Black and White Vintage Journal

I just recently finished this journal.  It was an experiment for me.  Normally my journals are full of color.  It’s like a rainbow exploded in them.  I tried to force myself to do something a little different, so I went with a monochromatic theme with black and white.  I coffee dyed the paper, leaving accents of pure white in the embellishments.  It is full of silk flowers and feathers.  I completely fell in love with the journal while making it.   It has a kind of romantic feel to it to me.  It is almost luxurious and elegant, which are two things my junk journals usually are not.

Here is a video of the full journal here.  I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.

 

 

 

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Painted Pages

I hate plain white pages.  They are boring.  They are intimidating.  They make my mind go blank.  I like to paint my own papers to put in journals.  One way of doing this is laying a bunch of paper all over the table and aimlessly flailing paint around like a mad woman and seeing what happens.  This can be both fun and cathartic.  However, very messy.   Above there are pictures of my second method of painting papers.  It is easy, fun, cheap and quick to clean up.  All you need is paper, a spray bottle with water, an acrylic block and washable (or any water soluble) markers.  Crayola Markers (or the cheap off brand) work wonders.  The technique is simple.  Scribble on the acrylic block with the marker, spray with water (this creates a kind of watercolor like “paint”) and “stamp” onto the paper.  Different papers absorb the color differently.  More or less water will create different patterns and looks on the paper as well.  Experiment.  Have Fun.  Mix colors.  It is like being a kid again.

 

Here is a quick video I did showing this technique.

 

 

Introduction…

All About Junk Journals

I’m not always so good with words.  They don’t come quite as easily as colors and images do.  So I’ve been trying to figure out how to begin this blog and I guess the best way to start is with an introduction.  My name is Angela and I am a mixed media artist.  I am obsessed with all things paint and paper.  I was doing mixed media art before I even knew there was a name for it.  I was just a broke barista that wanted to create art, so I used whatever was cheap or free that I could get my hands on.  Since then I have grown and evolved, but I’m still a barista and I’m still broke (mostly because I spend all my money on art and craft supplies!)  My current obsession is with journals.  I love journals.  (I love books in general.) I love the feel of them in my hands and the feel of the paper.   I love journaling.  I know that sounds funny after saying I’m not always good with words, but my journals are more for sketches and doodles, random thoughts and lists of ideas and inspiration for future projects.  I’ve been creating a lot of junk journals lately.  Not so much journals made from junk, but instead of beautiful paper, flowers and other embellishments.  They are made for the purpose to put junk in.  Everyday junk.  Memories.  Simply to record life.  I suppose that is what this blog is going to be.  A digital junk journal of all my art, my journals, techniques, ideas, random thoughts about art and crafts and anything else that happens to cross my crazy little eclectic mind.  Hope you enjoy!