Art Journal / 5

Art Journal 5 whole spread

It’s hard to believe I’ve been art journaling now for only five weeks. I love it so much that I’m having trouble remembering what I was doing before.  I guess I was making a lot more cards than I am now.  I’m still so in love with the larger format of the journal, the no rules aspect, and the painty magic of it all.  I know this little journal is helping me grow more as a creative than any project I’ve taken on so far.

For week 5 of this art journal challenge I present to you a page made following Caylee’s monthly Get Messy prompt and a fun travel themed, night sky page which was inspired by the always lovely Jennifer McGuire.

Art Journal 5 lucky me closeup pic

This week’s prompt was to create a self portrait without using a picture of myself.  I immediately thought about using pictures of those things most important to me, and as it turns out, things aren’t as important as people, so I went with those three lovely humans you see above; the Hubs, the Bubs and the Bear.  I’m still on a gold kick, along with everyone else in the paper-crafting universe, so I pulled out a few gold pieces from my stash to frame those extra shiny souls.

Under the photos I decided to delve into my stamp stash and do a stamp collage of things that represent me.  Some of it is filler, but most of it says something about who I think I am or who I would like to be.  I then sprayed a whole bunch of mist on the page.  Shiny mist of course!

Art Journal 5 lucky me closeup stamps

The second page I made this week came about from watching this amazing video by Jennifer Mcguire.   I did a poor job re-creating her night sky, and I may be putting in an order for more distress inks later tonight when my will power is low, but I’m happy with how the background turned out.  I love how easy it was to use the embossing paste with the star stencil to get those beautiful raised stars.  Ultimately, I decided to add more gold by inking the star stencil in a few places across the page once the rest of the ink had dried.

Art Journal 5 adventure

I’ve been hoarding those Dear Lizzy die-cuts for ages and was so happy to finally put them to use.  That “Adventure” rub-on is from one of the new My Mind’s Eye collections.  You’ll notice I can’t stay away from that colored vellum, but I did use a “cities” stamp I’ve never used before to give the vellum a very subtle travel theme.

Art Journal 5 adventure closeup

All in all, I would say that the unifying theme for this week’s pages, was using materials from my stash that have sat untouched for way too long.  Embossing paste that was used only once, stamps fresh from their packaging, die-cuts that have languished in dark cool places.  So many of my supplies were able to see the light of day this week and I must say that I’m feeling invigorated by all this unearthing.  As always, thank you for stopping by today.

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  1. scatteredconfetti - August 28, 2014

    Beautiful pages! I love the look of that night sky and I might have to try something like this too, it’s so pretty!

    • carsonriutta - August 28, 2014

      Thank you so much! When I first saw the night sky video it rocked my world and I knew I wanted to try it in my journal. If you do try it, let me know, I would love to see your version. Your work is really stunning!

  2. Caylee - August 28, 2014

    You are a magician with colour. Absolutely love it.
    I also did the “people” thing. And then kicked myself for calling it a self portrait in *objects* 🙂

    • carsonriutta - August 28, 2014

      I love what you said about objectifying your hubby though, very clever save! Your pages are gorgeous this week also and I think your prompt was a hit even though some found it difficult. It seemed like everyone really stepped up to meet the challenge. Have a great week miss Caylee and we’ll see you next Thursday!

  3. Liza Blackstone - August 28, 2014

    I love what you’re doing with thebsrt journal and project life – they’re so much more personal than the cards and perhaps in that respect more expressive. Keep up the amazing work!

    • carsonriutta - August 28, 2014

      Thank you sweet sister. It means a lot coming from you. I wish that we could sit and create together sometime, but I’m sure there is plenty of time for that later. Give my love to your gorgeous family from mine.

  4. Melissa Marie - August 28, 2014

    I really love using Dear Lizzy stuff too! Your art journals are always so beautiful! 🙂

    • carsonriutta - August 28, 2014

      Yes, her designs have always been amongst my faves, I think its the pastels and the whimsical vibe. Loved your pages this week too, can’t wait to see what everyone comes up with next!

  5. michellezerull - August 28, 2014

    I just discovered your blog today and I LOVE your work!

    • carsonriutta - August 28, 2014

      I’m so glad you found me. I just popped over to see your stuff and I adore the layout you made for the SSS challenge. I love your vintage style, so cool.

  6. Doreen Vasquez - September 2, 2014

    Hi! I have been stalking you and all the other “Get Messy” Crew and I am loving and being inspired by all your wonderful creations! So inspired that I too created a page for the August prompt. I have a question though: I s the “Get Messy” hash tag only for those officially in the group? The reason I ask is I was wanting to upload my picture on my personal IG and use the hash tag but I wasn’t sure if I was allowed to. If you could let me know I would be grateful! Thanks! And keep up the great work!!!

    • carsonriutta - September 2, 2014


      Thanks for commenting and being inspired, its a pretty inspirational group of women, I agree! I’m probably not the person to ask about this as I don’t really know the intended rules, but I can’t imagine, that anyone would be too upset about you using a hashtag, that just seems like a silly thing to get upset about! I do recommend that you join the group though if you feel like creating and posting every week. We have a private facebook page where everyone connects and inspires one another. Its a lot of fun! I would direct all questions re: the official group to Caylee Grey. Now I’m looking forward to seeing your page, so I hope you post it!

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