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.

 

How to Use Your Mixed Media Quote Cards for Inspiration

Using Quote Cards

Last week, I showed you how to make these fun Mixed Media Quote Cards.

Today I wanted to share how you can use them for inspiration – even for inspiration for your jewelry making!

Mixed Media Quote Card

I started with this quote card.  (To learn how to make your own, click here.)

I love this quote because sometimes you need a restart.  Sometimes even within a day I just need to take a moment to reset and start again.  (Not always from scratch, but just to reset myself or my mood.)

Ways to use Mixed Media Quote Cards for even more inspiration:

#1

Use as a prompt in your art journal.

Art Journal Page from Mixed Media Quote Card Inspiration

I used the quote and then created an art journal layout with the quote in mind.

The technique I used is quite similar to the technique I used to make the quote cards.  (See the video tutorial here.)

My technique:

  1. Watercolor all over as the first, background layer.
  2. Stamping lightly. (I used a flower and butterfly and used them sparingly.)
  3. I did a little floral sketch.  (I learned how to do this type of sketching from this book – Florabunda Basics – that I highly recommend.  *Affiliate link*)
  4. Then a collaged different ephemera – old text, map, scrapbook paper, a photo and wrote the quote on an old library card catalog card.

#2

Use as a writing prompt in your journal.  Just write out all your thoughts and feelings about the quote.

You could pull a card each day in the morning and just free write about it.

#3

Use the card itself as inspiration for a jewelry design.  (Or use an art journal page you created from it as inspiration.)

Pendant from Art Journal Inspiration

Pendant from Mixed Media Art Quote Card Inspiration

I actually used the art journal page I created as inspiration for a jewelry piece, but you could use the Mixed Media Quote Card itself.

This is something I go into in detail in my Jewelry Design Workshop, but in general look at your inspiration (the card or art journal page) and think about colors and themes and how you could translate that into a piece of jewelry.

I pulled the turquoise color from the page, as well as the feather that was a theme in the art journal page.

#4

You could simply pull the card and think about it or even meditate on the quote.

I hope you are inspired to use your quote cards!


If you’re trying to find your own jewelry style or want to know how to translate your own inspiration into your jewelry pieces, my Jewelry Design Workshop is what you’re looking for!

Jewelry Design Workshop

Have you been making jewelry, but following others’ tutorials and have a yearning to come up with your own unique designs?

Have you seen other people’s designs, but they’re just not quite right for you and your own style?

Wondering how you even figure out your own personal jewelry style?

And how do you come up with ideas without having all day to dream about jewelry designs?

Give me a few minutes a day and I will take you from wondering how jewelry designers come up with their ideas to designing your own jewelry in your own unique style!

In my Jewelry Design Workshop you’ll learn my process for never running out of ideas for jewelry designs. Through the process, you’ll develop your own personal jewelry style and even learn how to put together a cohesive collection.

We’ll start by learning about the basic principles of jewelry design. Then you’ll learn how to create an Idea Collage, a technique you can do over and over again to get lots of inspiration. Plus you’ll get some bonus prompts for even more inspiration. I’ll share my process for pulling ideas from your Idea Collage.

Then we’ll move onto actually sketching our design ideas and choosing designs for a collection. Finally, I’ll share tips for finalizing your jewelry designs and troubleshooting when a design does not seem to be quite working.

Learn more and sign up here.

Mixed Media Art Quote Cards – Index Card Art

Mixed Media Art Quote Cards

 

Mixed Media Quote Index Cards

I have a fun and inspiring project for you today that’s not only creative and inspiring while you’re doing it, but will give you lots of inspiration in the future as well.

I first got the idea for making art on index cards from Daisy Yellow.  She has an annual Index Card a Day Challenge (coming up June – July.)  However, I couldn’t wait until then to give index card art a try.

Mixed Media Quote Index Cards

I have tons of index cards because it’s one way I save and organize jewelry ideas.  There’s something about a stack of index cards that I really love.

I wanted to create a collection of mixed media quote cards on index cards.  The cards themselves are art, but then I’d also have the quotes for inspiration in the future as well.

(Watch for an upcoming blogpost on how to actually use these quote cards to inspire your creativity.)

Here’s a video tutorial on how to make a quote card:

First I found 21 quotes that were inspiring.  For a list of all the quotes I used, click here:  21 Quotes But, of course, feel free to use any quotes that you find inspiring.

Mixed Media Quote Index Cards

Mixed Media Quote Index Cards

Then I used watercolors and painted backgrounds on my index cards.  I used blank index cards, but you could make really cute cards with the lined ones as well.

(Even the paper towels I used under the cards were really pretty!)

I didn’t like how flimsy they seemed, so I glued another index card to the back of all of my cards to make them stronger.

Mixed Media Quote Index Cards

I did some doodling on some of the cards.  I like to use silver or gold pens and just make marks like circles or squares or even feathers.

Mixed Media Quote Index Cards

Then I added layers of ephemera and other embellishments using a tape runner.  (A glue stick would work fine, too.)

Mixed Media Quote Index Cards

I wrote out the quotes by hand and placed them on top.  (I ended up putting the authors’ names on the back of the card on most of the quote cards.)

Mixed Media Quote Index Cards

Mixed Media Quote Index Cards

Mixed Media Quote Index Cards

Most of the ephemera I use is scrapbook paper, old books and old sheet music.  I keep a collection of small-ish scraps for art journaling that are perfect for small scale art like this.

Mixed Media Quote Index Cards

The butterflies I used are fabric.

Mixed Media Quote Index Cards

Other ideas for your quote cards:

  • If you’re not into collage, you could just do the watercolor background and just write out the quote on top.
  • Use any other art implement you like:  crayons, colored pencils, markers, etc.  Make it your own!
  • Use any kind of art you enjoy or anything you would like to try on these little cards.
  • If you’re not into inspirational quotes, then just make art on index cards.  It’s a lot of fun!
  • Punch a hole in the corner and then use a ring to hold them together (or just wrap some lace or a ribbon around them to keep them together.)
  • To find different inspirational quotes, just use Google and use the word “quote” along with any word you’re trying to find quotes about.  If you’re looking for quotes about creativity, then just look up creativity quotes, for example.

Mixed Media Quote Index Cards

Next week I’ll share some ways to use these mixed media quote cards including using them for art journal inspiration as well as inspiration for your jewelry designs, so stay tuned for that!

Mixed Media Quote Index Cards


Jewelry Design Workshop

Have you been making jewelry, but following others’ tutorials and have a yearning to come up with your own unique designs?

Have you seen other people’s designs, but they’re just not quite right for you and your own style?

Wondering how you even figure out your own personal jewelry style?

And how do you come up with ideas without having all day to dream about jewelry designs?

Give me a few minutes a day and I will take you from wondering how jewelry designers come up with their ideas to designing your own jewelry in your own unique style!

In my Jewelry Design Workshop you’ll learn my process for never running out of ideas for jewelry designs. Through the process, you’ll develop your own personal jewelry style and even learn how to put together a cohesive collection.

We’ll start by learning about the basic principles of jewelry design. Then you’ll learn how to create an Idea Collage, a technique you can do over and over again to get lots of inspiration. Plus you’ll get some bonus prompts for even more inspiration. I’ll share my process for pulling ideas from your Idea Collage.

Then we’ll move onto actually sketching our design ideas and choosing designs for a collection. Finally, I’ll share tips for finalizing your jewelry designs and troubleshooting when a design does not seem to be quite working.

Learn more and sign up here.

Circles Necklace from Art Journal Inspiration

Circles Necklace from Art Journal Inspiration

A couple of days ago I shared my latest art journal page and shared about being inspired by materials.

Creative Inspiration: Materials

This is the necklace that was inspired by this art journal page:

Circles Necklace from Art Journal Inspiration

I studied the art journal page and just let all the colors and shapes sink in and this necklace came out.

In Inspired eCourse, I show you a step-by-step process for taking inspiration from the art journal pages that we make from prompts in the eCourse.

However, for this necklace I didn’t use that process specifically.

I had every intention of using the process, but instead the idea came to me in a state of sleepiness.  I saw the bottom part with the wires loosely wrapped around the stone.

The rest of it came to me more on the spot as I pulled out materials and thought about what direction the necklace would take beyond that loosely wrapped stone.

Circles Necklace from Art Journal Inspiration

I used colors from the page, which is part of the process I teach in Inspired eCourse.

I’m pretty crazy about the color combination in the necklace.  It’s something I would probably have not tried together had I not had a similar color combination in the art journal page.

Circles Necklace from Art Journal Inspiration

It’s interesting where inspiration can come from. 

I made the art journal page (inspired by materials), then made the necklace (inspired by a sleepy idea and the art journal page) and now this necklace has inspired me to sketch out a bunch of other ideas..

Where your inspiration take you?

Inspired eCourse

Need a little more inspiration for your jewelry designs?

Check out my Inspired eCourse!

The introduction is all about getting started art journaling and I also have some fun techniques for you.

Then each week you’ll get a creativity activity and art journal prompt, create an art journal page and then I’ll show you a map to go from art journal page to inspired jewelry piece.  You’ll be designing your own jewelry, but I also have a jewelry project each week to inspire you, give you techniques or you can make it if you’re feeling stuck.

Learn more about Inspired eCourse here.