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Thursday, December 04, 2014

Pages From My Art Journal

Over the past couple of months I've begun art journalling. I've become a fan of Dina Wakley, Dyan Reaveley and Tim Holtz's work in particular (all signature designers for Ranger Ink). and have mostly used their products. The amazing thing is that I've started to draw - faces, of all things. I've never been good at drawing but weirdly I do have this secret mentality that if someone else can do something then I can do it too so I gave it a shot after watching a couple of art journaling videos and it is much easier than I thought. I'm no expert - they definitely look a bit wonky - and I'm never going to be a natural drawer but I think with practise I will get a lot better and maybe I'll eventually draw one that I like.

The thing with art journaling though, is that you don't have to like the pages you create. It's about experimenting, playing and expressing what you're feeling in the moment. I tend to be a bit of a perfectionist so that was a hard thing to deal with at first. I really recommend trying it if you have any interest in art journaling at all!

Watercolour background with Dina Wakley bird stamp.


Dylusions ink sprays with Dina Walkey stamp.
Dylusions ink sprays and Typo stencil.
Dylusions ink sprays with paint and stamp by Dina Wakley.

Dylusions ink sprays
Dina Wakley stamp

It's fun playing with patterns and just making backgrounds too. I have many unfinished pages that I don't know what to do with yet.


Dylusions ink sprays
Dina Wakley paint
Typo stencil, Dylusions ink spray
Keep tuned for part two. ♥

19 comments:

  1. I have a notebook I use as an art journal/diary, I love painting/drawing things in it that relate to how I'm feeling at the time and then looking back a few months later.
    I love your style of painting and sometimes I think it's nice to leave piece unfinished :) xx

    Catherine / caffrinc.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. Totally agree. Thanks for commenting Catherine x

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  2. these are fantastic, Erin. I love the way you draw faces, I can see your style there and I love it!

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    1. Ahh actually the ones here are stamps by Dina Wakley! I'm not ready to post mine yet haha

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  3. These are actually really good! I love the way they are put together, the layering. I need to start drawing again... x

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  4. Wow! These are absolutely amazing. I have so much respect for those who can do art cause I obviously can't do artsy stuff, haha :D

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    1. You absolutely can! The best thing to do is to get a couple of stamps & ink sprays and play around because then you only really have to worry about the basics like shapes and colours. If you try you will honestly be amazed at how nice some of the pages will turn out. :)

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  5. I love it! These pages are so gorgeous, I've seen lots of art journals on Pinterest and other blogs but yours is especially beautiful, I love the page with the New York City skyline and the Statue of Liberty! I really want to start an art journal now haha :)

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    1. Thanks Ashley! The New York skyline page is one of my favourites too - it's funny because it started out as a clean up page when I was playing with some ink sprays but it turned out pretty nicely. :)

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  6. These are absolutely beautiful Erin! Love the colours

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  7. You have such an artistic flair! I'd love to journal, but don't think I could never keep at it.

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    1. Thanks Rachel! The great thing about art journalling is that you don't have to keep up with it - you can do 6 pages in a day and then not do any more for months. I do that all the time :)

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  8. You are actually so good at this, would you call this fine art? like despite being creative I seriously couldn't draw or paint to save myself. But you have the thing, the thing where you can put something beautiful on paper. I love it :)

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    1. Thanks hun! I definitely wouldn't call my art journal fine art - it only takes a couple of minutes and it's just putting things together that other people have created. It's just playing with crafting products like children do when they're little :) I've seen some beautiful art journals that are absolutely STUNNING that I would relate to that category though!

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