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Tuesday, 24 March 2015

Easy as ABC

Hello - this is something very new for me and I must admit I felt very out of my comfort zone before I started, but I was determined to take the plunge and try my hand at journaling, so here is my very first attempt.
My idea came from the way I felt, I wanted to, and I knew I needed to just let go and do it.  I really had fun doing it, but please tell me what you think.
I haven't altered the cover of my Journal yet, but I'm already planning page 2 - after I find a really heavy book to flatten the page out.
I am going to try adding this to the Link over at Brenda's blog ,Bumblebees and Butterflies where she's hosting a blog party to share visual journal  inspiration.

Avril xx

20 comments:

brenda said...

I am told it's a very therapeutic form of artwork Avril and reading your post it seems you found t so, I love the fact that it's bright and airy yet has real depth.

See I missed your post below and your Brusho play and particularly like the lilac version. What I love about them is there is no right or wrong way to use them, no two are ever the same and you can make it as intense or as understated as you wish.

B x

pearshapedcrafting said...

Fabulous "letting go" page! As you know, I love my art journals - think I have 5 in various states of fullness, just because I'm fickle and like to vary sizes and paper texture! I love the way the heart is following the butterflies to freedom! Hope you continue to enjoy your journey into art journalling! You may find a thinned down coat of gesso will help with the wrinkling but if you are like me I can't always wait for gesso to dry!!! Hugs, Chrisx

butterfly said...

It's a wonderful page, Avril... it has a real sense of new adventures and hope. Lovely combinations of stamping and stencilling.

I sometimes glue wrinkly pages down to the page beneath and flatten that under a heavy book. It's particularly useful when the journal pages are thinner. And I haven't got round to altering any journal covers yet - I suspect it would make working inside them difficult, so it'll have to wait until I've finished one of the many I've got on the go!!
Alison xx

Joan said...

Good for you Avril, lots of interest on your page, it's great to just let go and play!

Joan

Valerie-Jael said...

Nice work, enjoy playing. Hugs, Valerie

sally said...

Welcome to journaling Avril, it can be quite fun & addictive. The 3 I do are all via Facebook & I really enjoy doing it & learning new stuff all the time.

I like the image you've used for letting go :-)

Sally

Meggymay said...

Fabulous page Avril. Love all the images and stencils. I've been on the hunt for the little girl one for ages. Glad to see you starting your adventure into journaling. Its good therapy just to go with the flow and enjoy the process. I haven't done covers yet either, waiting until I fill a book, I have a few on the go. look forward to seeing Page 2
Yvonne xx

Alie Hoogenboezem-de Vries said...

Out of your comfortzone, but such a nice result Avril! (love those stamps too!)
Greetings, Alie :-)

Jo said...

This is fabulous Avril, I'm fairly new to journalling too & I love the freedom it gives. Your page is great & conveys exactly how you felt - letting go & just doing it!
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Margik said...

Love your first journal page and I like the fantastic image and stencils. I look forward to seeing a new page!!!
Hugs, Mar

Shirley Chillman said...

So glad you let go and tried it Avril because your first page is awesome. Your choice of stamp is just perfect.

Warm crafty hugs from Shirl x x x
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Linda said...

Congratulations on starting your journal Avril, and what a perfect way to start...... Love the stamped image, and the gorgeous bright colours. Cant wait to see what comes next. Xx

Pamellia Johnson said...

Beautiful job with your first ever journal page Avril! I think I may take the plunge soon too! hugs :)

Pia S said...

I love this style, but it haven't stepped out of my comfort zone yet to give it a go... I think I have many of the supplies needed, just haven't quite figured out where to begin...

Silvia(Barnie) said...

A gorgeous page, love the Banksy images.

Lynn Price said...

This is a wonderful "jump in" piece!! Love your colors and images.....they make me smile! Looks like you had fun here - that is my personal mark of success :-)
xx Lynn

Brenda Brown said...

How lovely to see you starting your journal and the beginning of a new visual journey for you Avril. Letting go and just creating can be so freeing and for me provides me with the time and opportunity to explore new ideas, techniques and elements of art without the constraints of external demands. I hope you continue to have fun creating for the sheer enjoyment of travelling in a new direction and are excited by your outcomes. Thanks for sharing over at my Visual Journey pages, I am looking forward to seeing what else you create. xxxx

Linda said...

It is lovely.

Sue said...

Hello Avril,
I am also out of my comfort zone with journal pages, but I am encouraging myself along with the support of Brenda to continue to construct them, you have started really well putting down how you feel; this is a good start, I have learnt a little about myself since starting, and it is helping me to think differently, so I am encouraging you to continue as you will be surprised what eventuates. Do not worry about the cover until you complete the journal as it will become messy and spoilt.
Smiles:)
Sue

Judith said...

This is fabulous Avril - as soon as I saw it I knew it was uplifting and inspiring - so I think you acheived your first page very well - a good place to start hugs Judith x