A simple journal can easily be transformed into a Mixed Media ~ Jewel Goddess Journal. Julianna’s Jewel Goddess, Jewel Sentiments and Frames, Jewel Keys and Jewel Flowers and Flourishes were blended together to create this piece.
My good friend Judy gave me this black journal. I must say I love journals, but tend to write thoughts, paste clippings, ideas, quotes, photographs and samples in them. Judy is wonderful at art journaling. We recently joined a group of seriously talented artists for a night of art journaling. I was so amazed by the talent of each artist, and by their process. Each artist had their own unique style and way of creating an art journal. It was mesmerizing. When Judy handed me this blank journal a few days later, she gave me several ideas of how to get started with actual drawing, sketching, coloring, painting and creating.
Trying new art forms can be a little intimidating, but I swear it helps to keep the creative mojo flowing and expands your ability to be open to new and different ways of creating.
I wanted the outside of the journal to be a source of inspiration for me. Each embellishment on this journal has a significance.
The Jewel Goddess was cut out of premium craft foil, then embossed using Spellbinders M-Bossabilities, sanded and then embossed in the Jewel Goddess die template. This flattens the embossed areas but the sanding still shows the pattern. This also gives the nice embossed outline of the Jewel Goddess, which was painted with a black marker.
I wanted to make a Jewel Goddess Journal Tag with a focal piece charm and a silver Jewel Key and Jewel Sentiment. I began by using an Artistic Wire – Silver Plated Oval Wire Wrapper by Beadalon. I used a glass oval and adhered it to a piece of patterned paper, and added some seed beads with glossy accents.
I wrapped it in Silver Artistic Wire. I just adore the way this turned out. Working with wire is something I just love, and I find myself trying to use it in new and different ways. I may incorporate this same type of bauble into a jewelry piece.
To finish the Tag Ensemble, I cut/embossed a Jewel Key out of premium craft foil. Using Spellbinders Back to Basics Tags and Jewel Sentiments and Frames, I cut/embossed a tag out of white cardstock and painted Chandelier Glimmer Glam and allowed to dry.
Artistic Wire Mesh was threaded through the holes in the journal, then twisted and separated to create lovely flowing swells. I’m so excited to begin creating, drawing, sketching and painting in this journal that is now covered in inspiration.
If you have any favorite techniques that you love use when art journaling, I would love to hear them!
Thanks for stopping by today!