Art Journal-Getting Started

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I recently started a new art project with The Inky Teapot called Art Journaling. It’s a really fun way to express your creativity and relieve your stress.  If you are interested in this project, look up some picture and information on the internet. Basically, you draw and paint in an old book and make it really cool. It’s kind of like a step up from a sketchbook. It’s really fun and is a great way to improve your abilities to make art.

(I’m not the greatest artist, so no judging.)

Here’s how to get started:

YOU WILL NEED

  • An old hard-back book that you can ruin. I went to a local thrift shop and bought one that had a nice cover.
  • X-acto Knife.
  • Modge-Podge.
  • Gesso. I found some at Wal-Mart.
  • Big brushes.
  • Wax Paper (optional).

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How to Begin.

This project takes a lot of preparing. After getting your book, open it and cut out nearly a third of your pages out with an x-acto knife. Save the pages you cut out so you can use them later.

Next, start modge podge(ing) pages together. Do at least 10 of these. When you glue two pages together, it makes the paper thicker; making it the sturdier when you do lots of wet-art in your book.

Then, once the modge podge dries, use Gesso to paint the pages white. When painting or drawing in the book, it is easier without the words or pictures. I suggest you paint most of the pages in your book.

Don’t worry if you can still see words through the gesso paint, it creates a cool background for your art. Gesso is great because it a good medium to draw and paint on top of.

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This part of the project takes a lot of patience. The paint must dry before you move to the next page. I put wax paper between the pages so I could paint more at a time, but I found out the hard way that the paint must be mostly dry in order to not stick to the wax paper.20160226_193833.jpg

Go ahead and spend a week or two perfecting and preparing your Art Journal. This is a really fun and expressive project that lets you experiment and have fun. I will be sharing my successes and failures so that you can do it too!

-Charlotte Emelia

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