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Celeb Scrapbooker’s Art Journals

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 celinenavarroartjournalpage.jpgblank 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:

aliedwardsartjournalkarma.jpgCarol Wingert shares a new page from her art journal here.

Donna Downey has been doing a lot of experimenting with painting. You can see her art journaling results here.

Ali Edwards shares images from her art journal here. One, “Karma” is shown at left.

Elsie Flannigan shares some pages of her art journal here.

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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  1. May 15th, 2007Posted | Permalink

    …..wohh I am delighted that scrappers get more and more intrested in altered books and art journals!!!
    If you like have a look at some of my work please go here:

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