I recently did a poll on the blog asking what tutorials people would like to see and the majority by a long way was art journals. I’ve wanted to do some journaling for ages but with work, life and my other projects going on I never seemed to get the time. So thinking of a tutorial was a good way to get back into it.
I had the idea for a while of doing a page with puzzle pieces and got a 1000 piece puzzle from a charity shop. One thing I love about art journaling is how free form and personal it is and that it is about expression and enjoying using different materials. Here are a list of materials I used but it is entirely up to you:
- Dylusions A4 Art Journal
- Dylusions Sprays
- Modge Podge
- Puzzle Pieces
- Posca Paint Pens
- random card pieces, stamps, paper
- Tim Holtz Distress Stickles
- Claudine Hellmuth Studio Black Gesso
I even forgot I had a brand new Dylusions Journal to play with! First things first:
Once you have all your materials, lay your page out and place paper underneath each page. I used old newspaper. Then I sprayed my page with water from a spray bottle to get the paper damp before randomly spraying my inks. Do whatever comes naturally.
I then used a stencil to create some visual interest
The inks react with water so you can draw out some interesting colour contrasts. Next I took a few puzzle pieces and painted them with black gesso. I liked having the shape to work with in my page.
Using the Modge Podge I placed these on one side of the page in a scattered way, although you may want to use a stronger glue to fix something thicker like chipboard (I had run out of glue!). I then picked out some images from the pack of pieces I had and stuck them down.
Now My favourite part comes ~ time to doodle! You can use a pencil if you’re not that confident but I think the whole process of art journaling is to draw freely and if you think something doesn’t look right, come in a bit later and change it. Don’t think about the end piece.I drew a silver swirl across the page using one of my Posca Paint Pens, then used a black pen to work from the swirl. I added some text that I thought was interesting to the theme of puzzles and I also like to do swirly writing.
I added different colours as I went and outlined some of the puzzle pieces. I have quite and organic style so I did do quite a few flowers and plant like things.
Lastly I like to add some embellishments and used the Tim Holtz Stickles for a bit of glitter. I sometimes glue in sequins or beads so it’s really up to you want you add to your piece.
And here is my finished page.
I’m going to be doing more art journal pages in the next few months, hope this was useful for everyone interested in learning some art journaling techniques. I’m also planning to make some more videos and put them up on my YouTube channel. Let me know if you have any questions or comments :)