15 Art Journaling Prompts from Guest Artist Traci Bautista!

March 19th, 2012

doodles unleashed by traci bautista

We are thrilled to have Traci Bautista stopping by Somerset Place on her blog tour for her new book, Doodles Unleashed! Read on to learn about her passion for incorporating a variety of media and handwritten techniques into her art journaling process.

I was able to share my story, inspirations, and recent artwork in an artist profile in the current March/April 2012 issue of Somerset Studio. The artist profile includes a few pieces of artwork that you’ll also find in my new book, Doodles Unleashed. I thought it would be a good exercise to explore how to use artwork you see in magazines and books as inspiration, and discuss ways that you can put a new spin on it. It’s great to be inspired by other artists and learn their techniques, but I advise you to experiment and play with different methods to develop your own unique style. The projects in my book include step-by-step instructions that you can follow, but I encourage you to look with “different eyes” and find new ways you can use the images on the page to jumpstart your artistic approach!

Here are twelve art journaling prompts derived from the images of my artwork featured in my Somerset Studio Artist Profile.

  • Collage a background of painted papers and black & white photocopies
  • Stitch a feather shape onto an art journaling card and glue it onto a page
  • Paint a background with blue and green acrylic paint
  • Use a white fluid correction pen to add circles and dots to the page
  • Doodle floral shapes with a brush and black India ink on craft paper
  • Hand carve a stamp or draw an image of a feather on craft foam to create a printing plate (find this technique in Doodles Unleashed!)
  • Scribble art journaling blocks with colored pencils
  • Draw a border with circles
  • Write a personal mantra onto a page with permanent paint pens
  • Place letter stencils on a page and spray through stencil with paint
  • Stamp red circles on the edge of a journal page
  • Write and draw with a pipette filled with India ink or acrylic ink

In Doodles Unleashed, I share the idea of creating a doodle jumpstart jar. Be inspired to write your own prompts by flipping through your favorite books or magazines (or just print out the prompts in this post) and add them to your jumpstart jar. Whenever you are in need of an idea, grab a prompt from the jar and start making marks on the page!

A few more ideas on how to be inspired by artwork:

  • Choose two colors from the color scheme of a piece of art and use them to paint a background page.
  • Turn artwork upside down. Choose a line or shape and draw your own doodle on the page.
  • Use the theme of a painting to inspire your journaling (i.e. if the painting depicts flowers, brainstorm a list of adjectives related to flowers. Write, paint, or doodle an artful response to the words).

Leave a comment to share your creative prompts and ideas to jumpstart your own artistic process!

Happy art journaling and doodling!

Traci

A giant “Thank you!” to Traci for sharing her artistic insights today. Her book, Doodles Unleashed, is now available at The Shoppe. Order yours at 10% off the retail price until March 30th at 12pm.

 

Traci Bautista is a mixed media artist, designer, teacher, and author of the bestselling book, Collage Unleashed, and her recent release, Doodles Unleashed. Her art has been featured in over 15 art and mixed-media books and 40 craft magazines, including Somerset Studio, Altered Couture, Where Women Create, Art Journaling, Art Quilting Studio, Belle Armoire, and Somerset Digital Studio. She designs licensed product lines, Collage Pauge adhesive, and {kolLAJ} paper crafts. Her passion for sharing art has led her on a worldwide tour teaching mixed-media workshops. To learn about her new REFINE the Doodle online workshop series, visit: http://kollaj.typepad.com/doodles_unleashed/.

To follow Traci’s creative adventures, online workshops & digital boutique visit her website http://www.treicdesigns.com or blog http://kollaj.typepad.com.



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We are thrilled to have Traci Bautista stopping by Somerset Place on her blog tour for her new book, Doodles Unleashed! Read on to learn about her passion for incorporating a variety of media and handwritten techniques into her art journaling process. I was able to share my story, inspirations, and recent artwork in an […]

Baggy Book DIY to Store Ephemera Treasures!

March 15th, 2012

Are you guilty of stashing away theatre tickets, tour passes, and other miscellaneous souvenirs with the intention of eventually doing something with them, only to find these long lost tokens at the bottom of your purse a year later?

Don’t worry, we’ve all been there. This album project includes plenty of extra pockets to artfully display and store your treasured ephemera. Add photographs, letters, ticket stubs, and much more to the vertical pockets, and stash your smaller mementos in the inside bag pockets.

