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Art Journaling Idea - Step By Step Guide

Today I have an art journaling idea that you just might like to have a go at yourself…

What’s brilliant about art journaling is that it’s so flexible - anything goes as Amy from the Mindful Art Studio shows in her post How To Start An Art Journal.

Please use the supplies you have to hand, a sketchbook is great but equally a piece of paper with some gesso brushed over is fine also. You don’t need a firm idea in your head what the piece has to look like either…

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Until you value yourself, you won’t value your time. Until you value your time, you will not do anything with it.
— M. Scott Peck

Supplies I used:

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Pen for writing out my uncensored thoughts

Grey Gesso

Pencil HB

Golden Fluid Acrylic Paint - greens, brown, yellow, red, white

Winsor & Newton Tear off palette

Black Stabilo pencil (for mark making)

Peel and Sketch charcoal pencil

Collage papers

Brushes/water/paper towel

Adhesive/glue - I use Liquitex matt medium but equally, craft glue would be fine for your sketchbook

Ready for some art journaling? Here we go:

  1. Write out all your stresses, worries and generally anything that’s taking up head space right now - just get it all down and if you run out of space, simply write over what’s already there. Scribbling and scrawly hand-writing with spelling mistakes are all totally fine and - please put perfection to one side!

  2. Next, slap on some gesso - it’s like an undercoat for your work - preparing you for the next stage of painting over with delicious colour. You can use white, grey (this is what I used) or black gesso or, why not mix some acrylic paint into whatever colour you have.

  3. Give a blast with a hairdryer - move it around the piece so it dries evenly.

  4. Grab yourself a photo, magazine image or whatever inspires/touches you - it doesn’t have to be a portrait.

  5. Find some collage items - paper, stamps, fabric, old envelopes, wrapping paper - whatever you like and whatever you have to hand. Place and position them and then adhere them to your substrate with craft glue, glue sticks or matt medium.

  6. Lightly sketch out your main element - mine is obviously a portrait but you could feature a pretty flower, an animal, pattern, or an object that you love etc. Take your time…

  7. Dilute some acrylic paint and start adding darker values signifying shadows.

  8. Add white or lighter values for areas of highlight.

  9. I added a red scarf and decided I didn’t like the shape I’d constructed and so altered it a little.

  10. Start adding some other hues - I added various greens, red and hints of yellow.

  11. Details - I painted in a snazzy earring, a little bird, some foliage and a cute little house. Getting personal with your touches is a beautiful thing - go to town with this.

  12. Mark making - I created some loose marks on the collaged papers which kind of looked like rain and funnily enough I realised when I was finished that it had been raining.

  13. Lastly, I added some more words and this time my words had transformed from being full of angst to feeling playful, relaxed and all with a feeling of gratitude.

Here’s the finished piece. Art journaling is a wonderful way to bare your soul, get messy + then feel so good after…

Here’s the finished piece. Art journaling is a wonderful way to bare your soul, get messy + then feel so good after…

So, I do hope you’ve enjoyed this art journaling inspiration today. My hope is that this will give you a creative and gentle way to vent some of your worries and make ‘all things new’ by painting over with a different message, one of hope and gratitude.

Lastly, remember, I love hearing from you, so please let me know how you get on in the comments below.


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Feeling Blessed 48 Hour SALE!

Hello Lovely Readers,

I hope you're all having a wonderful week and for those of you in the States - Happy Thanksgiving! 

I'm thrilled to announce a 'Feeling Blessed' 48 hour sale! Head over here to receive 25% off BOTH ecourses - Portraits In Time and Fragments Of Joy.  

Please enter: FEELINGBLESSED at checkout to receive your discount on either art class.

Here's to happy creating this winter season!

Note: For both classes, enjoy instant access with lifetime duration.  Enjoy some time 'just for you' this winter season - a time of year that brings with it so much joy but also busyness, which can soon take it's toll without some nurturing and creative 'time out'.

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Delight - a sneak peek into my journal

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Would you like to join me in celebrating YOUR life this Summer? 

So, here's a little sneak peek at my art journal! I'm loving exploring 'Delight' using mixed media and other juicy ideas for discovery.  In the example shown, I've handwritten various things about life that bring me delight such as birdsong, a glass of wine out on the patio on a warm Summer's evening, family picnics etc.

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Delight - the dictionary definition is: pleasure, joy, satisfaction, happiness, ecstasy.

We all have far too much to do these days with various of stresses and strains but you know sometimes, having a look at our lives and the many things that delight us can magically transform us and leave us feeling uplifted, renewed and grateful for what we DO have and also more equipped to deal with the here and now.

Also, these days I find I'm really curious about my childhood, special days like my wedding day [sigh] and the birth of our children - 'my boys' [aww]...  However, it's not just the 'once in a lifetime' things I remembering, it's also the everyday happenings that touch my heart and it feels wonderful to be able to capture snippets of my life past and present in a way that feels creative, meaningful, inspiring and playful.

More information and registration details.

Have a wonderful weekend...


delight art ecourse

Enrolling NOW - Begins: 1st August

This self-paced ecourse is all about celebrating your life and taking ‘Delight‘ in little things – happy childhood memories, joyful times with family, inspiring moments in nature etc.

I’ll be sharing with you my favourite tips and tricks as well as the basics of ‘art‘ and ‘journalling‘, along with flower pressing, out ‘n’ about sketching from life, journal prompts, collage how to’s, some self-portraiture using our cameras and creating some whimsical and primitive styled ‘women/girls’.

