I recently came across and idea (the idea is not new, only new to me) that I think is really appealing and fun. It has to do with archiving things like ticket stubs, play bills, receipts, cool graphics and other interesting ephemera (this is a 5 cent word for paper items). What I’m talking about are Smash Books. These are not scrapbooks or journals as we know them. This is more like a place to store the little oddities you don’t usually include in scrapbooks. Most smash books have little journal passages, doodles and other artwork added among the “smashed” (glued or taped) ephemera.
There are many smash books available for sale in craft shops and through websites. I, however, wanted to make my own. After watching what seems like thousands of “How to Make Your Own Smash Book” videos on YouTube, I started creating my own. What appeals to me most about smash books are the envelopes, flaps, tags and hidden spots they have for storing your
junk treasures. Here are some pictures of my smash book. Please keep in mind that this is only the book itself and I have not “smashed” any bits into it yet!
Again, keep in mind that this is the book only. I have not added my ephemera yet. I hope to fill it up with things I collect this summer. I will post some “smashed” pages when I get them done.
If you are interested in starting your own smash book or still don’t understand the concept, check out the multitude of videos on YouTube.
I wish all of you, my dear readers, a “smashing” summer!
For those of you still reading my blog, Thank you. I know it must be tedious to see someone else’s art work day after day, however, I promise I am only going to post a couple more. I said I wanted to try art journaling so I have to give it a fair shake. I will make this short and sweet. Today’s prompts that I am using from Daisy Yellow are:
tree or petals
painted polka dots
This is my third journal page using prompts (I didn’t use them on the first page) and I am finding that I can combine certain prompts like magenta and painted polka dots which I did on this page. The more I look at this page, the more I like it. It started out as a piece of an old paper binder page.
Since diagram was one of the prompts I figured I could let these lines show through a little bit. The paper was covered with gesso and stamped with a tree-like vine. Then the whole thing was covered in orange which is a color I never use. But the point of this, for me, is to stretch myself and get out of the box!!! I rubbed a little red paint into the gesso print to add a little ombre effect. Next the graphics were glued on and the diagrams doodled on. Yes, I doodled! I didn’t like it at first, but when I went back to distress the whole thing with ink, the doodle lines smeared a little bit, creating a great effect. Finally the little boy got his magenta polka dots painted on. So here is the result:
I think it turned out well. This picture is not so great and the page looks better in real life. If you haven’t started your art journal yet, what are you waiting for?
All I can say is, “AAAAARRRRRGGGGHHHHH”! This is not as easy as I thought it would be, even with Tammy from Daisy Yellows great suggestions. Just to recap, yesterday’s page (page 1) was too thought out and not free enough. So for today, I decided to try to let myself go and enjoy the process, which is what art journaling is all about. Well I did that and I HATE the result. I think I tried so hard not to do what I usually do, that there is a rigidity in the opposite direction. Does that make sense? Anyway, this journal page is not me or my style at all. BUT, I did learn some things which will help in the future.
Cadmium Yellow Medium
Now, being the genius I am, I first had to look up what the heck Cadmium Yellow and Vermilion are. Basically I came up with mustard yellow and dried blood red. I decided to use water color paper and water colors since I don’t usually use them.
I should have just stopped here. This is when the page looked its best. Then I followed her directions to add some words, and images and more paints and doodles and whatever. Then this wonderful background became this…
I’m actually embarrassed to even show it, but I promised. The only good thing about this train wreck is that I learned some stuff.
1. Water color paper takes a very long time to dry
2.Water color paper curls up and must be pressed a lot
3. My sharpie marker works better than my black paint pens
4. I MUST BE TRUE TO MYSELF AND NOT TRY TO BE LIKE EVERYONE ELSE!!!
So, that being said, I’m off to work on page 3, with yet a little more knowledge. I hope some of you have tried art journaling, even if it’s just making doodles in a notebook. This is certainly stretching me in many ways, but I am enjoying the learning process!