ArtJournalExpressLogoHappy Monday everyone – it’s a new year and I’m once again resuming my Art Journal Express video tutorial series – 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’ve really been enjoying filming and sharing my process with you all and hope that you have found it inspiring.

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The theme of today’s art journal page is creating a life that you love. I filmed the video tutorial for this page in December – right around the time of year, each year, where I step back and reflect on the way I’ve lived out the year. I’ve been finding that as I get older I’ve been spending more time thinking about the every day choices I make and whether or not they are in line with my overall vision of the kind of person I want to be and the kind of life I want to live.  I don’t know exactly when it happened, but at some point over the last number of years I finally came to the realization that there is no such thing as “finding oneself” – and in fact, when you get caught up in trying to “find yourself” you actually run the risk of losing the person that you could be.  That’s why the Tim Holtz sentiment which I used for this art journal page really struck a chord with me as it is so in line with the life philosophy that I now try to live by: that the person that I am, the person that I am becoming, and the person I want to be is defined by the choices that I make – each and every day – hence  the saying “life is about creating yourself”.  In a nutshell I believe that I am creating myself and by extension creating a life that I love, through my everyday choices – and hence I’m much more conscious about what those choices are (not that I always make the right choices, but I’m trying).

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 is the journal I’ve used in every one of my Art Journal Express Video tutorials – and 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.  As I mentioned in my Art Journal Express #8, this year my challenge to myself is to stop simply collecting and hoarding supplies and start actually using them – whether it’s in my paper crafting or in my mixed media work.  So in today’s page I pulled out my gelatos – another one of those products I’ve been collecting since they were first released, but had never spent much time using.

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Here are the exact supplies I used for this page: Gesso, (Golden); Matte Gel Medium (Liquitex); Blickrylic Titanium White acrylic paint (Dick Blick); Citrus & Pool Adirondack paint dabbers, Fresh Lime Dylusions Spray Ink, Jet Black Archival Ink (Ranger); Paisley Prints stamp (Tim Holtz/Stamper’s Anonymous); Acqua Dolce, Snow Cone, Metallic Mint, Margarita Mix, Lime and Green Tea Gelatos (Faber-Castell); Fluorescent Pink Poster Paint Pen (Sharpie); Flower Stencil (The Crafter’s Workshop); Rhinestones (Kaiser Kraft); Punchinella (fabric store); Bombay Aqua India Ink (Dr. Ph Martin); She Script stamp (Christy Tomlinson/Unity); Wow! Clear Gloss Ultra High Embossing Powder, heat gun (Wow! Embossing Powder); VersaMark ink (Tsukineko); Ebony CS (Bazzill Basics);

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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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.