Latest Art Journal (Junk Journal) Pages

Hello my artsy friends.  I hope you are enjoying fall.  I just love everything about the season.  The cooler temperatures, the colorful leaves, eating everything with pumpkin in it…I could go on and on.

I thought that I would share some of my latest art journal pages with you this week.  These pages were completed in my junk journal.  I only have a few pages left in this journal and then I will fill a complete flip through of the entire journal.


The above journal spread is the one that is after the flowering faces spread, which you can see peaking from behind the netted circles on the left.  The sticker on the top of the left page is one that my daughter gave me and I just stuck it in my journal.  You will notice that this happens quite frequently, including in the next journal spread below.  See the little birdie on top of the girls head?  That is another sticker that my daughter had me put in my journal.


I found this photo in a magazine and just glued it down with matte medium in to my journal.  I then added some lettering to express how I was feeling that day.


In the above journal spread, I again added an image from a magazine with matte medium and then outlined her in black marker.  This spread was created based on prompts from Mission Inspiration.  It is a great Facebook group that has monthly art journaling prompts.

This next journal spread is a mandala that I haven’t finished but keep coming back to from time to time, as well as my packing list for my trip to Florida.



I created the girl above when I was experimenting with Derwent Graphitint pencils.  I was really happy with the results.  You can also see that the left page was cut in a wavy pattern.  Sometimes I like to cut the edges of a journal page to add a little interest.  I like how the pink from the previous page pops out of the side on this journal spread.

In the following journal spread, I used a drawing that my daughter created and pasted it right into my journal with matte medium.  Then I painted around it to make it look like part of the page.  On the right page, I created a window pocket where I placed my oversized tag.  Does the pocket look familiar?


This window pocket was created from the lid of my salad to-go box from Panera Bread.  I just painted it, added a little washi tape to the top edge and then adhered the bottom and side flaps of the lid to my page with double-sided tape.  Now my giant tag has a home and the journaling on the other side is hidden.


The above journal pages may look familiar.  I created them during my October 2016 Artsnacks video.  Again, see the stickers on the bottom of the right page?  Courtesy of my daughter, of course 🙂

In the next journal spread, I did a little lettering, some journaling, glued in a quote out of a magazine, then drew in some poppies with pens and markers.



The above pages are pretty simple.  Just some lettering, doodling, journaling, and glued in a stamped image that I liked.


On the other side of that journal page was an insert that I had sewn in the journal from Flow Magazine.

One of my latest and currently one of my favorite journal pages is this little Native American girlie.  Her clothing is actually the background of an old calendar that I had sew in to the junk journal and I used black gesso to block out the rest of the page.


And that I currently where I have left off in my junk journal.  I hope this has given you a few ideas and a bit of inspiration to help you along your art journal journey.

Thanks for stopping by and always remember to keep art in your heart 🙂

Revving Your Creative Engine

Sometimes I really want to create but I just can’t get into the groove.  I have a few things that I like to do to try and rev my creative engine, so to speak, and thought that I’d share them with you.

Create a Ritual

You can create your own ritual before creating art in your designated creative space.  This can include lighting a candle or incense, turning on music, having an alter, meditating, etc.  There are so many possibilities.  I like to burn incense when I’m creating in my studio and listen to music.  The music varies with my mood.


Search Social Media for Inspiration

I have several Pinterest Boards dedicated to art and inspiration for my art, such as interesting portraits and photographs, art journaling pages and art techniques.



I also love watching art videos on YouTube for inspiration.  You can always watch some of my videos on YouTube and hopefully they will be inspirational 😉



Clean Creative Space

One warm up that I use the most is cleaning up or organizing my art studio.  I will put things away that I had used previously, put away paint brushes or palettes that I left out to dry, etc.  I may do this for about 10 minutes and then I’m ready to create.

 Prep Backgrounds

Sometimes after I pickup around my studio, I like to work on backgrounds in my art journal or canvases.  Since I know that it is only the bottom layer, I feel less pressure to make something that I love.  This can be anything from adding gesso to pages in my art journal to creating a collage background on one of my canvases.

I hope that these ideas will help inspire you to create.  If you have any techniques or rituals that help get your creative juices flowing, I would love to hear about them!

Thanks for stopping by!