Materials:

Large White Paper Bags
Polka Dot Bigger Bitty Bags Red
Notebook Middy Bitty Bags
Spring Jubilee Petite Paper Pack 6 x6″
Spring Jubilee Clear Stamp Set
Spring Jubilee Collage Cards
Screen Print Washi Tapes – Birds & Floral
Screen Print Washi Tapes – Wood & Floral
Screen Print Washi Tapes – Doily & Hearts
Binderie Punch with Starter Kit
Small Binding Rings Multipack Angelo

Instructions

  1. Choose the number of bags that work for your purpose. Our Shoppe Manager used four large bags for this project.
  2. Begin by folding each large paper bag into quarters, and fold the smaller bitty bags in half.
  3. Assemble the album by stacking each folded bag on top of the other.
  4. Add the smaller bitty bags and vintage collage cards in between the pages as desired.
  5. Use the binding machine to punch holes in the book and bind together with red rings.
  6. Embellish the pages using the colorful Spring Jubilee papers.
  7. Add decorative strips of Hambly Screen Prints Washi Tapes to accent each page.
  8. Stamp the butterfly design from the Spring Jubilee stamp set onto the front cover.
  9. Punch words or phrases with a manual label maker for an added bit of vintage flair.
  10. Print out your favorite black and white photographs, and start archiving your adventures and souvenirs!

Click here for additional detailed photos.

 

Loving this unique way to craft with bags? Check out these similar projects from The Studio:

Layered Paper Bag Cards

PB & J Sandwich Bags

Girls’ Night In Gift Bags

Project and photo by Vanessa Spencer

 

Have you used bags in an interesting and creative way? Tell us in the comments below or send your ideas and photos to blog@stampington.com!



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Are you guilty of stashing away theatre tickets, tour passes, and other miscellaneous souvenirs with the intention of eventually doing something with them, only to find these long lost tokens at the bottom of your purse a year later? Don’t worry, we’ve all been there. This album project includes plenty of extra pockets to artfully […]

Celebrate Youth Art Month with a Free Article Download!

March 12th, 2012

March is National Youth Art Month! Founded in 1961, Youth Art Month encourages art advocates and organizations to raise awareness about the important role that art education has in enriching and strengthening the minds of students.

In observance of this national celebration, we would like to offer you a bit of insight into inspiring the children in your life. Please enjoy this free article download from the premiere issue of Create With Me. We hope that it encourages you to share the gift of creativity by introducing similar projects into their daily routine.

Spread the word about National Youth Art Month! Here are some ideas:

  • Volunteer to teach a curriculum-based art project to your child’s class
  • Reach out to your blogging network and organize a blog hop advocating Youth Art Month
  • Donate a basket of art supplies to an underprivileged school district
  • Institute the Reflections program through the PTA at your child’s school
  • Organize a school-wide bookmark decorating contest. Display them around the school so the kids can see their masterpieces!

Click here to download the article!

How can you raise awareness about the arts in your community? Tell us in the comments below!

 

Artwork from Create With Me Summer ’11 by Danika, Zoey, and Bethany Kartchner

 



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March is National Youth Art Month! Founded in 1961, Youth Art Month encourages art advocates and organizations to raise awareness about the important role that art education has in enriching and strengthening the minds of students. In observance of this national celebration, we would like to offer you a bit of insight into inspiring the […]

An Upcycled DIY: Sweet Springtime Baskets

March 8th, 2012

Springtime DIY: Sweet Pastel Baskets

My best friend was feeling a bit blue last spring when she couldn’t spend Easter with her family, so I turned our apartment into an Easter egg hunt arena. I hid little notes in each egg that contained a hint to the location of the next one. She was brimming with smiles by the end of her hunt, and we celebrated the holiday at our favorite brunch spot.

If you’re on the hunt for a cute and simple spring project to brighten someone’s day, your search ends here. Collect your own scavenger hunt treasures in these sweet spring baskets—and then display them on a table or mantel to decorate your home.  This easy-to-assemble project celebrates going “green” and calls for everyday materials that might be found in your kitchen!  Discover how our Shoppe Manager gave empty egg cartons a fresh coat of paint and turned them into a darling craft DIY. For more projects that you can create from recycled materials, check out GreenCraft Magazine.