This ecourse is ideal for beginners and anyone else who enjoys making space in their life for creativity, play and whimsy!


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Make your own affirmation cards

make your own affirmation cards

make your own affirmation cards

Affirmation cards for when you need a little pick me-up...

A nurturing and inspiring idea to add to your self-care practice

You will need the following to make your affirmation cards:

* 1 sheet of watercolour paper.  I used a 12 x 9 inch, 140 lb NOT (cold pressed) Daler & Rowney paper fyi

* Water spray

* Container of water to keep your brush clean

* Watercolour paints

* Paper (for your words)

* A typed or written list of any combination of the following: affirmations, favourite quotes or poems, bible verses or messages from loved ones

* Glue stick or child's craft glue

* Favourite stencil if you wish

Step by step guide:

1.  So, the first thing is to spray your paper very wet.

2.  Then add a couple of your favourite colours to the paper - make sure that you have plenty of paint on the brush and plenty of water too - tap your brush and let it fall haphazardly onto the paper.

3.  Add some more colours in just the same way to your paper.  Let them merge a little - you can lift the paper up and help them along...

4.  Continue to add paint until your sheet of watercolour paper is full of happy colour!

5.  Write or type your inspiring words and cut them out - I used some pinking shears on some of my pieces of paper.

6.  Cut your watercolour paper into even sized shapes depending upon how many cards you are making.

7.  Wait for your paper to be thoroughly dry and once it is, stick down your chosen words.

8.  Find yourself a little bag to pop your beautiful cards into.

9.  Add some little sparkly bits to your bag or, spray it with a little perfume and pop your cards inside ready for when you need a sprinkle of positive inspiration to brighten your day.

Further ideas:

* Why note make these for a friend and give them as a little surprise if she's going through a challenging time.

* Lovely gift for children to make for their grandparents.  They could include some thoughts on what they love about that particular relative.

* Keep them on a little china saucer or plate and let friends and visitors pick one as they enter.  You never know, these may be the words they needed to hear.

* Keep a journal handy of any other words, quotes, verses, poems etc that you would like to add to your collection.

*  Think about a ritual that you could work around these cards - maybe lighting a candle each morning, closing your eyes and saying a prayer or writing in your journal thoughts that come up when you read your chosen card for the day.

* Get your children to make some for themselves - great to get them thinking about their own self-care the younger the better.

* Cut out small images that you like and stick them onto the watercolour card if you want to add an extra dimension to your cards.

* When you are going away next, think about bringing them with you...

So, I hope you've been inspired and enjoy trying this for yourself.  If you want to let me know how this went for you, please leave me a comment, I'd love to hear how it's worked for you.

As an alternative, pop by and visit me at my Facebook Page and post a photo or share your post to my page and let me see your creations - I can't wait...

Finally, please share this post with friends or loved ones that you think might be interested - the more the merrier, right?  ;)

Take care...

Jane x


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Ecourse update + Louise Gale

I'm really enjoying bringing together Embrace, my new ecourse (starting Monday, 21 April).   It's proving to be a lot of work but so worthwhile on many, many levels.  Inevitably, there's been some teething issues but I'm slowly working through those.  Mainly though, I'm just so excited about all of it and the possibilities this has opened up for me. Yesterday, I interviewed the lovely Louise Gale for my ecourse and we talked about how she 'embraces' life and in particular how she finds inspiration from nature and her practice of creating mandalas.  What an inspiration she is! Screen Shot

The boys are off school for Easter now, so it's gentler mornings, day trips, family walks and snatching time here and there for my work.




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What's on my radar...

As our family continues to be plagued with viruses/infections of one sort or another, I've found it to be even more important than ever to listen out for what my body, heart and soul has needed most.  As energy levels, sleep patterns etc. have been disrupted for what seems like an eternity, it feels good to use my time wisely.

Here is some of what I've been doing...

Below is my newest watercolour entitled 'Fairy Cakes'.  It will be available in my shop shortly.  The daffodils came from our garden and the jug is one of my all time favourites.

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I've also been sketching and having fun with the preliminary stages of some commissioned work for a country hotel that is located nearby - more on that another time.

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It was nice catching up with a friend last week and visiting a local tea shop for a good natter.

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Below are the preparations for dried apple rings - I thought the extra vitamins would be a good addition to our diets at the moment.  Any boost is welcome!

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And of course, I never get tired of looking at flowers especially after a long winter.

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Benjamin is enjoying some time outdoors with bubbles.  Nice to see him slowing getting back to his usual happy and healthy self.

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My coaching sessions are becoming ever more popular and it's such a pleasure offering this service to women who feel they are now ready to fulfil their business or personal dreams at long last.

The 4-week long ecourse, Embrace is very much on my radar at the moment and will be officially starting on Monday, April 22nd.  You can enrol here.  I'm busy preparing art videos, interviews, writing course material and generally getting very excited (and a little nervous) as the date gets nearer and nearer.  This ecourse has very much come out of a desire for myself to 'embrace' life and its ups and downs and to reflect on what helps me and others that I know and then to share that with other women.  Let's face it - life is hectic, often stressful and unless we consciously 'embrace' our life, all too easily we can become consumed by it.

I hope you are well and I sincerely invite you to join us on this ecourse.

Jane x



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