NOTE: This post is going to be longer than the remaining posts in this series. This post provides you with background and links as well as Session 1.
For the Friday's in April, I will be walking you through my experience of Journaling By 5s. The concept was created by Texas artist/ blogger/ youTube queen - Shannon Green
The idea is to just open yourself up and allow the creativity flow... in an Left Brain/ OCD kind of way. Boy, does she have my number! Shannon has blended the analytical, step by step Left Brain with the free flowing Right Brain in a fun and short-based journaling project. With Journaling By 5s, you can have a COMPLETED art journal in 2 hours!
We are not talking about something with a theme, or the Kelly Rae Roberts artistic style. This is more about slapping down a wet medium on a page. Then glue and doodle. That's it!
Today's blog post is all about getting started. Here's what you will need for this project:
Collage/ Recycle/ Images/ Words Mediums
Pens/ Pencils/ Markers
Here is an overview of how Journaling By 5s works:
You do NOT have to use a Composition book. You can use 20 pages from anything. Kelly Donovan chose to use 20 individual pages, which allowed her a bit of freedom when applying her wet medium in Session #1. Just keep in mind that if you are planning to use a wet medium like paints, then you want something that can hold up to those.
If you use a Composition book, you will want to glue 5 pages together, to form a single page. Do this to create 20 'workable' pages. Here you can see I counted the page groupings together and paper-clipped them. Then all I had to do was remove the paper clip and glue the pages in that 'signature' together:
I used the backing sheets from contact paper (left over from all the contact paper I used when putting the studio items together) to keep my groups separate during the gluing process.
My husband was kind enough to take these photos for me.
After applying glue with the glue, I smooshed pages together to get a good stick.
I now have 20 thick pages to accept my wet mediums I'll be applying next week. Come back Friday to see what colors I work with. That's when the FUN really begins!