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Halloween Candy Art Journal Page

Neon Chalk Markers Cadaco Packaging Journaling

I made this page in November with some packaging I had saved from Halloween candy. I loved the graphics on these little boxes, so I wanted to play off the images and preserve them on an art journaling page. I recorded some random thoughts about the candy too. I used a cellophane image from the bag that the candy sticks came in too. I love the black background. I used some Neon Chalk Markers by Cadaco for the title. The markers are made for black dry erase boards. I LOVE these markers. I found them at a local surplus/salvage store. The blue was disappointing. It doesn’t show up well on the black, but all the other colors are awesome!

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Finding Balance

Serpentine Writing Collage

I have found it difficult to art journal and scrapbook during the same time period. I want to do both. I love them both for different reasons. But I find I am either doing one or the other.

After Christmas, I went on a scrapbooking binge. I am not a fast scrapbooker, but I made fifty pages from Christmas to the end of January.

This page is about my love of both hobbies, and how I want find balance with these hobbies. I want to be able to create works in both in the same week!

This page has spot painted tissue paper decoupaged in places. I also used stamping. I was playing with serpentine shapes in my writing on this one. I used some dollar bin Michael’s tape on this.

Left SideRight Page

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It All Started With Cardboard

Acrylic Ink Newsprint

Okay, maybe it didn’t all start with cardboard. But I want to share the cardboard pieces that eventually led me to art journaling. I mentioned in the post “my journey” that I was working on a project for my grad. class, through Lesley University about integrating the arts into the curriculum, when I discovered art journaling. The project was a personal exploration in the arts. I chose to work in the visual arts. My goal was to work through some of the hang-ups that had held me back in the past:

That I was not “good enough” to produce art.
I worried about “wasting” supplies.
I was also worried about making mistakes.

I also wanted to try out some of the techniques and supplies I had learned about in grad. school from my professors and cohort members.

I started working on some pieces of corrugated cardboard. I bought my first container of gesso! I had never heard of gesso until recently, and this mysterious product made me feel like a “real” artist.

I played with gel mediums, acrylic ink ,and crackle paint for the first time. I tore, glued, collaged, stamped, and outlined on these pieces.

I wasn’t sure what to do the finished pieces, and I had used my immediate supply of corrugated cardboard. So I began surfing the net for other ideas. That’s when I discovered art journaling. It seemed to be something I might like and a perfect place to keep my artwork explorations for my class. I tried it and was immediately hooked. I love my art journal. It has changed and impacted my life in a way far beyond what I ever imagined.

Stamping Solvent Ink Paint Phone Book

 

 

Corrugated Cardboard Gel Medium Acrylic Ink Collaging

 

Acrylic Ink Uniball Signo

 

White Acrylic Ink

 

Collage Mixed Media Gel Mediums

 

Gel Medium Pumice Glass Beads Color Mixing

 

Glass Bead Gel Medium

 

Pumice Gel Medium

 

Crackle Paint Sponge Painted Leaves

 

Sponge Painting Crackle Paint

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Missing An Eye

Unfinished page Ribbon

I adhered cut pieces of painted tissue paper and ribbon. Then I added detailing with pens. I want to add a black and white eye from a magazine to the unadorned section, but I haven’t found an eye that works yet.

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