you carefully have to dab the ink onto the stamps using a small ink pad.
  2. I started to carve my own stamp alphabet out of erasers. Even though I didn’t get very far yet (A, B and E are all I finished so far :-)) I really like how it turns out.
  3. Silicon Stamps. You have to compound the words you want to stamp by pressing the single silicon letters onto an acrylic block. Sadly, after a while they don’t stick properly any more.
  4. Tiny stamps. These are actually part of an address stamp set, which comes with a lot of tiny letter stamps you can put your address together with. It isn’t designed for changing the words you want to stamp, therefore it’s quite unhandy to put the words together.
  5. These are old type letters from a letter-press. Since they are made of lead I only dare to touch them with gloves and they don’t work with an ink pad, therefore I carefully paint them with acrylics to make a print. They are quite laborious to work with, but I think they are really special.
  6. Just after I considered this post finished I visited the thrift store and got hold of this one. I was delighted as I found it complete. Afterwards I redid this post.

Above you can see an example of an art journal page including letter stamps. And finally, for further inspiration, a picture of my hand after I finished stamping. Yes, sometimes I work like a little child.

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Do you have any letter stamps? Any recommendation for further letter stamps I should get for my little collection?

Art Journaling: Don’t neglect your handwriting!

example-handwriting

I’m one of the people who is still writing faster by hand than by computer. Also I admire the look of a unique handwriting with character. Therefore I often use my own handwriting on journal pages, even though there are a lot of other great ways to add words to a journal page like cutting out letters from magazine pages, stamping, stencils and so on. I collected some ideas on how to use hand writing or hand lettering on journal pages to give you some inspiration:hand-lettering

  1. Kind of block letters, partly coloured or shaded inside, or outlined with another colour or colour block.
  2. My “normal” handwriting doubled up. I like the look of the two lines which sometimes match and sometimes differ a little bit. I like to fill the space in between the lines with colour (a) or shading (c).
  3. Handwriting with a connection between the words.
  4. Capital letters with double lines and sloppy serifs.
  5. Handwriting with accented curves and loops, partly shaded.
  6. (Far right) Awry lines filled with either hand writing or capital letters.
  7. Kind of an imitation of a letter stencil with little gaps between the lines.

It was fun to gather these examples and to come up with some new (for me) ideas, since I usually just use the same ways to include my handwriting.

Do you like using your handwriting, either in your every day life or in your journal?

It’s hard not to drown

artjournal1This is what happened to the blue watercolour background I showed you yesterday. Since the pattern of the watercolour reminded me of rain, I continued with this association in mind.
I cut out an image and rain drops from a magazine and added more watercolours, coloured pencil, dots in black ink and writing in black ink and felt pen.

I naturally had my own thoughts when making this, but I really would like to know what thoughts and associations come to your mind when looking at this page, so please leave a comment!

Art Journaling: Grab your watercolours!

watercoloursAs I would do when starting an art journal page, I want to begin with a few ideas for backgrounds here. I often like to leave the background all white for a plain and simple look, especially when I have a strong image I want to use. But if I want a coloured background, watercolours are my favourite. I think they are easy to use, I don’t have to cover my workspace with paper before starting like I have to when using acrylics (it always gets messy) and I don’t have to find my palette first to spread them out. Moreover I think that a watercolour background is easy to work with, as it is no problem to go over it with other materials like felt-tip or crayons since the surface keeps its grip and the colour is light enough to be covered by the upper layers. Equally you can increase the colour intensity up until it’s really popping by using a lot of colour or by adding up the layers.
aquarell-background1For the first one I used a simple wet-in-wet technique, using two colours, adding some drops of water and fading it out at the margins. The second one consists of three layers of different colours, which I allowed to try before adding the next layer.aquarell-beackground-2_3For the left one I used different shades of red for a basic layer and added a second layer with red circles. The blue one on the right I started by painting a heavy coloured bar at the top, letting the colour run down the paper (it’s easier if you add a few drops of water at the points where you want it to run down). Than I added stains of colours between the lines and blew at them to spread the colour and to fringe the edges.

These backgrounds aren’t very exciting on their own, but I think it’s a nice and easy way to start a page. The first picture of this post is an example of a page which started with a watercolour background. I also finished the page with the blue background, I will show you the result tomorrow!

Do you use watercolours for art journaling? What is your favourite background?