 

Materials

Eco Green Crafts acrylic paint (green and pink)
Wire
Wire cutters
Seam binding ribbon

 

Instructions

  1. Cut out a mini basket from an old egg carton and paint it any desired color.
  2. Once the paint has dried, punch two small holes in each basket.
  3. Thread the wire through the holes on each basket to create the handles.
  4. Secure the wire by wrapping the excess wire around the handle. Use wire cutters and tuck in the end to minimize sharpness.
  5. Tie a bow to the top of each handle with seam binding ribbon.
  6. Finish your basket off with decorative excelsior and a few Easter eggs in pretty pastel shades.

 

Happy hunting! For more projects with a springtime twist, visit The Studio.

What fond springtime memories do you have? Share in the comments below!


Project and photo by Vanessa Spencer


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My best friend was feeling a bit blue last spring when she couldn’t spend Easter with her family, so I turned our apartment into an Easter egg hunt arena. I hid little notes in each egg that contained a hint to the location of the next one. She was brimming with smiles by the end […]

A Glimpse Inside: March Issues!

March 5th, 2012

It’s time to break out the gardening gloves and start planting your creative ideas. Spring for these brand-new issues that are available now! Take a peek at the spreads below, and if you like what you see, receive FREE SHIPPING with this exclusive offer for our blog readers.

Use Promo Code: BLOG0312*

 

This Spring issue of Somerset Apprentice will be your go-to publication for easy-to-follow instructions and close-up photos of fabulous techniques from the creative minds of Rebecca Sower, Ruth Rae, and Cynthia Shaffer. Hone your artistic skills and pick up new ones with gel medium transfer tutorials and DIY stencil instructions. With creative minds like Mindy Lacefield and Jessica Swift providing creative direction, you’ll be well on your way to creating works of art!

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Spring is blossoming all over the pages of this issue of Belle Armoire Jewelry! Teach yourself how to style earthy bracelets from shells and leather scraps and create rings out of silver and wax materials. Enjoy a special Designer Collection by Deryn Mentock that will leave you eager to get out your tools and wear your own creations. The joyful spring season is the perfect time to get your sparkle on!

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The sunny skies of spring are reflected in this issue of Take Ten with more than 300 new card designs that are easy to make and fun to give. Recreate the light springtime color palette of guest artist Michelle Woerner’s delightful cards, and add a burst of yellow to your brunch parties with cute and simple place cards that will have all of your guests swooning! “Take ten” for yourself and enjoy an artistic afternoon!

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Vibrant splashes of turquoise and magenta hues dance along the Venice canals on the cover of this Somerset Studio issue. Discover the jewel-toned hues of Traci Bautista’s artwork as she shares her drawing, painting, and doodling process. Learn how to DIY your own washi tape, see how an artist deconstructs vintage books, and fuel your love of creativity with the beautiful artist papers that are included in this stunning issue.

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You’re in for a treat with this issue of Where Women Cook–the only reason you’ll put it down is to whip something up! This magazine provides a hearty dose of captivating stories about women with a passion for cooking and recipe for success. Take a tour through the Enchanted Candy Store and enjoy recipes for Blue Ribbon Carrot Cake, Vegetarian Wheat Pizza, and Raspberry Tarts, plus many more mouth-watering dishes!

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When the digital and handmade worlds collide, you get a page-turning issue of Somerset Digital Studio, jam-packed with new digitally altered designs and techniques. Be inspired by the “Illuminating Phrases” of Alisa Holland and learn how Amandine Deroo transforms her scrapbook layouts into fantastical masterpieces. Dive into the world of iPhone-ography and capture the spirit of everyday life on the go!

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*Free shipping offer applies to U.S. purchases of the following March 2012 issues only: Belle Armoire Jewelry, Somerset Apprentice, Somerset Digital Studio, Somerset Studio, Take Ten, and Where Women Cook. Discount code cannot be combined with any other offer and expires 3/31/12.

 



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It’s time to break out the gardening gloves and start planting your creative ideas. Spring for these brand-new issues that are available now! Take a peek at the spreads below, and if you like what you see, receive FREE SHIPPING with this exclusive offer for our blog readers. Use Promo Code: BLOG0312*   This Spring […]