Art Journaling 101

Art Journaling 101: Halloween and Fall Art Journaling Inspiration

 

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Julie Ann Shahin, Social Media Team

How about some Halloween and Fall Art Journaling Inspiration today? Whether you want to use your Art Journal as a Countdown to Halloween, or make it more of an Ode to Autumn…your Art Journal can capture all your joy and special feelings for this fun time of year.

A Bit of Halloween Trivia: Did you know that the jack o’lantern evolved from carved turnip and vegetable lanterns of Ireland and Britain? According to Wikipedia, the jack o’latern apparently got it’s name from folklore such as Stingy Jack, also known as Jack the Smith, Drunk Jack, and Jack of the Lantern, is a mythical character apparently associated with All Hallows Eve.

You’ll definitely see pumpkins and jack o’lanterns in our art journals! Let’s take a look!

 

TANGIE

Tangie’s hybrid art journal has fun doodle borders, and she added glitter! I can imagine the glitter in person looks fabuolous.

Art Journal Page by Tangie Baxter

Halloween (hybrid) Art Journal Page by Tangie Baxter

Credits: Copic Markers, Washi Tape, Halloween Workshop Templates, Glitter pens

 

 

KAYOFT

Kay’s hybrid Fall Journal is a combination of hand-painting and digital. She shares lots of her notes with us to take us through her process.

FALL JOURNAL UPDATE 10/4 by kayoft

Fall Journal by kayoft

kayoft: lots of journaling about my process – in a nutshell – gesso is my hybrid “undo” key The tree page is the front/back cover -all hand-painted (can’t believe I did that) and my journal will be a combination of hybrid and digital pages.

Stay tuned for more updates … and come join in the fun with your own Fall or Halloween journal.

 

Fall Journal: DELIGHTFUL RELAXATION by kayoft

Fall Journal: DELIGHTFUL RELAXATION by kayoft

kayoft: A Fall Journal page on my own: I seem to be stuck on a “tea” theme lately – a little bit hybrid a little bit digital on this spread. But then I guess that’s what hybrid is, isn’t it. Kind of a mix of all kinds of techniques and materials.

Anyway, funny story, I had nearly all of my magazine images stuck in place when I realized I was using my husband’s chapstick for glue rather than my new glue stick. LOL Still fighting to get the pages to stick the way I want them but it gets better each day. Heh heh …

I thought this was a great quick substitute for traditional scones or cucumber sandwiches for tea time. I have a hard time settling in for quiet time and this is a good incentifive to REINFORCE the need for developing that habit.

Font: Jayne Print (much warped after rasterizing)
Maya: Buddhist Way (caligraphic brush – gategate mantra)

And the recipe: use basic pie crust cut with a pretty cookie cutter; bake and dust with cinnamon and sugar.

 

 

FALL JOURNAL PROMPT 5 – ZENTANGLING by kayoft

My background is all ready for some pen work.

supplies used from the following kits:
Tangie: Midnight Mischief and Studio Box Workshop Halloween
SHerrie Decro: Mansion Masquerade
McMeen: Les Mains
Rainy: Scaredy (Line of Cats)

 

 

FALL JOURNAL PROMPT 24 by kayoft

FALL JOURNAL PROMPT 24 by kayoft

As you can see, I’m following my muse and not necessarily doing the prompts for the Halloween Journal in order. This quote just seemed to fit as I started playing with the background I started with from the workshop kit.

Supplies used from the following kits:
Tangie: Studio Box Workshop Halloween, Font (Bill) Splatter Grafitti, Midnight Mischief, Steampunk Spooktackular and Extras
McMeen: Steampunk Spooktackular
BMU: Bewitched
Holliewood: All Hallows Eve

 

JULIE ANN

My art journal for Halloween will also end up hybrid. The background pages start as digital m and I print them out, or I finish them and then print them out to add to the journal. I would like to show you my background pages and then the finished pages for contrast.

Halloween Art Journal Pages 1-9 by Julie Ann Shahin

I started off, as you may have seen in previous posts, creating backgrounds in advance.

Halloween Art Journal Pages 10-15 by Julie Ann Shahin

 

Finished Pages 1- 11 by Julie Ann Shahin

You can check out each of my pages and credits closely in my gallery here.  So far one of my favorite pages was for Day 6 My Biggest Fear which I chose Enissophobia – Fear of Criticism! I wrote the journaling on the bats. I just love using Tangie’s Art Journaling Fonts!

My biggest advice for keeping a daily Halloween Art Journal is not be too strict with yourself. If you skip a day, so what! Otherwise, JUST DO IT! I either try to do it first thing at the beginning of the day or at the end of of the day.

Look for our update on our Halloween Art Journals again at the end of the month! Thank you immensely to Tangie and Kay for sharing your talents with us!!!!

 

 

Julie Ann Shahin is a New York-based art journaler, scrapbooker, mixed media craftster who specializes in hybrid and altered art techniques. She will be blogging regularly for tangiebaxter.com on {Wednesdays – new day} and Saturdays. You may contact Julie Ann directly at julieann dot shahin at gmail dot com

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Art Journaling 101: Spotlight on Persnickety Chick

 

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Julie Ann Shahin, Social Media Team

This month we are going to delve into the Art Journal Caravan 2011′s Navigation Guide! Remember that? All you Caravaner’s have the Guide in your Kit you received when you signed up. Did you read it? Have you read it lately?

If you remember, a handful of art journal artists were featured. This month, we are going to look at those artists again, and in particular one of their layouts, and Studio Tangie’s Creative Team will share their art journal pages as inspired in some way by that artist.

Today, we are pleased to feature Persnickety Chick, Amber!

You will find her interview on Page 23-27 of the Navigation Guide. Amber talks about art journaling as therapy for her, that her pages do not have to be perfect. “They are crazy, and quirky, and full of what I hope is a lot of personality.” She finds is empowering to share her pages online. She tells the story more through the use of symbolism, or she might blend the words into the background.

I’ve asked the Studio Tangie Creative Team to check out Amber’s page “Once Upon a Midnight” (pictured below) and to create a page inspired by the title. Thank you Amber for your inspiration!!!

 

 

Once Upon a Midnight by Persnickety Chick

Studio Tangie Creative Team Pages Inspired by the Title “Once Upon a Midnight”

Tangie

This is about how sometimes I feel like spirits “haunt me” at night–sadly my imagination is not all good and runs a little wild in the dark!!!!

 

 

 


Once Upon the Midnight Hour by Tangie Baxter

I love Tangie’s page starting off with “Once Upon the Midnight Hour”. It’s a striking page. Also spooky, great for this time of year! I love how the house floats on the planet. Thanks so much Tangie!!!!!

 

Carolyn

Meant to Be by Carolyn (links to gallery)

This is an awesome page by Carolyn that invokes the title and gives a little nod to Amber’s style too. I love all the newsprint, and the classical art girl. The message is so simple. Fabulous!

 

Heather (sparklyduck)

This is silly, but when I read and saw the “Once upon a midnight” prompt, I thought, “If I had time, I’d make a page about how I’ve always loved night time, and how healing it is for me, and I’d use lots of purples and blues–”

*record needle screech*

Then my brain said, “Hey, Spartacus, you already did that exact thing, ‘member?”

So three cheers for plagiarizing my own idea.

 

 

AJC #34 by sparklyduck (links to gallery)

This is totally perfect for the “Once Upon a Midnight” theme. Look at the shadows! Wow! This is so amazing girl!!! And the quote is soooo beautiful!

 

Julie Ann

Once Upon a Midnight by Julie Ann ShahinOnce Upon a Midnight by Julie Ann Shahin

You all know I love my borders so I started off with the background paper (by Tangie). Then I added the art doll, with the wings inspired by Amber. I added the moon, and had to add the spider too because of this spooky time of year, LOL! Then I just added all the rest of the borders. The quote is perfect for me because I am so a night-owl, sometimes staying up until 3 a.m. Oh, and my dog was bugging me the whole time I was making this page so I added a dog too, although my dog is a bichon! :)

 

Thank you very much to the Creative Team for your wonderful efforts!!!

