First week of Art Dump journaling

Hello everybody!

I hope you’re doing good^^

This week I decided to start a new project: an Art Dump Journal.

It’s a journal you keep and the idea is that you do something in it every day. It can be anything, from drawing to painting to stamping to sticking, anything you like!

And the best thing is: it doesn’t have to be pretty. It can be really ugly, no problem! As long as you do something in it every day.

Sometimes it might just take a few minutes, sometimes you might want to spend longer on it.

It’s just a way to let out some creativity and relax, without having to worry about it being ‘pretty’.

 

So here is what I’ve done so far this week:

 

Day 1:

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I started off simple by just using watercolours to paint coloured horizontal and vertical stripes. It was nice to see how the different colours blend.

 

Day 2:

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The second day I drew a random pattern with a pencil and used alcohol-based markers to colour it in. It was really fun to do and the end result is really nice and colourful.

 

Day 3:

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The third day I used acrylic paint and put some dots on the top of the page. Then I used a ruler to smudge them out, leaving this cool pattern. This took me literally a minute to make, but it turned out quite cool.😂

 

Day 4:

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On day 4 I used watercolours to just paint horizontal stripes. It’s really simple but it was fun to do.

 

Day 5:

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Day 5 was really simple again, I just took my markers and coloured in some squares with the different colours. I accidentally made a mistake with the dark green colour, but that’s the fun thing about art dump journaling; making mistakes is fine!

 

Day 6:

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This last day I used coloured pencils to make this kind of gradient of colours.

 

I’m not an expert at all these things, and it isn’t always pretty but it doesn’t have to be, as long as you have fun doing it!

Art dump journaling is a great way to relax and have some fun and you can become more familiar with using different methods and supplies.

I’m definitely going to try to keep doing this every day, and I might give you monthly updates with some of the best pages.

I definitely encourage you to try this out, as it’s a lot of fun and only takes a few minutes a day.

 

I hope you enjoyed this post. If you did, please like, comment and/or share. I would really appreciate that. And follow me for more DIYs and creative content!

xxx, Yara

DIY Birthday Cards

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Hello everybody!

Is it me or is it true that during this time of the year there are exceptionally many birthdays? For some reason loads of people have their birthday in fall. That’s why I decided to make some cool birthday cards.

These cards are really easy to make and much more personal than a store-bought card.

 

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  • Strong paper (cardstock)
  • Four colours of coloured paper
  • Marker
  • Scissors
  • Hole Punch
  • Glue

 

 

I decided to use four pastel-coloured papers for these cards in pink, light blue, light orange and light green. I think they look really cool together. I used 1/4 of an A4 cardstock paper for each card.

 

The first card: Confetti card

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Step one: Writing the letters

To make this card, start with sketching out the letters and filling them in with a black marker. I decided to use round capital letters spelling ‘Happy Birthday!’

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Step 2: Making the confetti

Then, cut small pieces from all your coloured paper. Stack these onto each other and punch holes in them with the hole puncher. Make sure to keep all the punched out holes, these are going to be your confetti.

 

 

Step 3: Sticking the confetti to the card.

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Then, stick all the confetti to the card. I decided to stick a lot to the sides and just a few near the middle for an ombre-ish effect.

 

Step 4: Adding a coloured border.

This step is optional, but I decided to add a coloured border by sticking the card onto a slightly bigger piece of pink paper.

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The second card: Little Flags

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This card is really easy to make, but still so cute!

 

Step 1: Drawing the lines

Start with drawing two (or however many you want) lines on the card with a black pen.

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Step 2: Cutting the flags.

First, draw two lines on the coloured paper, two centimetres apart. By drawing crossed lines between them you get a pattern of triangles:

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Cut these out and you’ll have a bunch of coloured flags.

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Step 3: sticking the flags to your card

Stick the flags right under the black lines. You can choose to do this in a pattern if you want.

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Step 4: Adding a coloured border

The last step again is to add a coloured border around your card. I chose for a light blue border.

