Friday, 10 February 2012

Art Journal Page

I have never done an Art Journal page before - well, before today that is! Quite frankly, I was terrified to attempt it as many of the ones I've seen have been amazing and I didn't want to even attempt to match up to those. I also wondered what on earth I would do a page about - not like A-Level art where the teacher gave you a starting point and if you were lucky some research info too! A crafting friend, BJ, decided she'd enter the challenge at the Craft Barn which is to produce an AJ page with hearts. The hearts must contain the things you love. Mmmmm? Does Bryan Ferry fit in a heart? Sadly not!! (That's showing my age!).

Seriously though, I found the production of the page difficult because there are so many things I like in many areas of life. I decided to concentrate on some of the techniques I currently like using on cards etc. I couldn't fit everything on so here are just a few of my favourite things:


My gorgeous new stamp had to go on here. I used some distress ink to add light colour to the  flowers and added  glossy accents so they stood out.

Love beads, ribbon, gold and of course, more embossing!

You can't see it very well here but the flowers are stamped and embossed on acetate .

This is a tiny piece of a large secondhand stamp I've got which is so vintage and I love it.

I love Christmas crafting and the more snowflakes I can squeeze in the better!

Around the hearts I've written as many things as I could think of that I love. Even my gorgeous cat gets a mention! Plus daughter and husband of course.

If I've got the concept of an AJ page wrong, please do let me know - I WANT to learn!!

I'm going to put this in the Craft Barn Challenge so if you're viewing this post - thank you! Constructive comments are really welcome! (If you know what I mean!).

27 comments:

  1. This is gorgeous Julia, and compares very well with any I have seen previous. Not something I have tried before.
    Avril xx

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    1. Thanks Avril. I might have another go but I think it's something that will run in the background rather than become my first love!

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  2. Great journal page Julia love all the details of the things you love, great texture and colours.
    Thanks for your comments on my blog, to answer your question about the heart with the swirls the background was made with distress inks applied to my craft mat and spritzed with water and card was dragged through the ink, when dry I ran it through an embossing folder before cutting out into heart shape hope this helps.

    Maggie H

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    1. Thanks for that Maggie. I love how vibrant your ink colours are - I need to try other colour combinations!

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  3. Julia - super job, I think it is DEFINITELY an art journal page. Absolutely love how you have journalled around the hearts. I tend to just write round photos on scrapbook pages but to emphasis this with the extra border is brilliant. Are you glad you entered now? I am. BJ

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    1. Thanks BJ and it really is all down to you! Did take up loads of time though but I do tend to work slowly.x

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  4. This is fabulous Julia, your page looks so rich and dimentional. I love your journaling around the edges of your hearts. Have a great weekend x

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    1. Thanks Sue for your lovely comment. Sadly the weekend is over but have done some lovely things. Hope your's was good too. Julia

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    1. Thank you Lena! Unfortunately, my pen wasn't really waterproof but have made a note to get a decent on which won't react when I use watercolour pencils as I did here! Julia

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  6. Cannot believe this is your fist ever art journal page , it is gorgeous. I love the idea of concentrating on your favourite stamps and techniques and the journalling around the hearts - perfect.

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  7. Love your page. The colours are just gorgeous and I love the way you've written all around the hearts to bring it all together. Having seen yours I think mine is definitely lacking in words!

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    1. Thank you Carol for the lovely comment. I don't think there are any hard and fast rules for an art journal are there? I added the writing because I was worried nobody would understand what I was doing as I was a novice! Julia

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  8. ahhhh , your page is a feast for eyes, with texture, inventive and so on!

    A picture of Brian Ferry ? ;-)

    Thanks for joining us at CraftBarn!

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    1. Thank you! Bryan Ferry. . . . . . !! Julia

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  9. Never tried an art journal page but love looking at others and yours is stunning! x

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    1. Thanks Jenni! In hindsight I enjoyed it but at the time is was hard work!! x

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  10. Hi Julia, WOW, your blog is Fabulous, just joined as a follower!! Your art page is amazing, the colours you have used is just Perfect, I will be visiting more often, x x The answer to your question about the mega flakes!! they came in a kit with this special glue and a brush for you to rub off access flakes it was the first time for me to use, and the great thing you can stamp with them, whoop whoop, my friend done a heart and it was stunning, and you also get different colours of flakes in a good size tub, they were from Indigoblu.com, (lots of craft shops stock it too) this company also do fab stamps. hope this helps, Hugs May x x x

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    1. Thanks May!I have sent a reply via my email but I'm not sure if they get through that way. Your comments are very kind - we shall keep in touch! Juliax

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  11. Wow, what a fabulous page. Love all the images and the gorgeous colours. Stunning. xx

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    1. Thanks for the lovely comment Suze. I thought I'd already replied but as with May, I've probably sent a reply to the ether and it's floating around out there somewhere! Juliax

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  12. It may be your first ... hopefully not your last ... so many different layers ... beautiful work!

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    1. Thank you! I have got page #2 up and running but I don't think it's going to be a quick process for me! Julia

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  13. WOW WOW WOW!!!! This is an incredibly beautiful journal page my lovely!! x

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  14. There is a fabulous work on your page, I love all the details...! Un grand bravo!! xx

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  15. This is a really fab page. Love the writing border around the hearts

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  16. great page and thank you for joining in The Artistic Stamper Creative Team Challenge

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Thank you so much for taking the time to comment. Juliax