4 January 2012

It's Finished - 2011 Art Journal

At times I never thought I would finish this. When I agreed to enter the weekly challenge on UKStampers to create an art journal I did not know what I was letting myself in for. I have loved every minute of this process and have learned a great deal in the process but still feel I have a long way to go. I learnt that I favour colours in green and purple area of the colour wheel but also liked a little orange and pink. I used two pieces of cardboard from the back of note pads to create my covers by doing this...
After placing a layer of gesso on the cardboard I used my fingers (and hands) to apply teal and white dylusion paint. Lens Guy came in during this process and commented on the fact I was making a lovely guddly mess. He was quite right and that's what I have enjoyed about this process as I don't think there are any right or wrong ways to journal. I have loved some of my pages and others I have not been so happy with but that is all part of the process.
As green, orange and pink featured in the journal I decided the cover needed to reflect that. I had made the tag earlier this year using Dependable Dotty stamps from Dylusions but did not know what to do with it. Does any one else have that problem. I had some scraps of the glue resist background left and drew and cut out the words art journal. The little bit of orange ribbon links to a journalling tag at the back summing up the process for the year.
I have now bought a journal to journal in as when I started this last year I just used random sheets of paper that were approximately 9 x 7 inches. It was meant to be 6 x 4 but that seemed too small to contain my messy splodges. Having now started journalling in a book it is easier to contain in a book but means  less unusual backgrounds to work on unless you stick them in but I could do that as there are no rules. Did I meet my goals I originally set? Yes apart from the smoking one... I stopped and started twice last year. I have stopped again (only just) but know that I am a bit of a repeat offender especially when stress at work gets to me. I thought I would share some of my favourite pages this year.

Thank you for dropping by and scrolling down through all these photos. I am going to keep on journalling this year, try and do more scrapping, learn to quilt, do more altered art and just have fun...


  1. Wonderful journal! And congrats for sticking with it. I think I managed one page LOL

  2. This is amazing. And so great tat you stuck with it

  3. What a fabulous journal, I love all of your colours. I'm determined to hang in and use mine this year x

  4. Well done for sticking with it - looks fab!

  5. Great journal, worth all the effort. Congrats on finishing it looks fab !

  6. Well done on getting it finished Sally. Im going to have a go this year at dabbling a bit

    Hopefully see you at January's crop

  7. Great journal, and what a wonderful experience for you, too--thank you for sharing it with us!


  8. Thanks for the visit and the nice comment in my blog!
    A great way to get to know others in this exciting hobby world
    Have looked a little bit in your blog, lots of interesting here:)

    Have a nice day!
    hug, Heidi:)

  9. Hi Sally. Well done you on finishing your journal. It looks wonderful. I have really enjoyed following this adventure.
    Regards Florence x

  10. Congratulations on finishing the journal, it's a wonderful piece. I have made one altered book which developed into a sort of journal as well, I found it wonderful to explore ideas and still like looking at it, it was quite cathartic...perhaps I will have another go...I will have to add it to my "must do" list. You have inspired me!
    P.s good luck with your no smoking I gave up two years ago somehow ...quite unintentionally!!! (sounds daft, but I think I will always be a smoker at heart) but so far so good.