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Card 3: Beehive pattern

This last card doesn’t really have a lot to do with birthdays but it does look really cute, don’t you think? And of course, you can still use it as a birthday card!

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Step 1: cutting the hexagons

For this step, I decided to print out a little hexagon template and trace it onto the different coloured papers. You can also draw them by hand if you prefer that. Then I cut them out using my scissors. I ended up needing about four of each colour.

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Step 2: Sticking the hexagons to the card.

Stick the hexagons to the card in a beehive pattern, leaving a little gap between each of them. At the edges, I used parts of the pink and blue hexagons and cut off the excess.

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Step 3: adding a border

Again, adding a border is optional. I decided to add an light orange border.

 

That’s it! Here are all the cards together:

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I think they look so cute as a set and they were so easy to make!

Which one do you think is the prettiest? Let me know in the comments!

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial. If you did, please like, comment and/or share. I would really appreciate that. And follow me for more DIYs and creative content!

xxx, Yara

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Art Journal Walkthrough

Hello everyone!

I’m really excited! August has started so from now on I’ll be posting twice a week and this is my very first Wednesday post!

Today I’m showing you my art journal. I love art journaling and I’m showing you some of the pages I made.

 

Remember this book? I made it a while ago in a this post: How to do simple bookbinding 

Since then I’ve been using it as an art journal and it’s been great. It is already so thick and I’m only on 1/4. I even had to use a string to keep it closed!

I’m going to show you a few of the pages in my journal. I mostly use quotes as inspiration and use images to illustrate them, but sometimes I also try other things. Here are a few examples:

Page 1:

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I really like this page because I love the quote and I think the piano part turned out really good. I made it by painting on black paper with white paint. It was quite hard to write the words on the left with the paint and they came out a bit crooked but I found I actually liked the rough-ish look it gave so I kept it. I just printed out the picture of the piano and stuck it onto the paint so it looked like it was in some sort of spotlight.

Page 2:

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You can’t read it really well in the picture but the quote says: “Our greatest glory is not in never failing but in rising every time we fall”. I think it’s a great quote because it’s okay to make mistakes as long as you learn from them. I thought a phoenix fit perfectly with the quote so I drew one on the right (I did use a reference picture). I painted the red background with some acrylic paint.

Page 3:

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I don’t only use quotes! This was a watercolour painting where I just coloured a bit randomly with all kinds of colours. It was a good way to let out my creativity and I actually think the colours look quite cool.

Page 4:

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I’m quite proud of this page. I portrayed the quote by painting a small piece of gauze and hanging it in front of a page of an old book (don’t worry, it wasn’t a real book, just some sort of advertisement thing). I added the paperclip to keep the gauze in place. I just think it looks really cool and I like the look of the painted gauze.

Page 5:

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This is a different way to art journal. On the computer I made this little collage of a few positive pictures and I printed that and stuck it in the book. It’s a whole different way but it’s also a lot of fun and it’s pretty easy to do. i think it turned out good and I think it’s a pretty cute pastel collage. *Disclaimer: the images I used are not mine*

Page 6,7,8:

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These are three pages that belong together. The lyrics are from Believer by Imagine Dragons. It’s a song I really love and I tried to portray the lyrics of the verses.

For the first page I stuck pieces from an plastic bag with newspaper-print on the journal. Then I took a second paper and cut out the silhouette of a girl and I stuck it on top. That way you could see the newspaper through the silhouette. It’s a literal portray of the ‘words inside my head’ and I quite like it.

For the second page I just used a pretty image that I cut out a newspaper and I stuck the lyrics on top. It was really easy to do but I think it looks pretty nice.

The last page is my favourite. For this I used the humming bird stamp I made myself. You can find the tutorial on how to make your own stamps in this post: DIY Foam Stamps. I just dipped the stamp into the ink and stamped the whole left side with different gradients of blue. I think it gives such a cool effect and it’s really easy to do. For the right side I stamped onto the paper and then stuck another piece with the silhouette of a dove cut out on top of it. I think this looks really cool because it gives a bit of depth to the page. What do you think?

