Painty Art Journal Background

Fearless Art Journaling: Week 4

If you’ve been following along, you know I’ve been filming (video-Paining???) my Documented Life project pages and sharing the process with you. This week, I tried to stretch myself a bit more. Instead of narrating the video after the fact, I recorded myself talking through what I was doing as I actually did it.

Talk about scary! But, I figured if I sounded too dorky or silly, or self-conscious, I could always pull the audio out and do a voiceover narration. That part turned out pretty much ok – although I guess you’ll be the judge of that. What I didn’t bargain for is seeing how much of a mess my table gets as I am “arting” and how hard it is to remember to stay on camera while thinking, talking and working.

Speaking of challenges, I’ve had a couple of emails asking if it is necessary to buy lots of “stuff” in order to get started in art journaling. The short answer is “absolutely not”  – although if you’ve read this post, you know I’m a believer in “whomever dies with the most “stuff” wins”! However, to prove my point, I challenged myself to make a deli paper background using only everyday household items to place paint and inexpensive craft acrylic paints.

Watch for the “oops” in the first video:

I liked the first background, so I decided to do another:

And then finally, I made my Documented Life, Week 4 challenge page – adding a secret message – using one of the backgrounds I made.  As you will see, I ended up covering the background as the process went on, but I’m very happy with the outcome – and I’d love to hear your thoughts.  Did you like this style of recording (the actual process) or the voiceover as I’ve done in the Week 2 and Week 3 videos? If you’re interested, I’ve started a new YouTube channel for my videos – if you subscribe you’ll always have easy access.

Thanks for stopping by my blog – I can’t tell you how much it means to me know there are people out there actually reading it!

10 thoughts on “Painty Art Journal Background

  1. I suppose I hadn’t quite found out how much I like Art Journaling this time last year, because I don’t remember watching any of these ‘weekly’ videos. I will do that, but, I just wanted to tell you this. Having you record both the video and the audio together is a lot like sitting with you while you do the art. Know what I mean? You could post a step by step, with a narrative, and shoot for the perfect ‘how to’ video. Or, you could do just what you are doing here. We are with you, looking over your shoulder. You are telling us about each product and some of the techniques you use. We get to ‘be with you’ while things fly off the table and the doorbell rings or the dog barks. That would happen if we were really there, right? That is the appeal in this type of video, to me. I love these! Thank you for creating them! I learn a lot about what can be done and, perhaps, how it could be translated in to digital.


    • Oh what nice things you say, Su! Thank you so very much for your thoughtful and complimentary remarks! I’m glad you’ve enjoyed the videos. I haven’t done one in awhile but I’m thinking I should get back to it! Big hugs for you!

    • LOL, girl! That’s what this whole “fearless” thing is for me. Trying very hard to let myself play and experiment without judging myself. After all, if I couldn’t fix it, I would have just stopped trying and you would never have known! LOL!

  2. I had a hard time hearing you in the videos this time. I loved how you “saved” the page. I would have put the flowers on and not liked it and then froze and not know how to salvage it. You did an amazing job! I love that you aren’t afraid to experiment.

    • Yes, Hannah thanks. That’s one of the downsides of trying to record audio as you go – remembering to speak up (as opposed to talking to “myself”)! I’ll do much better the next time. On the other hand, knowing that I was recording helping me think fast when I made such a mess of that page!

  3. I love the new videos. Thanks for taking the time to share them. It is helpful to see your creative process as it happens. You don’t need the voice overs, especially if it means you will be more likely to have time to create more videos 🙂

  4. So enjoying your videos! I have one more to watch – but as it’s almost midnight, I’ll come back tomorrow! Well done – it’s great to see the backgrounds build up.

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