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- Use it Up Journal
Use it Up Journal
Hello you lovely artists!
My name is Anouk (@creanouk) I’m 26 years old and I live in the centre of the Netherlands. I’ve always been creative, but ever since I discovered art journaling 10 years ago there was no way back. Art is my therapy as it helps me to live with multiple illnesses. When I’m not creating I’m probably sleeping, reading a book or walking with my charming little dog Max.
Imagine, you have just painted a wonderful journal page. You’ve finally used those brandnew paints you where hoarding on forever, you have grabbed your favourite stencils and even put a bit of modeling paste on top. If you are like me you’ll have a paint pallet left full of those gorgeous brand new paints, dirty stencils are laying everywhere on the table and there’s a bunch of modeling paste left on your pallet knife. Your mind screams: clean it! And your heart says: use it! I try to listen to my heart. Because seeing my gorgeous paints rinse through the sink makes me want to cry. Haha.
In this video I like to tell you more about my ‘use it up’ journal, give you a little peek inside and show you how you can make an easy journaling page with a pre-made background made from leftovers.
For someone who suffers from multiple illnesses creating can sometimes feels impossible. With this little ‘use it up’ journal I can have multiple results with less effort. On days that I feel good enough to make art I like to go all out. Instead of cleaning my paint pallet or my stencils right away, I grab my use it up journal to create some extra backgrounds. It really is great to see the results after just one painting session. Don’t be scared of ugly pages, you can always cover things up or add more layers. Try to use it too clean as many of your dirty wet stencils, and you’ll be amazed by the results. One of my favorite backgrounds are made with pieces of leftover paint from my gelli plate.
I hope that I could have inspire you today to start your own little ‘use it up’ journal, if you haven’t have one already of course.
Lots of love,
Flip through one of your journals. Is there an abandoned background somewhere, a page you didn’t finished yet? Try to work on this page today for a little bit. Add some stenciling, inkt, stamps, ephemera or some magazine cutouts. Try not to have a certain vision of what you like your page to be, just focus on the process of making this page.
Make a journal page like you normally would do. But this time you’ll put a piece of mixed media paper or a second journal beside you. Use this for the paint that’s left on your pallet. Put everything you would normally clean in the sink on your page first. Stencils, modeling paste, gelli plate, brushes, cards, inkt ect. are great to clean on your extra page. You’re free to use a little bit extra when the leftovers run out, but remember to keep the waste as minimal as possible. When you’re happy with the background you can always take it a step further and make an journal page of it. Or you could keep it for another time.
Anouk Karrsen is an all round creative from the Netherlands. For her, art journaling is a way to escape real life, and express her emotions.