I started this page with a layer of about 4 different colors of Neocolor II crayons. I scribbled the crayons onto my non-stick craft sheet then sprayed them with water and brushed them on individually with a paint brush. Then, I put some drywall tape and sprayed Dylusions in Funky Fuchsia along the top and dripped it down. I added some journaling and called it a successful 5-minute art journal page!
So, I’m really bad at following rules. I’ve gotten into trouble at work before for dressing inappropriately, I’ve driven past the speed limit, and I have worn shoes without socks. I’m a bad kid. Okay, I’m really not that bad, but I have a hard time following rules I consider silly or pointless. I wouldn’t say that my five minute restriction for these pages is silly or pointless, but I am not going to beat myself up about a self-imposed rule.
This page was easy to make. I put two different types of drywall tape on the page, then added Neocolor IIs in 3 different colors all around the page. Then, I added water to smooth and blend the colors together. Then, I splattered some black watercolor (meh). Once the page was dry, the drywall tape peeled right up and left a cool stenciled pattern. I added some simple journaling and called it a day!
I’m such a weirdo! I wanted a funky bowtie for Bowtie Friday and I have been wanting some super edgy bowties, so I decided to make one!
This bowtie is made out of brown paper bag covered with aluminum tape from the hardware store. Once it was covered and wrapped around the whole paper bag, I dry embossed it using a Tim Holtz texture fade. I pounced some black gesso onto the whole bowtie and then once it was dry, I sanded the raised points back. Finally, I glued it into place and added black fabric and chain around the center!
To add some sturdiness, I used hot glue & Fabritac to glue a really thick gauge wire on the inside. It also allows me to adjust the puffiness of the bow!
Have you ever thought of making wearables out of stuff in your craft room? It’s a lot of fun to wear your own creations. You know that no one will ever have what you’re wearing! Oh, and I need to shave.
This page is simple but was really me just playing with my newest colors of Dylusions. It took slightly longer than five minutes :::innocently whistling::: because I wanted to do a slight resist. I stamped using Versamark ink and added UTEE to it (I should have used a finer granule of emobssing powder as the stamp is very fine and UTEE is super chunky), then I added some drywall tape to the page, sprayed Funky Fuschia, Calypso Teal, and After Midnight Dylusions onto this page, dried it, stamped a few random stamps, and then wrote my statement with black pen and outlined it in white.
Simple-ish page, but not one of my favorites. That’s okay. Some pages aren’t fabulous. Some pages just are.
Here’s another 5 minute art journal page. I’m really getting into these pages as they are quick, simple, let me focus on one or two simple techniques, and I can plow through a couple of them in a short amount of time!
As I tend to be very heavy-handed when I create, I use my 5 minute art journal pages to pull way back. Instead of covering every last inch of the page with paint, color, and/or stamps, I focus on a spot on the page. and let the white be a part of the composition. This has been a great practice for me! This page was beyond simple. I saturated the page with water and added puddles of two different colors of orange and some yellow and let it run and drip by adding even more water. Then, I dried it and added some purple. You do NOT want to mix orange and purple together when they’re wet as you will get mud. Once I was done adding and dripping the purple, I dried it and added hot pink watercolor splatters. A little sharpie sloppy journaling and a date stamp finished this page off. Simple yet beautiful!
Have you created any 5 minute art journal pages? Willing to share? I’d love to see!
Resists are a wonderful, n’est-ce pas? They’re one of the coolest things we do in art journaling and general crafty/artsy endeavors. It’s like a magic trick! One of my most favorite resist techniques is done with Distress Ink and UTEE. Jenn, who is MixedMedia Jenn on YouTube, used this technique in this video. I absolutely love it as it’s so simple and so effective. Check out Jenn’s other videos as she’s a really talented artist who is new to YouTube and could use the exposure!
UTEE or regular embossing powder can also be used to mask part of a project and then you can place a plain piece of computer paper, iron the paper and the embossing powder will be transferred to the paper leaving plain resisted paper behind. How cool is that?!
Aside from UTEE, you can also use gesso as a slight resist (gesso is usually tinted by whatever media you use), but it will be lighter than bare paper which will absorb the media really quickly. Using gesso as a resist will usually give a nice tone-on-tone look.
Resists can also be done using watercolor and masking fluid, however yours truly has no masking fluid, so I’ve yet to play with this particular resist technique.
This simple technique can add a whole new dimension to any page. How do you do resists? I would love to see what you’ve made!
Okay, so I decided not to do videos for my 5 minute art journal pages simply because I would spend more time filming, editing, voicing over, etc. than would be worth it for an ultimately 5 minute video. Instead, I am going to post each 5 minute art journal page right here on my blog. I am hoping to do 2 a week. (I can find 10 minutes each week, right?)
Here’s the first page. I used the leftover paint from my ABC’s of Art Journaling “N” page and brushed it on the center. I used a bunch of border stamps, a text stamp, a harlequin stamp, and a butterfly stamp with Black Soot Distress Ink to make a simple cluster in the center. The butterfly stamp didn’t come out perfect, but what do you want from a 5 minute art journal page? Then, I used a white Uniball Signo pen to write my title and POOF I am done! Hope you enjoy the simplicity of the page. OH, and the page was pre-gessoed from another project, so figured you’d want to know that! Take care and talk to you all soon!