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 Mini Pompon Notebook

Make a pompon notebook with materials you probably already have at home!

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Hello everybody😊

I might be a bit obsessed with pompons lately…😳 But just look at how cute they are! 😍

I love them so much that this week I decided to make this little pompon notebook. I think it is adorable and you can make it with normal wool.

What you’ll need to make it:

  • 6 sheets of A4 paper
  • Thin cardboard
  • Wool in different colours of your choice
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Needle and thread
  • Coloured/ scrapbook paper

 

Step 1: Cutting the paper

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The first step is to take your 6 sheets of A4 paper and cut them all into 4 pieces.

 

Step 2: Making the groups

Then, fold all the smaller sheets double and divide them into 4 groups with 6 sheets each.

 

Step 3: Marking the spots for the holes

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Mark spots for the holes on your paper with some dots. They should be 1,5 cm from the edge of the paper and 1 cm apart.

 

Step 4: The binding

Bind the groups into a book. I have already explained how to do this in an earlier post, so for a detailed tutorial on how to bind them see my post How to do simple bookbinding.

This is how it’ll look when you’re finished:

 

Step 5: Cutting the cardboard

Cut two pieces of thin cardboard the size of your pages. These will become the front- and back cover of you book.

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Step 6: Making the pompons

This step is actually quite easy. Take some wool (I for example used wool scraps I had left from the DIY Pompon stool I made a few weeks ago).

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Then, you proceed to pull the wool strands apart so they become thin and fluffy.

Then, you take a few of those strands and roll them into tiny balls with your fingers. To make it easier you can use a little bit of water. Try to make all the pompons about the same size.

Depending on how big you make them you’ll have to make 50-80. That seems like a lot,but it didn’t take a lot of time.

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Step 7: Sticking the pompons to the front cover

Working from the inside to the outside, stick your pompons to one of the cardboard pieces, making sure not to leave any gaps between them.

The other cardboard piece you can cover with some coloured or scrapbook paper. I chose to just cover it with some pink paper.

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Step 8: Sticking the covers to the book

Using glue, stick the cardboard pieces to the front and last page of your book.

(Tip: Make sure to protect the other pages from the glue with some old newspaper!)

Stick them like this to the book like this:

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And that’s it!

This is how the inside will look:

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I think it’s just a really cute way to make a small notebook. Of course, you could also make a bigger version by using a quarter or half of an A4 as pages, but you’ll have to make a lot of pompons.

The best thing about this technique is that you don’t have to buy any pompons (they can be quite expensive sometimes), but you can just use wool which you probably already have at home.

I hope you liked this tutorial. I you did, please like, comment and/or share. It really means a lot to me. ☺️ And follow me for a new DIY every Sunday!

See ya next week!

xxx, Yara

How to do simple bookbinding

Make your own strong, hardcover notebooks in half an hour!

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Hi guys, I’m back with a new tutorial. This week I’m showing how to make a hardcover notebook/journal. I’ve been making them for a while now, and I found that this is the easiest and fastest technique that still looks good and is strong enough.

What you’ll need:

  • A4 paper
  • A needle and string
  • Scrapbook paper
  • Cardboard
  • Glue

 

Step 1: Divide your paper into groups of 6 sheets and fold double

You need at least 4 groups. I chose to make 5 groups, because that makes a nice thickness. FullSizeRender-78

Step 2: Mark the places for the holes

Draw dots on the spine of each group where the holes will come. The dots should be 3 cm from the outside and 3 cm apart, as shown in the picture.

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Step 3: Poke through all the marks with a needle

This will make it easier to find the right place later on. Make sure to go through all the sheets, though!

Step 4: The Binding

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Make a knot in your string and pull it through the spine of one of the groups. Flip the paper and pull it back out through the other hole. Then flip the paper again.

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Now, what you’re going to do is take the 2nd group of paper and pull the needle through the most outside hole. Again, flip open the 2nd group and go back through the other hole  and this is what you’ll have:

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Pull the string tight and lay the groups on top of each other like this:

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Now, you put the needle into the next group and so on:

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When you’re finished, make a knot and this is what you’ll have:

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Step 5: Repeat step 4 for the other side

Do the exact same but for the other side. This is what you’ll have.

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Step 6: Cut the cardboard and stick it to the upper and lower pages.

Cut two pieces of cardboard the size of half an A4 paper and stick them to the top and bottom page with glue.

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Step 7: Use scrapbook paper to make the spine

Make sure to use strong paper, or the spine might fall apart (I know this from personal experience…)

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Step 8: use more paper to decorate the out- and inside

Stick paper to the covers of your book and to inside of the first and last two pages.

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And that’s it! This is how the inside pages will look:

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This book makes a really nice notebook or journal. I think I’m going to use mine as an art journal.

If you liked this tutorial, please like, comment or share. I would really appreciate that. 🙂

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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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!