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Art Journal Step by Step: Courage

One of the things I’m learning to love about art journaling is the simple act of letting things happen.  Sound a little vague? I’ll try to explain, but it’s a bit magical.  I know some people plan their pages, but for me, my pages just sort of lead me.  Take for example this latest page I’ve entitled ‘Courage’.

It started on Saturday. It was snowing and I pulled out an old, blank journal that I use for doodling in.  I’ve always loved the whimsical girls that several artists incorporate into their artwork, but I thought that type of drawing was completely beyond my ability.  Something about the snow and stillness of the day prompted me to try.  I was completely surprised when I found myself pleased with the result.

Later that day as I was re-organizing my un-mounted clear stamps a quote in one of my Tim Holtz stamp sets jumped out at me.

“Courage is being yourself every day in a world that expects you to be someone else.”

It resonated with me as someone who makes a living day by day in the tech world while wearing my artist’s heart on my sleeve.  It was obvious there was an art journal page leading me to create it.

You can follow along in the step by step video below.  Please excuse the camera shake, I keep trying new set ups as an attempt to find the perfect one.  You should notice an improvement in the audio however as I invested in an awesome new microphone.   Some of the products I used are listed below the video.

Products used in this art journal page:

Prismacolor watercolor pencils

Distress Paints in Wild Honey and Spiced Marmalade

Artist’s Loft Watercolors

Faber Castell Gel Medium

140 lb. Watercolor paper by Canson

Faber Castell Big Brush Markers in Warm Gray and White

Faber Castell Pitt Pens, Black India Ink, in XS and S sizes

White Gelly Roll pen by Sakura

Versamark ink

Snow White embossing powder by Recollections

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