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First of all, I want to give a BIG thank you to everyone who has commented for the giveaway. You all are amazing, I loved reading each and every one! I just wish I had the time to reply to them all, but that would take forever and then I wouldn’t be able to share more with you. lol Your support has been incredible, I appreciate it!
I really wish I could give you all a copy of the book, but obviously that would be impossible. BUT, you girls are in luck… I mentioned a slight damage to my book, and received a replacement… since I don’t mind my book being slightly banged up, I decided to give my replacement to a second lucky winner! So, without further adieu, I’d like to announce the TWO lucky winners for the book “Journal It!” by Jenny Doh….
Susan Daniel and Denise Herman!
Congratulations girls! I’ll be in touch soon to make sure it gets to you asap. :)
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So, on to more fun stuff… before heading back into the Art Journaling 101 course, I decided to share with you another art journal page evolution. This was another page that I had worked on during the storm. I disputed with myself as to whether or not to share it publicly since it was a very personal experience for me to create it. But I had the images, I love the way it turned out, and its a perfect example on how art journaling can help you work through emotions.
Having all three girls at home, stuck in the house for a full week, was starting to take its toll on me. My five year old in particular was starting to irritate me more and more with her bursts of tears and tantrums that is oh so typical at her age. I grabbed my journal and vented. It sat for a day, then I decided to start painting over it. Below, you see me adding a wash of white over the words.
I then glued down two pieces of a paper doily with my soft gel medium.
Next I added some green paint mixed with a little white.
…and then some pink.
Feeling my aggravation for my daughter starting to fade, I decided to paint some white clouds along the top.
Before starting my page, I had dug through my bin of ephemera. These two images jumped out at me, they were a perfect representation of the two sides to my daughter. Here, I was finally ready to glue them down with soft gel medium, although I had no idea how I was going to make them feel a part of the page!
I used black paint to messily outline the angel photo. Then, with watered down white paint, I went over the angel’s wings and extended them beyond the image.
I was stuck for a while at this point. I wasn’t sure how to pull everything together. Finally, the flower in the crying girl’s hair inspired me to paint some larger ones. I used Golden fluid acrylic in the color Indian Yellow Hue. It has a great transparency to it, so the background shows through beautifully. I put the paint on more heavily toward the outer edges to give it a slight shaded effect. I added a bit of watered down red in the center, then outlined everything in black.
I kept looking at that cute crying girl, so I wanted to create some “tears” on the page. (Not to mention I have a thing for drippy messy paint!) So I piled on some black paint below the angel photo and sprayed it with a bit of water to make it drip. I then decided it needed more drips in the corner to balance it out. I also splattered some paint here and there… although I panicked at one point wishing I hadn’t done so much splattering! I tried to wipe it off a bit.
Art journaling always soothes me, and brings me back to my center. I felt great at this point, but a little regretful for having gotten so upset and annoyed with my daughter. She’s only five after all, and is trying to learn how to work through her own emotions. I felt a big softness for her… I wanted to say something on the page to help me remember this experience. So with green paint (and outlined later in pen), I wrote “Sometimes its hard to remember there’s a sweet angel under all those tears.”
I hope you’ve enjoyed seeing my process!
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Lovely page and I liked the description of how you put it together. Although the kiddies can get to you at times, cherish those moments, they will be grown before you know it!
beautiful journal page. I thought you had used some sort of three dimensional piece for the angel, it took me a minute to realize it wasn’t. The wings really made it pop out. Thank you for sharing.
Nydia Dominguez says
Wonderful! I love how it came out!! My first art journal was a transformed written one. I wanted to keep it positive so I painted over any negative messages with an painted and positive painting over it so I would remember but not have all the hurt fly back at me. There are still many written pages of my thoughts. I am in the last pages and am stuck on this one spread. I am not happy with it. I need to move on to the next spread and close my eyes as I turn the page…
Kristal Norton says
I seem to be doing that more and more these days. I love to write when I’m upset, but I really don’t want to go back and read it, so its a perfect solution! PS If you can’t get your page to work, just move on like you said. It’s all just part of the journey. :)
Nydia Dominguez says
PS~silly me! Congratulations to the winners, Susan Daniel and Denise Herman!! Lucky stiffs! :)
Suzanne McRae says
Kristal, you are sharing so much. TThe video is wonderful video as well as the process of making your art journalling pages. I love seeing what it all looks like. Which is similar to what I’m having fun doing. Thank you for sharing your pages that has to be a very personal subject for you.
