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    Obsessive maker of arty stuff Zullybelle's Avatar
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    Art journals anybody?

    I'm just getting into this and am already completely HOOKED (my first effort is on my blog here . My inspiration was Kate Crane from The Kathryn Wheel, but I'd love to be in touch with other people exploring this too - am thinking of booking on a workshop in October run by Artist Trading Post. I also understand there's a magazine - is it from Stampington - and would be keen to buy a couple of back issues, just to see if I like it.

    And most of all - tell me MORE, ie where to find inspiration, techniques, etc etc. Please share your bookmarks! Did I mention that I'm already addicted??

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    Hi Rosie

    YAY for you and all power to your journaling hand

    Gorgeous first page - I'm hoping with you that what ever you issue - your strength and journaling will see you through.

    It is addictive and yes Kate is amazing inspiration - have you started a journal for her 365 -2010 challenge? It's not to late to join in. The flickr group is here http://www.flickr.com/groups/2010_ca...hallenge/pool/
    There are plenty of talented ladies sharing their work on the flickr group.
    Ok maybe not quite art journaling - but in a similar vein and a fun challenge.

    UK artists that I follow and aspire too as well as Kate are
    Dyan at Art From The Heart http://dyan-reaveley.blogspot.com/
    Sandra Hall http://pilgrimart.blogspot.com/
    Sarah Anderson http://sarahanderson1.blogspot.com/
    Sue Roddis http://sroddis.blogspot.com/
    Sarah Haslam http://sarahhaslam.blogspot.com/

    International artists who's work I drool over
    July (sorry don't know her full name http://itsaworkofart.blogspot.com/
    gorgeous gorgeous layers and texture
    Dina Wakely http://dinastamps.typepad.com/ponderings/
    spray ink queen
    Nessa - http://paper-art-by-nessa.blogspot.com/
    Just found Nessa and love her style - heavily infulenced by Dina Wakely
    Judy Wise http://judywise.blogspot.com/
    My first AJ love - my daily journal is based on her style of art journaling
    Teesha Moore http://teeshascircus.blogspot.com/
    Love her quirky style - but never quite happy when itry and replicate this style
    Nancy Baumiller http://crowabout.blogspot.com/
    similar to Teesha Moore's quirky style
    Martha Lever http://marthalever.blogspot.com/
    Handwriting and style to die for
    Mary Ann Moss - http://dispatchfromla.typepad.com/
    So many different style of journaling - love love love her Remains of the Day journals
    Debra Cooper http://littleblackkitty.typepad.com/...ournal/page/2/

    and a million other amazing tallented journalist - but I could be here all night LOL

    Re the stampington Mag - You may have difficulty getting back issues and the 1st issue is now only available on download (if you backtrack over previous posts I think I posted a link).

    Techniques - Dyan offers several different background and full page techniques on her blog as does Kate, Dina, July. In fact many share the process of developing a page.

    In one of the earlier threads re art journaling kirsti posted this thread which offers some good tips and techniques http://www.souljournaling.com/prompts.php

    I started keeping an art journal just over 14 months ago and I love it - I rarely scrapbook these days my passion now is for art journaling.

    LOL - you'll spend more time blog hopping than journaling.

    Looking forward to seeing more of your pages in time.
    Last edited by chrisG; 13-07-2010 at 08:50 PM.

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    Thanks for all of those links ChrisG - loads of inspiration there for us all to look at. I am a bit like you - I started with scrapbooking but have now moved onto art journalling. I am totally addicted and have recently started one called 'Lessons in life'. Each page/double page relays a quote that I have been inspired by/just like. I plan to pass this journal onto my daughters when they are old enough to appreciate it. Just now at 2 and 12 weeks they would probably crayon over it (creating what would be quite a nice effect)!

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    WOW Chris! Thank you for all these links and ideas! I've been to get a journal magazine so look forward to that arriving, as well as to following the links to all kinds of inspiration. Teesha Moore I was aware of - I have some of her collage sheets and had seen her pages on her website, but found them so complex I sort of didn't know where/how to start. Kate Crane's pages just seemed more accessible so I went from there - I love being able to incorporate the doodling, but have a lot to learn about doing backgrounds and so on. I've had a tub of gesso 12 months without taking the lid off!!

