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Art Journal Every Day: Dailies May

ArtJournalEveryDayLogo-150If you're new to Art Journal Every Day, all the posts can be found here.  Please read this post first.  There is a flickr group for sharing right here.  Remember, it's just ten minutes of nourishing your creative self every day!  No need to finish anything or even like it.  If you've done some art journaling this week and you've blogged about it, or put it on flickr, please leave a link in the linky list at the end of this post.  Thanks!

Today I thought I'd share a few more of my recent pages.  

I go through phases where I love my pages and phases where I hate them.  This is not a group of pages that I think is particularly pretty.  But they're full of my memories and lots of artistic experimentation!  So for those two reasons alone, I'm proud to call them mine.

I tend to gravitate towards faces in my journal, so it's nice to see a page that just has doodles.  This page is the result of many layers of paint.  Originally, it looked like this:

(The photo is just a small section of the page I instagrammed along the way.)  I put gesso over the top to allow me to write on it.

Here's a closer peek at the big doodle on the right:

I do almost all my doodling with a small paintbrush and Golden Fluid Acrylics.  A great combination!

Do you remember the spread below?

I showed you how to put this background together in a video from the Peek-a-Boo Stencil Hop.

Here is the page it became:

I apologize for the toes in the photo.  It was super windy when I photographed this spread and it was the only way to keep the pages from flapping.  The stamped sheet that I'm holding down with my toes is actually a thin piece of paper that I taped in the middle of the spread.  Here's the other half of the page:

(And my toes, again!)  It was such a pretty piece of paper I decided that I had to add it into my journal.  I simply adhered it in with the black and white washi tape you see.

I think this page is embarrassingly ugly.  Correction: I think that face is disgustingly and embarrasingly ugly.  But I like the strip of green patterned paper (a leftover from this project).  And I like the red stamped lines (that's a hand carved stamp) and I like the doily illusion.

This may look like a doily, but it's not a doily.  I grabbed a paper doily and some black stencil paint and used the doily as a stencil.  Pretty super cool looking, huh?

I don't often use magazine images in my journal, but when I came across this face in The New Yorker, I just had to tear it out!

"To Do" lists are something that often end up in my journal.  I like that.  It encourages the feeling that my art journal is a practical tool and not a finished work of art.  Really takes the pressure off.

This next spread is actually the final spread in this particular art journal.  I'm currently working in the art journal I made for June's Book Club (and shared in this post as well).

I was inspired by Carol Mahy-Merveille or Lechatquitousse's beautiful tutorial.  I'm not sure if the spread is done or not, but I knew that I didn't want to journal on top of it, so I simply decided to move on!

So now I'm working in a new journal and we'll see where the dailies take me!

Here's the linky list for this week:

Thanks for stopping by!