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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.

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Painting with soft pastels

Supplies

  • Water
  • Brushes
  • Towels
  • Journal
  • Soft pastels

There’s a few ways to paint with soft pastels.

First use the soft pastel in a dry form. Rub a color onto the paper.

Then add water and use a paint brush to spread the color across the paper.

You can use a second color and blend the colors together along with diluting it with water.

Let’s keep making creative art journaling…

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Watercolor and Pen

This is an abstract art piece for your journal.

Supplies

  • Watercolor
  • Brushes
  • Water container
  • Paper towels
  • Pens-assorted colors

Start by painting shapes onto the paper. The shapes can overlap and the paint can bleed into another color. Fill the paper with as many shapes as you want.

Let dry. Use a blow dryer to speed up the drying time.

Then use the pens to outline the shapes and doodle in and around the shapes. Let your creativity flow.

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Crayons and Watercolor Painting

Supplies

  • paper/journal
  • gesso
  • brush for gesso
  • watercolor paint
  • crayons-various colors
  • pens-black and blue or various colors
  • canister for water
  • brushes
  • towels

Start by picking the size of paper or the journal you want to show your creativity.

My Choice in a Journal

Then gesso the paper. (Gesso is a primer to prevent the paint from soaking into the canvas or other materials such as paper). Let dry. A blow drier can be used to speed up the drying process.

Then use the crayons and mark on the paper lines going in all directions.

Then use the watercolor paints and start painting over the lines. Add splashes of colors onto the paper until you get the desired colors you want.

Let dry, again you can use the blow drier to speed up the drying time.

Once dry, take the pens and add details to it. You might want to highlight certain areas with doodle-like drawings, or outlines shapes. So much possibility is in this process.

This technique can be used for a background, a part of a larger painting, a book cover, bookmarks, or stationary.

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Benefits of an Art Journal

What does Art Journaling Do?

Art Journaling helps to reduce stress.  It is a tool to help with self-growth.  It allows for your brain to relax and release the mental thoughts that are causing anxiety.  An art journal exercise is a relaxing activity that involves color, pattern, texture and self-expression.  Using an art journal can increase your artistic expression and freedom. 

Art journaling can help to focus and manifest goals.  The entire art journal can include inspirations, quotes, pictures, travel, a dream home, or a dream job etc. 

Topics and Themes for Art Journals

  • Nature/seasons
  • 4 elements-earth, fire, wind, water
  • Vintage
  • Victorian era
  • Planets/sky
  • Flowers
  • Doodles
  • Zig-zag line drawing
  • Animals/insects
  • City-scapes
  • Ocean/water
  • Relationships: family, friends
  • Travel destinations
  • Health and Fitness
  • Goals and dreams
  • Inspiring people
  • Religion/Spiritual
  • Poems/short stories
  • Inspirational quotes/scripture
  • Creative techniques
  • Fictional character/cartoon/superhero

Part One of the Creative Journal

The Journal I am introducing for the first section of creating a journal is a technique journal. You will learn different techniques to use in a journal that will give you expressive and interesting effects that can add creativity and detail to your journal page.

Let’s start journaling….