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Spider Web Art Journal Page Process Video

Spider Web Art Journal Page Process Video

I am so excited to share my latest art journal page with you AND a process video(!!!). I love watching other people work and always pick up on new tricks and ideas and just feel like it is fascinating to see someone else’s process. I have put together my 40 minute art journal page process into about 3 and a half minutes for you. Enjoy!

INSPIRATION

I was inspired to create this page last week when I was at a violin concerto and we were sitting in the balcony, looking down over the stage. I noticed that all the hanging mic cables snaked over the stage like a spiderweb and I liked the glow of the lights made them a deep blue, ominous color. I began thinking about how I could make my own spider web in an art journal page and thus this page idea was formed.

To learn more about translating your inspiration into art, take my new course Travel Like An Artist. 

HOW TO CREATE YOUR OWN SPIDER WEB ART JOURNAL PAGE

SUPPLIES:

  • paper or journal
  • acrylic paint
  • matte medium
  • string
  • washi tape

PROCESS:

  1. Thin your paint a bit by adding the matte medium to make it easier to spread
  2. Load your string up with paint by swiping it through the paint like a credit card
  3. Either tape down the string or hold it tightly between your hands
  4. Opt 1: Rub the string across your page (this will make the more muddy lines)
    Opt 2: Tape it down to your table, hold the string tight and pop it by lifting up (like the way they create chalk lines) and rotate it until you are out of paint (creates sharp, thin lines)
    Opt 3: stamp the string down onto the paper by holding it very tightly between your hands (creates a mix of sharp and smudged lines)
  5. Repeat until you have your web!

Spider Web Art Journal Page Process Video

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Spider Web Art Journal Page Process Video

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Music from Miss Peregine’s Home For Peculiar Children Soundtrack

Quote from here

Croatia Travel Journal

Croatia Travel Journal by Lauren Likes. Tips and ideas for journaling and saving your favorite tickets, labels and all those fun little bits when you travel to capture the beauty of your travels without overwhelming your time and energy.

Last summer we took a dream trip through Croatia, Slovenia and Hungary. We drove the coast, explored the mountains and pretty much lived in a fairy tale for 3 weeks. Croatia and Slovenia are stoked full of the most surreal and idyllic cities and landscapes. The turquoise oceans, the red/orange rooftops of 1000 year old cities, flowers in every window and truffles on everything. It is a delight for your senses and an artists’ pleasure.

While travelling I wanted to be in every moment, but every moment came back to back to back and faster and faster and we were a bit overwhelmed with the gorgeousness of every turn we made. Thankfully I came prepared with a beautiful and simple travel journal and I only needed a few moments each day to capture the highlights of our trip so as to not lose the beauty of our time.

Below is the process I used for capturing this trip in my travel journal. I am passionate about collecting your memories, but not letting them sit on a shelf. But turning them into inspiration and that inspiration into art.

If you would like to move your photos and notes from the page to the canvas of your choice, join me in my course Travel Like An Artist. You will learn how to take the beauty, flavors, colors, ideas and inspiration from your latest trip and turn it into new, unqiue and inspired artwork. Learn more here.

Supplies

Tips

  • Have your journal prepped and ready to go, don’t waste time and energy creating each page background when you could be traveling, eating or sleeping
  • Spend 5 minutes working every night
  • Do the least amount possible. Decide what is important for you to document and do, at least, the bare minimum each night so that you have the most important parts recorded. Anything in addition is just gravy 😉
  • Keep a generic format for your journaling: date, location, general overview of your day and the highlight.
  • Veer off the format and simply write a note about your favorite part of the trip so far or a love letter to a new type of tea you tried and loved.
  • Don’t over pack. You don’t want to be overwhelmed with supplies
  • Use those tickets and pretty papers you pick up! Hoarding is not cute or useful
  • Throw away papers and things you pick up as you travel. What you think is an absolute necessity today likely wont be tomorrow. I usually always pick up a pamphlet, map, etc everywhere we go and then every few days sort through and toss out the ones that are ugly, boring, useless, duplicates, just too heavy, etc.
  • Always buy postcards…
  • Get creative. Find ways to use elements, like larger maps or double-sided tickets. Fold things up, only tape them down on one side.
  • Keep what is important to YOU. Some people keep receipts, tags, napkins, notes, trash, tickets. It doesn’t matter. Whatever you like, staple it in. Some of my favorite things to collect are beer or drink labels, tickets, things in other languages and receipts.
  • Be ok with blank space. You don’t have to fill the whole journal or every page. This is why having a pre-prepped journal is nice, some pages can speak for themselves.
  • It’s ok to rip things. I fear, in the moment, ripping something up to use a small portion that I will regret it forever but I never once have. There is still plenty left over to scrapbook with.
  • This journal is about journaling, not about being the most beautiful, so let some expectations go.

