- …grocery lists
- …wish lists
- …books you’d like to read
- …meals for the week
- …bills to pay
- …to do lists
DIY – Colorful Art Journal Pages
by Bonita Rose!
Many have asked me how I create the bright and vibrant backgrounds I use for my art journal pages and my framed art pieces.
Let me tell you how!
My Art Prints are available here.
Step 1: I use watercolor crayons, any brand will do – scribble on some watercolor paper with the colors that I love at the moment, take a wet brush and see those colors come alive and bleed together. Let dry.
Step 2: Next I take some of my favorite masks and stencils, and using spray inks (Mister Huey, SEI Tumble Tie Dye, Glimmer Mists, or others) I stencil and mask over top of the colored watercolor paper, till I’m happy with the results. Let dry.
Note: One of the most favorite supplies I have in my stash is Punchinella!
Click here to get yours, it’s in my shop!
Step 3: Depending on my mood, I play with Liquitex Acrylic inks, and using a wet brush or just my finger.. I play with more color.. drawing circles, hearts, you name it!
Step 4: At this point, you can play with ink pads and your favorite stamps and add text or images to your page, Voila!
Let everything dry and use these pages as backgrounds for your journal pages, or embellish even more with photographs and texts for some one of a kind Art!
Play with color.
And most of all?
—-My name is Bonita Rose and I’m currently living on the flat plains of Fargo ND USA. I’m married to the love of my life, Greg and we live here with the cutest dog in the world. Her name is Angel. In late December of this year 2012, we’re going on an adventure and moving to the East Coast of Florida. To live by the sea. I am a mother to my two teenage daughters, Sara and Bethany – they are the other loves of my life. Sara is currently working and just moved into her first apartment in Winnipeg, Canada and my youngest, Bethany – is looking forward to her first year at the University of Manitoba in Winnipeg.
focuses on traveling. Pick one of your most recent travels and create a journal
entry based on where you went! If you haven’t been anywhere really recently,
pick your favorite trip of all time or maybe highlight your hometown! Over the
4th of July weekend, me and my boyfriend took a little trip to Madison, WI.
the capitol building, some cheese (mmmm……cheese) and a cutout from a
postcard I got from an art exhibit we went to. The art exhibit was really
strange and just, I don’t know, bad. But we still had a lot of fun talking
about it and making inside jokes.
opportunity to be a guest on your blog!
- To save money
- To save you a trip to the store
- It is better for the environment
- It will make the story behind your project even cuter!
- Mugs…or any other container you have around your house. Bonus points for cuteness
- Some activated carbon if these plants will be indoors (found near indoor plants at the nursery or at pet stores by the aquariums)
- Decorative rocks
- Plants of appropriate size (I’m using 1 inch succulents from the flea market)
- Soil (I’m using soil specifically design for cacti/succulents, but anything will do)
- Gather your supplies and move outdoors, if possible
- If your plants will be indoors…scoop a healthy layer of carbon into your container, covering the bottom of the container
- Add a layer of rocks above the carbon (or add a layer of rocks to the bottom, if your planters will be outdoors). You are creating a barrier between your carbon and the soil
- Add soil almost to the top of your container
- Remove succulent from packaging and remove a bit of the soil from the bottom to promote rooting
- Add succulent to your container, gently pushing soil around to make room
- Once the succulents are in place and secure, add rocks around the base and cover the soil. Your succulents like to be hugged by these rocks and they will help with moisture control
- If the plants are particularly dry, give them a few squirts with a squirt bottle, but not too much!
- Dust off the leaves of your plants and you’re done!
A note from Katie- I love the idea of reusing old coffee mugs and other random objects to use as planters! Thanks, Kam, for a wonderful idea!
everyone, Mou Saha here from
Creating Keepsakes magazine. In spirit of
green crafting, I had been salvaging an old book into my current art journal.
Here’s a spread from that book.
are my steps in visuals and captions.
you enjoyed my little process tutorial and would give it a try.
you like upcycling the stuff of life, you might enjoy the 4-week workshop I’m
teaching at Big Picture Classes called Lift Me Up!
leave a comment to this post about your favorite thing to upcycle and ONE
person can win a spot in the workshop. For more chances of winning, please
check out my blog. Winner will
be announced on 4/18/2012.
