Mini Binder Art Journal Update 2

Mini Binder Art Journal Update 2

I’ve been using my Mini Binder Art Journal for a couple of weeks now, and I have an update for you today.

I’m loving the freedom of this art journal and it’s really inspiring my creativity.  I love that I can add in little things that just delight me like postcards or Project Life cards that I love anywhere I like.

I shared my intentions and an introduction into my Mini Binder Art Journal here.

Update 1 is here.

Here’s a video flip through of this update:

(if you prefer to just look at the photos of my pages, see below)

Photos and descriptions of the pages: 

Mini Binder Art Journal Update 2

Mini Binder Art Journal Update 2

Postcard with quote written on the back.  “There are always flowers for those who want to see them.”  ~Henri Matisse

Next page is a reminder of this quote in my own words.

  • Background is watercolor.
  • I drew the flowers.
  • I used chalk markers to color in the flowers.

Mini Binder Art Journal Update 2

On this page I drew pictures of the creatures we saw during a hike at the Swatara State Park.  No, I can’t draw, but I wanted to remember this day anyway, so I just went for it.  (And who knows?  With practice I could get better!)

Mini Binder Art Journal Update 2

5 Good Things from this day.  I saw someone on Instagram had this prompt in their art journal and I decided to give it a try.

I taped strips of masking tape and then used watercolors to pain the stripes.  After the paint dried I pulled the tape off and wrote the list.

Mini Binder Art Journal Update 2

I love great blue herons, so I decided to look up some information about them and put it in my art journal.

The background is watercolor.  I took the photo.  On the back I wrote my own reflections about great blue herons.  (See next photo.)

Mini Binder Art Journal Update 2

Right side:  very minimalist art journal page.  Background is kraft paper.  I used a Project Life card and then a printed out quote.

Mini Binder Art Journal Update 2

The next few pages are dedicated to one fun day I had with my husband.

This page is a drawing of our day and what we did.

Mini Binder Art Journal Update 2

Left side is a collection of receipts from the day.  Right side is a few feathers I collected at the lake we visited.  Background is watercolor.

I love using everyday ephemera and collecting little memorabilia I can use in my art journal.

Mini Binder Art Journal Update 2

This page was something else I saw on Instagram.  What’s working and what’s not working.  Background is watercolor.

Mini Binder Art Journal Update 2

This page contains tags and a receipt from a shopping trip to Community Aid, a thrift store and charity.  I love how the different colors work together.  Background is acrylic paint.  I had painted the page and didn’t like it, but I like it with the ephemera on top.

Mini Binder Art Journal Update 2

Background is watercolor.  Then I added feathers I picked up during a walk around my town one day.


Follow along with my posts of my art journal pages on my Instagram page:  @KimberlieKohler  I try to post daily, but sometimes I’m not quite as consistent.

 

 

Wire Wrapped Loop Chain & Bead Bracelet Tutorial [Video]

Wire Wrapped loop Chain & Bead Bracelet Tutorial

I love the wire wrapped loop chain.  I think it looks so dainty and pretty with a little touch of edginess.  It’s sturdy for all of your chain needs.

So today I have another variation, the Wire Wrapped Loop Chain and Bead Bracelet.  We’ll interconnect wire wrapped bead links with the links from the chain and make a lovely bracelet.

Wire Wrapped Loop Chain & Bead Bracelet Tutorial

I like wearing my bracelets stacked, a bunch of favorites on my wrist.  Today’s bracelet and last week’s wire wrapped chain loop bracelet go together really well.  You can find all kinds of bracelet tutorials here on my blog for inspiration.

Wire Wrapped Loop Chain & Bead Bracelet Tutorial

Here’s today’s video tutorial:


I hope you found it inspiring!  Give it a try and let me know what you think.

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Mini Binder Art Journal Update

Mini Binder Art Journal Update

I’m a week in with my Mini Binder Art Journal and I have art journal pages to show you.

I’m loving the freedom of this art journal and it’s really inspiring my creativity.  I love that I can add in little things that just delight me like postcards or Project Life cards that I love anywhere I like.

I shared my intentions and an introduction into my Mini Binder Art Journal here.

