How would you like to see my process for art journal pages? If you promise to understand the mess of my desk, I will be glad to let you watch.
First thing I do is look through my magazine box. I just browse through until I find a few images that call to me. If I have a theme in mind, this process takes longer. Sometimes I will use a photo or group of photos I print or have printed somewhere. I use Photosheet to print 4 2×2 photos on a sheet.
After I have a few pictures ready I pick a background. Now many people make their own backgrounds. I wish I had time to do this, but with a husband, a 3 year old, and a job I simply don’t.
After I have the paper I start to pick some embellishments. I simply browse through and pull out anything that seems to fit. I may or may not use it.
Here is my pile of embellishments I may use.
Now I should add I do all this without really thinking. I simply go with my gut, with what feels right. It isn’t a cognitive process for me.
I used a stamp on a tag to make this. I didn’t like the first color, so I stamped over it with a different color. It doesn’t have to be perfect. Let go of perfection and what should be and just create.
Now it is time to find a layout. Find a way to combine all this. I think this feels right.
As I go I may or may not change things. I do this as I glue. I use a glue stick. I also use Aileens tacky glue for anything that needs something more than a glue stick, or a glue gun.
Finally I always add a space to journal. Sometimes I use a cutout that I journal on, sometimes I use my journal page stamp. I do the page adding the blank journal space. Then I add the journaling. Sometimes I immediately know what to write, other times I have to think about it for a day or so.
Pens, markers, colored pencils galore.
Here is my final page.
Hope you enjoyed. Now go out there and create.