Have you tried your hand at art journaling yet? This paper art medium is becoming “all the rage” (according to Katie, the Scrapbook Lady.) Basically, you can start with a blank journal page and layer your artwork on it. You can use mixed media: paint, bits of ephemera, journaling, text, drawings, fabric, metal, and even photos if you like. You can even use your scrapbook supplies. Begin with a theme if you prefer. The great thing about art journals is that you decide what goes in it. Whatever suits your fancy. There is no pressure to create a perfectly designed graphic layout for publication. This is for you and for fun. Often people will alter an old book and use those pages as a base for their artwork.
AZ Central says the following about the history of altered books:
“Although altered books are gaining popularity, the idea is far from new. According to the International Society of Altered Books, 11th-century Italian monks used to recycle old manuscripts by scraping off the ink and adding new text on top. The practice returned during the Victorian era as a way to show off family pictures, recipes and newspaper clippings, and in recent years it has emerged as a low-cost alternative to the growing scrapbooking industry.”
Here are some inspiring art journal pages from some of our favorite celebrity scrapbookers:
Celine Navarro has been working in mixed media longer than she has been scrapbooking. You can see her art journal pages here. We’re showing one of Celine’s pages above right – this one she created for Jill Haddaway‘s journal.
Inspired yet? Give it a try and if you do, we’d love to see what you create – just put a link in the comments.
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