Hi everyone. Hope you had a good week. For me it was the first week that the girls were back to school.
I had all great plans of getting in the craft room and doing lots of crafting, however as they were in school it was also a good time for me to catch up with some friends I didn't see much of over the summer. So, a breakfast date, coffee date and chat dates later, I only actually got in the craft room yesterday and that was to get my DT card done for next Friday.
Todays post is a quick(ish) one, nothing to show you I'm afraid, but earlier in the week you may recall my posting of my first page in my art journal. I posed a few questions to you all and wanted to share the advice that my friends left me.
So here goes, grab a coffee and sit awhile :-)
Firstly, I wanted to share with you my view of an art journal and how I see me using it. It is a way for me to try new things, you know experiment, however it will also portray a little about what I am feeling. For my first page, I was thinking of Andy working away and therefore my page is a reminder to me that "Home is where the heart is" and that is how I feel when he is back even for a short time. You may see a blueish one coming up at some stage, as when I am feeling low I can think about different things and maybe get creative to brighten my day a little. Also, I think if you search the web for quotes on different feelings, this can sometimes trigger ideas too - at least that is where I am going with mine.
I think the first step for me, was to just not worry about the complete end result - after all, it is meant to be a leaning curve. No-one is going to receive this - it is just for me. If I learn new techniques along the way, that maybe I can incorporate in my other craft things, then all well and good. If someone can pick up on something that I have done, then that is even better.
Anyways, enough of my rambling - here is some of the advice that was left :-)
Lisa of A Mermaids Crafts
To adhere items to her pages she uses either Claudine Hellmuth Matte Medium or Ranger Collage Glue (no problem with the glue shining through).
To get inks and paints off fingers, she uses a Ranger Craft Scrubbie with soap and water - works perfectly!
And she definitely recommends charcoal, she has both black and white pencils, using them for outlining.
Sandy of Sandy's Crafty Creations
Sandy is also just venturing into the art journalling thingy :-)
She uses Gesso as a base coat - I think this has to be a staple in art journalling as it preps the paper and gives a great surface to work on.
She has a charcoal pencil and has also got some paint acrylic pens and will see how those work out.
Lava soap to wash her hands, she has tried the Tim Holtz Scrubbie but it can dry out your hands a little.
Using a Medium Matte from Michaels to both adhere and cover her bits and pieces on her pages.
Yvonne of Do More with Less
Uses Liquitex Matte Gel Medium to adhere bits of paper
Are you still with me? Good :-)
I hope that if I can come up with any more tips and tricks, or that people leave me then I can let you all know. It will be a record for me too.
Maybe, after seeing my first attempt, it will give some of you out there that are still procrastinating (I did for a very long time) the impetus to give it a go. Truly, if I can do it, anyone can :-)
Thank you all so much for your fabulous comments and continued support of my blog and your continued friendship.