Julie Ann Shahin is a New York-based art journaler, scrapbooker, mixed media craftster who specializes in hybrid and altered art techniques. She will be blogging regularly for tangiebaxter.com on {Wednesdays – new day} and Saturdays. You may contact Julie Ann directly at julieann dot shahin at gmail dot com

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Art Journaling 101: Faux Printing on Dictionary Pages

 

by Julie Ann Shahin

There’s a fabulous “printing on vintage dictionary pages” trend I’m seeing such as here, here, here, here, and here.  Today I’ve taken this concept, and I’ve made a new digi Art Journal page with Faux Printing on a Dictionary Page.

You can print in color, or black and white. You can print an image alone, or a combination of print and image, or even a silhouette. You can print on a vintage dictionary page, or a vintage book page.

Tutorial

Search for "Flowers" in Picasa

Step 1. The first thing I did was to go into Picasa where I have tagged my digital kits, and search for “tangie flower” to go along with the quote in my art journal page.

I also looked for “tangie dictionary” and found two possibilities for background paper. I decided upon the template with dictionary paper in it from AJC 2011 Parcel 10. I opened both the flower I decided on, and the template in PSE 7.

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Tutorial by Julie Ann Shahin

Step 2. Drag the floral image onto the template and position above the dictionary paper.

Step 3. Next I applied Tangie’s Paperworn Art Journal Styles to the floral image layer. This is the key to the Faux Printing as it allows the print to bleed through.

Step 4. Open various “black” papers and elements. Drag onto template, and position into place over appropriate layer. Group the paper layer with the template layer. If you place an element over a template layer, click on the eye of the template layer to make that layer invisible.

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Tutorial by Julie Ann Shahin

Step 5. In Picasa, search for each word of the quote that is being used on the art journal page. My quote is “Count the garden by the flowers, never by the leaves that fall. Count your life with smiles, not with the tears that roll.”

If the word is in another phrase, use the rectangular marquee tool to select the word, then select copy, and then paste it onto the page.

Step 6. Add shadows.

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Art Journal Caravan Itinerary #39 Count by Julie Ann Shahin

Here’s my finished page!

Art Journal Caravan Itinerary #39 Count by Julie Ann Shahin

Credits: ATC Black Licorice; Collage Fodder 2;  Steampunk Lab; MUseical Theater; Impossible Things; Wonderland; Compendium of Daydreams; Prose;
Deconstructed No. 3; Chipperchatter; Jungle Salvage; Proverbs; Serendipitious; Midnight Mischief; Electic Alpha 8; AJC 2011 Parcel 10

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HALLOWEEN

Also I’ve done this for Halloween as well. I took four Halloween images from Tangie’s kits (see credits below), and did the same steps as I outlined in the tutorial to achieve the affect for Faux Printing. This features Tangie’s new collab Steampunk Spooktacular and a few other halloween kits.

by Julie Ann Shahin

Halloween Faux Printing by Julie Ann Shahin

Credits: AJC Parcel 20; AJC Parcel 21 with Amanda Sexton(Halloween-themed kit); AJC 2011 Parcel 10; Midnight Mischief Collab with SJD

 

Julie Ann Shahin is a New York-based art journaler, scrapbooker, mixed media craftster who specializes in hybrid and altered art techniques. She will be blogging regularly for tangiebaxter.com on {Wednesdays – new day} and Saturdays. You may contact Julie Ann directly at julieann dot shahin at gmail dot com

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Art Journaling 101: What to Write

This is a photo heavy post. Please be patient while it loads, it’s so worth it!

What comes first? The writing or the art? In art journaling, we’ll explore today the words. If you find that you get stuck after creating the art while transitioning to the words, I believe it’s because the art requires a different part of the brain than the writing requires, one uses the left brain, the other the right. So embrace the process, and relax, give yourself a pat on the back for realizing that there is indeed a transition that needs to be made.

On my personal blog, I have posted about various online creative journaling prompt resources. Feel free to check it out. Come back though and finish reading today’s post on What to Write!!!

 

I am pulling from the Art Journal Caravan Gallery examples to illustrate ideas for journaling. Thank you to everyone in the Gallery for sharing your talent. I wish I could feature everyone!

Art Journal Caravaners’ Examples on What to Write

From Thimbleberrie’s Gallery

Topic: All About Me

AJC Week 24 Affirmation by thimbleberrie

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Credits: Gal- Artella (i think); green monster-momseveryday ideas freebie;, emily strange; clock- fiddlette; red flower- Ztamp transformation; various kits by tangie

 

Topic: She

May Art Journal Caravan Adventure Quest by thimbleberrie

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Artist’s Notes: Enjoying the journey and inspiration found on the caravan so much to see and styles to try.

Credits: Background- Adolecent Antics everydaymom’s ideas; tape -gypsy rose; red.blue border- one eyed monster crowabout; glitter- being true rosie posey; blue polka dot pp- rebel joyful heart designs; black feather (wings) box society gypsy; enjoy- ajc 2011; flower- impossible things tangie; banner- Ajc parcel 31 (2010) ; butterfly- artella; paint brush & she words- she journals bliss ; doll- happy girl wish bliss studio; priceless-drama department rosie posey; light bulb- orange circle- unconvential wisdom; fying pig-this little piggy; fairy- tiny rock chick freebie; crow- flirty flamingo gypsy; binoculars- travel around the world; rooster-colorsplash deviant scrap; amazing-just say geek; art-crowabout studio; stars/blue border-tribalations; crower-vintage words; little devil- wild weeds halloween; it’s not down…Ajc parcel 11;
red cardboard- color AtC’s

 

Topic: Health

AJC Week 26 Itinerary: Do by thimbleberrie

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Artist’s Notes: time for me to get back on the “weight loss wagon”- had been doing really well and now up 8 lbs and starting over- 25 total to loose- so……..move more, lots more, eat less and eat better…..

Credits: far far away pin up gal freebie; strawberries/pepper/asperagus- everydaymomsideas; cupcake- rkd; sweets- bdate sweeties; remember this- SBG connect; various tangie kits

 

Topic: Art Journaling Process

AJC Week 30 Itinerary: Intensify by thimbleberrie

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Credits: various kits by: Tangie, Sara Barber, Everydaymom’s ideas, rosey posey, RKD, SBG Transformation kit

 

Topic: Grief

I am going..... by thimbleberrie

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Artist’s Note: bitter • Resulting from or expressive of severe grief, anguish, or disappointment • Marked by resentment or cynicism….I never really understood the meaning of this word till my grandmother died. She had been sick & in the hospital for several weeks- no one called me until it was much too late- reasoning was “we thought she was getting better” followed by “you were always her favorite”. I would have rather been given the opportunity to get on a plane and fly the 2300 miles home to say goodbye…the bitterness pops up now and again at the most unexpected times.

Credits: kits by Tangie, RKD, Rosey Posey, into the darkness freebie from Deviant Scrap

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From susan1255′s Gallery

Topic: Faith

Heritage by susan1255

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Artist’s Note: I seem to be very wordy lately…I think this journaling stuff is rubbing off on me.

Credits: Elements, mostly Dawn Inskip. Stitched Alpha – Karen Funk,
DHD, Sewing elements – Emeto

 

Topic: One of the Five Senses

Smell by susan1255

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Artist’s Note: I love how many fabulous lovely things there are to smell in life. It was a lot of fun journaling a few of my favorites.

Credits: Page made from various kits by Dawn Inskip, Brushes by Anna Aspnes, Flower Alpha by Holliewood Studios.

 

Topic: Beliefs

Map by susan1255

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Credits: Wow, lot’s of contributors to this layout, won’t remember them all. Background is Lorie Davison, Wonky punchies on striped paper is Dawn Inskip. Lots of elements from AJC packets…sorry I can’t be more specific…I’m sleep deprived! A good time to scrap……

 

Topic: Venting

In a Funk by susan1255

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Artist’s Note: Trying to work through my lack of mojo…just keep making pages til it comes back…

Credits: Lots of contributors – Tangie, Cali Designs, Holliewood, Marta Wan Eck, Starlight Designs, Fiddlette.

 

Topic: Wisdom

Test by susan1255

CBorders – Fiddlette Designs, Artsy Itsie Bitsies – Page One, Journaling lines – Tangie Baxter

 

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From Artgirl’s Gallery

Topic: Who I Am

AJC 2011 - August Self-Portrait by Artgirl

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Artist Note: This required some super-duper thinking which is really hard to do when you have just returned from vacation! I’m enjoying seeing everyone’s pages … what a great bunch we are!!!