Thank you, Katie, for guest posting! Your picture frame is the cutest!!
- Thin cardboard (I used the back of an old notebook, you could also use a cereal box)
- Paper (I used 5 sheets of barely-printed-on computer paper, you could also use notebook paper, magazine paper, etc. depending on what you want to use your book for)
- An envelope (mine was from a birthday card I got this year and is 5×7)
- Scissors and/or a paper cutter
- Needle and embroidery thread
- Push pins (optional, not pictured)
Use your book however you want! It can be a journal, notebook, art journal, or anything you want! Use the pockets to store ephemera or stickers/small supplies to use for on-the-go journaling.
Honestly, I’m going to be boring and use mine for grocery lists (because it’s such a waste to use a new sheet of paper on a grocery list) and keep coupons in the pockets. I might make an art journal this way soon though, because it’s super-easy and fast!
Hope you liked the tutorial!
Hello Punk Project readers! Emily Dismukes here to share a fun journal prompt (and more–so keep reading!). I’m very happy to be posting here today (thanks, Katie!) on behalf of myself, my good friend Natalie Malik and our upcoming art journal class, Journal in Your Pocket. I’ll give you a little info on that in a bit, but first: a journal prompt! This is actually a prompt that didn’t “make the cut” for the class, but I did the page anyway and thought I would share it with you all as a way to give a little sample of what awaits you if you decide to sign up!
Sometimes I find myself working on so many different projects that I just get frustrated and stressed out and end up getting nothing done! It helps me to take a break and do a journal page about it; I have time to calm down but I don’t break my creative streak and sometimes it even sparks a new idea. So, what else are you working on? Any big (or small!) projects? And how do you feel about them? Channel that satisfaction or frustration into a journal page!
Here’s the page I did:
Materials: red paper, watercolor, image from Urban Outfitters catalogue, Smash tape
I put a little watercolor down the side and across the bottom to begin with, then cut out and added the girl from the UO catalogue. I anchored her to the page with a bit of Smash brand washi tape (which I *love*). Then I stamped my title on some scraps of paper, glued those on, and adde my journaling down the side in the open space.
And here’s a little tip for getting nice straight titles with wood-mounted alphabet stamps: tape them together!
Just line up your letters and wrap a strip of masking tape around them! It might take a try or two to get them level so they can all be stamped together, but it’s so worth it! If you have a word with double letters, just put in a random letter as a placeholder, but don’t ink that one! Stamp the word, and then use the right letter on its own to fill the space in the stamped word. It’s still easier than lining up all the letters individually!
And now I have a special treat for all of you: a giveaway!
Natalie and I want to give a spot in our Journal in Your Pocket class to one of Katie’s awesome readers! The class normally costs $25, but you’ll have access to the private blog absolutely free of charge!
Here’s a little about the class:
Journal in Your Pocket is a four week art journal class (March 19-April 15) that emphasizes on the format of mini-journals and is packed full of prompts, techniques and projects. There are a couple of things that make this class so special!
– First, it’s based on the idea of working in a small format – each journal we make will fit in your pocket (or close!). It’ll be fun to take your mini-journal along with you wherever you go.
– Second, not only will there be a new journal prompt every weekday, but each weekend will have a prompt and tutorial to create a themed stand-alone mini-book.
– Third, students will benefit from being taught by two wonderful artists with distinct styles. You’ll be able to learn from two talented ladies at the same time!
For more info, check out my post here.
All you need to do to enter is leave a comment on this post and tell me what projects you’re working on right now! Make sure to include your email address so we can contact you if you win!
For an extra entry, tweet about this giveaway! Include the hashtag #jiyp and leave a separate comment here!
A winner will be chosen on Tuesday, March 13, and you can sign up for Journal in Your Pocket right now, through this post or our Etsy shop. Registration closes on March 20!
Thanks for reading! I hope the post inspired and helped you, and I hope some of you decide to join us for a month of fun and inspiration in Journal in Your Pocket!