Friday, January 13, 2012

My first art journal and FWF

It's Friday and time for another Friends with Flair blog hop over at Unity stamps.

Once upon a time I used to love to draw and paint and doodle. It's been much too long. So I made this multimedia art journal in hopes that I would actually use it and start creating again. I wanted it to be all about things that inspire ME. Hence the title and pic. In retrospect it seems kinda silly.

I went through my dusty art drawer and pulled out some drawing paper, watercolor paper, and some canvas. From my craft supplies I pulled printer paper, white cardstock, and some envelopes. I bound it all with my Cinch tool:
So now I can open it up draw or paint or collage. I even have pockets and envelopes to collect little treasures or ideas or some journaling. Theoretically anyway. It's still empty. And I made it a few weeks ago. : \


For the cover I used some old packaging. It's basically just raw chipboard. I think it was the backing that came with a kit or tool or something. I stamped Unity's Up Against a Wall with clear embossing powder. Then I sponged on distress ink in Rusty Hinge all over. The chipboard just soaks up the ink so I had to apply it again a few time to keep the vibrant color. I stamped a sentiment from Unity's Imagine It set in black embossing powder and a flower from the Insightful Meadows set in black ink.

 Then I took the Polaroid stamp from Wilson Designs Everything's Owlright set and created a frame for my pic. I distressed the frame with Old Paper distress ink and the photo with Vintage Photo distress ink. I added some letter stickers, painted over them and them removed them to reveal - kind of the opposite of a stencil I guess. Then two Sassafrass flowers, some twine, and I-rock bling and it was done.

Oh, can't forget that MME pompom trim around the border.

Now it's done.

Except for the art I need to put inside!

So leave a comment and go take a look at the other entries on the blog hop for your chance to win!

17 comments:

Linda said...

This a very nice colors and great card.

Mary Anne / MA54K said...

Fantastic little journal. I love the brick background.

Jingle said...

So pretty!

Sarah said...

This turned out so great-- I love this.

JPScraps said...

I love the look and I love what you're going to use it for.

Jen said...

Love the orange color and I don't think it's silly at ALL! Push yourself to use it a couple of times and I bet you start reaching for it!

Kary said...

Amber, this book looks wonderful!! I love the cover, it's beautiful, and it would look awesome when you fill the pages with your art/journal. Nice job!!

Jennifer said...

LOVE your journal!! (=

Ruby said...

This is another great project.

Judy said...

Such a great idea! I do hope you take the time to create!

~Tammy~ said...

Amber this is great! Good luck on taking the leap to create again...hope you get the chance.

arlsmom aka Lynda said...

Fabulous journal!!!

Aleks said...

Beautiful job! Just take it with you in your purse...and if you ever find yourself waiting somewhere...DOODLE! :)

Danie May said...

A fabulous journal......and given you had added different elements to keep treasures/journal, doodle, etc you really have just created your very own SMASH Book.......and I love your front cover.

Rebecca Daniels said...

I love your journal....I'm a big fan of earthy colors and not only are they all over your blog...this journal is right up that alley too!

Now fill'er up!

Crystal said...

I love your journal! The stamps used and distressing are just perfect for this project!

Stacy H-W said...

Very cool!! I want that Polaroid stamp!! lol Now you just need to complete a page inside to get you started.