Credits: Crowabout Studios: trailer, body, be yourself sign, play sign, black/white striped background, leaves; Lorie Davison: blue flower, heart, compass; Shabby Princess: journaling strips; Tangie: background paper; Model face: Me!!!

 

Topic: One Little Word

AJC 2011 - #2 Thrive by Artgirl

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Artist Note: I’m catching up with the Caravan … since I started with #20 I’m going back and trying to make some progress! I initially posted this in the main gallery and forgot to post to the Caravan, so all my credits can be found on that posting. Thanks for looking!

 

Topic: Family History

AJC 2011 - July Adventure Quest - Heritage by Artgirl

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Artist Note: I became addicted to Ancestry.com this year so the timing is perfect for this project! I am the keeper of old photos for both my mom’s and dad’s families and a relative (Sam Champlain, who is mentioned in the narrative) started a family tree, so with this information and Ancestry.com I have accumulated some massive family history. It is such a pleasure to put some history behind these old photos and see the stories told. To clarify the narrative, the Bowler brother married the Champlain sister, and the Bowler sister married the Champlain brother … confusing? Thanks for looking and for giving me such inspiration from all your wonderful artwork!!!!

Credits: CreateWings Designs for all elements, except the photo frame, which is from JenU.

 

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From Bitte’s Gallery

Topic: Goals

I Want by bitte

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Credits: Tangies stuff.

Artist Note: I really can’t do orange ! So, out of the box I climb. Sorry for the bad english, I do my journaling in swedish on my lo’s and then translate it into english…

Journaling :

I really, really want…

- a long,healthy and happy life – and higher salary
- that my family – both two- and fourlegged – shall have a long, healthy and happy life
- to keep our familys house for ever
- that me and my man keeps having steady jobs to go to
- that my daughter ‘grows up’ and can take some responsibility with having a job and her own place
- that I may have my mother and father for a long time yet
- some ‘real’ use for my creativity, maybe even make some money on it
- to learn more about using my camera
- a big lottery winning, to pay off some of the housebills
- to find a friend who likes digiscrapping and other things that I like
- more energy and less sick days
- more energy and time to make some more scrapbook-albums

 

Topic: Art Journal Manifesto

AJC 2011 - art journal by Bitte

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Artist Note: We were told to make positive pages about our art journaling, caravaning etc… this is my way to tell myself why I should keep going this year.

And trying to get myself to use borders more often.
I love them, but don’t use them much… go figure!

 

Topic: Write Your Own Poetry

AJC 2011 - poetry by Bitte

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Note: Ok… this week Tangie said, write your own poetry.
So I did.
Pleeease, bee kind ! Remember, english isn’t my ‘cup of tea’.
But I had fun.

 

Topic: Being a Mother

AJC 2011 - Breaking free by Bitte

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Artist’s Note: When I see the words ‘Breaking free’, I just keep hearing
‘I want to break free !’, the song by Freddie Mercury and Queen, in my head.
And in the video there’s a housewife, that want to ‘Break free’.
Sometimes I feel like that, even if I’m not a housewife.

Credits: Wordstrips – Tangie – She journals-kit; frame – Tangie – Being me collab w Rosey Posey; paperstrips – Tangie – Plays, Poetry & Prose words collection; bg paper – Berna – Walk in nature collab w Manu

 

Topic: Inspired by a Book

AJC 2011 - Art saves... by Bitte

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Artist’s Note: Art saves me, myself and I from going nuts !
Life have this year more then ever, felt like a whirlwind,
and I really neeeed to create to stay sane. Since I
joined AJC, I have felt it so clearly and strong.
Apparently the universe knew I needed AJC this year…

The journaling is very inspired by the book
‘The legend of Bagger Vance’, that more or less dropped
on me a few weeks ago, and I just had the time to read.

Credits: Everything is Tangie’s stuff, cut, recolored… etc.

 

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From Balinda’s Gallery

Topic: Create Your Own Quote

Treasured Collection by Belinda

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For week 32 of the Art Journal Caravan 2011
Verb~Collect

Artist’s Note: Quote is my own -
Bits of treasure
collected over time
become as precious as
the memory when the touch
of it can transport you back
to the instant the memory
was made.

Credits: Serendipitous by Tangie Baxter @ Scrapbookgraphics (paper, charms on chain, winged doll, butterflies); Parcel 32 Art Journal Caravan 2011 Provisions by Tangie Baxter and Studio ZTAMPF! @ Scrapbookgraphics (the word collect); Parcel 25 Art Journal Caravan 2011 Provisions by Tangie Baxter and Beth Rimmer @ Scrapbookgraphics (arm); Uncle Henry (clock) by Holliewood Studios @ Deviant Scrap; On the Edge Overlays 12×12 by CrztalRain @ Deviant Scrap; Font~Never (I have no idea where I got it)

 

Topic: What Bothers You

Fat Bottomed Girls by Balinda

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Artist’s Note: A little bit of a soapbox at the frustration of fashion designers catering to tiny sized women. 99% of the women I know have curves and it would be nice for fashion to ONE day really recognize that and not call it “plus size”. Curvy is by no means = to being fat. It’s being real. And also a bit of a tribute to Queen with the “fat bottomed girls” portion of it. And even though I HATE their Bicycle song…I just had to add a bicycle since it was in the Colorsplash kit and went with the idea of something I didn’t like. Queen is actually one of my all time fave music groups.

Credits: A Niche in Time by Beth Rimmer @ Deviant Scrap; Color Splash – A Somerset Digital Studio Exclusive by the Deviant Scrap Designers; MFT HiLightz by Cryztal Rain @ Deviant Scrap; Font used is Mock Turtle by Tangie Baxter from the Art Journal Caravan 2011 Provisions {Parcel 08} Apprentice Art Box Edition at Scrapbookgraphics
http://shop.scrapbookgraphics.com/Ar…Parcel-08.html

Journal lines are by Tangie Baxter from the Art Journal Caravan 2011 Provisions {Parcel 12} Apprentice Art Box Edition at Scrapbookgraphics
http://shop.scrapbookgraphics.com/Ar…x-Edition.html

 

Topic: A Feeling that Needs Healing

AJC Itinerary #10 Belong by Balinda

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Journaling:
I did not follow the unspoken
rules. Expectations were not
met. The hearts opened but
the key not given. The
outsider I stayed.
Judged I became.
It was evivident that
I would never
Belong

Artist’s Note: This prompt brought made me think of how my ex-in-laws made me feel. I was never accepted for who I was by them and judged harshly for any mistakes I made. I was 18 when I married their youngest son. It did not help that I was 7 years younger than him, so I was disapproved of before they even met me.

The smaller tree on the right represents my family that I left and the larger tree on the left represents his family that I was to join. I am standing behind his tree because even though we married, I never felt a real part of his family. The ladder leads up into the branches and the cozy chair which is representing the warm welcoming arms of his family…which felt unattainable. I did see goodness in them which is what the heart is for. Their hearts however never fully opened up to me nor accepted me so the “key to the heart” was never given. I made the tearful moon very large to represent how sad and lonely I became to feel over time.

Credits: I used Maya’s Blue Moon Kit and Blue Moon Alphas from here at Scrapbookgraphics; Font used is DJB Tweenybopper by Darcy Baldwin at Sweet Shoppe Designs

 

Topic: Self Portrait

Balinda's Self Portrait by Balinda

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Artist’s Note: Adventure Quest for August of the AJC was to do a Self-Portrait. I altered my photo using the New Manga effect tutorial found at PSD Box

Thanks for looking!!!!

Credits:
Word Art~Studio Bethany~Scrapbookgraphics; Acrylic letters~Lauren Reid;
Word Strips, Crown, Wings, background paper ~TumbleFish Studios~Deviant Scrap; On the edge ATC overlays~CryztalRain~Deviant Scrap; Camera and Ruler~Holliewood Designs~Deviant Scrap; Cloud~Gazebo Interlude~Beth Rimmer~Deviant Scrap; Alice legs and Dress~Marta Van Eck~Deviant Scrap

 

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From PatsFanGran’s Gallery

Topic: Change

My Attention by PatsFanGran

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Artist’s Note: In the past few weeks, my sisters and brother have learned that my mother can no longer live alone. She is now where her needs can be met, but it is such a painful transition for her and for us. The Art Journal topic ” My Attention ” helped me put some feelings to canvas.

