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ArtJournalExpressLogoHappy Monday everyone!  Welcome to another edition of my brand new weekly video series Art Journal Express.

Art Journal Express is a free weekly video tutorial series.  Every Monday I will be posting 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.  So the video clips are sped up, 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 “Life is a Journey”.

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Overall, I am the kind of person who tends to be very focused and very goal-oriented. Whenever I undertake something, I always have a plan and I know what it is I am hoping to achieve at the end. On other hand, when my husband and I travel – we approach our travels like an adventure.  Other than knowing our destination, and perhaps a few key things we want to do, we take things as they come on our way.  We take the time to explore, to take detours, and to simply wander – enjoying what we come across as we come across it. We always have fun and we always learn and grow from our experiences.  That’s how I want to approach life – and this page is my reminder of that.

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.

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Below are the supplies I used for this page – a combination of acrylic paints, india ink, stamps and rub-ons.

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Here are the supplies I used for this page:  Gesso, Payne’s Gray heavy bodied acrylic, Carbon Black heavy bodied acrylic, Primary Yellow heavy bodied acrylic, Diarylide Yellow fluid acrylic, Transparent Pyrrole Orange fluid acrylic (Golden); Titanium White Blick Acrylic (Dick Blick); Matte Gel Medium (Liquitex); Claudine Hellmuth Studio Classic Teal, Jet Black Archival ink (Ranger); Beach Glass satin acrylic paint (Martha Stewart); Turquoise Green Standard Series acrylic paint (Amersterdam); Aqua Bombay India Ink (Dr Ph Martin); Pilot Permaball Pen (purchased at Scarlet Lime); White extra-fine point  poster paint pen (Sharpie); Polka Dot Basics II stamp set (Papertrey Ink); Tim Holtz Pen and Pencil stamp set (Stampers Anonymous); Words and Numbers Remnant Rubs (Tim Holtz Idea-ology);

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

Here’s a close up of the page:

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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.

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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.

I hope you enjoyed today’s video tutorial.  If you haven’t already, please be sure to subscribe to the new You Tube Channel I’ve created specifically for the Art of Simple blog. 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.