11 Jan 2012

Art Journal........

My first page.......

I decided last year that I would try an Art Journal in 2012 and was very pleased that The Craft Barn Blog are running a challenge with plenty of inspiration. 

The theme  is Buildings and I doodled in my sketch book........ I warn you now that I cannot draw I can doodle a bit but this is why I love my Stamps...........the buildings that came into my head and used this as the inspiration for my page.  As this is my first page I underestimated the drying times and my indecision what......where.......etc rofl......so this page seemed to take ages to do and then everything slotted into place and I really enjoyed the journey.... I welcome comments but please be gentle with me....this is my first time!!

My Journal is a pad of watercolour paper again wasn't sure what to use but though the watercolour paper may be more forgiving for the different product I will be using for the backgrounds.   Background was made with Cosmic Shimmer Mists .  The Houses were doodled onto book pages which I had coated with gesso, I then went over these with Distress inks using direct to paper technique.  The road was made using bottle topps dipped in Denim Acyrlic paint. Stamps are Tim Holtz.

Thanks Izzy and Craft Barn for this challenge now I have dipped my toes in I can't wait to see what the next challenge is!!

Also thanks for the get well wishes, seem to be on the mend now cough is going and have more energy lately just as well as we have a month of birthdays in this family including mine...... there is one a week until the 21st soooo have lots of cards to make and DH birthday is tomorrow..... yikes........ at least I don't have to make one for me........

Products used Cosmic Shimmer Mists Aqua Lagoon, Bilbury Crush, Midnight Blue
Paint Adirondack dabbers Denim and pink sherbet, Inks Archival Black, Distress Inks Old Paper adn spun sugar; Stamps Tim Holtz Stampers Anonymous; shabby french plate and going somewhere plate;
Old book pages; gesso

Bye for now


  1. Great start Maggie.........woo hoo,

  2. You have made a great start, enjoy the journey! Valerie

  3. Great page !! I'm glad you joined in and started Art Journaling.
    It sure does take time to overcome that first blank page, but you will see that it gets easier with time.
    Thanks for playing with us.
    Isa (Izzy at the Craft Barn)
    who is going to make her page today too ... hard time...I'm back at work tomorrow ;)

  4. Thanks for your lovely comment Maggie - we can be beginners together! Your page is great, it's much more 'arty' than mine and what a great sentiment for your first page. Can't wait to see what the next theme is. Xx

  5. Looks great Maggie! Love your houses! Enjoy the journey! Glad you're feeling better x

  6. Lovely page, and if I understand correctly, you "doodled" the buildings? Awesome!! Wish I could doodle like that!

  7. I love your houses made out of newspaper!
    Great AJ page

  8. Great beginning. Love your doodle houses. I agree with you, to someone who can't draw stamps make their life.


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