Today I have a video post over on The Crafty Maven Getaway YT Channel. I am really excited because it is my first Art Party Friday post. Since I love using anything media on a layout you would think it would
be a piece of cake?!! Nope! I think that part of my problem was I wanted it to be perfect, and art journaling is more about the process. The process of learning and playing. I also wanted todo it on a 12×12 piece of paper. Which could have worked, actually it does work, it’s just all that I put on it. There is this fine line to adding to much stuff on your background, and I am still learning that art.
Even though my layout, let’s call it that, because I used a photo on it too. The picture went perfect for the Bible verse I wanted to use as the journaling part (Proverbs 8:27-30). If I have to honest I think this is really where the layout/art journal page took that turn for me. I love the way watercolor fonts look, and that what I tried to do. I wasn’t feeling my paint brush tonight. It didn’t want to stay pointy, and I think this is key for a nice looking watercolor brush font.
I also think I should have picked a better color. I used a black, blue and grey types of colors, but the blue blended in to much with the background. It was very similar to the background colors.
Talking about the background, why don’t I talk a minute about that. I love how a lot of that turned out. I layered some colored cardstock on the bottom, in colors that reminded me of sand and the ocean. After I gesso’d them, I used some gelatos to highlight a few areas. I find I like to do this on art journal pages. It just helps add to the layers of colors and patterns. I used a stencil with colors that mimicked sand first. Then I used a swirl stencil in teal and blue. It reminds me of waves so this was perfect. I also have a 12×12 stencil that has dots, splats and some other random stuff on it together. It is my favorite stencil!! The splatters reminded me of the spray of water in my photo. I tried to use more blue acrylic paint with this stencil. I may have went a little crazy with this stencil too. But It really does look like the water is spraying up on the paper above the photo.
The photo is a picture I took just about 8 years ago when my husband and I came to Hawaii on our Honeymoon. It is a place could blowhole, basically it is where old lava fell into the ocean a long time ago and the air bubbles cause tunnels for the surf to come up from especially during high tide. The water sprays out into the air. It is so cool and it is awesome to see just how powerful the ocean can be! Nature is awesome!!
This photo reminded of that verse I shared at the beginning of my blog. I will talk about that more later, but first let’s finish talk about my page.
At this point in my page making process I was feeling like my page was starting to look dark, and as dark as my photo looked, I really wanted a light and bright look to my page, and I wasn’t getting that. So I added some white paint on the edges and the edges of the cardstock holding my photo. I also then thought maybe some yellow would help, that was a mistake!! It ended up mak
ing my page feel more antique looking than bright and sunny. I think I should have left that out. I have learned my lesson. So to cover this mistake up I added some white texture paste in some spots. Maybe it helped maybe not, it didn’t make it worse.
I added a pattern paper behind the cardstock and picture. The Dear Lizzy Documentary Black, white and grey really makes the photo pop. This redeems my page a little.
Not every art journal page will be our favorites, and seeing that I have only made
a few, in much smaller scales I am quite happy with my page. Plus I was able to add some shells we have collected from our beach trips to the page, and that looks cool.
Really the thing that I love is that, doing this page forced me to think about why I wasn’t doing this in my Bible in the first place!! This journey this page took me on brought me closer to facing my fears in art. I was afraid to journal in my Bible. I didn’t want to ruin my beloved Bible. LOL!! I am laughing at this. If you know me at all it may seem so silly. I am not afraid, of much. And to be afraid of a bible is even more crazy. Ruining one page in my Bible will not make me a bad christian or make God love me less. I won’t hate me less, well maybe for a second, but then I will get over it. So what was I waiting for???
About half way through this layout, I pulled out my nice study bible, because it has great bargains, and my name all pretty on the cover. My Hubby bought it for me our first christmas married, with my new name! My husband went to college to be a pastor and he and I share a love for studying different versions of the bible, so this was special and fun. Through the years of our marriage the Lord has shown me many amazing scriptures in this Bible, so really it is fitting that I use it to do art journaling in.
I grab my gesso and acrylic paint and went into no mans land! Actually it was so liberating using my products on my Bible. I used a couple of stencils on the side, in the colors (minus the sand color) that I used on my big page. I totally love the way it turned out!! I mean WOW!
Now that it is all finished I wished I had taped this process and used this instead of my bigger page, but really that would be dishonest. It would me not sharing the journey I took to get this diamond. In the end it is the journey we take on our art journal pages that matters not the end result. Yes I love when it looks amazing the first time, or comes so easily, but it’s when we have to try and work hard that we grow and learn.
I added a little texture paste to help keep it light, I wanted my bible journal to mirror what I tried to accomplish on my big page. And the stencil looks like water spray anyway!! Like I said it went with the verses I was wanting to highlight. I love how God explains how he knew who we were gonna be like before we were born, that he cared for us and brought us with him, when he created the earth and seas. How we were at his side being his craftsman in this amazing world he created for us to enjoy.
These words just resonate with me right now. Coming to Hawaii as a young child of 7/8 it really impacted my life. I fell in love with this paradise. But I never expected to really come back. And I love how God has orchestrated things so that I could come back here and enjoy it as an adult. When we found out we were moving here just about 3 years ago, I was teaching a ladies bible study and
I remember God telling me he was allowing us to come here, because I would have never asked, and he knew my
heart. Like WOW!!
Yes, coming here has been bittersweet with my daughter getting cancer right before coming but I think Satan knew what this place meant to me and he tries to steal and destroy the things we love. But I never let him take my joy, and these verses remind me of that and God has made me his craftsman.
I know I have gotten really personal, but I feel like in order to share my work my stories are part of the things I create. I am a crafts man or better said a woman!! My stories are what make me me and part of the reason I chose what I do creatively.
I am really glad I took that scary leap of journaling in my Bible. It really is what I love about this crafting session. I now plan on doing more art journaling in my bible too. I may make some pages I don’t care for but if I am focusing on the journey and the words I will love it more anyway and learn.
I am writing this blog as my video is getting ready to upload, the pre uploading stage. When it is ready and up on the Crafty Maven Getaway YT Channel I will link that video here so you can see my process.
I hope this weekend you crafters take that leap you have been afraid to take!! Remember sometimes we make it worse by overthinking things and so
metimes when you actually leap you don’t fall!!
If you do something crafty this weekend and want to share it I would love to see what you create!! I am only Facebook and instagram, my links are in the about me section. Here is the link to The Crafty Maven Getaway Destination group I created for the YT Channel too, which I am a big part of.
Until next time, have an inspired weekend!!!