That was it for today! I hope you liked this post. Which page was your favourite? Do you want a part 2? Let me know in the comments below.

If you want more information about art journaling check out my post Art Journaling – Tips & Tricks, where I explain how I make my pages and I give tips for art journaling.

If you liked this post, please like, comment and/or share. I would really appreciate that. And follow me for more DIYs and creative content!

See ya on sunday!

xxx, Yara

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Art Journaling – Tips & Tricks

Hello everybody! Today I’m posting something a bit different. The reason today’s post isn’t on Sunday is because it isn’t really a DIY. Art journaling is something I really enjoy doing. It’s a fun way to let out your creativity and create something cool.

Of course, everybody has their own style of journaling.

I myself mostly use quotes as a base and then illustrate it with colours and images I think match the meaning and mood of the quote.

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This is an example of my journal. I used the colour scheme of yellow and found two pictures that fit the meaning of the quote. Then I wrote the quote and stuck the pictures. Finally I added rope around one of the images to give it a really creative touch. I really like doing it this way because it doesn’t take much time to create something cool.

Here are a few tips if you want to try out art journalling with quotes:

Tip 1 : Colours

Before you start, choose a colour scheme that fits the quote. You can choose to use mostly one colour or you can choose two to three colours but I think you shouldn’t use to many colours or it’ll get messy. For happy quotes, use bright colours, for sad quotes use darker and dimmer colours.

Tip 2: Fonts

Always choose a font that fits the theme. If you want you can choose to do this on the computer and print it out or you can hand-letter it. I personally usually hand lettering it because I think it gives the quote an extra touch. Also make sure the colour of your font matches the colour theme or contrasts it.

Tip 3: Images

Choose images that fit your theme, but they don’t always have to portrait the quote. For example, in my page above I didn’t use an image of a bird sitting on a tree but just of trees. If yoe see it you understand it fits the quote but it doesn’t have to literally portrait the quote. It is more important that the images fit the theme than that they fit the message.

Tip 4: Contrast

Use contrasts! Not every quote fits this but if it’s possible definitely try to use at least a little contrast. This makes the different parts stand out and it makes the page more interesting.

Tip 5: Lay-out

Make sure the page gets an interesting layout. Placing everything in a row can be a bit boring, so make sure the attention slides along the page. Try out different lay-outs and see what makes the page the most interesting.

Tip 6: Be creative

Use your imagination! You aren’t limited to using images. Paint, draw, ink, use crayons, try out different things. Use buttons, paperclips, any thing you can find and just go for it. After all, the most important thing is to have fun. 🙂

How do I get inspiration?

Sometimes you want to make something, but you really just have no inspiration. I have a big folder full of images from magazines, leaflets, paper bags, little drawings and other thing I can use for my journal. Whenever I need inspiration I can just take a look and I’ll always get an idea. Of course, browsing Pinterest also gives loads of ideas. 😛

 

Here’s an example of how I make my pages:

The quote is used: See the positive in the negative

My colour scheme: Black and white

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I started with drawing a black raster on the white paper with a fine-liner and a white raster on the black paper with white pencil, creating two rasters of 15 by 15 cm. I liked this idea because it created a big contrast between the two sides, but they were still the same thing.

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Then I proceeded with my images. I decided to use black -white images of wolves because they fit the theme and the rough-ish style I wanted to create. I stuck a few lighter images on the white and a few darker ones on the black.

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Then I hand lettered the text onto the two rasters. I used only capitals because that fitted the mood. On the white paper I used rounder letters and on the black I used square corners to create a bit more contrast, but not too much because I wanted it to be clear that it was one quote and that the two parts belonged to each other.

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Then for the lay-ut I chose to place them asymmetrically onto the page, because I thought that just looked better. What do you think?

So this was the result:

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I think it took me like 15 minutes to make. Do you like it?

Now I’m not saying that this is exactly how you should art journal. Everyone has their own way of journaling. These are just a few tips if you want to work with quotes.

