Archive for November, 2010

What is an Art Journal? This morning, I found this definition on Wicktionary….

art journal (plural art journals)

  1. A collection of words and images in a diary that chronicles the ideas, memories, and thoughts of an artist. Pages within an art journal include words, pictures and even embellishments.

Basically, it can be anything you want it to be… it is like a journal but is very expressive & theraputic because you are working in whatever medium you want. I just started taking Roben-Marie's wonderful Mixed Media Mayhem class and I love her style! She is so fun and free-flowing and experimental. She works in mixed-mediums like gesso, charcoal, pen, and mostly spray water washes by Adirondack. The results are gorgeous layers of color. If you have time, check it out!

For today's tutorial, we are going to be creating an art journal digitally using Christine (Fiddlette Designs) and I's new Journal Your Art Out kit! This is first in a series of kits dedicated to the art of Art Journals. It's so fun & truly something to do for yourself — to have fun experimenting and playing, digitally of course! Ready? Let's Go!

First, let's open up a background to play with… you can choose whatever you want, but I chose my background 2 from the kit.


Next, load up your brushes. We'll be loading up the charcoal drawings & jumbo stamped alpha set from Journal your Art out.

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Find some flower stems and circles and begin to stamp out whatever design you want!

This is what I settled on….


I tend to make a new layer in Pshop each time I stamp so I can move stuff around and play until I like what I see. As you stamp, just hold down Shift+Command (Ctrl for PC) +N each time before you stamp to put each image on new layers.

Next, open up some of the painted bits circles from the kit…I dragged each of these circles individually to just behind the charcoal circles on my art journal.


Do the same with some of the painted bit hearts…I used the hearts as leaves on my flower stems…


Okay, at this stage, go ahead and save your art journal page before we proceed (just to be safe in case you have an unstable Mac computer like I have! LOL)

Next, we will be using some of the masks and mask outlines included in the kit. Go ahead and open up the .png sheets for both …

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Then open up Christine's painted background CAH_houseRECTANGLE1.png.

Next, select the angel wing from the mask sheet and copy and paste it over to the painted background.

Drag your angel wing mask (Layer 1) underneath the background layer (Layer 0) and create a clipping mask by holding down Alt/Option and clicking between the layers in the Layers palette. You'll know you are on the right track because you will see two circles with a left arrow. Then you'll see a down left arrow on the painted background layer and your image of a wing will be clipped. Note: You can also create a clipping mask by going to Layers>Create Clipping Mask (or hold down Alt/Option & Command G).

Feel free to move your painted background layer around to play with what parts of it will peek through on your wing. This is the experimental part and it's really fun! Feel free here to also paint or stamp on your wing in your own style…


Once you get the look you want, Merge Down the layer so you are left with a perfectly decorated wing!



Drag your wing over to your art journal page. I placed mine next to my flower stem, making it look like a giant leaf. I also copied and pasted over the coordinating charcoal line outline and placed it over top of the wing. Additionally, I repeated these steps to add a flower to my second circle & stem as well as a star.


Next, I added a title, using the jumbo stamped alpha, varying the letter size and added some journaling.

To finish up, I played with the levels to saturate my background a bit and burned up the edges…

The key with any kind of art journaling is to make it your own. Fill it with your own style, thoughts & journaling. It is a fun way to journal but also I've found that for me, it's very theraputic — whether I'm using my paints or my computer.

If you'd like to download this finished art journal page of mine, you can download it here (6 MB).




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Journal Your Art Out!

I am so excited to announce my new collaboration with the amazing Christine Honsinger aka "Fiddlette Designs"!


Journal Your Art Out is first in a series of digital kits dedicated to the art of Art Journals…

The first in a series of brand new collaborative kits by Fiddlette and Nancie Rowe Janitz Designs.  Nancie paints in her basement in Michigan, Christine paints on her kitchen table in Los Angeles.  Together, they created a first-of-its-kind art journaling kit perfect for the beginner as well as the long time mixed media artist.  It includes 14 hand painted backgrounds using acrylics, gesso, water soluble oil pastels, a wide range of Golden products, collage ephemera and graphite and charcoal pencils. Also included are numerous elements, a full alpha in PNG and ABR formats, masks and charcoal pencil outlines, 3 art dolls, charcoal stamps, 2 houses, an overlay, a variety of this and that for you to take and personalize your own art journal whether it be digital or hybrid.

Check out the AMAZING layouts done by our Creative Team… they really showcase the thing I love about this new series in that it can be used for digital layouts as well as art journaling.

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The kit is also 20% off this week and I'll have a quick tutorial tomorrow on how to use what's in our kit!

Happy Scrapping!


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Visions of SugarPlums…

danced in our heads! So Aja Abney and I collaborated on a new kit called SugarPlums!



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You can grab it today at CatScrap for 20% off! It is filled with gorgeous glittery goodies (say that three times fast!) 🙂 and it's perfect for holiday as well as any winter layouts!

I'm headed out to visit my sister in SF tomorrow…so I'll check in from the road!




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Hey there! I've got some fun stuff up at CatScrap today and the good news is that it is 35% off! 

My All for Fall Papers and Elements….fun, bright and whimsical!

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And I'm particularly proud and excited about my Grateful Wall Art Workshop. In it I have included a self-paced PDF class on how to create canvas wall art, as well as two original pieces of artwork, Full of Beauty and Full of Grace. I think these would make great Holiday gifts too!


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