Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Inspiration Everywhere - Art Journal {Cover}

Jessica Sprague's Inspiration Everywhere has been a fantastic class! I just loved how many different creative sources & mediums the class assignments were pulled from.  In fact, it has drawn & pushed me to a variety of inspiration wells to drink from & materials to play with.

There has been a variety of assignments & I will be back to share more of them, but first I wanted to share an ongoing assignment in the class, our Art Journals.  And what do we start with first?  But, the cover, of course!

While Jessica Sprague embraces design & creativity through technology, her site also allows for the scissor & glue types as well.  And though I'm learning more & more techno/digi options each day (& there were digi options for these pages as well), I chose to pull out acrylic paints, sparkle glaze, Tim Holtz masks, & my favorite Spica glitter pens.

Ironically, Tim Holtz was demonstrating his masks (in reverse) on today's 12 Tags of Christmas tag  (talk about a fountain of inspiration!) and I will definitely have to remember to stamp with them next time!

I painted over the alpha letters 'a', 'R', and 't' first with a red, then orange, then yellow.  While the background bright pink was straight out of the bottle, I mixed the other three colors for the shades I wanted and added a sparkle glaze that I had on hand (it adds bits of glitter to the paint).  I also dry brushed on all three colors around the perimeter of the cover.

'Journal' and 'Inspiration Everywhere' are written in black & while it seems that I was not able to pick it up with the camera, they are traced over with a black spica glitter pen & do indeed sparkle.

I didn't paint the left edge, under the spiral, intentionally.  Initially, I was going to just tie color coordinated ribbons all over the spiral, but a wee different idea has sprung.....I'll share more with the next art journal post! ;>:>

What is lighting your creative fires these days?  Both Jessica Sprague & Tim Holtz have lit many creative sparks for me and I'd love to know what's working for you!

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  1. Super work my dear!!!! I tell you blogs have been FULL of inspiration these days....I literally wish there were more hours in a day!

  2. Such a pretty art journal! I have always loved nd been inspired anature and use it in my cards photography and art frequently. Birds and flowers are particular favorites. Jacob and I have been feeding what we thought were birds, but turned out to be deer! We saw their tracks in the yard after a good snow. I may have to do something kind of card with deer soon...

  3. wow!! gorgeous journal... can't wait to see the rest! well... YOU (and that silly miss elise, too!) have provide me with lots of inspiration!! keep it comin', just keep it comin'!

  4. Wow! what a bold cover! Have fun with your journal! :)

  5. WOW, girrrrrl! You weren't kidding about that pink! I feel perkier already! hee hee I LOVE this, lovely Kare! I can NEVER express to you HOW very much it delights me when you get your craft ON! Wahooooo!

  6. aw the journal is really pretty! :) well done :D XXX

  7. ooooooooooooooooh girl, I LOVE this! And pink, yay!! Very cool!!!!
    My ff team didn't make the did you and hubby do? Our team died too I think. Next year if we play again, NO
    49ers!!!!!! lol I killed our team....ugh, forgive me!!!!!!!!! xoxo

  8. This is beautiful! I wish I were crafty like you!

    If you get a chance tomorrow, I'd love for you to stop by to link up to my Not "Baaad" blog hop :)

  9. Saw your link up at Truly Lovely, Love your Art journal cover!

  10. I LOVE orange and pink together! When I painted with watercolors (years ago) those were always my two favorite colors for abstracts! I have just got to start journaling more. I love it so much but like reading books, I have to be in the mood I guess. Have a great night!

  11. Love the colors you used for this!!! I'm a BIG pink fan and orange fits perfect!! Thanks for linking up to Fancy This Fridays! Hope to see you again!!

  12. Oooh, I have an art journal too!! It's certainly not as well decorated as yours though. In fact, the front is plain and black and boring!!

    I might just decorate it one of these days!!


  13. Oh that is awesome! What a super fun project!

  14. I love, love, love this journal! That color combo is one of my faves and I frequently paint my nails those colors. I would make a journal for myself like this but I have a problem with just looking at things I like instead of using them...

  15. Miss Karen, your journal looks beyond gorgeous!! Love the bright and cheery colors you used for the cover. Haven't read more than the day 1 instructions, yet, so I think this will be my project for when some magical time slot opens up during the holidays, haha. Have a great weekend :)

  16. I love the style and color of this journal. I keep seeing things about Tim Holtz, but do not know much about him...but everything I see I like.


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