Credits: background paper~Tempest Tossed by Tangie Baxter; smoke~Prince of the City by Lorie Davison; match, skull, staples~ Helter Skelter by Flergs; barbed wire~Industrial Collab by Gypsy and ViVa; font~Gridshift

 

Topic: Taking a Risk

She Jumped by PatsFanGran

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Artist’s Note: I changed the Simply Stated for this week from ” I jumped ” to ” She Jumped ” to make it fit the idea of news reporting. Totally dreamt this page last night…the typewriter part anyways.

Credits: background paper, typewriter & paper, type keys and “have you heard” blurb~Old News by Raspberry Road Designs; Alpha~Impossible Things, dragonfly brush~Journal Anthology, bathtub girls brush~Journal Anthology 5 (all by Tangie Baxter); black teardrop~Black and White by Soval

 

Topic: Continue Where Word Art Leaves Off

Belong by PatsFanGran

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Artist’s Note: After Tangie’s word art at the top of the page~ my journaling reads: “but all too soon the fairy wings fade away and make believe is tucked away in the dress up box. We have to belong to the grown up world. But if you believe, the magic is never really gone. If you are very very lucky…you will have your own magical moments…and you’ll be looking over your shoulder to try to catch a glimpse of the fairy.
I have had so much magic in my life, I know I belong to both worlds.”

Credits: background paper~ Prince of the City by Lorie Davison; “magic” word art~My Fairy Friends by Tangie Baxter; fairy, extra fairy wings, pink circle brushes, white circle brushes~Secret Garden by Sussie M; crow on lampost~Into the Darkness, designer unknown { sorry! }; journaliing font~jaques

 

Topic: I Am Statement

Self-Portrait ~ August Adventure Quest by PatsFanGran

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Artist’s Note: This was sooo hard to do, but very worthwhile!
I cannot WAIT to see the entire Portrait Album!

Credits: background paper, key~Shadow Box by Kimla; tree and owl~Voo Doo HooDoo by Finecrafted Designs; silhoette~Collage Fodder Silhoettes by Tangie Baxter; photo words and time line~Film Bits by Vinnie Pearce; camera brush~Focused and Photographed by Sue Cummings and Val C. Designs;
butterfly and paintbrush~Field Notes Spring by Tangie Baxter; photograph, by me~ taken at the Daniel Webster Audubon Preserve in Marshfield, MA

 

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From Ladynorth’s Gallery

Topic: Nature

AJC 2011 April Adventure Quest: POETRY by ladynorth

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Artist’s Note:

and the roan deer dance
upon the green hills

your wild scarlet fuchsia
encircles
my heart
and the roan deer dance
upon the green hills

your gray stone walls
mark the boundary
between
mist and magic
and the roan deer dance
upon the green hills

your sacred groves
echo to
midnight pipe and bodhran
and the roan deer dance
upon the green hills

when will you invite me to dance again?
and the roan deer dance
upon the green hills

LadyNorth © 1996

This was written with longing after a trip to Ireland in 1996.
Luckily I was able to return to Her Green Shores in 2006 and hope to go again soon.

Credits and Kits:
Fuchsia photo: Wild Flowers of Ireland net site; Roan deer: c/r free flickr; Background Paper and Frame:: Tangie’s Celtic Traditions papers; Book: Bkerr: World Traveler: ; Clock Picture Frame: L Davision: FallingLeavesAutumnTea;
Background photo: private collection; Poem : mine

 

Topic: Timeline

AJC 2011 Itinerary 19: MAP by ladynorth

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AJC 2011 Itinerary 19: MAP
Finding Our Way Home

Artist’s Note: To say it was a Labyrinthian Journey to our Island Home at Quail Hill is indeed an understatement.
We went through the Move From Hell, to being literally Homeless and a bit panic stricken in a motel at 2am, with a frantic cat who did NOT LIKE being caged!
So no, that is not a typo at No. 5 – it was exactly a DAY after we moved out of our Condo (and catching the last ferry to the Island!) that our Realtor Janet helped Quail Hill find us the Next Day!
It was the 7th Listing, on the 7th Day, in the 7th Month, 2007!
(I think the word you might be looking for is ‘fated’..grin)
*
The best description of why we came back here, after a 25 year absence toiling in the City, is found in Eileen’s song.
ISLAND HOME
Sung and composed by Islander: Eileen McGann
From her CD: Beyond the Storm

The tall Firs wave and look out on the morning
They shake themselves a touch
And gaze down on the bay -
An Eagle cries and circles round the mountain
The dawn light paints the water blue
As Orcas rise to play.

Chorus:
O what could be more beautiful?
What could touch my heart?
What place on earth
Could keep me from this part
I call Home?

And in a place of dark primeval glory
The Old Ones stand and guard the land
Where they began a millennium ago-
The poets Dream
A Painter’s Inspiration
The Joy of Life on every side
As Nature meant it so.

When evening falls and shadows gather round us
The Sea-Lions fish in twilight’s glow
As Herons float back to their nest
The only sound
The wind among the treetops
An ocean’s whispered lullaby
As I go to my rest.

Credits: Photo background: Quadra Island – Cape Mudge Lighthouse – my own photo; Parchment background: Tangie AJC11 Parcel 19; Parchment tags: created from parchment in Tangie AJC11 Parcel 19; Labyrinth design: St Paul’s Cathedral, London, England; Compass stencil: Tangie AJC11 Parcel 19;
Fonts used: Tangie’s Mockturtle, Arial Narrow and Antique Type

 

Topic: Create Your Own Character and It’s Story

AJC 2011 Itinerary 20: Understand – Whatever Happens by ladynorth

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Artist’s Note: For something different, I combined the Simply Started: “Whatever Happens” with the Verb: “Understand”.
Sophie filled in the rest.

Credits:
Blue background paper: Tangie’s Parcel 20; Polka Dot Rain: Tangie’s Parcel 20; Window and Parchment: Tangie’s A Door Just Opened; Understand and Cinnamon Rolls: Tangie’s A Door Just Opened Alpha; Tangie’s Fonts: Jabberwock, fiveseventen, tweedledee; Other Font: Apple Boy BTN

 

Topic: List-Making

August Adventure Quest: Self Portrait by ladynorth

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Artist’s Note:
or…Me and My Shadows..
Inspired by Angela Cartwright’s amazing artwork

Credits: My Shadow photo taken by Mr Bear; Forest photo of me: taken by Mr Bear; Sophie and Kevin snuck in their own shadows when I wasn’t looking. Background paper: Tangie’s Field Notes (Spring); Font: Smartypants

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From wombat146′s Gallery

Topic: Repeat A Word

 

I AM A COLLECTOR by wombat146

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Artist’s Note: Finally finished it! Its taken me all week! It started off totally different but like a lot of my pages they decide to go off another another tangent!!
This page features my 8 grandchildren, who are all so very precious to me and my greatest collection!
Thanks for looking

Credits:
Everything from SBG
Parcel #32, Splatter Graffitti – Indifference: Both from Studio Tangie; Pic of me nursing Taj is actually cut from a page I made using Magic Reality Designs products. Software: PSE8

 

Topic: Lots of journaling subtlety blended into page

ESCAPE by wombat146

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Artist’s Note: My first ever Art Journaling page I did last last month (July 2011) which was the start of my journey.
Thanks for looking

Credits:
Carla Gibson Designs: Majority papers from Rustic Memories PP, Isabella PP
Majority of elements and all brushes and some wordart from Altered Elements, Altered Fairywear, Altered Wings, Dragonfly Brushes, Flourish Brushes; Joanne Brisebois Designs: Paper from Faery Tales Papers, Overlay from Touch of Whimsy Overlays; Designs by Sue Cummings: Paint Splat Circle – From My Notebook range, Wordart from 2010 Inspirations Week 40 – Attitude; 2009 Inspirations Week 13 – Artistry; Ashalee Wall Designs:
Dandelion flower Dreamy kit; Faery card from Faeries and Elves Pieces (Elements only); Font: Dymo, Polaroid 22, Burst by Bubble, Pea Jamie;
Software: PSE8

 

Topic: What Inspires You?

