Some Favorite YouTube Art Journaling Video Reviews

One of the most…okay, THE most inspirational thing, creatively, to me is to see other people’s process.  So I spend a lot of time watching YouTube videos of people in the actual journaling (or painting, or sewing, etc.) process, as well as watching tutorials to get different ideas, techniques, info on media, and perspectives.  I thought it might be fun if I shared some of the most recent videos that have inspired me to get going again:

Leslie Herger is my art journaling guru.  She owns  (a community for art journalers) and (a new art journaling zine) as well as (her blog) and has done some wonderful videos for beginning art journalers.  Her wise words, “It’s about PROCESS not PRODUCT,” ring through my mind over and over to keep me brave.  Here is a link to one that really helped me let go of some fear:

Judith Cassel-Mamet is new to me and hasn’t done many videos, but I really loved this one for again, getting over the fear, and for new ideas on how to get started.  I also love her concept of “adventure journaling” because it also focuses on the process and adventure of the journaling, not the product.

Spookypaperdoll has done a wonderful vid on 10 types of art journals.  I love it because it gives me all kinds of ideas on what to do next, what to do instead, what to do when I’m tired of doing one kind, etc.

Donna Downey is a new artist to me, but I LOVE her Inspiration Wednesdays.  She records her process, edits it for content and time (unlike those streamed-live vids that are two hours long and include letting the cat out, etc.), and posts it so we can see how a page can go from blank…to train wreck…to masterpiece!  Honestly, it was watching about four of these that finally got me into the studio space to make some art.  And they kept me going when I was halfway through and thinking, “Oh my god…what have I done…this sucks.  LOL!”

To anyone struggling with this, I hope these help.  I’ll start a new Category of YouTube Faves since I’m always finding new ones.  And someday, soon…maybe I’ll even do my own.  (yikes)  =:o  But first, a photo tutorial of how to make your own craft foam stamps.  Next post!


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Art Journaling again!

Well, I’m doin’ it again.  I’ve been slurping up art journaling videos on youtube, (you can see what I like on my Flighty Artist Channel) especially my favorites Leslie Herger, Diana Trout, and Jennibellie, and I took the plunge today and spilled some myself.  I just kept Leslie’s (Comfortable Shoes)’s words in my head:  “It’s about process, not product.”  And Diana Trout’s Journal Spilling advice to, “Keep moving, don’t think.”  And I ended with a new avatar image for my craftster account!  I was totally about the process, though, and didn’t even think of using it for that myself, even though the whole thing started by me just randomly stamping with my goddessgarb stamp all over a page.  When it was nearly done, my partner came and saw it and immediately suggested I use it for my avatar, which is perfect, since the username comes from there.  Here it is:

Mixed media in Strathmore Visual Journal.  Homemade stamps, a custom stamp, purchased stamp, alphabet stamps and white pigment ink, Sakura Glaze pen, Bic White Out pen, white Uniball Sigmo gel pen, Krylon gold paint marker, Inktense Blocks, Crayola Twist-Up Metallic Crayons, and I think a Sharpie red Poster Paint marker.  Plus a couple of ribbon scraps and a couple of stamps I got in swaps that I particularly liked.  Oh, and black paint sprayed through a mister and alphabet stencil.  And blue painter’s tape.

It was FUN.  I nearly rinsed my paint brush in my chai tea, but disaster was averted at the very last second.


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I made stuff again! Watercolor inchies, sewing kit, wrist pincushion, sketchbook cover, bookmark!

I made stuff again.  After a long, dark time.  I made the inchies a week ago, and I made the sewn things last night.  I haven’t posted my sewing/crafting projects here before, because I kind of stopped crafting when I started doing the art, but now I’m more into the craft than the art at this time, so I’ll be adding that to the blog.

The first thing I made was these inchies:

I made them for a swap on  They are Yarka watercolor on Stonehenge paper.  It was good to paint again.  🙂  (If you are new to the word, ‘inchies’ are little pieces of artwork that are just one inch by one inch in size, and people do them in all kind of media.  They’re harder and more fun than they look…or at least, than they looked to me when I discovered them!  And they are even harder to photograph!)

Last night, I finally fired up the sewing machine after months of disuse.  First, I made a needlebook/hand-sewing kit to carry around with me, mostly to the couch, to do hand-sewing and embroidery-type projects.  I designed as I went, and it’s a very simple design that of course took me way too long to work out on the fly.

Then I wanted a matching wrist pincushion, so I did that on the fly, too, and it also took me way longer than it looks.

The little pincushion on top is velcro’d on and I can detach it.

I’m going to make a strap for my sewing machine to strap it there sometimes, I think.  But that fabric is just tiny scraps, so I don’t think I have enough to do a matching one.  I want to make a sewing machine cover, apron, and thread-catcher, too.

Lastly, I made a cover for my new sketchbook out of drop cloth.  I call it, “Overcomplicated Primitive,” because once again, rather than go safe with a light cotton and turn the seam allowances in and all that, I had to adapt my usual easy pattern to leave the seams raw.

Not that big a deal until I had to fit these double loops in just right,

so that when I put my mechanical pencil (.9mm point) in them, they hold the book shut.

I also made a little matching bookmark to tuck into it.