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    And don't forget the bumper crop of videos on YouTube...just search on 'Art Journal' and you'll find all sorts.

    On my blog, I have a link to a whole page of resources for art journals. I made the page for my Art Journal circle journal (whew) group, but you're welcome to look.
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    Thank you for all the links. Will spend some time going through them later.
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    You should join in the calendar 365 challenge it's great fun even if it is a little tricky keeping up sometimes

    I didn't spot this link http://messymindcreativesoul.blogspot.com/ in the previous posts and she has some great technique tutorials on you tube.
    Amanda

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    Aaarrggghhh, these links are ADDICTIVE! Thank you so much, but I've wasted (?) hours and hours trawling through drooling and bookmarking. Maybe I should turn the pooter off and actually DO something arty?

    I'm like a kid in a sweetshop with all this - think I might finally have found my artistic "home", and it's a fabulous feeling

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    And it's me again, with yet more questions! First and foremost, what kind of pen do people use for the actual writing? I've just been using my favourite medium nib gel pen, which seems to work over paint etc with no trouble - but maybe I should be using something fadeproof/permanent etc?? On You Tube somebody mentioned copics ... are these or Promarkers good for journals, and if so which do you recommend? Aren't promarkers made in the UK?

    And there's another thing ... I'd really like to explore different styles of lettering, perhaps learn something new - not calligraphy exactly, which is posher than I need.

    Answers on a postcard please to ....

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    Hi again Rosie

    I have used (in past) Uni pin fine line and microns which are both water and fade proof and is a pigment ink - various size nibs from 0.05 up to 0.8

    I've tried various white pens but still go back to Hybrid Gel and I love to use Stabilo fine points for colours.

    I've tried Pitt pens but wasn't that impressed with them as they dried up far too quickly considering what you pay for them. Some of my microns I've had for near on 3 years and they are still going strong - just make sure you paint is thoroughly dry before using them or they will soon be kaput.

    Gelly roll gel pens are also good - I personally find the nibs and the flow is quite thick though .

    Must admit i've never tried any of the fancy new markers Copics or Promarkers - If I were to try them i'd probably just buy one and give it a whirl before buying a set.

    Re lettering styles Teesha Moore has some great vids on You Tube one particularly on lettering/writing styles. I have also printed out what i want to write in a particular font and practiced on scrap paper before commiting to my journal. Ha recently I did notice that I was looking at the lettering on the boards in my local sandwich shop thinking "hmmm that would be funky in my journal" - so i whipped out my phone and took a photo so that i could practice when i got home. I use a lot of alpha stamps and others use different fonts cut from mags - so maybe worth trying those styles if your not happy with your own handwriting. It's all trial and error really.

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    I love playing with lettering! As others have mentioned, if I see a font or handwriting that I like, I sit down with some paper and a couple of different pens, and just copy it, letter by letter, until I can basically write in the same style. I've done this with all kinds of lettering, from graffiti to calligraphy. The learning stage can be a bit boring (some styles are easy to pick up while others takes a while) but it's great when you start using it on a page and are pleased with how it looks.

    Pens - I'm currently loving Zig Writers - waterproof, fadeproof, and non-bleeding.
    Claudia

    I have 2 blogs now: one for Arty Stuff... and one just for Cards

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    You are right Rosie promarkers are made in the UK by Letraset. I'm not sure I would use them for journaling. Fine liners etc can dry out if you use them over acrylic paint. I have used zig writers, a sharpie fine point and good old black biro. I'd like to try using a dip pen and ink.

    ...I suppose really it depends on what medium you want to journal on and you might need to just experiment which is half the fun
    Amanda

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    I use Zig Writers also, so that's three of us at least. You have to be careful as some pens will smear when you put a coat of medium on them. Others won't write over the top of medium, acrylic paint, even gesso. I have a whole box of pens that I've bought but can't use in those situations.

    ProMarkers are nice, I have another box of those, too! But ProMarkers will bleed through the paper, so you have to do your pages and then when dry, stick them back-to-back, rather than starting on the back side of a completed page. Does that make sense? Aside from the bleeding, that's always a good practice anyway.
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