INSPIRATION by wombat146

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Artist’s Note: I was thinking last night about all the things that inspire me!!
Thanks for looking
Journaling:
Look around and see nature alive with beauty and inspiring thoughts.
In the colours of a sunset or a rainbow stretched across the sky.
In the joy of a baby’s smile or in the sweet laughter of children at play.
In the morning sunshine or in the moonlight, the world is alive with light and love.
In the sweet innocent faces of the young or the creased and weathered face of age.
In the songs we sing and in the stories we tell, in the poems we write and memories we share.
In the pictures we paint or the photos we take.
In the ideas and dreams we carry in our hearts.
In the love that we give and the love we receive or the love that we have lost.
In the thoughts of the future and memories of the past and the dreams we have yet to create.
LIFE is around us each and every day, look deeply and you will find inspiration.

 

Credits:
Most of the things are from Digiridooscraps. Art From the Heart kit – Digiridooscraps Designers; Essence kit – collab by Sarah Barber Designs and MCD Designs; Reflections (Elements pack) – Scrappie Irene Designs; Touching Artistic kit – The Urban Fairy; **Except for the lined overlay which is from Studio Box 1 by Tangie Designs at Scrapbook Graphics**; Software: PSE8

 

 

Julie Ann Shahin is a New York-based art journaler, scrapbooker, mixed media craftster who specializes in hybrid and altered art techniques. She will be blogging regularly for tangiebaxter.com on {Wednesdays – new day} and Saturdays. You may contact Julie Ann directly at julieann dot shahin at gmail dot com

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Art Journaling 101: Finding Magic in the Circle Mandala

  Circle songs and sands of time,
        and seasons will end in tumbled rhyme,
        and little change,
        the wind and rain.


         - The Grateful Dead

This week I’m back to focus again on the September Adventure Quest in the Art Journal Caravan 2011. Tangie suggests creating Zentangle Mandalas aka Zendalas. I thought I would explore today Mandalas in general here on the blog. What will be most useful is the extensive list of links, especially the Photoshop Tutorials for creating Mandalas!

 

About Mandala Art

The word Mandala means “circle” in the Indian Sanskrit language. Within the circle there is a mid-point where the drawing traditionally starts. Mandala art has been tied to the spirituality of Buddhist Tibetans, Navajo sand painters, and the Aztecs. Even Carl Jung recognized the importance of Mandala paintings and kept a journal of Mandala art.

Indeed, Jung's discovery of the mandala provided the key to his
entire system. "I had to abandon the idea of the superordinate
position of the ego. ... I saw that everything, all paths I had
been following, all steps I had taken, were leading back to a
single point -- namely, to the mid-point. It became increasingly
plain to me that the mandala is the centre. It is the exponent
of all paths. It is the path to the centre, to individuation.
... I knew that in finding the mandala as an expression of the
self I had attained what was for me the ultimate."
p. v

from Mandalas. C. G. Jung. trans. from Du (Zurich, 1955)

The Mandala connects us to our imagination, our inner self. It gives us an opportunity to move through the layers of our sub-conscious and grow closer to our full actualization. Mandalas are a tool for self-reflection, a mirror, if you will.

“…when we begin to take all of ourselves into account, when we begin to honor and balance the dynamic forces within us, we can act in the world in ways that honor our essential wholeness, get our needs met, and allow us to share with others the very best within us.” (via)

 

THE VALUE OF MANDALA ART Michael H. Brown

1. Connect inwardly

2. Private process, done at any time, without a therapist or guide

3. In visual terms, identify where we are stuck in life as well as where we are accomplished in life

4. Chance to learn from our inner wisdom

5. Regular practice of mandalas allow us to view what patterns repeat

6. Sharing of art with others

“We need to find ways to connect to our inner depths, to heal our wounds, and nurture the growth of new potential within us. Mandala art is one of the most creative, direct, and transformative ways to accomplish these important goals.” – Michael H. Brown

 

Read each of the six Values of Mandala Art more in depth here.

 

Resources

Make A Mandala

Earth Mandala Tutorial for Photoshop with Free Template

Mandalas – Make Your Own in Photoshop

Mandala Tutorial in Photoshop with a Photograph

Triangle Pattern for Mandala for Photoshop and Photoshop Elements

Explore Mandala-Making & How to Design Your Own Mandalas

Making a Mandala Using Fine Art with Photoshop Tutorial

Digital Mandala Collage Using Photoshop and Photoshop Elements PDF Tutorial

Applying Brush Dynamics, and Filters in Photoshop to Mandalas Tutorial

Mandala Coloring Pages

A Mini Tutorial on Drawing Mandalas

Henna Patterns to Use in Drawing Praying with Mandalas

Create a Mandala Collage (with link to free ebook)

Free Mandala Patterns

Art Journaling: How to Create an Affirmation Mandala

Mandalas from Art Journal Caravan Members

Imagine by livingoutloud

Imagine by livingoutloud

This was not the entry I had planned for this month’s adventure quest. I am very early in my learning of zentangling – I only learned about it at Tangie’s AJC chat a week or so ago. But I felt so compelled to use my art to express my feelings of this anniversary of September 11, and to emphasize the healing I see, the healing that has already happened, and the healing yet to come. Paper by Beth Rimmer.

 

September Adventure Quest Mandala by scrappingdax

September Adventure Quest Mandala by scrappingdax

I started with a free mandala template then placed the finished image on a paper from ACJ parcel 9. This is my first attempt at zentangle and I really enjoyed it. Will definitely do more.

 

Instead of Housework Zendala by tamhanley

Instead of Housework Zendala by tamhanley

Inspired by the Miraculous Mosquito video on the adventure quest page, and using various patterns I found on Flickr (search “zentangle sampler” there are 15 large pictures to study). I discovered that I don’t need a pattern book. I need to LOOK at each pattern and decide which stroke was first, next, etc. It’s exhilarating to see it come to life!

 

Zentangle~Mandala by tarthur

Zentangle~Mandala by tarthur A pleasant exercise.

 

AJC Adventure Quest: Mandala 2 by sbpoet

AJC Adventure Quest: Mandala 2 by sbpoet

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Mandala Garden by caubin

Mandala Garden by caubin

For these two pages I created the Mandala and then played with using different copies of it in different sizes. For this version I used hue/saturation adjustment layers to change the colours of the Madalas. Products used: Field Notes II: Fall by Tangie Baxter Balinesia by Ztampf Colorsplash by Deviant Scrap/Sommerset

 

Zentangle 2 by Fifi

Zentangle 2 by Fifi

More diversion from real life issues created with Ruth Page’s Doodlicious at escape & scrap. The backround paper is from Tale of a Lighthouse from Eena’s Creations at Deviant Scrap. Thanks for looking!

 

 

Last Chance to Join for 2011! The Caravan is going strong and we’d still love to have you join us for the fall activities! Plus! You will have lifetime* access to all the previous workshop activities & classroom materials, so you haven’t missed out on anything! Come join in on the Adventure!
*Lifetime access refers to as long as SBG site boards are online.
Please email me if you have any questions tangie at scrapbookgraphics dot com!

Julie Ann Shahin is a New York-based art journaler, scrapbooker, mixed media craftster who specializes in hybrid and altered art techniques. She will be blogging regularly for tangiebaxter.com on {Wednesdays – new day} and Saturdays. You may contact Julie Ann directly at julieann dot shahin at gmail dot com

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Art Journaling 101: Is Moving to Wednesdays!

Art Journaling 101 Moving to Wednesdays!

Art Journaling 101: Get Tangled In the Zen of It All

This month’s Adventure Quest in the Art Journal Caravan is all about Zentangles®, and Mandalas. If you are a member of the AJC, you can read about the full Adventure Quest here. Want to join in? It’s your last chance to join the Art Journal Caravan for 2011 by September 31st!

Tangle patterns are a great thing to add to your doodling repertoire in art journaling. Tangie lists several websites and excellent books to get you started in the link above. There are also many tutorials and patterns with instructions online if you wish to explore further. I used some of these patterns on an art journal page that I’m going to show you today as the page progressed in stages.

Resources

Here is my page in phases…

by Julie Ann Shahin

First I started out with a vintage book page that I had previously misted in two colors.

 

by Julie Ann Shahin

Second, I used a pencil to doodle a border around the edges of the page which would be for my text.

 

by Julie Ann Shahin

Fourth, I penciled in my journaling and drew a heart.

