It’s Day 2 of Aaron and Laura’s teenage nieces visiting Hero Arts HQ and letting their creative juices flow…
Hey everyone! It’s Morgan and Lexi, here to show you what we have been doing. After we had success with the iPhone cases, we moved on to something completely different: art journaling!
At the beginning, we had a lot of difficulty. Not a lot of inspiration was there; we were just coming up with simple pages with a decorated background, and words. Then we saw just a few of the many ideas on the internet, on Pinterest and such sites, and learned how many different ways we really can decorate a piece of paper. We each had so many creative ideas, ranging from simple one worded art to complex novel-like work. So, let’s get started!
We began by decorating the journal cover! There were tons of these pretty flowers available, so we just covered our entire notebook!
The centers of the flowers have pearls and gems added. We used different shapes and sizes of flowers to make it more interesting.
Next is the “Spotted Background Concept” from Morgan!
To begin, find a blank spot in your journal, or use a plain piece of white cardstock. Cover the Tiny Ink Spots stamp with the neon pink ink, making sure that every part of it has the same coverage. Stamp it in the top left hand corner or your paper. Repeat until the spotted design is covering the entire sheet.
Next, get a ruler or something straight. Use a marker to make eight lines throughout the page, starting a little down from the top. The lines can be close together or really spread out. It all depends on your writing style. At the top of the page, which has no lines, you write the opening “Dear Diary” or “To Mom” or some sort of opening. To finish off the letter, you say “Love” or “From” and sign your name.
Now, we go to the writing. Using another color of marker, write whatever you want in the letter. If this is to a friend or family member, write what you want to say to them. If this is a diary, write what you feel. Because I love being precise, I had the writing finish off right at the last line but, of course, you can write as much or as little as you want!
To finish the page, get creative with some stamps. I used the Calendar stamp, as well as some cute little stamps from My Travels and other sets. And that is how you make the “Spotted Background Concept”.
Next, we got creative with watercolors! This design is more about what you want to do personally as an artist, but we are here to show you what we did.
To begin, put ink on the Old Letter Writing stamp, but make sure there is a lot of ink. I tried this design twice and I liked the darker color better than the lighter color, but feel free to choose either one. Stamp it in the left hand corner and fill the page with this stamp.
Next, using a water brush or paintbrush with watercolors, write the word/phrase you want the piece to be about. I wrote “inspire others” in blue, but there are so many words that can be here like “be creative” or “desire”. Then, add swirls with red, green, yellow and pink ink.
To finish off this look, take the same blue that you wrote the letters in and splatter the page randomly.
We really had fun and got our creative juices flowing, and created a bunch more pages! Here’s a journal page from Lexi, where she wrote about the iPhone cases we made yesterday.
And here’s a sampling of some of our other pages.
We had a great time playing with all of these wonderful supplies. We’ll definitely be continuing our journals once we’re back home!
Lexi and Morgan will be back again tomorrow! Until then, have a wonderful day!