ArtJournalExpressLogoHappy Monday everyone! Welcome to another edition of Art Journal Express – a free weekly video tutorial series posted each Monday where I show you how I created one of my art journal pages from start to finish. Each and every Art Journal Express video tutorial is in “fast forward” mode and then narrated so that you can see each and every step and hear my thoughts behind my process without having to sit through a loooong video.  I have to tell you, I’ve been absolutely loving creating this series and hope that you have been enjoying it as well.!

I want to take a minute to thank those of you that have left comments – although I know that there are many of you that follow regularly via RSS or email updates – it’s always much appreciated when you take the time to leave a comment.  It lets me know that you are enjoying what I’m posting…and hey….everyone like a little “pat on the back” sometimes LOL!

In today’s art journal page we’re going NEON!  Neon has been a growing trend for a little while now – showing up in various different companies product lines (for example Hero Arts has their Neons line of ink pads) – but it wasn’t something I really incorporated into my paper crafting or art work until I started watching some of Mindy Lacefield’s videos – she uses neon acrylic paints quite frequently in her work.  So, I finally decided to break down and buy a few to try.  Well that got me hooked and I’ve expanded my collection quite a bit.  I find though that there are a few colours I seem to be drawn to more than others.  Those colours are the Blickrylic Fluorescent Yellow-Orange and the Americana neons Fiery Red and you’ll see me use them in today’s page.

Today’s page is called “Age Is A Just A Number”.  I filmed the video tutorial for this page on my 42nd birthday – which was on November 16th.

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The whole process of age and aging has been on my mind for quite awhile now – I would probably have to say since I was in my late twenties.  I’ve heard it said so often that age is just a number and it’s all about how old you actually feel. The problem for me has been that so many days I actually feel older than I am.  For years now I have been struggling with chronic headaches, low energy levels and chronic fatigue – to the point that I don’t even remember anymore what it’s like to feel “normal”.  The headaches started when I was in my mid-teens although they seem to have gotten progressively worse as the years have gone by.  I pretty much have a headache just about 24/7.  Most days it’s low grade – but two to three days a week I go to bed with an ice pack on my head.  The low energy and fatigue started probably in my early to mid thirties.

I would have to say that almost everyday it’s a struggle to get out of bed, and almost everyday I can’t wait to fall back into bed.  So everyday I have to make an ongoing choice as to how I’m going to approach my day and how I’m going to approach life.  Am I going to give in to how I feel, and to the physical limitations of my body – to basically spend my life lying down, in bed with an ice pack on my head – or am I going to get up, get going and keep striving to maintain a positive attitude, to keep putting one foot in front of the other, and to keep moving forward as though nothing is going on.

Regardless of how I feel I’m still a wife, I’m still a mother, still a business owner, still a friend, still a daughter, still a grand-daughter…….life keeps going. I keep reminding myself that we’ve been given one life to live, and despite everything I need to make the most of that life. And if that means that I have to toboggan with the kids, or supervise homework, or put up Christmas decorations or bake, or read bedtime stories….or…or…..or…..I’m going to have to do it with a smile on my face and a positive attitude regardless of whether my head feels like it’s going to burst, or all I feel like doing is sleeping.  Now of course I’m human, so it doesn’t always work out that way – I have my grumpy days and my non-productive days – but when that happens I try my best to turn it around the next day.

And that is the heart of this art journal page. Because if I’m honest with myself, as I look at how I feel I’m scared that as I get older it’s going to keep getting worse.  So this is my way of giving myself a good shake and reminding myself that there is no reason to fear actually getting older – it’s a reminder to not give in, but look for ways to take more control over my health.  I’ve been reading a fantastic book called Younger Next Year for Women: Live Strong, Fit, and Sexy – Until You’re 80 and Beyond and planning on incorporating many of the suggestions.  I’ll let you know how it goes!

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 is a photo of the supplies I used for this page – a combination of acrylic paints, india ink, stamps and washi tape.

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Here are the exact supplies I used for this page: Gesso (Golden); Matte Gel Medium (Liquitex); Blickrylic Fluorescent Yellow-Orange acrylic paint (Dick Blick); Fiery Red and Scorching Yellow Neone acrylic paint (Americana); Jenni Bowlin Fountain Pen acrylic paint (Ranger); Black Bombay India Ink (Dr. Ph Martin); Vintage Wood Bingo Calendar Numbers Black (Maya Road); Remnant Rub Ons Numbers, Alpha Parts Signmaker (Tim Holtz Ideaology); Sketchbook Thickers (American Crafts); Blackberry Mini alphabet Sticker (MLS); Houndstooth Antique Paper tape (Bazzill Basics); Black Chevron Washi Tape (Glitz Designs); black thread (fabric store); shipping tag (office supply store); Black Permaball Pilot Pen (purchased from Scarlet Lime)

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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