 

by Julie Ann Shahin

Fifth, I used a fine point marker over the journaling. Then I did my first tangle pattern (Yincut) on the heart. If you would like to see the pattern instructions for Yincut as I did it in the heart, you can find it here. It is also found on the Official List link above.

 

by Julie Ann Shahin

Sixth, I penciled in houses along the bottom border. I added swirls. I added a Zentangle border called XYP along the top.

Then I had fun with a pattern called Finery in the upper left corner.

I filled in the area around the butterfly in the upper right corner with a pattern called Bales.

The middle house roof was filled with a pattern called Keeko.

 

by Julie Ann Shahin

Seventh, I filled the swirls with UnYun, HIBRED, and RETICULATED.

I filled in white space to the left of the swirls with Raindotty, AHH, and SOOFLOWERS.

 

 

Finished Art Journal Page by Julie Ann Shahin

Finally, I added color with markers.

I added it to a digital journal page as seen below.

 

Zen by Julie Ann Shahin

Zen by Julie Ann Shahin, all products by Studio Tangie

 

 

Tangles from Art Journal Caravan Members

 

September Adventure Quest Challenge by sssnoo

September Adventure Quest Challenge by ssnoo

“I used Art Rage on my iPad to draw my tangle — its the square in the center. I also used several Gessos and the Gesso styles by Tangie and the rest of the items were created by Nicole Young. This was lots of fun to do. I played with making it all white and Black, but liked the splash of yellow.”

 

 

Handy by huntstrong

Handy by huntstrong

“I traced my hand with a black Sharpie marker, then divided that shape with horizontal and vertical wavy lines. Then I zentangled away the day!”

 

 

Mandala #1 by php57

Mandala #1 by php57

“Drawn with my Wacom tablet – contains the letters of my nickname.”

 

 

zendala by Nevermore

zendala by Nevermore

Y’all know I love to ramble on. So, I have never done a zendala before so I did download and use Genevive Crabe’s Template 1. Printed it out on cheap photocopy paper and started in with a cheap ballpoint pen. Sadly, by the time I thought I was going to use it, it was finished. Ideally, would have liked this on good paper with a decent pen. Scanned it in and put it on a Berna Datema “Lucky Bucket” paper with a little filtering (colour overlay, match colour, find edges, layer blending) and a good ol’ 60s message created with Michelle Godin’s “I met a Boy” cardboard with lettering done in ArtRage, finished off with Tangie’s worn paper style to make the letters crease nicely where the cardboard is creased. For those addicted, official Zentangle patterns mookah and between were used, the rest is just doodling.

 

 

Adventure Quest September by Grace

Adventure Quest September by Grace

Tinker kit by Dawn Inskip
M3 No. 1 by Rebecca McMeen
M3 No. 2 by Rebecca McMeen
Jilling by Rebecca McMeen

 

Are you ready to try your hand at Tangle patterns? As they say, “Anything is possible, one stroke at a time.”  If you need more reasons to try, take a look at this long list of benefits of Zentangle.

 

Julie Ann Shahin is a New York-based art journaler, scrapbooker, mixed media craftster who specializes in hybrid and altered art techniques. She will be blogging regularly for tangiebaxter.com on Tuesdays and Saturdays. You may contact Julie Ann directly at julieann dot shahin at gmail dot com

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Art Journaling 101: Creative Use of Typography in Digi Art Journaling

Art Journaling 101: Typography

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I believe many of us in this industry collect fonts as a passion. Tangie has picked up on this passion when she started her Foundry earlier this year with her own fonts for sale.  Not only that, she has given exclusive video tutorials on how to make the most of these fonts in art journaling to the Art Journal Caravan 2011 to watch at your own pace.  It’s not too late to join!

 

Today let’s look at some of the talented Art Journal Caravan members and Studio Tangie Creative Team members, and how they’ve made the most of typography and font use.  We’ll see the use of rhythm, energy,  repetition, and scale. We’ll see the use of constrasting fonts, casual fonts, and fonts used for readability.  We’ll see text paths, text circles, and fonts that guide your eye through the design.  We’ll see fonts that offer mood, hierarchy, and emphasis. We’ll see fonts with a crackled effect, decorative fonts, and handwritten fonts. Also we’ll see typography and fonts that break all the rules! Here we go….


The artists in today’s post include:

  • sparklyduck75
  • Yvonne55
  • jonee
  • janeagain
  • Grace
  • DALE
  • SpunMonkey
  • joamosatcharterdotnet
  • Tangie Baxter
  • gerryglow
  • tarthur
  • ginamichelle
  • wanderer
  • Serenoa

 

This page by sparklyduck75 demonstrates creative fonts use with {rhythm}, which is appropriate for the lyrics.

Art Journal Caravan #35 by sparklyduck75

Art Journal Caravan #35 by sparklyduck75

You have something no one else has, or has ever had:
your fingerprints, your brain, your heart.
Be an individual.
Be unique. Stand out. Make noise.
Make someone notice.
–Jon Bon Jovi

CREDITS:
Everything by Tangie Baxter and friends, from
AJC 2011 Parcels 35, 33, and 15;
AJC 2011 Grab Bag; and
aMUSEing and Ultimate Art Doll kits.
Fonts: Tangie’s Chesire, Jabberwock, and MadHatter.

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This fun page by Yvonne55 demonstrates a {casual} use of a font mixed with doodling. She’s backed the font with color and patterns.

Fight by Yvonne55

Fight by Yvonne55

Font is Jabberwock by Tangie Baxter
All papers (fillings) are by Tangie Baxter.

When I was a teenager, I doodled every page in my agenda this way.

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This page by jonee uses {contrasting fonts} for ultimate impact.

Organize - not! by jonee

Organize – not! by jonee

It’s not that I’m so disorganized actually but I am a bit messy!

Gesso2 by Studio Tangie
ARTistrokes by Studio Ztampf
Femme by Birgit Kerr
Wordstrips by Birgit Kerr
Art Mask Addon by Phuong Ton
Kaleidoscope by Lynne-Marie, creations, Leona Sanford at Catscrap
True to Yourself by Pink Reptile Designs at Zig Zag Scrap
Quote: source unknown
Fonts: You are Loved, Old Typewriter

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In this page by janeagain, the fonts {guide} your eye around the design. The distinctness in font weights help to  achieve this effect.

My Journey by janeagain

My Journey by janeagain

Credits: Dream and Discover, Deconstructed Journals vol. 2 and 3, Steampunk Bandwagon, and Prose by Tangie Baxter Fonts are Five, Seven and Two and Knave by Tangie Baxter and !Paul Maul

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This page is an example of giving {personality/mood} to typefaces.

Art Journal Caravan #25: Catch by sparklyduck75

Art Journal Caravan #25: Catch by sparklyduck75

“To improve the golden moment of opportunity, and catch the good that is within our reach, is the great art of life,” said Samuel Johnson.

CREDITS:
AJC Parcel 25 by Tangie Baxter and Beth Rimmer;
Catch Splatter Graffiti by Tangie;
AJC Deconstructed Journals Papers by Tangie;
Water droplets from Field Notes: Spring kit by… guess who?;
Swirls and leaves from Sweetums Garden by Maya.
Fonts: Tangie’s Art Journal Font Chesire and AJF Jabberwock; also 2Peas_Goofball.

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This is an example of using a {textpath} or perhaps distorting the text path by Serenoa.

Art Journal Caravan #25 Quiet Times by Serenoa

Art Journal Caravan Itinerary #25 Quiet Times by Serenoa

Elements and papers from Studio Tangie kits – Golden Ocean, Briny Deep, Seaside Art Dolls, and Parcel 22.

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This is a beautiful page showing a bold font with a {crackled effect} by jonee.

Light by jonee

Light by jonee

background papers (blended), blended butterflies – She Follows her Heart by Studio Rosey Posey
paper lace, leaves – Gypsy Rose collab by Studio Rosey Posey and Gypsy
Splatter Grafitti Celtic, AJC 11, AJC 33 by Tangie Baxter
stamp – Naturally by Pink Reptile Designs
butterfly – Creation 23 by Catherine Designs and Createwings
bird – ReCreation 23 by Catherine Designs and Createwings
beaded lace – Natural Abandon by Gypsy
stitched border – Cozy by Lynne-Marie
Quote by Rabindranath Tagore
Font (with effect) Cracked

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This page by DALE shows us a {decorative} font from Tangie’s foundry.

