Happy Friday! My how this week has flown by! I’m back with another installment in my Octopode Factory Altered Storybook/Art Journal. I am so enjoying this art form. I love it because anything goes and ANYTHING is possible…you never know what creative discoveries you might find within the pages of an Art Journal. This realization was the prompt for the text I added to the new pages. The rest of the page was inspired by this weeks challenge at TOFF “Pink” and oh how pink it is!
If you have followed my journey into art journaling the past few weeks you already know that my plan is to turn this former Mother Goose book into an Octopode Factory story book. I have left spaces for the text of my story but my original plan of writing the story within each page has changed. Who knows it may change again. For now I am taking a backwards approach to it…like watching the movie before reading the book it’s based on. The story is in my head, and scrawled on various notebooks littering my desk. Truth be told I’m a bit nervous to finalize things now that I have entered a world where ANYTHING is Possible! Who knows what kind of changes and discoveries might come up along the way?
It was a very rainy weekend here on the East Coast. What’s a girl to do when stuck indoors? Learn some new Art Techniques! I spent the weekend pouring over Balzer Designs home to the ever inspiring Julie Fei-Fan Balzer. I also spent some time learning Zentangle over at Beez in the Belfry. Next stop…down to my studio to put this new-found knowledge to good use! I started with White paint to prime the pages, then Distress inks to create the striped background. From there I just went wild with Martha Stewart Acrylics and Copic Markers by trying to mimic Zentangle patterns within the stripes.
Another great thing about Art Journaling is that even the most mundane things found around the studio can become the perfect addition to a page. Exhibit A: This bubble wrap was used on the “Under the Sea” journal page from last week….still stuck to my palette. Upon peeling it off to add fresh paint to my palette I thought “Well this might work to frame the corners of the pages!” I stenciled it with Alcohol ink and presto! Exhibit B: See the pink dots that look like buttons to the right? Well, I didn’t mean for them to look like buttons at first but since they turned out that way I went with it. It just so happened that I had some Real pink buttons in my stash to match them!
Don’t worry I have more evidence to prove my case Exhibit C: The cloud with the pig kite was an original page from this book that I removed so the pages would lay flat. I can’t resist a flying pig so I saved it to add later. Exhibit D: The lips were cut from a magazine. I was not looking for lips but rather…letters. Again, I cut them out to use later. Several magazines later and no suitable letters I flopped the magazines down without looking where I was tossing them. The magazines knocked over a container of bits and bobs from projects past…including the dyed cotton used for the Caterpillars hookah smoke on my Wonderland Dresser. Smoke can be wind right? Yes it can! Put all these discoveries together and what a whimsical scene you have
Although I was unsuccessful at finding magazine letters I did find a Lettering Tutorial at Balzer Designs so I gave it a go. Simon Says Stamp and Show is challenging us to use a favorite word so I used one of my favorites…”Imagine”.
If I could live in a world I would imagine it would be something like this. A world full of patterns, bright colors, and polka-dotted trees. Cupcake would grow from the ground with pink frosting and sprinkles, birds would be taller than you and the grass would be like feathers. I created this world and now I can visit it anytime I want. If I choose to visit somewhere else all I need to do is turn the page. I wonder where my imagination will take me to next?
What art journaling techniques do you enjoy most? I’d love to hear about them. Have you been working on a journal of your own?
I hope you will join us at TOFF this week!
Have an imaginative day!