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Art Journal Every Day: Single Pages (part one)

from the Balzer Designs Blog: Art Journal Every Day #artjournal #artjournaleveryday

If you're new to Art Journal Every Day, there is a short introduction here.  All of the previous posts can be found archived 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, use the hashtag #artjournaleveryday so that we can all take a peek.  Even if you're not on social media, you can see everything (from twitter, pinterest, instagram, and facebook) that uses that hashtag here.

Everyone art journals differently.  Art journaling doesn't have any rules.  Or perhaps, as the line from Grease goes, "The rules are...there ain't no rules."  I usually create in a bound journal and I usually journal on my pages.  But that's not the only way to art journal.  In the examples I'm sharing today, I used single sheets of watercolor paper.  These pages were created to show off some of my new stencil designs.  I wanted to keep them (relatively) clean and not make them too personal -- so that other people can envision themselves using the stencils on their own projects.  These could later be bound into a journal, or not.  

Some nice things about working on single pages: you can use a lot of dimension, you don't have to worry about drying time, you can easily Gelli Print on them, you have no "leak through" concerns, and you can stitch on them quite easily.

One of the things that's tough for me when I work "clean" and don't make the pages personal is knowing when they're done.  It's a balancing act to find that place where it feels completed when I'm working in this style.

Take a peek and let me know what you think of this style of art journaling!


How do you create art journal pages?  Single?  In a bound book?  With lots of journaling?  With no journaling at all?  I'd love to know!

Thanks for stopping by!

P.S. The stencils I used are: