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.
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!
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.
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.
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.