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Monday, July 29, 2013

My Art Journal Journey

Happy almost August! I can't believe how fast this year is going. But I hope it has been good for you so far. While I still love creating cards, I do love trying new arts and crafts. So this Summer, I have dived into mixed media art journaling.

I have watched  Donna Downey for years and love her Inspiration Wednesday videos.  So I wanted to try my hand at her style of journaling.  I have enjoyed watercolors over the years but wanted to play around with acrylic paints. So off to Michael's I went getting supplies. Glad they were having some good sales on art supplies, too. Yippee!

After years of making nice and neat creations, this journaling lets me get in touch with my spontaneous, playful, adventurerous, emotional and messy sides. Donna has such a free spirited way to creating and I am inspired by it.  And when she was using her fingers to paint, I was in! Play time! Yeah!

 I am having a blast trying her techniques and hope to keep watching her videos for more ideas. Thanks Donna!!! Wish I could give you a big ole' hug! :)

I found some heavy acrylic paper at Michael's and folded some sheets in half and made my own journal. On these pages I have or will be journaling my thoughts. It has been therapeutic expressing my feeling in color. What an experience!

All of these pages I did were inspired by something I saw in her videos. So take a look at what I have done so far!

I don't know why Donna uses the inner tag but I have done it too. But after a while I stopped. Not for me.

My first journal entry!

I loved how this turned out. Looks like a open field filled with pink wild flowers and blue skies.

DRIPPAGE!!!! I loved getting messy on this one.

I loved using drippage from the bottom up. Still needs something, hum...

I wish you could see the gold metallic cast on this one. Also, my first time using molding paste, a stencil to make the vines and acrylic glazing liquid.

Well, I hope to share more down the road. If you haven't visit Donna's website, take a look.

Thanks for visiting and have a great day!


  1. Very cool!

  2. Terrific job Kelly! Each page was wonderful. I took a class not long ago and the best part was getting messy. The vines you created with the molding paste turned out wonderfully. Love the color selection and the tag technique. I cannot wait to see what you create next.

  3. I've always wanted to take one of Donna's classes. Your art journal is beautiful. Love the vibrant colors.

  4. I'm trying again to leave a note. It wouldn't let me post last night. These are so wonderful, Kelly. I love seeing you be so free with your art. I think it's great that you are getting your emotions out in such a cool form. You are so talented. You go, girl.

  5. Kelly, these are great! So much emotion in these colors. I've never thought to make a color based journal. I love that you are exploring so many new techniques. Keep it up, Sis!

  6. I absolutely LOVE what you've created here!! Looks like so much fun and it all brings out a whole different artistic side you've got! Beautiful!!

  7. These are beautiful! Your artistic ability amazes me.

  8. Kelly, your pages are great, I've enjoyed visiting Donna's site, here videos are great. Well done for making a start, you won't be able to stop now, blessings!