Altered Daily Journal Cover

This article was written by Melanie Statnick

Save time and money by upcycling a notebook cover

I have been looking for a journal big enough to write some reflections down daily. I didn’t want to spend the money. Upcycling is one of the best ways to use your imagination.

Save time and money by upcycling a notebook cover

I used black gesso to cover the front of the journal. I like using black gesso, I find it covers more and leaves you with a primed black surface that is great to use white gel pens on.

Save time and money by upcycling a notebook cover

I painted a wide rectangle of turquoise paint over the gesso surface and added a weekly stencil an Artistcellar product.  I used various stencils to create a quick and easy stenciled back ground. Since this is for personal use only I felt more experimental then I did wanting a clean design.

Save time and money by upcycling a notebook cover

Save time and money by upcycling a notebook cover

I added the year and later went in to outline the days of the week with a PITT pen, then added some detail to the cover with stars and good use of a white gel pen. Looks similar to a chalk board effect.

Save time and money by upcycling a notebook cover

 Upcycle Daily Journal Cover

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Author bio:

Artist Melanie Statnick is a Published Artist/Writer out of North Carolina who writes and creates art daily from her private studio. Melanie is also the host of her own program via video and local PBS named The Brush & Pen  a Nash Community College production. Visit her website to learn more.

www.melaniestatnickart.com

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“It Takes Courage” Art Journal Page

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This article is written by Tamara Dinius

The videos (Part 1 and Part 2) show the process of completing an art journal layout, start to finish.

Mixed media art journal layout with Dylusion sprays, stamping and collage

The layout was completed using Dylusion Sprays, Liquitex Acrylic Inks, stamps, stencils, papers, paper napkins, as well as other items.

Follow along and complete a layout in less than 30 minutes.

Part 1

Part 2

Here are a few close-ups of the layout elements:

Mixed media art journal layout

Angel in art journal by Tamara Dinius

mixed media ephemera hearts

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Tamara Dinius lives in the Pacific Northwest with her husband and chocolate lab. She has two grown daughters who make her life meaningful. They support her, ground her, embrace her, and are amazing people in their own right.

Her love for mixed media has taken over most aspects of her creative journey. She believes mixed media allows for a broad range of styles and anyone can find success in this form of artistic expression.

You can find more of Tamara’s work, and on her website www.countrycraftersusa.com or via her Facebook

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Black Altered Book Page

This article is written by Linda Giese

The process and materials for this page spread are fairly easy, but when people turn the page and come upon it, they often say,”Wow!”  It is bright and active with a lot of pattern and color.

Materials & Tools

  • Americana lamp black acrylic paint in the bottle(not tube paint)
  • 3-5 different sheets(I used some scraps) of origami paper.

mixed media collage

  • Scissors
  • Small punch like heart, flower or star
  • Aleenes tacky glue (or other white glue)
  • Sakura metallic gelly roll pen set, 10 count.
    [Ignore my note on the package, “can’t mod podge over”.  You can work over the pens if you let them dry completely first.]

mixed media pens

 

Technique

mixed media collage

1. Paint your page spread with black acrylic . Let dry.

2. Cut and punch origami paper and adhere with glue. Origami paper comes in two styles.  The washi papers are more expensive and have a toothy, fibrous texture.  The less expensive papers are like thin wood pulp papers.   For punches the less expensive papers work better.  I used washi for the corners and some cut papers.  I tried to spread the colors around the page with some of the flowers going off the edge.  This way you can punch partial flowers along the edges of your papers to use every pretty bit of them.  I apply a small amount of glue with a toothpick so I don’t get it on the other parts of the background which makes the surface better for the pen work.

3. Draw a pathway (or several of them) with one of your pens to contain your writing.  You can write a favorite quote, something you want to say, or perhaps about your joy in creating art.  I used words I had chosen on the page spread (before I painted with black) to tell me what to write.  One page had the words “the technique” and the other “between two extremes”.  On the technique page I drew the parallel lines over half the page spread and expanded them as needed.

mixed media collage and writing

On the extreme page I wound my lines across both pages and turned and came all the way back across. I used my spears of origami paper to help find the route.  My words happened to cover it all.  I don’t preplan, just start writing, but if they hadn’t filled the space, I may have filled in the line with stars or other symbols.  I don’t really stress over it.

4. The last part is all the fun.  I usually begin with borders along my lines.  These can be as simple or elaborate as you like.  Then I start to fill in areas with my favorite zentangle patterns.I try to repeat patterns in different areas and to repeat colors in the same way.  This helps move your eye around the composition.

There are wonderful zentangle books and many online sites for patterns.  Zentangle was created by artists Rick Roberts and Maria Thomas.  Their website is www. zentangle.com  Other sites I like are www.LifeImitatesDoodles.blogspot.com and TanglePatterns.com

Finishing

I put a coat of gloss varnish over the extreme page spread.  Although I like the look of acrylic paint with varnish over it, I think it detracts from the brightness of the metallic pens.  The technique page has no finish on it.  I hope you have as much fun as I did with this page spread.

I encourage questions and comments!

Hugs to you,

Linda

 

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Linda Giese encourages comments, questions, and sharing your art journey at linda.giese@yahoo.com

She teaches classes privately and at a local scrapbook store, The Stamp Addict

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Mixed Media Artist ~ Linda Giese

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Our Mixed Media Art community is a diverse bunch; from all around the world, with different interests, reasons why we create and a wide range of skills. Over the next few weeks we will be featuring a range of mixed media artists to tell their stories and share their artwork.

Linda Giese is our featured artist this week and we’ll let her tell us about herself…

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I’m Linda Giese.  I live in El Cajon, California, USA.  I’m married with 2 kids and 3 terrific grandkids.  My charmed life consists of tennis and Curves for my body, bridge for my mind and art for my soul.  Of course family trumps all.  I was published for the first time in Art Journaling magazine, Winter 2011 issue. I was beyond thrilled. I teach privately..art of course…and that is my passion.  I want everyone to have as much fun as I do.

I’ve included some journal pages and one canvas of a violinist.  I approach the canvas in much the same way as a journal page.  I often include napkins and tissue adhered with mod podge.  I often include foreign text. I am in the midst of 15 journals. Each seems to serve a different purpose. Small sketchbooks for travel and on the go sketches, big sketch books for bigger ideas, altered books for interesting ideas and page spreads that are more finished works of art like the canvas’, and small sketchbooks for small ideas.  I have an altered book for techniques, and a big sketchbook for zentangles. I also have 3 notebooks including a junque journal.

I don’t have a blog, but love to answer any art questions. Here comes that teacher in me..hehehe.

Love and hugs,

Linda

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Violinist on Canvas

Violinist on canvas

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Journal Layouts

Mixed Media Journal

Mixed Media Journal

Mixed Media Journal

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Thanks for sharing your layouts and gorgeous canvas with us, Linda.

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