Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Art Journal Class...

I have never been very artsy with the traditional painting themed supplies.  I don't draw.  I don't paint.  I don't consider myself an artist in the truest sense of the word.  I do however love to try all mediums and I always hope something miraculous will come from my hands. 
Along comes Miss Roni of Ink Stains.  I have blogged about her before but this time she is my teacher.   Roni is actually giving tons of lessons for making an art journal.  We have no idea what we will be doing or what supplies we will be using.  This is part of the fun for me.  I have lots of supplies, especially since I won Roni's grand giveaway.  This will be the perfect opportunity for me to use these art mediums I own.  I have always thought that if I purchase and own something I will automatically become adept/ the time I bought a brand new piano and paid for it for years.  Did I ever really learn to play that piano?  No.  Same for lots of other things through the years.  Osmosis just does not work with me.  :o)
Usually I save everything.  Never opening or using just in case I need it later.  Well...I opened and inked and brushed and spread and used my supplies.  I followed Roni's technique and had a great time.  This photo above is my initial template but I had so much fun that I ended up inking it and trying different looks. 
I haven't journaled on my pages yet but this one is my how to sampler.  The embossing, the white rubbing and the inking that results in "faux rubbing".  This is really super fun and even I didn't mind making a bit of a mess...not too much mind you as I am known as Miss Prissy my entire life.  Get my hands dirty?  Ewww!
This page will be my art journal cover.  I absolutely love how it turned out.  I may add something more however not so far.  It has an ethereal look and feel and yet it was so easy to make. 
Thank you Roni for offering your expertise and sharing with us.  I am looking forward to our next lesson. 
I will be using individual sheets of papers so that I may put them into a 3-ring binder.  That will allow me to utilize lots of sizes and thicknesses and not be limited by any one type of pre-purchased journal.   I have been collecting (all my life I have been collecting!) some pertinent ephemera for this journal too as I want it to reflect me and my likes and dislikes. 
After all this is MY ART JOURNAL...


  1. This looks really interesting Sherry- fantastic tecnic, I love your front page.

  2. The cover looks great! Always fun to learn new things!

  3. Your journal cover is gorgeous! I feel the same way about working with different mediums and the class I just took with Donna Downey helped me to just give it a try :)

  4. I've been following Roni and I want to do this journal as well. So I'll be following you as you follow Roni. You are off to a great start. I'm still clearing the deck and finding all those supplies that I've been saving. I, also hope its not too messy! After all, I've just cleaned! ;^)

  5. It's gorgeous! What fun! Looks to me like you're quite artsy. Hugs!

  6. Oh! You are off to a wonderful start! Your cover Is beautiful! I had to giggle that osmosis doesn't work with me either (as I sit here and look at the beautiful dulcimer sitting in it's stand). Have a wonderful day! Twyla

  7. I love the cover the little bird is perfect! Hugs P.S>I'm having my very first blog hop today Please stop by and link up your lovely blog.

  8. I love your journal cover! Looks like you are having lots of fun playing with your new supplies. I'm looking forward to seeing what you create next!

  9. Yea for you! I'm kinda the same. Always wanting to do more than I am capable of and hoping that just by having the supplies somehow I will automatically figure it all out but hasn't worked so far. I've been wanting to art journal for a while and keep trying to get a start but never get very far with it. I've wanted to make travel journals with the last few trips we've taken, but even those don't pan out. :/ Looks like you are off to a great start. Have fun! Best wishes, Tammy

  10. Sherry it looks wonderful! What a beautiful page to start your journal off with!!

    Goodie for you and about the piano...been there, done that ;) You're not alone - LOL!!

  11. Great! I joined an art journal online course yesterday! Moira's!! Let's have fun! Kath

  12. I'll have to check Roni out. You are so an artist. Your cover is beautiful, love the colors.

  13. i'm glad you're enjoying this process of creating your own art journal......and it definitely shows, because your papers are fabulous! keep having fun (and keep those baby wipes nearby for when your hands get a little dirty! heehee). xoxox

  14. Hi Sherry,
    Are you sure you have not done this before? My gosh your cover page turned our fantastic. I love it. You are one talented girly.

    Oh and I love your little snails too. So cute. I am loving my tote!!XOXO

    Do you still have the paino? You know it is not too late to start to play. I have played all my life. It is a nice escape at times.
    Have a great weekend.
    Hugs, Celestina Marie

  15. I love that you are making a journal and trying new things. Your cover looks great. Won't this be a fun place to show off some of the stuff you have collected? I love a project that starts out as an experiment with no pressure. Can turn out to be the best kind. Have fun with it and keep us posted. Thanks for your visit this week and for "shopping with me."

  16. Oh it is beautiful! Good job. I can't wait to see the rest! :)


  17. Looks like your having a blast and learning lots of new techniques! Enjoy the process!
    hugs Lynn

  18. This is wonderful! It will make a beautiful cover! xo

  19. Oh I just love it when people tap into their creative and artful sides! Hope you're having fun!

    Ciao Bella!


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