The Good Fairy by DALE

Art Journal Caravan #13 Hope

The Good Fairy by DALE

If I had influence with the good fairy I would ask that her gift to each child be a sense of hope and wonder so indestructible that it would last throughout life. If I had influence with the good fairy.

For this page I used:
Studio Tangie: Knave Font (just love it!!)
Studio Rebecca: Merrit
Studio Lori: Artist Faeries

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The typography on this page by SpunMonkey creates {energy}.

Life – Make it Shine by SpunMonkey

Life – Make It Shine by SpunMonkey

Made with A Door Just Opened, Mock Turtle Art Journaling Font, Walrus Art Journaling Font and Paperworn Art Styles & BONUS Action by Tangie Baxter @ Scrapbook Graphics

 

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This page by joamosatcharterdotnet demonstrates several typography details. One is {scale} as the fonts go from larger to smaller to create hierarchy.

JusT OnE kiSS by joamosatcharterdotnet

JusT OnE kiSS by joamosatcharterdotnet

just havin fun and practicing with the warped journal texting–trying to get back in the groove again. Took a long break…

Gotta thank my help:
(backgrounds) TumblefishStudios-EastisWestExtras and Juno-NotePaperOldies
(bird cage, asian lady, butterflybird and flowering branch) TangieBaxter-AlteredArtSheet65 and SheJournalsKIt
(fonts) TangieBaxter-AJF MockTurtle, TweedleDee and Dinah
(brushes) Redju-ArtisticPaintBrushes and EHI-PaintStrokes @ scrapgirls

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This page by Tangie Baxter {breaks all the rules}. She flips words along the same line. She also outlines the fonts, and fills in the centers of the “d’s” , “e’s” , “a’s”, and “o’s” of some of  the words.

{June} Adv Quest Week #1 by Tangie Baxter

{June} Adventure Quest Week #1 by Tangie Baxter

Credits:
Merritt by Studio Rebecca
Metal Momma by Holliewood Studios
Compendium of Daydreams, daydream & pause splatter graffiti, Celtic Traditions, Call of the Gypsy, dodo font, mock turtle font, plum pudding font, tweedledum font all by Studio Tangie

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This page by Grace shows us a {sunburst} design placement of the text.

Art Journal Caravan Itinerary #31 Organize by Grace

Art Journal Caravan Itinerary #31 Organize by Grace

Whim by Rebecca McMeen
Eliaz by Rebecca McMeen
Parcel 30 Gesso Textures by Tangie Baxter
Gesso 2 from Parcel 31 Grab Bag Madness by Tangie Baxter
Quote: Organize your life around your dreams and watch them come true. Author unknown
Art Journaling Font Dinah by Tangie Baxter
Art Journaling Font White Queen by Tangie Baxter
Art Journaling Font Mock Turtle by Tangie Baxter
Paperworn Art Styles by Tangie Baxter

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This page by sparklyduck75 is a great example of several types of typography, in my opinion: {decorative font, scale, and rhythm.}

Art Journal Caravan - Hope by sparklyduck75

Art Journal Caravan – Hope by sparklyduck75

Hope is the thing with feathers
that perches in the soul,
and sings the tune without the words
and never stops at all,
-Emily Dickinson

Hope: a joyful and confident expectation of good.

CREDITS:
Floral paper, branches, bling, Western Union telegram, and graffiti from AJC 2011 Parcel 13,
by Tangie Baxter and Studio Rosey Posey;
Blue flower from AJC 2011 Parcel 1 by Tangie Baxter and Rebecca McMeen;
Pink paper, notepaper palm fronds, graffiti splatters, and bird, all by Tangie.
Fonts: Chesire by Tangie; 2peas_PlatformShoes; TypicalWriter.

I also used a set of Tangie’s journal lines to arrange my text, but removed them after–just felt kind of structural, and I wanted my bird to feel uninhibited. Love the effect, though, in more ways than one: it was kind of calming, adjusting one letter at a time.

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This page has fonts that {varies a distinct font with a neutral font}.

Know by SpunMonkey

Know by SpunMonkey

Made with What I Love to Do a collab by Tangie Baxter and Re Kneipp and Jabberwock Art Journaling Font by Tangie Baxter.

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This page by gerryglow demonstrates a great use of a bold {handwritten} font.

I'm Going To by gerryglow

I’m Going to by gerryglow

Credits: BG and elements Happy to Be Me by Tangie
Doll is Happy Girl from Wish Bliss Studios

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This page by tarhtur demonstrates {emphasis} with the different fonts for the words “courage” and “dreams”.

portal II - dreams by tarthur

portal II – dreams by tarthur

Credits:

The fancy font is Tangie’s Jabberwock and the other is called Idolwild. swirl brush by KPeriet. I have no idea where I got the chicken image. It’s been in my gallery for years. If anyone knows the chicken’s owner, I will happily give credit.

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This artistic page by ginamichelle is an example of {repetition}.

Fast and Free by ginamichelle

Fast and Free by ginamichelle

Credits: Journal Anthology 5 by Tangie Baxter http://shop.scrapbookgraphics.com/Jo…thology-5.html , template: by Lilacs in Bloom, fonts are TweedleDum http://shop.scrapbookgraphics.com/Tweedledum.html and Tweedle Dee http://shop.scrapbookgraphics.com/Tweedledee.html by Tangie Baxter

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I love this page by wanderer for her use of  {warped text}, {text circles}, and {sunburst text placement}.

{Try} by wanderer

{Try} by wanderer

Credits:
Tornado- my first attempt at Art Rage
Supermii- designed by me on Marvel.com, recolored in Photoshop
Glitter: Trixie Scraps
Background: Tommys Garage by Studio Gypsy
Fonts: Pea Tonya, Pea Danley,Pea NJH Script, Pea Chit’s Bits, Pea Bhea Script, & Pea Teran from Fonts for Peas

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This page by SpunMonkey uses a journaling font for {readability}.

Itinerary 2 – I Can by SpunMonkey

Art Journal Caravan #2 – I Can by SpunMonkey

Credits:
Scrapbook Graphics: Tangie Baxter – Seaside Art Dolls, Bee True, Various Collage Fodder Sheets, Painted Grunge Papers, Curious Adventures
Deviant Scrap: Clementine Design – Eleanor’s Avenue
Crowabout StudioB – Funky Birds and Borders, More Wild Things, Borders and Bits, Odds and Ends, Dirty Alpha
Sherrie JD – Body Farm
Teesha’s Land of Odd: Teesha Moore – Collage Sheets

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REFERENCE

This is a very interesting infographic by Noodlor, and blogged about in detail by Cliff Kuang here. I thought if you are interested in learning more about typography, this would be a great place to start!

Type Guide by Noodlor

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Julie Ann Shahin is a New York-based art journaler, scrapbooker, mixed media craftster who specializes in hybrid and altered art techniques. She will be blogging regularly for tangiebaxter.com on Tuesdays and Saturdays. You may contact Julie Ann directly at julieann dot shahin at gmail dot com

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Visual/Collage Journaling Focus

 

Summer Journal by Julie Ann Shahin

I’d love to share with you today my Summer Visual Journal. Inspired by collage, visual journals, and Smash Books – this journal  is still a work in progress.

My journal is more about using ephemera, photos, and journaling – than it is about using paints, watercolors, and getting your hands messy. Although one can feel free to use digitally painted items!

 

Scissors

Since most of the items in my journal were cut out with scissors, let’s talk first about Detail Scissors. I have tried several brands and have my own favorites. The scissors have to be easy to use, the blade has to swivel around fine details easily. Sometimes larger handles get in the way. Here are a few types of Detail Scissors for your review:

 

 

Approximately $9.97

Fiskars 5″ Non-Stick Blades

Fiskars 9994-7097 no 5 Non-Stick Scissors. Non-Stick coating prevents most adhesives from sticking to blades. Great for cutting through glue, tape, labels and more. Compact size allows for detailed cutting. 5 inches overall with 1 3/4 inch blades.

  • I have used these for years are they are great all-purpose detail scissors. I love the non-stick coating feature.

