Inspired Mini Series: Art Journal Inspiration to Jewelry

Inspired Mini Series

This 3 free week series will help you feel inspired and teach you how to get inspiration and express your inspiration through making jewelry.

This series originally appeared on my blog in weekly segments.  Each week had 2 prompts.  The first was a journal prompt where you can write a list, journal or create an art journal page in any way you like.  You can use paint, crayons, collage or other mixed media, colored pencils or simply words.  I like making lists.  You may want to draw or write a poem.

The second weekly prompt gave you ideas to take inspiration from your art journal page and translate it into a piece of jewelry.  I shared what I made, but I expected that your piece will be quite different because your response to the art journal prompt will be quite different from mine.

Each week is full of inspiration and ideas to express yourself through making jewelry.

I’ve compiled them here so you can work at your own pace even after the “live” version is over.

Week 1

Week #1

This week includes an introduction to art journaling and this series as well as the very first prompt.

Here’s the video:

A little about art journals before we get started:

I think a lot of people become overwhelmed about starting an art journal because the options are really limitless and you really can do anything.  I know that I get overwhelmed that way, too when it comes to art journaling.

I’m not going to give you parameters on what you can or should do in your own journal.  You can truly do anything.  You can strictly write, make lists, write poems, add color, collage, put photos on your page, doodle, draw, layer paints, use crayons, markers or watercolors.

However, if that is making you stuck because you truly don’t even know where to start, I’m going to suggest that you simply take the prompt that I will give you and then make a list – a simple handwritten list of whatever comes to mind.

Then if you want to get fancy, just go back with some color and underline or circle words that stand out to you or you can just make some little doodles along the edges.  You can use whatever pens, markers, crayons or paints you happen to have around.

Materials:

Again, you can use anything.  So if you’re just beginning just grab a notebook or piece of paper and get started.  As you do this more and more you will find a journal or notebook that you really like (or several if you’re like me.)

Also you can use any pen, pencil, etc. that you like.  Right now I’m going through a watercolor and sharpie stage.  I have used acrylic paints, collage, photos, lots of layering of different papers, scrapbook-like techniques and others.  Just play around.  Or, if you’re overwhelmed simply use the technique I stated above and make a list and then just add some color.

You most likely have everything you need to get started right in your house right now!

Now let’s move on to this week’s prompt!

Week #1 Prompt: 

The things I like most about my life are . . .

You can respond in any way you like.  You can simply do a list or you can get more adventurous.

In the video and photo below you’ll see that I actually changed this prompt in my own journal to “Things I love about my life . . .”

This was completely an accident, but I kind of like how I chose the word “love” instead of “like.”  You can use either word, of course.

My Page:

Week 1 Journal Page

As you can see, I simply made a list of everything that came to mind in that moment.  More and more things come to my mind now, so I may make another page in a different way – collage or taking photos of the things I love to collage or making drawings, etc.  But for now, this is my page.

After I made my list, I went back with my watercolors (which I’m loving right now, but you could use anything:  markers, highlighters, crayons, colored pencils, etc.) and highlighted and underlined some of the words and also did some doodling.

Okay, that’s your prompt.  So, make your art journal page with the prompt “The things I like most about my life are . . . ” and then we’ll move on to Week #1-A where I’ll give you some ideas and inspiration on how to take your journal page and transform it into a piece of jewelry!

Week #1-A

Today we’ll get inspiration from our art journal page and make a piece of jewelry.

Here’s the video:

In this video, you’ll learn how I take inspiration from the art journal page I created with the first prompt, create a map for a jewelry piece and then ultimately create a jewelry piece.

The steps are also outlined below if you prefer to read rather than watch the video.

Adventure Necklace

As promised in the first video, here’s a video with some brief instructions on how I made this necklace:

It’s not really step-by-step, but you will get an idea of how to put together this necklace if you’re interested in the process.

Week 1 Journal Page 2

Going from Art Journal Page to Jewelry:

Step #1:

Look at your art journal page again.  Does anything call out to you or stick out to you?  Anything inspire you?

Step #2:

Make a map of ideas.  You don’t have to strictly follow this map (or follow it at all really) but you do need to have an idea where to start.

I focused on one word from my art journal, “Adventure.”

I wrote that at the top of a new page.

Then I wrote these categories:

  • Themes
  • Colors and Stones
  • Techniques

And then I just brainstormed ideas.  When I think of adventure I think of travel and compasses and arrows, so I wrote that under “themes.”

For whatever reason, I thought of blues and greens for colors.  And then I jotted down some techniques I thought I might use.

I brainstormed some ideas for techniques I might use for my jewelry piece.

Step #3:

Gather up some supplies and start on your jewelry piece.

