I’m still playing in my holiday art journal. There are so many pages in it that I will have to do more than one page per day to fill it up. And that’s fine with me. While I have time, I’ll play . . . and when it gets busy with the holidays, I’ll focus on family.
I finished 3 more pages today (no prompts). All were done using simple collage, stamping, and lettering techniques.
I added a small cracker box into the journal simply by taping it into a section with designer duct tape. I stamped all over the inside cardboard of that box with red snowflake stamps to use as backgrounds for two different pages. The color of the snowflakes reminded me of a reindeer that I had sketched and painted for an art journal page a couple of weeks ago. I made a copy of that page and cut out the reindeer (and the words “Deer Santa,”), collaging them onto the stamped background. I hand-lettered the rest of the words on the page using a Posca paint pen in white, a Signo Broad pen in white, and a Fude ball pen in black. Easy-peasy!
The next page I did over a scrapbook paper page in the journal. I had cut Christmas ornaments out of a Pottery Barn catalog and I simply collaged them, overlapping a little, onto the middle of the page. I outlined each in a different color of Pitt big brush pens to make them pop. I added ornament stamps using black archival ink at the top and bottom of the page and colored bits of them in with Pitt big brush pens. Since both stamps had the word “Joy” in them, I hand-lettered various versions of the word all over the page using a black Sakura Identi-pen and highlighted certain letters with the Pitt big brush pens. Another page, easy-peasy!
For the next page, I used a gelatin plate monoprint that I had created several months ago and was saving because it had such a Christmas look to it with its colors of gold, yellow, green, and burgundy. I collaged it onto the back of a cereal box in the journal using Tombow permanent adhesive then, picking up the gold in the print, I taped all four edges of the page with a goldish-copper glitter fabric tape. I’m not sure that the glitter of the gold paint or the glitter tape shows up but they really add some sparkle! I had a page of 7 Gypsies old-fashioned letter rub-ons that I thought would look good on the page. There was only one of each letter available and I had a difficult time deciding on what song lyrics or saying I wanted for this beautiful print. I settled on “O, Holy Night” which is my favorite of all Christmas carols. The only problem was there was only one H in the sheet of rub-ons and two H’s in the title of the song. I laid out and rubbed on the letter, leaving a space for the 2nd H which I hand-lettered using a black Fude ball pen. It is not as ornate as the other H but I think it works. I added the next line in the song in smaller plain letters using the black Fude ball pen. I think the whole page is gorgeous and I wish the glitter of the golds showed up better in the photo. Another page, easy-peasy!
I did all of this in about one hour … or maybe a little more. This blog post probably took as long. I found time in my schedule to be creative and I hope you see that you can be creative with very little time in your own day!