Tuesday, 14 May 2013

Journaling the junk way!


 Bird stamp by Invoke Arts
Scallop border by CrowaboutStudioB at Deviant Scrap.com

Just another quickie page in my junk journal. I have discovered that journaling on junk is totally free-ing (is that even a word?!) I painted the background mostly with my fingers; I like that. Without wanting to sound too new-agey it gives me a real sense of connecting with my page. I came across the quote 'If they give you ruled paper, write the other way' in the book I am currently reading (The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold), and I thought, yup, that's me, just ever-so-slightly rebellious ;-)

I had a scrap of old text lying on my desk and I spotted this quote. If I go hunting for a quote I can never find one, but if I happen to glance at an old scrap something leaps out at me. Why is that? I had to look the word 'moithered' up as I had never heard of it. Apparently it means to harass or bother. Now I know what it means I must remember to include it in my daily wafflings. 



Here's how it looks with the other page in my journal. They just overlap each other. Don't forget though, these pages used to be a box that held cereal bars LOL.





28 comments:

  1. I normally shy away from reds as a primary colour on a page but you've made me really like the way they look with your work. I think I'll have to try and do some experimenting soon.

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  2. i love your backgrounds Kate, i love using acrylics now but they dont blend well do they and when i layer them up they look wrong.

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    1. Gill - I have got SO many layers on this page! I think the golden rule for layering acrylics is to let each layer / separate colour dry to avoid making mud. Once dry you can keep adding as many layers and colours as you like!

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  3. I love the way the pages overlap.like that and isn't it just so.satisfying painting with your fingers

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  4. Love it. The colours are beUtiful and like the quote.
    Liefa, Melanie

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  5. ahhh dear Kate your journalling inspires me so :)I just watched the first part of your vid on 21 secrets. I loooved watching your process. Wonderful finally putting a voice to your blog! I went looking through some secondhand stores to find some vintage heads and words. I can't wait to start sticking them down. Thanks for your inspiration x

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    1. Thanks for your lovely feedback Fi :-) So glad you are enjoying the DVDs!

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  6. Love your junk ;-) Very cool! And your doodles are awesome!!! XOXO

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  7. Brilliant, love all the colours. Can't believe that you'd never heard if moithered it's certainly used a lot in S Yorkshire lol xx

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  8. HOW ON EARTH DO YOU MAKE THESE BOOKS! JUST FOUND YOUR SITE.

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  9. "Free-ing" must be an excisting word, definitely, 'cause I understand it ;) I love your loose and free page!

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  10. Love these pages and especially what you wrote!!

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  11. Oh I had to take time out to comment (I'm a stalker, lo). LOVE your page and I too LOVE to do my backgrounds with my fingers/hands. Actually whenever something doesn't 'feel' right, it's always on pages where I used a brush to apply paint, then I just slap some paint on with fingers and voila..... I feel much much better. Now my page may not look better but that's not the point. Love the bright colors and love those quotes. Again, like you I never find a quote when I am looking for one..... so I can totally relate to you. :-)

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  12. Aren't you glad your thoughts harass or "moither" (Is this the correct verb? IDK. Lol.) you? That is your creative mind at work :)

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  13. hahaha....love your new word and how you've used it and included it with your journal. With your work, you'd never know you journaled with "junk"! Awesome!

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  14. I recently bought your four Art Journaling DVD's and after watching the first one, out came the paints and I created my first two backgrounds. Wow!!! What fun!!! Can't believe how well they turned out. I watched some of the second DVD and am looking forward to adding images next chance I get. Thank you for sharing your skill, knowledge and inspiration. P.S I love your teaching style :)

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    1. Thanks so much for your lovely feedback ursula :-)

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  15. And well, I repeat it, decidement, I am lacking vocabulary, it is magnificent and I like these colors which give pages full of vitality.

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  16. Love the journal and the idea of writing on lined paper the other way....gives me palpitations just thinking about writing across the lines! :-)

    Kyla

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  17. Lovely page Kate, such great colour

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  18. wonderful pages Kate so pretty

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  19. A fab page, and a brill quote when we're in the middle of SATS! Love this junk journalling idea. Do I really have time to start something new? Perhaps not... maybe when this one-woman-sweatshop lark is over, by then it'll be New Year - a very good time to start something new. I'll continue to get inspired, doing art by proxy through you. Thank you xox

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  20. OMG such great pages! Just love them all! Hugs Frea

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  21. ooh i love this pages! they are so... lively? lol Idk- i just like 'em!! :D
    I paint with my fingers alot.. and using "junk is fun! I like using paper bags & envelopes (especially the kind w/ the little "window" in the front).

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  22. Recycling at it's very best Kate. :)

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  23. Love everything about this page! Yes..."free-ing" is definitely what I feel too, especially when using my fingers. Thanks for the inspiration!

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  24. 'Mithered' is a very Midlands word. Haven't heard it for a long time but definitely remember it being used in my childhood and later.

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