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Source: amazon.com via Julie on Pinterest

 

Approximately $13.00

Tonic Studios 404 6-1/2-Inch Spring Cut Scissors

Kushgrip is a patented soft grip material designed to increase your comfort Locking mechanism for safety

Kushgrip covering allows for better control

Fine tip for extra detailed cutting projects

Kushgrip – make your hands smile

  • This is my newest purchase and I really like these a lot. I reach for these the most and trust them to get the cut I want.

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Source: acehotline.com via Julie on Pinterest

 

Approx. $7.99

Fiskars Fingertip Swivel Craft Knife 01003314 a

Fiskars Fingertip swivel craft knife, paper cutter. Fiskar’s brand ambassadors were wowed when they got their hands on this hot new product! We think you’ll feel the same. It is the latest innovation! For detail-type folks (or those willing to try their freehanding skills) the Fingertip Swivel Knife is ideal for cutting intricate designs and flowing shapes.

  • I received this product for free at a scrapbooking convention and am almost afraid to use it. I haven’t experimented with it enough to be confident with it.

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Source: amazon.com via Julie on Pinterest

 

Approximately $9.00

Tonic Studios Tim Holtz 817 Kushgrip Non Stick Micro Serrated Snips

The Micro Serrated Snips are ideal for detail cutting

Non stick coating makes these scissors resistant to rust and minimize adhesive build up

Kushgrip handles for comfort

Includes protective plastic cap for storage

  • These scissors have been on my wishlist for a long time. I have tried them out and they are ideal. Warning! Don’t be lured by imitators and knock-offs as they are not the same. You will waste your money if you buy an imitator.

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Source: ep.yimg.com via Julie on Pinterest

 

Approx. $3.88

Judikins Detail Scissors

Designed for intricate paper cutting; this fine detail scissors are made from surgical stainless steel to give you trouble-free operation for years to come. Great for cutting lighter weight paper and also works for embroidery! (For best results keep a separate pair of scissors for cloth and paper). Contains one pair of Details Scissors (4×2 inches). Judikins CTS11.

  • I can not recommend these scissors as I’ve never used them or heard of them except from one online message board. I recommend reading online reviews before purchasing.

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Approx. $2.60

Precision™ 4″ Craft Detail Scissors

  • Ideal for very detailed, precise paper cutting.
  • Manufactured to cut effectively and precisely with ease through a range of materials from paper to fabric to leather and cardboard.
  • A great addition for any Crafter’s tools.
  • Right and Left Handed. Lifetime Guarantee.
  • I can not recommend these scissors as I’ve never used them or heard of them. I recommend reading online reviews before purchasing.

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My Summer Journal

Summer Journal Cover by Julie Ann Shahin

This journal is a hybrid journal with lots of paper + printables. Lots and lots of goodies from Tangie’s kits, such as the butterfly and clock on the cover above.

 

 

Inside Cover and Page 1 by Julie Ann

On the inside cover, the postcard folds down. The envelope on the right is from a magazine perfume ad.

 

 

Dedication for Summer Journal by Julie Ann Shahin

Summer Journal Pages by Julie Ann Shahin

Travel wish list with journaling on reverse side

 

 

Summer Journal Pages by Julie Ann Shahin

Contrast large numbers with handwritten journaling

 

Art Journaling by Julie Ann Shahin

 

 

Summer Journal Page by Julie Ann Shahin

Mix travel ephemera with scrapbooking ephemera

 

 

Summer Journal by Julie Ann Shahin

Remember to journal about the weather

 

 

Summer Journal by Julie Ann Shahin

 

Summer Journal Pages by Julie Ann Shahin

 

 

Summer Journal Pages by Julie Ann Shahin

Mix in cut images from magazines with printables

 

 

Summer Journal Pages by Julie Ann Shahin

Use envelopes for hidden journaling

 

Summer Journal Pages by Julie Ann Shahin

Feel free to get whimsical

 

 

Summer Journal Pages by Julie Ann Shahin

 

Summer Journal Pages by Julie Ann Shahin

 

Summer Journal Pages by Julie Ann Shahin

Use photobooth-style photos for memorable events

 

 

Closeup of Journal Pages by Julie Ann Shahin

 

Summer Journal Pages by Julie Ann Shahin

 

Summer Journal Pages by Julie Ann Shahin

Capture your love for the beach with printables

 

 

Closeup of Journal Page by Julie Ann Shahin

 

 

 

Summer Journal Pages by Julie Ann Shahin

Summer Journal Page by Julie Ann Shahin

 

 

Summer Journal Pages by Julie Ann Shahin

Mix real vintage ephemera with printables

 

 

Summer Journal Pages by Julie Ann Shahin

Lots of room to add doodling later

 

 

Summer Journal Pages by Julie Ann Shahin

Inside Cover – collage

 

Thanks for letting me share my Summer Journal, in progress. It has been really relaxing to work on it while watching T.V. or just sitting in my dining room listening to the sounds of nature through the open windows.

 

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Julie Ann Shahin is a New York-based art journaler, scrapbooker, mixed media craftster who specializes in hybrid and altered art techniques. She will be blogging regularly for tangiebaxter.com on Tuesdays and Saturdays. You may contact Julie Ann directly at julieann dot shahin at gmail dot com

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Art Journaling 101: Buildable Art Journals Part 2

 

Buildable Art Journal Pages by Julie Ann Shahin

Buildable Art Journal Pages Plus* by Julie Ann Shahin

As promised last week, I am sharing my updated Buildable Art Journal Pages with you today. Hello all! xoxo

I started the pages from this to this to —–>what you see above and below.

 

Buildable Art Journal Pages by Julie Ann Shahin

Buildable Art Journal Pages by Julie Ann Shahin

I used Tangie’s Buildable Art Journal Pages plus I also did some creative Word Art on notebook paper as you can see.

 

Buildable Art Journal Planner Page by Julie Ann Shahin
Buildable Art Journal Planner Page by Julie Ann Shahin

The above page is direct from Tangie’s {Studio Box Workshops No. 1} Buildable Art Journals. I used it to journal our trip to the Jersey Shore last week, and about family visiting from out-of-state over the weekend. After it was printed with the digital gesso overlay, and the digital days of the week on it, by hand, I doodled and journaled with my markers – which included Copics, and Sharpies.

 

Closeup

Art Journal Page Cloesup by Julie Ann Shahin



Here are my other pages that I completed this week. One was a doodling page with the base created from Tangie’s Buildable Art Journals, and the other was just a notebook paper that I used to make word art on.

First, let’s look at the Doodling Page and inspiration.

 

Buildable Art Journal Page by Julie Ann Shahin (doodles)

Buildable Art Journal Page by Julie Ann Shahin (doodles)

Doodles Closeup by Julie Ann Shahin

Doodles Closeup by Julie Ann Shahin

On this page, I used various markers: Copics, Tombows, and scrapbooking markers. The Copics and Tombows work best on printed inkjet paper, and the scrapbooking marker works for small areas but not for larger areas.  There are also stickers on this page, and some water-soluble crayons too. Working inside circles was a neat creative challenge that I haven’t done before.

Second, here is my word  art page. Since my weekly planner page above was based on our trip to the Jersey Shore this week, I looked for a quotation on travel. “Travel is more than the seeing of sights; it is a change that goes on, deep and permanent in the ideas of living.” Miriam Beard

This was a fun page to experiment with different styles of lettering and doodling.

 

Word Art Journal Page by Julie Ann Shahin

Word Art Journal Page by Julie Ann Shahin

The steps to creating this page were to

  1. write out the quote varying the lettering for each word
  2. add the lines between the words (I know sometimes this is usually done first)
  3. color in the words
  4. doodle in the spaces between the lines
  5. color in behind the words
  6. color in the doodles
  7. add details

 

And I’d like to show you some of the talent that inspired me:

First, two examples from my extremely talented friend JoAnne Sharpe, (who offers art journal workshops in Fairport, NY if you are in the area -email her to join her email list, email is on her blog):

 

Love the flowers

 

 

I hope you are inspired and have fun with Tangie’s Buildable Journals!

{Studio Box Workshops No. 1} Buildable Art Journals By Tangie

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Julie Ann Shahin is a New York-based art journaler, scrapbooker, mixed media craftster who specializes in hybrid and altered art techniques. She will be blogging regularly for tangiebaxter.com on Tuesdays and Saturdays. You may contact Julie Ann directly at julieann dot shahin at gmail dot com

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