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Painting in a Journal

I have cardstock of various colors. Each was cut in various sizes and taped onto a board. Then I painted using colors that compliment the paper. After it dried I took acrylic markers and drew in details.

Later, they will be glued into the art journal.

Finished Paintings

I plan to paint more in my art journal for 2023.

Etsy Shop

My Etsy shop is open and has some amazing pen and ink drawings and acrylic paintings that are sold in prints. Check it out https://4PawsArtStudio.etsy.com

Happy New Year

Caroline

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Oil Painting

When I went to college, oil painting was the choice of medium. It’s been many years since I used oil painting as my life took a different turn and I was not making art during those years.

I heard about the water soluble oil paints. These paints are nice, the tubes are small, but just enough for what I need. It might help me get back to oil painting.

Flower Art

I mostly paint flowers, mostly in abstract. But this painting I wanted to paint an iris for my bedroom.

The Inspiration Photos

Here’s the First Layer

The Second Day in the Studio

Waiting…

Waiting for it to dry and I’ll add in more highlights.

Hope you enjoyed this blog.

Etsy Shop

Check out my Etsy shop. I have pen and ink drawings and acrylic paintings sold in prints for sale.

https://4PawsArtStudio.etsy.com

Caroline

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Bold, Bright, Beautiful

Lately I have been painting in my art journal. I use acrylic paint. The intention of painting in a journal is to practice mindfulness and relaxation.

Paintings

It’s the end of the year and I realized I just haven’t been writing in this blog much. I hope to publish more and make more art next year.

Caroline

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Animal Drawings

I drew these animal drawings in a sketchbook with colored pens.

Lately I have been going through my art and starting to decide what to start selling.

These drawings might be selected.

Redbubble

Look for my art on redbubble items it is under 4pawsartstudio

Etsy

A few items are on Etsy under 4pawsartstudio

More will be posted in months to come.

Caroline

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Weaving Paper

I am showing you how to paper weave in a journal. This can be made on a larger separate paper using the same steps.

Supplies Needed

  • Journal
  • Cardstock paper
  • Extra paper from shaving cream project see previous post
  • Glue
  • Washi tape
  • Cutting board or x-acto knife or scissors

Steps

Cut the paper and then strips half an inch or less. Then decide which papers are going to be horizontal. Then glue the top of the horizontal paper to the journal page you will only glue the very top parts of the paper do not glue the entire horizontal strip of paper.

Then add washi tape at the top to secure that portion that was glued down. Then you will start your weaving. Pick another strip of paper and start weaving under and over you’re going to alternate. When you get to the end pick up another paper and then weave again but alternate from what you did previously. So if you started under for your first weaving strip then your second strip will start with over.

Once you are finished you can cut the edges of the remaining paper strips or you could fold them into the journal page. This would be your choice of what you want to do.

Caroline

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Doodling on Construction Paper Page

Supplies

  • Ink pen
  • Journal page with construction paper

This journal entry will be a doodle that is drawn on the construction paper that was glued on to the page.

Start by drawing simple shapes, circle, curved and lines.

Add the shape next to the shapes already drawn. Continue drawing until the entire page is filled.

This is the finished page.

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Making a Journal Cover Pretty

Supplies

  • Construction paper
  • Decorative paper
  • Glue sticks
  • Glue
  • Washi tape
  • Lettering
  • Magazine letters cut out

Measure the size for the front cover. It will be a little bit smaller than the pages due to the spiral rings.

Cut decorative paper or construction paper to the measurements of the front cover.

Glue to the front cover. Add washi tape on the edges.

Inside Pages

Use the same measurements as the front cover and cut decorative paper or construction paper to paste on the odd side of the journal entry.

I used construction paper. The next post I will show you what to do with construction paper to add to the journal.

The journal will start expanding due to adding in more paper.

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Glueing Shaving Cream in your Journal

Supplies

  • Scissors
  • Shaving cream painting sheets
  • Glue
  • Ruler
  • Pencil

Measure the page and cut the shaving cream painting sheets to the measurement size.

Pick the area of the painting that is interesting to you.

Glue the painting to the page.

Glue all of the shaving cream paintings there will be many pages of these works in your journal.

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Paper Craft in an Art Journal

Supplies Needed

  • Decorative paper
  • Construction Paper
  • Card stock paper
  • Mod podge
  • Brush
  • Tray to pour mod modge on
  • Stencil-optional
  • Marker

Journal Photos

You will need to have decorative paper. This can be ordered online, found at the craft store in the scrap booking section, or you can save interesting design paper from the mail or from gifts or wrapping paper. Also needed is mod podge. You can have it glossy or matte, either is fine. It really comes down to what you prefer.

I also suggested a stencil. This stencil will be easier for those that what an image without having to free hand draw it. You can trace an image as well through a light box. Pick a simple object, and then you can make more complicated ones later.

You draw your image, I used an apple shape. Then tear the decorative paper into small pieces and use the mod podge to glue it down onto the image you drew, the goal is to fill it in with decorative paper.

After it dries you can use a marker and trace the edge for a border.

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Caroline

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Shaving Cream-Pollock style

This is done on a separate paper due to the type of technique. It will be added to the journal. This is a two-part post.

Supplies

  • 12″x14″ mixed media paper
  • Shaving cream
  • Acrylic liquid paint
  • Scraper/straight edge
  • Paper towels
  • Rags
  • Tray

Start with spreading the shaving cream onto a pan.

Then add paint onto the shaving cream. Be creative with your pouring. Add as many colors as you want.

Then place the 11″x14″ paper on top of the shaving cream and gently press and rub the paper.

Lift the paper slowly.

Set aside and add more colors and continue to make prints.

Use the straight edge and gently remove the shaving cream from the paper.

After the shaving cream is removed below is the result.

More Prints

Next post I will show how to include this in your art journal.