Art Journaling 101

Hello, hello, hello!!!

This morning, I had the opportunity to join in on the Get Messy Webinar: Art Journaling 101.

Although I’m not new to Art Journaling, I thought it would still be fun and learn something new along the way. I think my biggest take-away from the webinar was to have a basic kit and to start with a smaller journal. When you start with a smaller journal, it will be less intimidating and easier to fill. For me this was good, because I’ve always had such BIG journals, so I think having a smaller one will help me to be able to create a habit of art journaling. And for this I am happy.

Below is my creation from the webinar.

I hope you all enjoyed this post and if you are interested in art journaling, be sure to check out Get Messy.

Happy Creating!!!

Nati J.


Find Your Style

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I hope everyone has had a great weekend. This will be a different type of post. I took a webinar class with Get Messy yesterday. It was so much fun, full of knowledge and inspiration all towards finding your style. Lauren and Caylee the founders of Get Messy went over how to find your style as it relates to your art journal style. Even though the webinar was focused on art journals, it can be used in any creative area.

The four areas they discussed were Color, Tools, Surroundings and Techniques.

By honing in, practicing and educating ourselves on our various crafts we can begin to truly see and learn and develop our style.

For me, I like to think that my style is bright, fun and free flowing. I really try to go with whatever I feel at the time weather that’s with art journaling, scrapbooking, or even working in my planner. I do like the more clean and simplistic approached at times too. I’m also drawn to soft calming tones too. So for me, I want to go deeper and find my true style.

Anyway, at the end of the webinar, Lauren and Caylee, spent some time playing with those watching the webinar and asked that we play along with them and create a piece of our own. Using our favorite colors, a favorite tool and technique we played along with them.

I’ve always been drawn to pink so I picked to different shades of pink from my watercolor palette and also used a hint of yellow. I used a rub-on as well as a pen for some minimal doodling. I know one of my things is outlining whatever piece in Black usually do I did that as well. I was going to leave the piece as it was but in the end, I ended up writing a quote.

I had fun doing the exercise because it encouraged me to not think about what I was doing. I just painted what I was feeling in that moment and it felt good.

If you already know your style, please share it in the comments section as I would love to hear how you describe it and how you can to find it. For me, I’m looking forward to sharing more of my art journaling with you all in the future. It really is great therapy for the heART.

Until next time, happy crafting.

Nati J.

Jane Davenport Collection Haul and Review

Hello Everyone!!!!!

If you’ve been to Michael’s these past few weeks and online, I’m sure you all have seen the new Jane Davenport Collection which is at Michael’s. 

The collection at my local Michael’s just hours after they put it out this past Friday!

As for me, I was beyond excited about her collection!  I’ve been following Jane for about a year and a half now. Her Mixed Media art is absolutely amazing and inspiring!  

So let’s get started so I can show you all what I purchased!

Here, I have some of her faces stamps, a stencil, some Washi Tape, awesome Mermaid Markers, the Inkredible Pen, and the Butterfly Book (her version of the travelers notebook). 

Here is one of the Washi Tapes up close. 

Here is the butterfly book. I have it fully open so you can see the front and back covers of the book. It is made from canvas and features Jane’s amazing work.

Above is a paper pack and pencil pouch. 

Here is a second Washi Tape set as well as the Paint Over Pens.  These markers have an opaque finishing.  

And last, we have the Creative Journal and extra sheets of watercolor paper. 

Over the weekend I was able to play a little with the collection. Here is the first page in the insert for the butterfly book. I was working on adding swatches for the Mermaid Markers. 

Tomorrow, I will be sharing my planner layout for this week where I used one of the sheets from the paper pad and the Mermaid Markers to decorate my layout. 

Here is how I used one of the faces stamps (only her eyes/nose and lips are featured on the stamp itself) and the floral stencil. I used the Mermaid Markers to add color to my background and the face. 

I must say like the artist herself, this collection is amazing and inspiring. It is a collection that makes you happy. A collection that makes you want to create. 

I hope you all enjoyed this post and I look forward to sharing my work with you all. 

Happy Crafting!

Nati J. 

Get Messy Art Journal: #messylists

Hello, Hello!

Last week a new season for Get Messy started…the Season of Messy Lists. To see my previous post on this new season and the journal I’m using, click here or here.   So let’s get started!
Last Monday, us Messians received an email with five journaling prompts and five art journal prompts. Out of the five journaling prompts, I completed 2 and incorporated 2 aspects of the art prompts. 

