December Journaling Adventures 2015 – Part 1

TJW December Mini CourseI’ve just started to follow along the December mini-course and blog hop for The Journey Within, a year long hand-made art journal online class with Kiala Givehand and 18 guest artists.   It’s a great way to warm up for the prompt I’ll be contributing right here on December 17, as well as my video/s and techniques I’ll be contributing for part of the July 2016 portion.

TJW Dec 2015 book structureHere’s my empty book I created for the December Mini-Course.
The mini-course is actually available to purchase right now, however if you sign up for the 2016 course, you get it for free!   I thought Kiala’s instructions via video AND print were done really really well.  Easy to follow, and she went over steps as she created the book. It’s the perfect journal structure for a month of prompts or if you’re following the blog hop!

Of course, I couldn’t leave it blank for too long, even if I haven’t had much time this week.  I decided to work on the first two blog hop prompts to start my journal.

Dec 1 2015 blog hop challenge              Dec 2 2015 blog hop challenge from Cindy Gilstrap

On the left is my attempt at Mimi Bondi‘s challenge.  I really enjoyed playing with the layers, stencils, and different paints as well as adding in vertical elements as interest. Her colors are really vibrant, but I had fun making this pop and following her video but with my own supply of paints and inks.

Finished Dec 2 handmade paper collage w paints, pen

Finished page, with pen, writing, highlights and a touch of tangling

On the right above was my in-progress look at my take on Cindy Gilstrap‘s challenge from Dec 2.   After viewing her video, I chose to concentrate on using some special bits of handmade paper I had laying around.  The center piece, corner pieces and bottom blades were from a gossamer thin piece of light green paper with lots of threads and inclusions that I first spritzed well with a red color spray which was then cut into various shapes.

These were glued down onto a background that was painted with scrapes of blue and yellow acrylic paint, some other handmade paper bits, and thin layer of gesso on top to tone it down.  I still intended to add the word “journey” somewhere on this piece, then add some extra colors and tease out some parts of the design with some ink work or even Zentangle. I’ll bet you all were wondering WHEN I was going to start adding in some tangles, eh?  Well just a touch… 

I loved playing with the handmade papers ripped into pieces, and collaged in place.  In the end it reminded me of a very hot cup of coffee from somewhere in the tropics, so I added my “journey” phrase :  “the journey begins with a good cup of COFFEE!” and tangled some of the edges with a gold gel pen (I’m a bit addicted to gold!).

December 2015 Book with first two pages

December 2015 Book with first two pages

I’m looking forward to doing a few more of the blog hop challenges as I can!

If you’re looking for a wonderful opportunity with art journalling and also to make 12-13 of your own journals over the next year, you can sign up for the Journey Within 2016 year of handmade art journal  course with prompts and techniques from over 19 artists HERE!

And keep your eyes out for MY Dec 17 blog hop prompt!  And there will be some giveaways, so subscribe the blog or the Facebook page!

Sadelle Wiltshire, CZT

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4 Responses to December Journaling Adventures 2015 – Part 1

  1. Mimi Bondi says:

    Thank for tagging me and following my video tutorial! I really enjoyed seeing how you interpreted it and used your own supplies to create something uniquely YOU! Tag me again when you follow my lesson in the Journey Within next year so I can see what you create 😉
    PS: If you enjoy mixed media and positivity, please join me in my private Facebook group here: – the more the merrier!!

    • Sadelle says:

      Thanks Mimi! I love the fun ways the circles just POP with movement… and enjoyed your video, especially the bit about sneaking off for goodies ;-)! Yes, I’ll be happy to tag you again in the new year! And I loved that you included your doggie in the video! I might have to work my Rani Roo into mine in the New Year!

  2. Cindy says:

    Love your book and your pages so far! Beautiful!

    • Sadelle says:

      Thanks Cindy! I really enjoyed your tutorial and since I had an ample stash of handmade papers left over from a paper jewelry workshop I teach, it was the perfect element to work with. Also loved the spraying the papers with color ahead of time and then cutting shapes for collaging. The effects on some of the thinner pieces of paper were fun!

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