I have been busy with a lot of things these days. One, being a sample journal I am getting ready, for an art journaling class I will be co-leading with a writing teacher. She will be providing the writing prompts and instructions for each session, and I will be offering the page 'embellishments' to make the journal fun! It will be offered for 8 weeks, as a small group through our church. This week is the kick-off rally for people to sign up to whatever group they wish to do. I am hoping this sample journal will entice 'newbies' that do not see themselves as 'artsy', to give it a try. That is my biggest hurdle to getting people to give it a go!
You and I know the secret....that ANYONE can do this...with a little guidance. Here are a few of the pages that I have gotten ready, to give them a look at what can be done, very simply! The basis of this journal will be a composition notebook. Inexpensive, and the pages are not so 'precious' that they would fear messing it up.
Daily calendar-done with oil pastels, then brushed over with a waterpen. This gives them something to do, at home everyday, between class meetings.
Black gessoed background, write on it with white pen and colored gel pens; also drawing a frame around a page, with a word or phrase incorporated into it. I used the example of a cinquain. I don't know that is what the writing teacher will do, but I was trying to 'flesh' it out a bit.
This will probably wig out those who say "I can't draw!"...but I wanted to show a background of brushed paint and just a page for doodling. Do it while you are talking on the phone. Write your grocery list! The page behind it, that doesn't show well here, is metallic tape that I drew all over with a stylus. Did you know you can color this stuff with Copic markers?!!! Very fun.
Scraps of paper arranged in a way you like...saved fruit stickers down the brown kraft paper. Still areas of the page left to write the exercise upon.
Left side: a list. Right Side: page of book text with masked off words to make a 'nonsense' sort of story. Simple painted/rubberstamped background. Easy, right?
This page is to show a gesso resist (when painted over) for a background. Also to play with lettering and some placement of what you write.
Couple colors spread around with credit card as background. Use magazine pic as focal point and write something about it on some prepainted gesso'd lines.
Left Page: Another list; adding photos you have laying around; Right page: Layered background of paint, cross writing (perhaps stream of consciousness) is a way to write so something is not easily read, if you don't wish to share it, and a tape transfer over the top.
Left Page: Cellophane envie glued in to hold treasures. Those are dried paint blobs that I had laying around, which I just glued in for interest. Right Page: Paper punches embellished with marker. Still room to write......
Background is any floatsam/jetsam you have in your pockets or purse, glued to page, dry brushed over with your favorite color. Here I used a photo and made up a little story about it on the opposite page.
So....you get the idea. Do you think these are simple enough? Do you have any good ideas for 'easy' pages, that won't scare anyone to do, or take more than 15 minutes to accomplish....send 'em my way! I would love to have plenty in my arsenal if this class gets some sign ups!!