Use your map and see what you have on hand to make a jewelry piece.  Because I wrote “compass” in the theme, I thought of a compass coin I had in my scrapbook supplies that I knew could crossover into jewelry.  It also jogged my memory of the empty pocket watch piece I’ve had for quite a while and not done anything with.

This process will make you think of things, get ideas and remember supplies that you may have forgotten about long ago.

Have fun putting together your jewelry!  You can make anything you like.  It doesn’t need to make sense to anyone else.   Just because for some reason my brain equates blue with adventure doesn’t mean it’s true for you.  And certainly just because I decided to make an adventure necklace doesn’t mean you should.

Be inspired and make some jewelry! 

Week 2

Week 2

Here’s the video:

Week #2 Art Journal Prompt is:

I feel happiest when . . .

You can respond in any way you like.

  • Make a list
  • Write it out
  • Write a poem
  • Draw a picture
  • Paint
  • Collage
  • Use photos
  • Anything at all you can think of to represent the prompt for you.

If this is your very first attempt at journaling, I recommend you simply make a list in response to the prompt and then maybe use some crayons, markers or colored pencils to add some color.

My Page:

I feel happiest when

I had some photos around, so I used photos.  First I added some paint for the background and then I cut down the photos and adhered them.  Finally I used used crayon to go around the photos.

The photos I used represented activities and people I feel happiest around.

I feel happiest when

Now, it’s your turn!  Use the prompt “I feel happiest when . . .” and create your own art page.  Like I mentioned above, it can be in any format you like or feel comfortable with.  Just do it and don’t get hung up on making something beautiful or perfect.

On Friday, we’ll pull inspiration from your page to make a piece of jewelry!

Week 2-A

Inspired Mini Series Week 2A

Week #2-A takes the prompt from earlier this week and draws inspiration to create a jewelry piece.

Here’s the video:

In this video, you’ll learn how I take inspiration from the art journal page I created with the week 2 prompt, create a map for a jewelry piece and then ultimately create a jewelry piece.

The steps are also outlined below if you prefer to read rather than watch the video.

Inspired Mini Series Week 2A

Going from Art Journal Page to Jewelry:

I feel happiest when

Step #1:

Look at your art journal page again.  Does anything call out to you or stick out to you?  Anything inspire you?

In my case, I was drawn to the nature aspect of my page, although I could have chosen anything on the page.

Inspried Mini Series Week 2

Step #2:

Just like last week, make a map of ideas.

This is a starting point for your jewelry and you may find that you only follow it loosely or use it as a springboard for inspiration that takes you in a different direction.

I focused on happy and nature.  So on the top of a new page I wrote those words.

Then I wrote these categories:

  • Themes
  • Colors and Stones
  • Techniques

(The same categories I used last week.)

And then I just brainstormed ideas.  In my case I had a photo to look at.  I wrote down under “themes”:  leaves, trees, butterflies, dragonflies and flowers.  I not only used the photo but also my memories of what it’s like to walk where the photo was taken.

You don’t need to have drawn a picture or used a photo for this to work.  Just brainstorm what comes to mind when you think of the word you wrote at the top of the page.  The piece of jewelry does not need to look like the art journal page you created.  We’re simply using it as inspiration.

If you did paint or do a collage or some sort of layered art journal page, you may wish to choose colors right from it.

For colors I chose muted colors, greens, browns, light pink and light yellow.  As I mentioned in the video I’m not really sure where the pink came from.  It’s not in the photo.  There are pink flowers in the area the photo was taken in the summer, but not actually in the photo.

I just purchased rose quartz nuggets so I think it was on my mind.  Plus, rose quartz symbolizes love and there were a lot of things I love on my art journal page, so it all makes sense.  However, it doesn’t necessarily HAVE to make sense.  Also, you’ll see that I didn’t actually use yellow in my jewelry piece.

I also equated brown with brass in this case.  Again, I had just gotten a big chunky brass chain that I ordered, so it may have been in my mind when I was brainstorming ideas.

Finally, I suggest that you come up with some jewelry making techniques that you’d like to use for your jewelry piece.  There are so many options it’s good to narrow it down a bit.  I decided to make a layered necklace.

Inspried Mini Series Week 2

Step #3:

Gather up supplies based on your brainstorming from above and come up with your jewelry piece.

I grabbed my brass container and found a big, beautiful dragonfly piece and knew right away I wanted it to be the centerpiece.

Like I said last week, this process will help you rediscover jewelry supplies that you have long forgotten about.  I’ve had the dragonfly pieces for years and haven’t really considered using them until I created this particular art journal page.

I also found some beautiful gemstone chips that were green with brown in them.  I knew I had the brass chain and would probably use it already.  Plus the rose quartz nuggets that were on my mind when I was brainstorming.

Then I just started pulling the jewelry piece together.

