Laugh, Smile, Dream….

I did this double page in my journal about 2 weeks ago, but never got around to putting it up. Sometimes I feel brave enough to try and paint a person. They usually never have faces (I’m not THAT brave yet! LOL). I really love the way the colors came together in this page. I was in a calm and relaxed mood when this was being worked on, and I feel like that carried over in my choice of colors and words.

I hope you all have a great week and find time to make something pretty as well! 🙂

Happy Accidents

I hadn’t planned on working in my art journal today. In fact, I was tied up all morning with a scrapbooking project, but after I knocked that out I found a chipboard sign I had bought last week at Hobby Lobby for $4. My plan was to paint it really cute and put it in the little bare spot on the wall of my laundry room. I am horrible about hoarding paper, so I reached into my pile of scraps for a large sheet of the paper they use to wrap up your breakables at Hobby Lobby (by the way that paper makes a fantastic paint tray! Great for blending and squirting paint all over it, then just roll it up and trash it when you’re done!). I got out a few of my new Dylusions spray mists and went to work on the sign. When it was done, I actually thought the paper beneath it looked better than the sign did! So what did I do? Tear it into a size that would fit into my art journal, then I went to work on the page. This page probably took me about 10 minutes to do. And it felt great to get something done in my journal, especially since I hadn’t planned on it. If only every page came together so easily!!

Trying a new technique

Over at Club CK, there was a great tutorial by Kim Watson on using modeling paste and stencils on a scrapbook layout. I thought this would be a great approach for na art journal page to add some nice texture. I used a grunge diamond pattern stencil from Crafters Workshop, as well as a sort of bubbly stencil along with Liquitex modeling paste. To add color I used a mixture of alcohol inks, spray mist, and Pan Pastels. I’m a huge fan of anything by Napoleon Hill–I find his words so inspiring and thought provoking, so I used one of his quotes on the page. I hand lettered the entire thing–a lot of work, but I like how it came out.

© Melissa Johnson

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Hi everyone! Welcome to my new blog, Mel’s Art Journal. Here I hope to share with you the pages and stages of my various art journals. I came to art journaling through scrapbooking, which was where my love affair with paper started. I’ve been running my scrapping blog for over a year now. Although I will always love documenting my children’s lives through their scrapbooks, after a while I felt like I needed some kind of outlet…something just for ME.

It started when I took Christy Tomlinson’s “She Art” class a couple of years ago. I was totally inspired by her and her beautiful art. When her art journaling class came along I signed right up. Little did I know just how much that class would change my life. I’ve always loved paper, paints, drawing, writing, cutting, pasting…just getting messy. The art journal became my playground and the place I turned to when I needed some time alone with my thoughts, just to be creative without any expectations. Letting go of the notion that every single thing I made had to be spot on perfect was so liberating. In the pages of my journal I’ve been able to express myself freely while exploring many different art mediums and techniques. Here was a place where I could doodle, splatter paint, spray mist, cut out words and faces, and use up all those extra scraps of paper I always seem to have lurking on my desk.

I have found myself in the pages of my books, and would love the opportunity to share my love of this art form with all of you. I’ve wanted to start this blog for so long, but it just never felt like the right time. With 5 children things can get very overwhelming at times. But when I think about how much I love doing this, it doesn’t seem like work. And the blog would never appear on it’s own–I had to make it happen.

So here we are. Let the journey begin!! :)