The first journaling prompt was: “I am the best at…”

 Here, my goal was to incorporate magazine cutouts with my journaling. For the background I kept things simple by using Tim Holtz Distress Inks. To highlight the things I am best at, I used an arrow stamp as my bullet points. 

The second prompt I picked was:  “Lessons Learned.”  

I sketched out my 3rd ever woman a few weeks back on a torn sheet of old book paper. I think she came out good. I’m learning, and I see what I want/need to work on still. But nonetheless, I was and am happy with the outcome. Since I finished her, she had been sitting on my desk and once I saw this prompt, I just knew this would be the perfect place to put her…so here she is.  On the second page I listed 5 things I have learned over the years. To keep with book page going I wrote my “lessons learned” on washi tape that I glued down to the text paper and topped it off with some distress ink by Tim Holtz. 

Here is an up close shot of my lessons learned. 

Overall, I have found this Season of Messy Lists a bit challenging. For me, I guess it’s the whole figuring out how I want to incorporate the art with the journaling. It’s definitely a challenge, but I’m up for it!  Until next time,

Happy Crafting!

Nati J. 

Get Messy #messylists Journal

Happy Monday Everyone!  

I hope you all are enjoying the day so far. I just wanted to quickly share with you all the first page of my journal for the #messylists challenge for the Get Messy Art Jounal Group. The new Season of the messy lists challenge starts today and I’m looking forward to getting started. With this challenge, Get Messy is teaming up with 30 Days of Lists, so it should be inspiring, fun, interesting and challenging. 

Season of Lists starts NOW!

Happy Crafting!

Nati J. 

Get Messy Art Journal – Part 2

Thank you for joining me for the second part of this 2-Part Series on Season 7: Happy for the Get Messy Art Journaling Group. If you missed Part 1 and would like to read it, please click here. Today I’ll be sharing with you all the second half of my art journal projects for the Get Messy Art Journal Prompts. Let’s get started!  

Prompt #4: I ended up going with three of the prompts and making two separate entries. 
Here, I went with the journaling prompt, inspired by The Pixar film, Inside Out and colored my emotions with various circles.  The arrows along with the book pages (word) in the background represent the flow of emotions that go on in our heads. 
In the above photo, I stuck with a more monochromatic theme and used one of my happy colors: Pink! I also used one of the quotes from Baz Luhrmann’s Sunscreen that resonated with me the most.   

Prompt #5: The quote at the beginning of this prompt read:
The art of happiness lies in the power of extracting happiness from common things. ~Henry Ward Beecher

I decided to go with one of the art prompts where we were instructed to turn on some happy music and translate what we hear onto our journaling page. Right now, one of my favorite songs is Adele’s Sweetest Devotion. To me, it is a happy song full of love! When the song starts it’s like you can see the butterflies, the beautiful blue sky and the sun blazing beautifully with a perfect, light breeze kissing your skin gently. It’s a perfect breeze filled with love and devotion…and that is what I tried to convey in my work. 

To me, as the quote states, happiness does lie in the power of extracting happiness from common things.  And it is through music, this common universal language that we are able to hear and express various emotions, one of which is happiness. 

Prompt #6: With this final prompt, I decided to go with the journaling prompt and finish the sentence: “Happiness is…

I wanted to play with my new Dylusions paints and with some of my stamps as well and I came up with this fun piece. And my statement: “Happiness is time with him,” was the very first and perfect thing that came to mind.  I love the feel of the orange on the page and how it pops with the black and white. Every time I see it, it makes me smile and/or laugh.  

Well, that concludes Part 2 of Season 7: Happy for the Get Messy Art Journal. I hope you all enjoyed seeing my pieces as much as I enjoyed making them. I do plan on participating in the next challenge which is #messylists. I completed the prep work for the journal I will be using over the weekend and I will share those pieces for #messylists with you all as well. In the meantime,
Happy Crafting!
Nati J. 

Get Messy + Lists Challenge

For the next round of prompts for the Get Messy Art Journal Challenge, I will be using the journal pictured below.  

I purchased this journal from Target. I found it at the Dollar a spot for $3. Since I’m not sure what type of medium(s) I will be using throughout the next round of challenges, I will be prepping this book to take the various mediums I may use. The pages in the journal aren’t very thick so I will be gluing 4-5 pages together this weekend to get the book ready for the #messylists challenge.  If you will be joining the challenge, what type of book will you be using?

Have a wonderful weekend and Happy Crafting!

Nati J.