Here’s a video flip through of my pages so far:

(if you prefer to just look at the photos of my pages, see below)

Mini Binder Art Journal Page 1

  • Background is scrapbook paper
  • Map paper
  • Butterflies cut from scrapbook paper and fabric
  • A piece of a postcard.  The previous owner of the postcard wrote, “Where they go courting.”

Mini Binder Art Journal

Mini Binder Art Journal

Mini Binder Art Journal

  1. Postcard with a quote written on the back.  “Look deep into nature and you’ll understand everything better.”  – Albert Einstein
  2. The title page taken from an old (beat up) copy of The Velveteen Rabbit that I did a collage on.
  3. Back page from the title page.  The illustration is from the book, but I added the colorful fabric butterflies.

(Note:  I have a few copies of The Velveteen Rabbit.  It’s one of my favorite books.  I’ve collected them from flea markets so I can use them in my art journals.  I also have one pristine copy I don’t touch.)

The next page is rainbow stripes of watercolors.

Mini Binder Art Journal

Mini Binder Art Journal

  1. Postcard with nature quote.  “Study nature, love nature, stay close to nature.  It will never fail you.”  -Frank Lloyd Wright
  2. Page featuring another quote.  “The butterfly counts no months but moments, and has time enough.” -Rabindranath Tagore
    1. Background is scrapbook paper
    2. I drew the flowers
    3. More fabric butterflies

Mini Binder Art Journal

Mini Binder Art Journal

  1. Project Life card (I just liked it, so I added it as is.)
  2. Collage with scrapbook paper, magazine clippings and another Project Life card.

Mini Binder Art Journal

Mini Binder Art Journal

Mini Binder Art Journal

  1. Project Life card with a quote.  “I go to nature to be soothed and healed and to have my senses put in order.”  -John Burroughs
  2. Photo cut from an old book
  3. Journaling using the quote as inspiration *

*Click here for a post about this art journal prompt.

The next page has a watercolor background with a collage of paper strips.

I also added in a section for quotes and ideas that I can jot down and have in one place as they come to me.  Creativity begets more creativity, so I just wanted to be able to capture ideas as I’m working in my art journal.

Follow along with daily (mostly) posts of my art journal pages on my Instagram page:  @KimberlieKohler

Art Journal Prompt: I go to nature

Nature Art Journal Prompt

Lately I’ve been working in my Mini Binder Art Journal a lot.  In it I’ve just been playing in any way I feel like each day.  I love the freedom of the being able to add in any kind of paper I like.

It’s also inspired me to think about my layout in a different way.  For example, I made this 2 page layout in my regular art journal.

Nature Art Journal Prompt

This is pretty normal for me.  I like doing 2 page spreads.

But I used the same prompt in a different way in my Mini Binder Art Journal.

Nature Art Journal Prompt

Nature Art Journal Prompt

Nature Art Journal Prompt

I decided to use a Project Life card to write the quote.  Originally I was going to place it on the page with the deer image.  But it just didn’t seem to work.

Then I realized I could just place it in before the deer image, leaving the deer image as a full page.

On the back I did my journaling in response to the quote.

Art Journal Prompt:

I love this quote and you may want to use it for your own art journal:

“I go to nature to be soothed and healed and to have my senses put in order.”  ~John Burroughs

I simply took the first part of the quote and wrote my response to it.  “I go to nature . . .”

You could use any quote or poem this way.

Do you have a favorite quote?  How could you use it as a jumping off point in your art journal?

Wire Wrapped Loop Chain Bracelet Video Tutorial

Wire Wrapped Loop Chain Bracelet Tutorial

I have been using this chain in most of my jewelry since first coming up with it several months ago.

I use it in anything that I want or need a chain in.  (This wire wrapped bead link necklace or this long wire wrapped pendant necklace, for example.)

I also wear a plain chain necklace with this wire wrapped loop chain almost daily.  Sometimes just by itself, sometimes layered.

I needed to make a simple bracelet to wear as well, so I’m sharing that tutorial here today.

Simple and sweet on its own or great when stacked with other bracelets, you’ll love this chain.

wire wrapped loop chain bracelet

Learn how to make it here:

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Check out my Wire Wrapping for Beginners eCourse!

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