Art journal travel suitcase

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All packed now and ready to go.  Over the past few months I have been gathering together my supplies to take on our next adventure to the Arctic Circle.  I have been making my own ‘washi’ tape or rather art tape from masking tape which I decorated with Scandinavian designs.  I have made mini journals using an idea from Jenniebellie (find her on the internet – full of loads of inspiration), completed my journal with a variety of backgrounds with some pages left blank and made lots of pieces of ephemera such as labels, shapes, arrows etc to add into my journal through my travels.  

My first art journal I completed was when we went away in our motorhome last Autumn.  I enjoyed it so much that I have become a bit carried away with the whole art process.  It is great to look back on where we travelled and what we did.  It feels more alive because I took more time creating it than I do taking a photo.

So, very excited about beginning the next journal.  I hope to post as I go.  It depends on the internet connection, but it should be OK.  

 

 

 

 

Well, I was …

Acrylic paint, greaseproof (deli) paper
Acrylic paint, greaseproof (deli) paper

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Acrylic and fine liners
Acrylic and fine liners

I got carried away with creating things rather than taking photos of my travel art suitcase.  So, that will come later.  Instead, I made a card and envelope to send in the post and did some doodling in my art journal.  I am really enjoying making cards and envelopes.  I love the fact that the envelope is so colourful rather than plain white or brown.  I will now go and look through my travel art suitcase and make some choices.😄

I have hand cut some stencils and I am using my own homemade washi tape which I must admit is quite addictive.  Masking tape is taped down onto an ikea placemat as it is easy to pull it off once I have finished being arty with it.  When I have finished it I wind it round a plastic straw.   The whole process is great fun as I can get messy on my art table and then do the final touches whilst sitting in the lounge in the evening.

On our travels

Well, only a week to go before we head off in our motorhome up to the Arctic Circle.  I can’t wait.  My new travel journal is all prepared with backgrounds, brads and handmade washi tape in Scandinavian designs.  I’ll take some photos in the next few days and post them of my beautiful ‘vintage’ suitcase in which I am taking my arty supplies.  A trip to the midnight sun.  Very excited.

The beginning

Anniversary card
Anniversary card
Envelope to accompany anniversary card
Envelope to accompany anniversary card

The beginning and a process of exploration.   I want to do this to find the best place for my art and design and give to myself a focus.  I have been following a number of blogs and thinking about how to make my designs original.  Lots of other bloggers say that doing something creative everyday helps.  So, since the Autumn of last year I have been trying to be creative everyday.  I LOVE it. At the moment I am focussing on making mixed media cards, making my own washi tape and creating colourful mail art.  Pinterest has been great for ideas and now my work is gradually becoming my own.  I am not sure I have a style yet, but my ever supportive family tell me I have.  However, style evolves so perhaps this blog will serve as a focus for that evolving perspective. With feedback from friends.  We’ll see. So, I made the card with collaged recycled paper onto Bockingford water colour paper. I then put a layer of gesso on top followed by some stencilling from my own handcut stencils.  Some more collaging  and some doodles and then finished.  The envelope is from matt photo paper which has a number of layers of acrylic applied followed by some stencilling and various doodles papers that I have made.  I definitely have a thing about making my own ‘washi’ tape which is masking tape that I paint, stencil, stamp and gesso, together with some doodling.  I always have some ‘washi’ tape on the go, it is such fun. I have been inspired by Jenniebellie’s blog to make my own ‘washi’ tape and I have been following Art to the 5th ‘s journal blog.  So many thanks to all of those artists for their inspiration.