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ArtJournalExpressLogoHappy Monday everyone!  I’m super excited to announce the addition of a brand new regular & FREE feature to my newly re-designed blog The Art of Simple. And that feature is called Art Journal Express.  

Art Journal Express will be a free weekly video tutorial series.  Each week (the plan is for it to be on Mondays) I will post a video tutorial on how I created one of my art journal pages from start to finish.  Now for me a typical art journal page takes between 20 minutes to an hour to create – which makes for a super long video to upload to You Tube, and for you to watch.  That’s why what I’ve done is to actually speed up the video clips, rather than having you watch what I’m doing in real time – hence the word “express” in Art Journal Express. However, what makes these video tutorials different from most of the “sped up” art journaling video tutorials out there is that I narrated for you exactly what I’m doing and what I’m using – that way, even though you’re watching a “fast forward” version, you don’t miss a single detail.

Today’s page is called “Sometimes My World Feels Like a Tangled Mess”  or simple “Tangled Mess” for short.


The journal that I’m working in is my Dylusions journal which you can see pictured below – and it’s the large Dylusions journal.  This will likely be the journal that I use for every one of my Art Journal Express Video tutorials is this is my current go-to journal or what I call my “working” journal.


While a lot of times (most of the time), my art journal pages evolve out of a feeling or thought that I’m exploring, this page actually started out as an exploration of color.  I had just received my brand new Hero Arts Neon Ink Daubers and wanted to give them a try (you can see them in the picture below).


Here’s the full supply list of what I used:

white Gesso (Golden); Matte Gel Medium (Liquitex); Neon ink daubers in Neon red, pink, orange, yellow, green, blue & purple (Hero Arts); Jet Black Archival Ink (Ranger); PITT Artist Pen Black S (Faber-Castell); Black Chevron Washi Tape (unknown); Tiny Attacher (Tim Holtz); Black Thread (fabric store); Kraft Journaling Tags Decorative (Maya Road); Christy Tomlinson She Print stamp (Unity); Finnabair Reverse Punchinella stamp (Prima – Item #960896); Bombay Black India Ink (Dr. Ph Martin); Ladybug, Bubblegum, Tangerine, Bumblebee, Limeade, Lilac, Blue Jean Assortments Sprinkles (Doodlebug Designs);

Here’s the video tutorial on how I made the page:

A close up of the page:


And here’s what the two page “spread” looks like in my art journal.  My preference has become to use the right page for my art journaling because I know that the pages are flat underneath as they are still untouched so anything I stamp will stamp pretty clear.  The other side of the 2 page “spread” – typically the left page – I use to list the supplies I used and for any directions/notes I want to remember about my page or the creative process or the supplies.

So why do I journal this way?  As I explained in this post, art journaling for me serves several purposes: (1) To explore thoughts, feelings, emotions, (2) as a source of personal encouragement, (3) to experiment with supplies, colors, techniques, textures and (4) as a springboard for other artwork.  Any one of my pages may become the inspiration for future artwork – sometimes just to help me remember colors or color combinations I particularly loved, maybe as a springboard for a canvas, or something I’m planning on creating prints out of….you never know.  Each week I create so much (typically related to my paper crafting), that after several months I may not remember anymore what I used or what I did for a particular project.  This way, with my notes, I’m guaranteed to remember.


So earlier in this post I mentioned to you that this page started out as the exploration of a new product.  The theme evolved from there.  After I had applied my colors I still wasn’t happy with how “patchy” they looked so I decided to add some thread to help divert attention from the colors, and well, because I love thread. As I looked at the tangled mess of thread against the bright colors, I thought about how this page was a bit of a metaphor about how I feel about my life sometimes.  I love my life – my husband, my children, my family, my friends, my home, my business – I know that I am very blessed (represented by the bright colors in my page) and I really appreciate those blessings. But sometimes, instead of focusing on the blessings I get caught up in the details. Trying to keep up with everything can be messy, and overwhelming, and I often drop a lot of balls, or get caught up in the wrong things – hence the title of my page.

I hope you enjoyed today’s video tutorial.  As I mentioned above I’ll be posting a new Art Journal Express every Monday.  It’s also my hope to put together a few other regular features – but more on that another day.

In the meantime, I’ve actually started a brand new You Tube channel for my newly re-designed blog The Art of Simple.  While I am going to continue to post videos to my existing channel – for Paper Crafter’s Library, this new channel is where I’m going to be posting the Art Journal Express videos as well as any other video tutorials I create as part of this blog.  So please take a minute to subscribe to my new channel HERE.

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