Inspired Mini Series Week 2

Have fun putting together your jewelry!  You can make anything you like.  It doesn’t need to make sense to anyone else.  You may not look at your jewelry piece and your art journal page and be able to tell that one came from the other.

On the other hand, you may have a direct correlation.  Either way is just fine.

Week 3

Week 3
out my window

 

Here’s the video:

Week #2 Art Journal Prompt is:

Out my window . . .

You can respond in any way you like.

  • Make a list
  • Write it out
  • Write a poem
  • Draw a picture
  • Paint
  • Collage
  • Use photos
  • Anything at all you can think of to represent the prompt for you.

If this is your very first attempt at journaling, I recommend you simply make a list in response to the prompt and then maybe use some crayons, markers or colored pencils to add some color.

You can see an example of some art journal pages at the following links:

My Page:

out my window

I’m not great at painting, but I do love to paint. Doing it in my art journal means that no one has to see it but me and I also get to practice as much as I like without sharing as well.

For my page, I simply used inexpensive watercolors. I have really gotten into using watercolors lately and I have a water brush (the water is in the brush handle!) that makes things really simple and easy.

One of the big reasons we live where we live is we love the view from our home. I love this tree outside our window. It takes on many different colors throughout the year. In the spring it’s white. In the summer it’s green. Right now it’s beautiful autumn colors.

Now, it’s your turn!

Use the prompt “out my window” and create your own art page. Like I mentioned above, it can be in any format you like or feel comfortable with. Just do it and don’t get hung up on making something beautiful or perfect.

Week 3-A

Inspired Mini Series Week 3A

This prompt will help you translate your art journal page into a piece of jewelry.

Here’s the video:

In this video, you’ll learn how I take inspiration from the art journal page I created with the week 3 prompt, create a map for a jewelry piece and then ultimately create a jewelry piece.

The steps are also outlined below if you prefer to read rather than watch the video.

Leaf Bracelet

Going from Art Journal Page to Jewelry:

out my window

Step #1:

Look at your art journal page again. Does anything call out to you or stick out to you? Anything inspire you?

If you used words, look for words that call out to you. In Week #1 I used a word as inspiration for my page.

In Week #2 I used photos in my art journal page and used those as inspiration in a very similar way to how I did in Week #1

For this week’s prompt, I used the colors in my page and also was inspired by the shapes that I painted.

Out My Window
Step #2:

Just like in the previous weeks, make a map of ideas.

This is a starting point for your jewelry and you may find that you only follow it loosely or use it as a springboard for inspiration that takes you in a different direction.

In this case, I wanted to focus on the art page (my mini painting) as a whole, including the colors and shapes.

Then I wrote these categories:

  • Themes
  • Colors and Stones
  • Techniques

(The same categories I used in the previous weeks.)

Themes: As you can see in the photo above, for themes I wrote down: nature, branches, tree, leaves. These are taken directly from my journal page.

You may not have a direct interpretation and that’s fine. Brainstorm and write down anything that comes to mind.

Colors and stones: brown, red, orange, dark colors.

Again, I took these colors directly from my journal page. In week 1, I used a list and just came up with colors I thought went along with the word I had chosen to focus on. Anything that comes to your mind is great. It does not have to be a direct translation. We’re using our journal for inspiration.

Techniques: Use this category to try to narrow down some ideas for techniques you may use since there are so many options in jewelry making. Again, it does not have to be a direct correlation, but it can be.

I wrote down charm bracelet, which wasn’t necessarily directly related and necklace with twig or twig shaped wire, which is more directly related.
Leaf Bracelet

Step #3:

Head to your supplies and start pulling together components you think you may use.

You might have already come up with some ideas for the supplies you have when you’re doing the mapping in Step #2. In my case, I knew I had these pretty, delicate leave charms waiting that I thought I would like to use.

Then I started going through my beads. I sort them mostly by color, so this was relatively easy since I was looking for specific colors.

This process can help you remember and rediscover jewelry supplies that you may have forgotten about or find new ways to incorporate supplies that you didn’t really know what to do with.

And, of course, in some cases you may need to order some supplies to find the perfect shape or color.

As you’re doing this, it is possible (and likely) that your piece will change from what’s on your map. That’s fine. The ultimate goal isn’t to follow a map word for word, but to make a beautiful piece of jewelry that you’re excited about and feel inspired to make.

Each step of this process can lead you down a different road and that’s fine and wonderful.

Leaf Bracelet

Step #4

Put together your jewelry piece!

Inspired Mini Series Week 3A

Now, it’s your turn! Be inspired and make some jewelry! 🙂

I have had so much fun bringing you this mini series and have loved getting your emails about being inspired and picking up your sketchbooks and journals and finding new inspiration.

How did you like this mini series?
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