Friday, March 4, 2011

Art Journal Pages and painting pages

For our homeschool art time today Cameron and I painted pages from a book.  I found an old book that was not worth saving and began by cutting about a dozen pages from the back. I was inspired by several blogs I follow showing journal pages that had started life as book pages.  I figure we will use them for journal pages as well as bases or elements for ATCs.

The book has several pages with illustrations; I'm trying to decide if I want to cut the illustrations off the page and use it or use the page as is. I might scan some of them first to use later as well.

We used Crayola Finger Paint for the translucent quality. I had some old jars of Acrylic Glossies that added some shine but more opacity. I also used some Making Memories brand scrapbook acrylic paints and a sample jar of Glidden Interior Paint.

I found a box of reinkers of various colors and added drops of color to several of the pages then we played with q-tips to see what kind of designs we could create.

Finally using some pigment re-inkers and an extra fine paint brush the last 2 pages were done. We are both very excited to use these pages to create some fun projects.  I have about 300 more pages from the same book that will be used in various forms for art projects.

 Here are the Art Journal pages I made for 2 swaps on swap bot. We are suppose to do them front and back on a piece of card-stock so they can be bound by the recipient but I think I am going to ask each person if they want them loose and enclose a piece of card-stock cut to size.  All 4 pages are based on rice paper with various elements added. I'm not sure if I will had journal lines or leave them blank. I need to finish up the other 4 pages and get them ready to send.  They are kind of random but that is what is fun about the art journal pages. I am going to make some for myself as well but want to get these ready to go first. Not sure what I want to use for my own book though, maybe I will alter the book cover from the painting project. It is a neutral cover and could be used to make a pretty color altered cover... Guess I'll have to figure out book binding with a traditional book cover...


  1. I love the painted book pages! They turned out wonderful. They will really stand out in a journal.

  2. thanks for showing me what journal pages are! Great job!
    leecytx from swap-bot

  3. Very cool! I've always wanted to try my hand at art journaling! (AsAlwaysAngela on SB).

  4. The painted pages are very cool! I think I'm going to try some to use as ACT backs.
    Amy528 from swapbot (I'm following so I can find more craft ideas from you!)

  5. It looks like you had lots of fun creating. Mine thinks all day everyday is homeschool art time. Have you tackled the stubbornness for learning to read time yet? I've been hitting my head against the wall on that one.

    JustIngrid Swapbot

  6. Great job turning inspiration into action! The painting experiments you did are great.

  7. I really love the way you experiment here! Great job!

    isisanyanka (swapbot)