I hope the tips were helpful to you☺️

If you found this post helpful, please like, comment and/or share. It really means a lot to me😊

Please let me know if you want me to post things like this more often or if you have other tips for art journalling in the comments.

Thank you for reading!

Xxx, Yara

 

DIY Foam Stamps

Make your own personalised stamps with crafting foam!

 

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Hello everyone! 😄

This week I’m showing you how to make your own stamps with foam. I think they’re really cool and you can turn any image you like into a stamp this way. The crafting foam works really well because it adsorbs the ink well, which makes you able to stamp it.

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What you’ll need:

  • Template images
  • Crafting foam
  • Scissors
  • A stanley knife
  • Some strong cardboard
  • Glue

Step 1: Printing the images

Print out a few images that you want to turn into stamps. Search Google for anything you want with ‘silhouette’ after it and you’ll find all kind of templates. I chose a bunny, a hummingbird, a lily, a rose and my name.

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Step 2: Cutting the paper

Cut out all your images. With the solid shapes it’s easy, but with the rose I had to cut out all the little parts.

With the lily I decided to keep the three smallest parts attached, so it would be easier to cut.

Step 3: tracing the paper onto the foam

Trace the paper onto the foam. The colour of the foam you use doesn’t matter, you won’t see any difference while stamping.

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Step 4: Cutting out the foam

This is the hard step. I was able to cut the bunny and the hummingbird out with scissors, but the rose, lily and my name had really small pieces  so I used a stanley knife for them. Luckily you can cut through foam really easily with a good stanley knife

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Step 5: Cutting the cardboard

I cut a few cardboard shapes out of strong cardboard. For the bunny, hummingbird and rose I decided to make circles because I think that looked really cool, but the shape of the cardboard really doesn’t matter as long as the foam fits on it.

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Step 6: Sticking the foam to the cardboard.

Stick the foam to the cardboard with glue. An important thing to remember is when you’re using letters to spell something, you should stick them to the cardboard in reverse!

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Step 7: Go stamping!

I had a lot of fun with this step😊

You can just use the stamps like normal stamps, and you can use all kinds of ink. You could even use paint if you want.

Here are a few examples of what I did:

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I think it’s really cool that you can make your own designs. You can really make cool artworks by stamping. And if you make your name you can stamp it under all kinds of letters.

I hope you found this tutorial useful. If you did, please like, comment or share. It really means a lot to me😊

Thanks for reading & see ya next week!

xxx, Yara

 

DIY Braided Notebook

 

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I use this notebook to store all of my DIY ideas!

 

What you’ll need:

  • A piece of cardboard of the size of an A4 paper
  • Lined paper
  • Plain paper
  • 2 colours of coloured paper
  • 2 keychain rings

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The photo shows 3 keyrings because that is what I originally planned, but I later decided to stick with 2

To start, cut your cardboard in 2 equal pieces and paint one side of them in a nice colourfullsizerender-8

I chose for blue

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While that dries, you can start braiding. Cut your coloured paper into strokes of 1 cm in the lengt of your cardboard.

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Now, stick two of them to your table with cellotape and keep adding more, sticking a stroke to the table every 4/5 strokes, until you’ve got a rectangle of the same size of your cardboard to create a cover.

Now carefully remove the cellotape and add glue to your cover and stick it to the unpainted side of one of your cardboard pieces.

Secure the edges by collating them to the cardboard

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Add some coloured paper to your other piece of cardboard on the non-painted side. Now, punch holes with a hole puncher 2 inches from the sides of both cardboards and this is how your pieces should look:

Now for the paper:

Take your lined paper (about 20 sheets) and cut them along the lines shown in the photo:

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Now punch holes 1,7 inches from the sides

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if you want, you can also cut some plain paper in the same size

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I also made some tabs for myself, but this is not necessary.

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Now, line up both covers and your paper in the right order and shove the rings on the back cover.

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Shove all the other papers through the rings too, one ring at a time

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Finally, add the front cover and you’re done!

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Please like and comment if you liked this tutorial and don’t forget to share it on social media!