LifeBook 2013 – week 5

Here are some butterfly photos you can use if you want to.

Personal use only.

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Lifebook 2013

So I decided to sign up for LifeBook 2013, a year-long online mixed media art class, run by Tamara Laporte. I wanted to learn new techniques and thought it was a great deal. The inner journey hocus pocus thingy I thought I’d just ignore. My oh my, what was I thinking! Did I suddenly lose my brain? Art is about self-expression, at least it is for me. I belive that it is impossible to create something without putting a part of yourself in it. So of course I am doing the inner journey hocus pocus thingy 😉 as well as learning new techniques.

I have to get my scanner up and running (I have a very temperamental HP multiprinter/scanner) before I can show you pics of my work. The camera lightens everything up and distorts the colors so that it doesn’t seem like my work anymore so I feel that I need the scanner for these mixed media paintings.

Birthday card with cupcakes

Birthday card made in half an hour. I used two freebe stamps from Cardmaking & Papercraft Magazine and promarkers and of course some Time Holtz Stickles glitter glue on a plain white card. I also drew a fine black line to connect the hearts and make it all come together. Stamped a message to the birthday lady on the inside.


Christmas card / Thank you card

It’s the season to share the love you have for others but it’s also the season that seems to have the least hours per day. So I ended up making a very quick and easy card to attach to the flower arrangement I bought to give to my grandma ❀

It’s pre scored card, a christmas tree freebie from some magazine (probably Scrapbook Inspirations, it used to come with a lot of freebies and I’ve accumulated a few over the years) and Tim Holtz Distress Stickles glitter glue.

I drew glittery lines with the glue and added glitter glue to the ornaments on the tree. I attached the tree with foam pads for a little dimension.

On the inside I stamped Merry Christmas & Happy New Year and a personal greeting.

Took less than ten minutes to make including drying time using a heat gun.

Christmas Card

Art Journal on a budget

Art journaling doesn’t have to be expensive. You don’t need bunch of fancy stuff and materials to express yourself.

If longevity (how fast something turns old/begins to turn yellow) is something you are not concerned with than there is absolutely no need to spend lots of money on supplies. A simple notebook (with or without lines) is all you need to get started (and often it takes many many years for them to even get a tint of yellow). Or you can buy a sketch pad, they are almost always acid free and longevity is not an issue. However if you plan to use water or watercolors you can not use a sketch pad – it will crumble.

A pencil, a pen, Crayola wax crayons, the ones kids use, and you are on your way to express yourself in an art journal. The cheapest crayons in my store happend to be Faber Castell


Wax crayons

If you want to take it one step further I suggest buying Crayola pencils (or any other brand that is cheap) and a Staedler Pigment Liner pen (size 1).

All in all it should be possible to get started for §10 or less.

If you want inspiration or free printables I have collected some sources at Pinterest

What is your best budget tips?
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6/12: I tried the wax crayons I have and maybe the Crayola crayons are better, but if not I suggest crayola pencils as your first buy.

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Amazing old book cover

On my last visit to a thrift store I found a really old book. It’s the New Testament from ca 1875. The lettering is fantastic.

Old book pages

It makes me so sad that this book has not been cared for. It’s missing pages and it looks like it’s been stored in a barn, there are water stains and it’s missing quite a few pages. But it will find a new life in my mixed media projects.

I don’t know what I’m going to do with the cover but it has to be something extra special. I wish you could see the amazing  book cover in person. The photo doesn’t do it justice.

Old book

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