Monday, April 09, 2012

Starting an Art Journal and PanPastels

Well Easter has come and gone and no Easter Bunny visited my house :-( That's okay though since I really don't need all those yummy chocolate and marshmallow treats...I really don't!

Over the past couple of weeks I've started art journaling. It's something I've been thinking about for awhile and I finally decided to give it a go. There are many reasons why people start to art journal, but for me the main reason is that I need somewhere I can test out new mediums (especially since I'm a medium junkie!), somewhere for all those random quotes to go and a jumping off point to get my creativity flowing when I'm just not feeling inspired. I love the idea that you can do no wrong in an art journal since it's really only for myself and I don't have to show it to anyone if I don't want to! Also pages are easily painted over or ripped out if I'm really not feeling it.

When starting this book I really didn't want to put any limits on myself as far as matching, creating 2 page spreads, etc. This book is all about freedom! So as I share a few pages with you (there may be a lot or hardly any depending on how I feel about them), there will be a HUGE variety in the types of pages, mediums, colors and a variety of 1 and 2 page designs.

So despite the bright and creative pages inside I kept the outside super simple and will probably only decorate it once the book is full. The covers are made from chipboard, painted them with Antique White acrylic paint. The pages are watercolor paper cut to size and I bound it with the Cinch.

My First Page:
The background is done with PanPastel and then I used stamps for the trees, deer and flowers with Close to My Heart ink. The PanPastels are amazing! They are soft, almost dust free colors that blend like a dream! You can also layer them by spraying a fixative between each layer so they don't mix. I only bought 5 colors from my local art store because I had seen Donna Downey use them and I wanted to try them for myself. I have to say I'm sold! I will probably do a more in depth look at these another time, but for now that's my initial impression.

I hope you enjoyed this little peak into my art journal and hopefully there will be many more pages for me to show you.

Chelsey

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