I’m having so much fun sewing again.  🙂  It’s exciting to be enjoying *anything* again this much, and it feels so good to be ‘up’ enough to make actual stuff.



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Pen and Ink sketch, Oil Pastel sketch

I’m totally cheating on the faces thing, but I figure I am doing 29 faces, just not within the 29 days, so I’ll categorize them that way to make them easy to find.

I decided to experiment with my Portfolio water-soluble oil pastels and do a face yesterday.  I enjoyed using them!  I can’t believe how great they are for the price.  They’re very creamy, and even though they only make 24 colors, they’re great ones and make for a very versatile palette, in my opinion.  They would work for portrait, landscape, and bright abstract or graphic stuff.  I liked being able to work and re-work a bit, and I loved blending and softening with water and paintbrush.  I should have done her in my Sketchbook, but I forgot and put her in my Faces journal.  Oh well.  Here she is:



Then today I decided to get brave again and sketch my own son.  I used my Tradio Fountain Pen for the first time.  It works great, having a new style of flat, hard, fiber nib.  It gives a bit rougher line than the Sensei Mangas, though.  I think I prefer the Senseis for sketching.  But the Tradio will be great for writing.  This took about 10 – 15 minutes, and I did remember to do this one in the Sketchbook.  He’s playing one of his fave video games, “Tales of Symphonia,” so that’s what I call it:



Happy March!  I’m ready for a very exciting month, and we even have partly sunny skies today.  🙂


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Watercolor Seascape

I got up before everyone else this morning and sat in the chair looking at the view we are leaving in a month.  I decided to get brave and do a watercolor of it.  I started with watercolor pencil, which really helped me get my shapes down, but it turned out way too light, so I painted over that with regular watercolor paint.  It’s 9 x 11 on Strathmore 140 lb watercolor paper.  I feel it captures the peaceful feeling I had this morning, and I am realizing that my own art is about capturing the energy of a moment, rather than its details.  So I’m pretty happy with it!  I don’t like working in a spiral though, I’ve decided.  I have some pre-cut 8 x 10 watercolor paper on the way that will be fun to experiment with instead.



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Sketchbook Product Pages and Scribble Faces

I have also been doing sketchbook pages!  See, I’m really not a slacker.  All the time.  In every way.  So yeah, anyway, Jerry’s Artarama sent me some free acrylic guoache paints to try out with my last very big order, so I did!  They are Turner Acryl Gouache, and they gave me a red, a yellow, and a blue.  They are FUN!  For one thing, they dry almost instantly after you lay them down, which makes for some interesting experiments for someone who likes spontaneous abstracts.  (Me me me!)  For another, their pigments are very vivid.  I will have to look into some other colors to try.  And no, they didn’t ask me to review these (please please please, art stores, send me free stuff to review!) and I am not getting compensated.  I just got free stuff cuz I have ordered so much stuff lately.  Here are the spreads done with them:

The page on the left above is mixed media, acrylic watered down with glaze added, water soluble graphite, yellow neon poster paint marker from Sharpie, and fuschia India ink.  The page on the right is more Turner Acryl Gouache.

I also played around with my new Prismacolor Premiere colored pencils on the right of this one, and did some more scribble sketches on the left:

I also did a mixed media page with the India ink and white acrylic paint:

And two pages of abstract watercolor experimentation:

Those are actually what made me want to try the larger watercolor paintings.

And hey, I’m totally going to count my scribble sketches as my ‘catch-up’ faces.  Heehee…now I believe I’m only 2 behind.

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New acrylic paintings!

I went on a painting spree!  I did all of these over the last four days.  I am really finding that for me, I MUST let the painting create itself.  If I try to control the process, I don’t enjoy either the process or the product as much.  If I just make each stroke as it channels through me, what results is alive and wonderful, in my opinion.  I did two paintings the first way, one that is representational, a painting of our view here at the house we will be leaving in a month to move back to Boise.  I’m not that pleased with it, but I’m glad I did it so I’ll take a piece of what was good about this place with me when I move:

16 x 20 acrylic on canvas board.

This second one I did for my 13-yr-old daughter in her favorite colors, so it was half-controlled and half-spontaneous.  I like it more, and my partner says I may have to do another for Ivy because she wants this on the wall in the living area instead.  🙂

Next are 3 12 x 16 paintings done on canvas board.  All of these paintings were done with my new Daler-Rowney System 3 Heavy Body Acrylics, which I just used for the first time, and I love them very much.  I also much prefer working with anything but brushes.

This one is done in thin glazes scraped on with an old credit card:

This one is done with various palette knives:

It is entitled, “Move,” and is my favorite work I’ve done so far.

This one is done with a combo of the credit card and palette knives:

This is the kind of painting that makes me feel like I just can’t wait to get into the studio.  I did these three abstracts all on the same day, and the coastal scene and the one for Ivy on a different day.

I did a fourth abstract after these three that I tried to control, and it turned to crap.  So I used my (becoming most beloved) old credit card to scrape it down and then used some watered down paint mixed with glaze squirted out of a bottle with a tiny tip to do some painting over the resulting underlayer.  It looked really fabulous but a bit unintentionally gruesome.  So I tried to calm it down and it turned to crap again.

Lesson learned:  let the painting be what it will be.

I scraped everything off and put gesso over the whole thing and will start again, letting my intuition drive once more.


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