This and That

I’m weaving this now! ๐Ÿ™‚

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A customer wanted something geometrical and in these colors, to make sofa cushions that will match her carpet. I like when I get loose directions. It gives me more creative freedom.

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I also finished another mini Art Journal page. Mixed media.

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Altering a book, not finished yet.

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And playing with my frugal homemade alcohol inks/sprays.

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How to make it: take an old and seemingly dried out marker of any kind, take it apart and put the “spongy thing” in alcohol. Shake, leave it a while to allow the ink to come out, shake it some more if needed, then pour your lovely alcohol ink into a spray bottle and start playing with it! ๐Ÿ™‚

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Easy and veeery inexpensive. Me like that. ๐Ÿ™‚

Have a great day!


It Doesn’t Have To Be Perfect!

Hello my lovelies!

I’ve been reading about Art Journaling, and how it doesn’t have to be perfect or done “by the rules”, and to tell you the truth, I found out that it is absolutely true! Well of course it’s true,ย  people who are doing it for a long time surely know what they are talking about, but since I’m new in that area, it took me some time to figure it out. But now I know, and now I can have so much fun playing with my journals and albums.

As I told you before, I can’t draw or paint. And it’s true. But I don’t have a problem with that, because I know that I can’t be good in everything. I weave and I make books and journals, and that’s “my thing”. But I sure can have fun with paint and express my feelings in the way I like. I also found over the time that my scrapbooking and art journaling are connected, which is probably absolutely normal for other people, but as I said, I have been learning and exploring over the past few years, and it makes me happy to finally find my way through all that.

I started making an album over a year ago, and I had a theme – black,ย  white and purple. Then, I kinda stopped, like I didn’t know what to do next. And it may be strange because I have made so many albums for other people since then, but my album was just sitting there, waiting for me to continue working on it. Then, I heard about Art Journal, so I wanted to see what that is. I started to draw, it was horrible, I got frustrated and didn’t want to do it any more. And that story continued for some time – trying, not liking it, and so on.

But then, it came to me that I should let my self (or my journal, or both) be imperfect, messy, or what ever, and that’s when I began to really enjoy it. I am certain that it is good for me, as I always seek perfection in my work, especially in pieces I sell, but we all have to let go of those expectations and rules and perfection, and just have fun!

I also love to recycle, reuse, I like to find a way to make something out of nothing, and now I can do that in my journals.

So here are a few pages from my (still unfinished) scrapbook/journal/junk journal:

Some pages are finished, some still need finishing touches, or some journaling, and not to mention how I don’t care about the color scheme anymore, and I love it! I feel so happy that I’ve let my self make an imperfect album! ๐Ÿ™‚

And my Art Journal is like that too! Here are some pages I did lately:

And it also made me more confident to show you all this, because I am my worst critic and I used to be very shy in showing my imperfectย  journals. But I am not anymore! ๐Ÿ™‚