Finish in Five – Art Journal Tutorial Series – Episode #1

Hello my friends!  I am so incredibly excited to announce my new art journaling tutorial series, which I am calling – Finish in Five! 

This is how it works:

I will randomly choose 5 techniques or products, and create a journal page or spread, using ONLY those 5 techniques or products.

I have been doing this for a while, and find it really gets me inspired, and able to create an art journal page easily and pretty quickly (if that’s what I want). Sometimes I only have a few minutes to play in my art journal, and I used to waste those few minutes staring at the blank page! Not any more.

So, the idea is to take the 5 techniques/products, and let your imagination run wild! Seriously! With only 5 things to think about, just play play play! You can use the chosen 5 in as many different ways as you want. My first challenge is to use these five:

1. spray (any kind of spray – homemade, Dylusions, alcohol, water…..)

2. stencil (homemade, or other…even household items can be used as stencils!)

3. stamp (as many different stamps as you want, with any medium you wish)

4. Doodle (draw, write, scribble….)

5. tape (washi, double-sided, duck, packing…)

There you have it. Now, get out your journal, and play! My plan is to post these challenges at least once a month. I may even create more than one video and/or journal page with the SAME FIVE. You will be amazed at how different 2 pages can be, with the same five things.

And, to make my artistic life EVEN SWEETER, I have been selected as an official ART GEEK!  That’s right, folks, I am a geek!  lol  Christy Sobolewski is the founder and president of the Art Geeks Ning group, which you can find here.  It is totally FREE to join, and there are tons of FREE classes being offered by some incredibly talented instructors!  So, click on over and check it out.  I am offering a prize to participants of my challenge – an art journaling kit, including a handmade art journal, and some ephemera to get you started, or get you inspired to create some art journal pages.

Without further delay, here is my video:

Here is my page.  And, yep, I used only FIVE products/techniques!  I amaze me.  lol

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Products used (I am not being sponsored by any of the companies/products featured):

  • Dylusions Ink Sprays and Art Journal
  • Crafter’s Workshop, and Prima Stencils
  • Heidi Swapp (very old, no longer available) letter masks
  • Inkadinkado stamps (clock and butterfly/clock)
  • Unknown text “love” stamp
  • Various washi tapes
  • Faber-Castell doodling pen

I hope you enjoy watching me play, and if you participate, you could win stuff!  🙂  Thank you so much for stopping by!  🙂


Copic Marker Play

This is the back of my Joanne Sharpe “Magical Marker Mystery Tour” art journal.  I drew the shapes with a circle template, and colored everything with Copic markers.  I used my white Signo Uniball pen for the white areas.  I love the way this turned out!  🙂

So Sad to See it End :(

So, Joanne Sharpe’s most recent course  – “The Magical Marker Mystery Tour” – has come to an end.  I’m sad.  I always get a bit depressed when a course ends.  But, she is running another one starting on November 5….called “Bling it on”!  Woo hoo!  I’ve already registered.  So, I thought I’d show you the finished art journal.  One of the things I love most about Joanne’s courses is that you always end up with a hand made, full to the brim, art journal full of color, ideas, and just plain fun.

This first pic shows the binding.  I ended up with more pages than what Joanne had intended, though, so I had to bind it a little differently to accommodate the thickness.

More Mooooooka Madness!

Yes my friends…I am addicted to Mooka! What a fun tangle. However, I cannot call today’s pieces true zentangles, because they do not adhere to the true definition of a zentangle in terms of size. In fact, they are huge – 9 by 12″. I was doodling in my visual journal while on vacation.


Hello, my friends!  Is anyone ready for Christmas?  I’m not.  We haven’t even put our tree up yet!  I still have Christmas cards to make and mail (yikes), and gifts to buy and wrap.  Oh well…lots of time…that’s what this season is all about, right? 

It seems that every year about this time, I get bored with card making and scrapbooking, and delve into some other creative outlet.  I’ve made jewellery, played with polymer clay, started several art journals, and now found ZENTANGLING!  LOL

I love to buy magazines.  I hardly ever read books any more, but I read and re-read all kinds of magazines!  One that I have recently found is called “Cloth, Paper, Scissors“.  It’s a mixed media art magazine.  Last month’s issue had an article about Zentangling, which started me on the road to this fun and relaxing art form!  What is zentangling?  “Drawing repetitive patterns as a means of meditation” – one way to describe it!  It’s more like artsy doodling!  ANYONE can do it….that’s the fun part!  Not everyone will WANT to do it, but anyone can do it if they want to!  All you need to get started is a writing instrument and some paper!  I am using my Moleskine sketch journal, and I have a few different markers – anything works, but my favourite is my Faber-Castell Pitt artist markers.  But, in a pinch, a ball point pen will work!

The author of the article in Cloth, Paper, Scissors – Sandy Steen Bartholemew has an awesome blog, and even offers weekly sample “tangles” (Tangle of the Week) to get you started, and inspired, complete with instructions!  There’s even a Zentangle website – they sell products and kits to get you started, and explain what this art is all about!

So, I’ve been debating about sharing my Zentangles on my blog.  After all, I started blogging to share my scrapbooking, cardmaking, and PAPERCRAFTING…Zentangles are a form of papercrafting, right?  So, here goes…a few of my fave Zentangles:

I called this one “An Octopus’s Garden in the Shade” – that old Beatles tune was running through my head for DAYS…

So, what do you think?  Weird?  Cool?  Dr. Seuss-ish?  Let me know what you think.  AND, if you try it, link me up!  I’d love to see your ZENTANGLE!  🙂