Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Tuesday Tips and Techniques: 2012 Art Journaling

There are only 46 days left in 2011, so now is a good time to be thinking about where you want to take your art journaling in 2012!

Try something new!  "Something New" can be as simple as trying a different type or size of journal.

Maybe this is the year that you'll really get into making some of your own journals.  There are many different FREE tutorials on both the Internet and YouTube to get your started in the right direction.

My Thursday Art Journaling Class will start the new year by making a Teesha Moore inspired fabric journal.  That will be something new for all of us, and I can't wait to get started on this one!  I also have some other handmade journals to be finished.  I dare say I'll have plenty to keep me busy as the snow flies!

Unexpected gifts are also a good catalyst for taking your art journaling in a direction you may not have thought of.  Last night, I was gifted by my sweet hubby with this beautiful, sketch journal.  I have decided that I will use this journal for only that - sketches.  I will do a sketch a day using only charcoal, charcoal pencils, and black pens and markers.  (OK - MAYBE a light wash or two!)

Keith also gifted me with this Pentel Pocket Brush Pen on Sunday night.  (Yes, I'm a lucky gal!)  I thought I had run the gamut on black markers and pens (ruining more than I care to recall).  Leave it to my hubby to come across a pen I have never seen, and I have to say I LOVE IT!  It's easy to control the line width and the ink flows very nicely.  It writes amazingly well over thick acrylic paint, and the one he gave me came with two cartridges.  It will definitely be a new staple in my art box!


So what's up with the tiara on my head and the gifts two nights in a row?  I thought you might ask.  Well, yours truly has a birthday coming up this Saturday, and my dearly beloved officially declared that, "The Princess should have a Birthday WEEK!" on Sunday night!  (I just LOVE him!)  I never give my age much thought, but for some unknown reason, this year's birthday is making it difficult for me to maintain the delusion that I am perpetually 18.  Knowing this, hubby decided to make it extra special for me.  SO - I digress.

The real reason I'm telling you this is because I've decided to share the birthday excitement with YOU, my faithful readers and journaling friends.  I'm having a BIRTHDAY GIVEAWAY!!!!   How do you enter to win? It's easy.  Simply comment on each of my posts between today and Sunday at midnight EST.  Your name will be entered for the drawing each time you comment (up to 6 times).  Keith will select the winner by random drawing on Monday, and I will announce the winner in next week's "Tuesday Tips and Techniques" post.

WHAT'S THE PRIZE?  I thought you might ask that, too, but what's a birthday without surprises?  I will, however, give you a couple hints: 1) Prize value $65  2)  "La semana de mi cumpleaƱos"  

I hope this post inspires you to start thinking about your 2012 art journaling and I hope
you're having a wonderful week as you "Celebrate, LOVE, and Create!"


Keith captured the moon peeking between the clouds and trees one night after full.


  1. I have had a lovely experience with the composition book I altered as my art journal. You always are so generous with your information, I love reading your blog.

  2. I have a Pentel Brush pen too. I love that it can do broad as well as very fine lines depending on how much pressure you use. I think a whole week long birthday celebration is awesome! Enjoy your week of celebration!

  3. Happy Happy Birthday Angelia! You have yourself one fabulous Hubbub! I love the idea of a "Birthday Week"! Awesome tiara too! I think I will have to try and find one of those brush pens, if it can write nicely over acrylic, it should be able to write nicely over anything I use then:)
    Beautiful picture your Hubby took, I would print that and frame it!
    Hugs and big birthday wishes to you Angelia!

  4. Happy birthday! And you are a lucky girl. A wonderful man that buys att supplies!

  5. this sounds like fun! Happy birthday first off! You have a good man that tells you to celebrate for a whole week! Awesome... ; )
    I love to make my own journals and I was inspired by your photo! Love the color!

  6. You have an awesome hubby. Enjoy your birthday week.

    Thanks for visiting my blog. Your comments mean a lot.

  7. Happy Birthday Week! I hope you have a wonderful week. (don't enter me in the drawing...)

    Hey Keith, awesome pic of Mamma Moon. Thank you!

  8. Happy Birthday to you. I just found your blog a couple of weeks ago when I saw your "Let Your Art Shine All Over the World" journal page posted somewhere but without the artist's name. I loved it so much that I HAD to know who painted it. I spent over an hour searching the internet for you and I am SO GLAD I found you. Your art just makes me happy!

  9. Happy Birthday!! Wishing you a Thankful Thanksgiving too. I appreciate all your great tips and also sharing your lovely art. I've just started a composition art journal and know I'll be using some of your techniques.

  10. Happy Birthday Angelia. I hope you have a great week. I love all your new play things and that pen sounds fantastic, so versatile.
    Lovely photo too

  11. Whatever the prize is, I know it will be great. I am so happy you had a great birthday week, I love your crowns!

  12. happy birthday! wishing you more beautiful birthdays to celebrate and enjoy and be creative.. thank you sharing your awesome pages with us. it's been fun . easy and inspiring!


Thank you for sharing your thoughts with me! It's a pleasure sharing the creative world of art journaling with you. I love hearing from you, so comments and questions are always welcome.

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