Art Journaling, Flowers and My Dad

June 9, 2020
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In the midst of all the crazy going on in the world around us, we need to breathe and take a little time to walk away from it for a bit. Enter Drama-free Friday! If you missed being there LIVE, I hope you enjoy the recording which we always include with the blog post here to make it easy for you. (In case you didn't know, you are always welcome to join us on Fridays at 2 pm Eastern.)

I continued adding to an Art Journal background in my Dina Wakley Media Journal. This is such a fun book to play in because there are interesting pages bound into each signature. If you’re not familiar with this journal, I highly recommend checking it out.

I cut a tag shape from a previously created mixed-media background because the colors were just perfect! I love it when that happens, don’t you?

I have a few images of my dad and his flowers that began as old color slides which I scanned into my computer, then resized and printed on my el cheapo HP inkjet printer. I have pretty good luck collaging these into my art journals as long as I don’t get them too saturated with Matte Medium. (Too much wet glue of any kind will reactivate the inks and make a mess.)

Do you collect stuff like old zippers, buttons, and trims to use in your creative projects? *smacks forehead* I REALLY need to stop myself! Although in this instance I sure am glad I kept those aqua-colored zipper scraps because they were perfect to go around my tag! Every time I use something like this it reassures me that indeed I NEED to keep all of this crap!!!

To complete the page, I added the words, some shading here and there with an Inktense Pencil and water brush, and a lot of little details with Sakura Gelly Roll pens.

I love the way this page turned out in the end. The moral of this story is, “Don’t stop until it’s finished.” 😉 Below you can see the finished Art Journal page as well as a little tag book about my dad that was my inspiration for this page. 

~Until Next Time,

Remember to Get Creative today!

It’s Easy!


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Barb Owen

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Barb Owen

Barb is the founder of How to Get Creative, author of "Normal Doesn't Live Here Anymore", a specialist at playing in the art studio and has an unhealthy addiction to smiles. ;-)

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