Sue Moore says
Congrats to the ladies who won. Kristal thank you for sharing you pages came out beautiful and I love how you were able to tie the angel and the crying girl together.
Brillient page , kristal, love your process, I too vent my angst this way … on a page, scribbling like mad then cover it with paint etc. Its good for the soul and your sanity!!… and its great to know that you too have days with your kids that just make you want to rant and rave!lol, but you look so chilled!! lol
ohh, but Its not easy bringing up kids with all the changes as they grow from being babies to toddlers to a child and of what you expect from them as they get older, their behaviour and their understanding of the world, their reasoning! but the joy they bring is emeasurable, but they do wind us mums and grandmas up!
thanks for sharing this moment in your life Kristal and showing just creating a journal page can clear your head!.. and dont be too hard on yourself for being cross with your 5yr old, us mums and grandmas all understand about kids!
Kristal Norton says
OH believe me, I can yell sometimes! lol They drive me nuts, but I love them to death! :)
Congrats to the winners!! LOVE this page you did, thanks so much for the video and sharing with us! I love the way art can turn a bad day into a good day!!
Congrats to the winners! Thanks for sharing your teqnique it loos like fun. I did a similar thing with my journal, painting over my sad feelings. It turned out looking very cool!
I like yours especially the doilies as texture. I have been looking at texture videos and gonna try them soon.
This (and all of your journal pages) is fantastic! I really must try this, although I like dimensional embellishments, so it would probably have to be a journal picture as opposed to a journal page. Great post, though I wish I were one of the winners!
Kristal Norton says
Thanks Paula! Ya know, you could use dimensional embellishments in an art journal too. You would just have to use a soft cover like the one I’m using so that it can expand with the pages. Sorry you didn’t win, I promise, it was totally random! ;0)
Love how you painted those wings out like that! Beautiful page! And a big Congrats to the lucky winners!
susan daniel says
Kristal…..Yippie! Thank you so much! I am so excited about winning the book! Thank you thank you! What a wonderful, delightful, special surprise blessing today! Thank you so very much for the book and for your blog and I am so excited about learning new art journaling techniques! You are a delight to watch! Thank you!!!!
Kristal Norton says
Aw thanks Susan! I’m sending you an email now. Congratulations!!
Kristal Norton says
Thank you everyone for the wonderful comments! I’m glad you enjoyed seeing my journal page come to life. :)
Liz Walker says
awesome, love it xx
Linda K says
what an awesome page!!! Love all the fantastic layers and the vibrancy of the colors-really fab!!!
Kate Burroughs says
Thanks for sharing the evolution of your angel spread. I really enjoy seeing the various stages of a journal page. Congrats to the winners. Now to go place an order for the book.
Debbie Buckland says
Ohhhh I soooo know what you mean… My five year old boy constantly aggravates me and my temper gets the better of me.
Great journaling page…. I was recently given a journal/diary with lines in it and I had no idea what I was going to do with it as I don’t do diaries. Maybe I can do a personal art journal that doesn’t have the intention of going online. Every crafting thing I do goes online… Might be time to do something just for me and not for anyone else to see.
Jennifer Starkey says
Absolutely amazing page! You have so much talent!! :) I always enjoy seeing other art journaler’s processes!
I’m going through your blog to catch up and saw this post, I love the art and am grateful you shared it with us. I have a 8yr old son and 11yr old daughter and I remember age 5 being tough for me as well. Thank you for the idea of how to work through that emotion. My favorite part was where you wrote down what you were feeling and then painted over it to create something beautiful. Like an outward expression of a basic truth, that we all need to vent and its okay to get mad but we don’t have to stay mad and turn it into to something beautiful. Thank you again for sharing this process with us. God bless.