One of the most popular stencils in art journaling is punchinella, or sequin waste, which is essentially a bunch of circles, usually. Create your own punchinella by cutting out a ton of circles on your Cricut or by using a handheld hole punch in either foam or acetate. Circles are simple basic shapes that can help define an awesome art journal page and juxtapose the straight lines of the actual paper. Use circles to your advantage.
Here’s the fifth installment of my ABC’s of art journaling! Hope you enjoy!
So, how often every day do you grab for your cell phone, tablet, computer mouse, or other electronics device? You probably grab for at least one of these things multiple times each and every day. So often, technology becomes an encumbrance in our lives, but it doesn’t have to be. I have an Android cell phone and Android tablet and usually use them to surf the internet, watch YouTube, check out Pinterest, and of course post on WordPress!
I’ve recently re-discovered an app I used to have on my original iPhone when my son was only weeks old…Evernote. If you haven’t used it yet, you MUST! I find myself constantly thinking of new things to try and new things to post on my blog or try in a YouTube video, but I forget about it by the time I head back to my craft room. Now, with Evernote, I can add a note on my tablet and it will be on my phone when I need it!
Just so you know, I am NOT paid by Android, Apple, Evernote, or anyone other than my boring old day job! I like list applications as much as the next person, but Evernote is so much more than just a standard list app. You can create multiple notebooks to organize your notes and you can create text notes, snap a photo as a quick note, or record a sound! It’s truly awesome to be able to create a note on one device and view it on another.
Technology is a real friend to us art journalers. We just have to know what to use and how to use it to our advantage. Remember that the camera on your phone or tablet can take some awesome pictures if it has a camera on it! You can use free software to edit it into a real work of art that you can print and use in your art journal. There’s nothing cooler than using the technology at your disposal to help your art endeavors!
How do you use technology when you art journal? Do you have a favorite app you are willing to share?
Earlier this year, I created first art journal pages. This page fell out of my journal, but I took a picture before it did! These are all of my insecurities on paper. This is also how I decided Imperfect Impulses was what my online presence should be about! Realize that your art journal is not only about art but is also about discovering yourself. P.S. I made this page by spraying leftover Easter egg dyes onto a gessoed page. NEVER waste!
Why do we struggle to find inspiration?
Art Journal Prompt : Look around your house. There are tons of motifs and designs you’ve already decided are beautiful to you surrounding you as you read this! Use your art journal to show why you like what you like or to inspire your art.
I tend to gravitate toward vintage modern design. How does that work? I don’t know. It just does! See!
I told you I wasn’t a Christmas dork!