Friday, December 20, 2013

Holiday Mini Art Journal

We made it to Friday! For a lot of you, today marks the start of winter vacation (yay!) and some relaxation ahead. I'm sharing something a little different today for Unity Friends with Flair post. I have a mini chipboard art journal for the holidays, inspired by a December Daily 'Junk Journal' that Andrea Gomoll has been posting every day. Picture heavy post ahead... thanks for joining in my painting journey :)

Cover - papers from DCWV 'Christmas Made'
I used a small chipboard album from Maya Road (measures about 3"x3"). All pattern papers are either DCWV "Christmas Made", DCWV "Christmas Memories", My Mind's Eye "All is Bright", or Authentique "Festive."

inside chipboard pages

The first page was embossed to add a woodgrain texture, painted with gold and silver, and dotted in white paint (covered bubble wrap). The silver leaves are from Unity and stamped with paint.

The page spread above uses layered paper, stencils, acrylic paint (red, green, white, teal), and Unity Stamps December calendar, "Numbers Etc", and "Wishing you Joy".

This is definitely my favorite page... so bright and fun! The background is stamped with white acrylic paint and Unity Stamp "Woodgrain Script". I cut various sized triangles and layered them to create a happy Christmas tree.

This page uses Twinkling H2O watercolors, so it's very shimmery in person. All images were stamped on book text, watercolored, then added to the chipboard page. Sentiment and bird stamp are from Unity grab bags, and the houses are from Unity "Finally Fall" set.

I just had to use this book text I found with a cut up tree: "We could conceive of the tree without thinking that it inherently exists or not." (my book text always comes from How to Practice: The Way to a Meaningful Life by the Dalai Lama). The pattern paper is from DCWV "Christmas Made" and background stamp is Unity "Tattered Chicken Wire".

This page... I just wanted to play with some of my new Unity itty bitty stamps! "Happy Day" and "One day at a time" and some various Twinkling H2Os.

This page is also in the running for favorite... there are a lot of different layers and textures on here that were difficult to photograph. It is also misted with 'Goosebumps' for some cool texture and sprinkled with silver glitter.

Thanks for joining in my little journal flip! I hope you get your paints out and just play. Have a wonderful holiday break... and make sure to stop back tomorrow for a special New Year celebration!

<3 Rachel w k
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  1. Awesome mini journal Rachel. You used so many fun techniques. Hope you and your family (furry ones too!) have a very Merry Christmas.

  2. This is an awesome project. TFS Merry Christmas.

  3. Oh my goodness. How beautiful. Each page prettier. So much work!! Thank you for sharing.

  4. Wowsa, that's a lot of artwork. It's great that you made it a journal. Beautiful job.

  5. Such pretty pages! That's a great idea to make a mini journal. I would guess that it didn't take as long to do a page.

  6. Rachel, these are stunning pages! I love them all. Merry Christmas!

  7. Amazing art journal! Stunning! Merry Christmas!

  8. WOW!! Rachel, this is absolutely stunning!! Love the colors and all the stamps you used.

    Merry Christmas to you :)

  9. So pretty! Love all your pages! Bright, colorful and fun! Merry Christmas!

  10. Wow, love your art journal! So bright and fun, Rachel.

  11. What a wonderful art journal! So much creativity and inspiration!!

  12. Wow, how beautiful! Thanks for sharing!