I hope you enjoyed a peek into our summer and my journal. This book, because of all it’s wonkiness and random memories and items always tends to be one of my favorites. These moments that I collected in here are some of my favorite and will last beyond my lifetime because I took the time to stop and write them down.

I hope you are inspired to create your own travel journal and to record your memories. I am working on a new class focused on just this, so be sure to sign up for my mailing list to be the first to hear when it is available!

Additional Resources

New Class, New Hobby, New Art: Drawing

Drawing as Self Discovery. A Skillshare Course Review by Lauren Likes

I have adored Mari Andrew’s drawings for quite a while now. She is one of the few people who’s Instagram I check daily. I have always felt her work was quirky, honest and relatable. I never thought of creating my own because a. I just didn’t think about it, b. I’m not very good at drawing and c. I felt like that would be too much of stealing or direct copying. But! Then the heavens aligned and Mari released a course on Skillshare and started teaching her technique, which is very simple, but more than that she is sharing her inspiration, her how to, her thought behind her art. I cannot finish the class because for every short video lesson I watch, I spend a few hours doodling new pages and have a whole notebook now dedicated to ideas for new drawings.

When I started taking her course it was like a light went off for me. In real life, I’m a pretty humorous person, but writing and making witty quips on the spot in conversations are not the same. But, this art form allows me to sneak in that bit of sarcasm that I love, but also be more personal, vulnerable and create cute art – all at once!

The class is short and easy to digest, but like I said, it sparks so many ideas it’s hard to get back to the lessons until you’ve fully fleshed out the ideas from the current one. Her lessons are delivered in short videos where she shares some of her art, gives you a prompt and then creates a drawing in front of you. She has great advice and is really easy and fun to follow. This course has by far topped my list of favorite and most valuable courses I have taken in a long time. 

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This drawing is not one from a prompt, but just something I started musing on this weekend as Terrell was taking out the food trash and I told him he was my hero because that shiz is Niz-ass-ty. Then I started thinking about all the other nice things he does and how he really is the hero of our house. Instantly I knew I needed to make a little doodle for him to express how much I appreciate all he does. Like I said drawing is not my greatest strength, I would say it is one of the skills where I am lacking most. But with some simple googling (and emoji studying) I was able to simply represent each trait. The beauty of this art form is that simplicity is the key to making it relatable and understandable. 

This drawing is also one that I dreamed up as I was sitting and watching the snow fall and felt like I lived in a snow globe. I thought about a few of my favorite moments ever and they seem to have that effect, where I am standing still, on the outside, and watching the beauty of life happen in front of me, almost in my hand, like the observer of a snow globe. This is certainly the least cute of the drawings, but it represented a really special moment for me and I was able to convey my message with very few words and there was a positive reaction to this on instagram where others were able to relate. Which is the goal of art!

The mental notes were semi from a prompt in the course. I was working through the course, made the mistake of checking my email and got a super annoying request. The thought ‘I wanna stab somebody’ immediately came to mind and I got right to work. After creating this I felt much better. This art form is nothing if not therapeutic and I am now thinking in these drawings…

The Heart Inventory is taking directly from Mari’s class. She gave multiple variations on this one and I feel like I could make a new one every day and I quickly realized that taking an inventory of your heart is not for the faint of heart. Mari explains how she uses art to process her life in the course and I can absolutely agree and understand how powerful these simple exercises are. 

The Resilience prompt is from lesson 1 and my mind exploded with pie chart options! SO. MANY. IDEAS. Who knew pie charts could be such fun art?! 

Clearly, you can see how much I am loving this course and am very excited to keep working through it, creating new drawings, executing more of my ideas and sharing them all! I would love if you joined me and can’t wait to see your drawings! Be sure to tag me on instagram if you join @laurenlikesblog

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Happy doodling!