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.

 

 

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?

Mini Binder Art Journal – Introduction

Mini Binder Art Journal Introduction

I’ve started a fun new art journal!

I’ve made an art journal in this format before and it can be really freeing.  I’ve been feeling kind of overwhelmed with all the ideas and things I’ve wanted to do.  I’m hoping this art journal will just give me some freedom to create what I feel like creating any given day.

Mini Binder Art Journal Introduction

Here’s a little introduction video:

Recap:

  • I got a mini binder from Target.
  • It came with some extra accessories.  I probably won’t use the dividers, but I’ll use the envelope page and the ruler.
  • I also got a Strathmore Mixed Media notebook that is the perfect size to go with the mini binder.  The pages are perforated and I will rip them all out, hole punch them and put them in the binder so it’s not just blank when I want to use it, which would make it more overwhelming.
  • I’m planning to do a page each day.  Whatever I feel like doing that day, I’ll just do and put in my binder.

Come back next Friday to get an update and see some pages I’ve created so far.

100 Days of Mini Collages – First Week

#The100DayProject

This year I’m participating in #The100DayProject.  

I didn’t really think I would post on my blog about this because I’m actually not great at keeping up with projects that are that long.

But so far I haven’t missed a day and it seems really manageable, so here I am.

 

For The 100 Day Project, you simply choose a project and do it for 100 days.  It began on April 3rd (but honestly, you can start something like this anytime you like!)

I didn’t want to add another big “To Do” to my list and I wanted this to just simply be fun, so I chose something very easy and quick.

I got a 3.5 inch X 5 inch sketchpad at Michael’s when I was shopping there with my mom a couple of weeks ago.  It was cute and it was on sale for around $2.00.  (And my mom bought it for me – thanks, Mom!)

I didn’t actually know what my plan was for it, but then that night I found out about The 100 Day Project and this pad has exactly 100 pages.

I decided on mini collages because I love creating collages.  I have little scraps of paper I save to use up.

100 Days of Mini Collages

I also needed something portable because I’m traveling a lot and I didn’t want to miss a day.

Everything I need fits in this cute pencil pouch.

100 Days of Mini Collages

I have a Ziplock baggie of paper scraps, different colors of pens, little scissors, tape runner, a black pen and the actual little sketchbook itself all fit in there for easy travel.

How has it worked so far?

I’ve completed a new mini collage every single day.  Usually I do it in the morning before I get my day started.  It only takes a few minutes.  Then I take a quick photo and post it on Instagram.

That’s another thing I had to get over to make this project less complicated.  I actually hate taking photos with my phone.  Even on Instagram I typically take photos with my big camera and then upload them.  That process is fine, except if I’m doing this every day and taking a photo for Instagram every day then I needed to let go of having perfect photos and just take cellphone photos of the projects, especially since sometimes I’m rushing off somewhere as soon as I get the collage done.

And it’s been fine.  In fact, it’s been very freeing and fun.

Follow me on Instragram:  @KimberlieKohler

I’m using the specific hashtag #100DaysofMiniCollages for my project.

Here are all of my mini collages so far:

Day #1

100 Days of Mini Collages

Day #2

100 Days of Mini Collages

Day #3

100 Days of Mini Collages

(On this day I decided I preferred a horizontal orientation of the page and I’ll probably stick to that from now on.)

Day #4

100 Days of Mini Collages

Day #5

100 Days of Mini Collages

Day #6

100 Days of Mini Collages

Day #7

100 Days of Mini Collages

It’s been really fun and inspiring to do this so far and I’m excited to continue!

Remember:

Follow me on Instragram:  @KimberlieKohler

I’m using the specific hashtag #100DaysofMiniCollages for my project.