Monday, September 19, 2011

inspiration monday


 here's an easy way to create a journal page using a simple stencil that you already have, or one you've cut yourself!   the first thing to do is trace your stencil shape onto your paper using a pencil.  (i've used three different index cards that have a different size of rectangle cut out of each, and then i traced them into a grid-pattern on my page.  you can use any size, shape or combination of different shapes, etc......the sky's the limit!)




now take your stencil and move it around on top of a favorite image until you find something that's pleasing to your eye.  (my image here is a page from a pottery barn catalog, but anything will work!)  now draw the cropped image onto a corresponding shape on your paper.




then use watercolor, acrylic, colored pencil, or whatever your favorite medium to add some color to your drawing.  (i've used watercolor, and then added details with a micron pen).




now just fill in all of your shapes using your image and your stencil,
 and you have a finished journal page!


{this page in my pottery barn journal was completed using koi watercolors, 
watercolor pencils, waterbrush, micron pens, graphite pencil, and cut stencils}





34 comments:

Fran said...

What a wonderful idea!! Thank you so much Lori for all your inspiration. Sometimes getting started is the hardest part, not knowing where to begin. You've shared some great ways to get started and I really appreciate that!

Jeanette said...

Lori, What a fascinating approach and technique. I'll have to give that a try. As I stared at a blank page this morning, you have once again illuminated the path to inspiration! Hope you have a splendid week. xoxo, Jeanette

Betty Jo said...

Incredible! Thanks so much Lori. Doing the squares first, will make that white page look less intimidating. You make me look forward to Mondays!!

Doda said...

That is a fabulous idea! I LOVE it. I'll need to try that. It makes a wonderful looking page!

Isabel said...

I just LOVE all these journal pages!!!!!! You totally inspire me:O) Thanks for sharing:O)

Martina said...

I always admire the way every page turns out so perfect! In my art journal, it looks much more messy ...but then, they are just for me to capture my ideas. Anyway, i lil' piece of your qualities would do me good Lori! xx

Chel said...

I just LOVE this so very much- this journal is rocking my world. I love Pottery Barn but I like your version of it even better!!

Dalyce said...

I think this is an awesome idea! I am totally doing this. thanks for the inspiration.

Linda Farmer said...

Great idea! Just discovered your blog recently and I'm really enjoying watching your Pottery Barn journal develop - it's just lovely. Thanks for sharing your ideas and images.

garden clippings said...

this is wonderful!! Lori, make sure to stop by and enter my giveaway this week!!

Anonymous said...

I am so glad that I found your blog, it is every time a joy to read and to look at your beautiful drawings!
Esther

nancybabb said...

Girl! You are just TOO BRILLIANT!!

Sandrine said...

Thank you for those tips. They are so well done that make me want to do one !

Marie aka Grams said...

Lori, It occurs to me that you have already written a book, with all the ideas you put forth. Why don't you just gather them into one volume, and put it in your ETSY shop? I'd buy them all for Christmas gifts. You are amazing and prolific. xoxo

Createology said...

I am enjoying your journal pages so much. This is truly a welcoming and inviting vignette of a front porch. Marvelous Monday and wonderful week to you...

IsaNorris said...

Amazing inspiring work, as always... and it made me smile (will email you why)
isa

Jessica said...

Your work is so lovely. Love to see it.

Anonymous said...

What a wonderful idea!! Thank you so much Lori for all your inspiration. Sometimes getting started is the hardest part, not knowing where to begin. You've shared some great ways to get started and I really appreciate that! Lori, What a fascinating approach and technique. I'll have to give that a try. As I stared at a blank page this morning, you have once again illuminated the path to inspiration! Hope you have a splendid week. Incredible! Thanks so much Lori. Doing the squares first, will make that white page look less intimidating. You make me look forward to Mondays!! That is a fabulous idea! I LOVE it. I'll need to try that. It makes a wonderful looking page!
I just LOVE all these journal pages!!!!!! You totally inspire me:O) Thanks for sharing:O) I always admire the way every page turns out so perfect! In my art journal, it looks much more messy ...but then, they are just for me to capture my ideas. Anyway, i lil' piece of your qualities would do me good Lori! xx
I just LOVE this so very much- this journal is rocking my world. I love Pottery Barn but I like your version of it even better!!
I think this is an awesome idea! I am totally doing this. thanks for the inspiration. Great idea! Just discovered your blog recently and I'm really enjoying watching your Pottery Barn journal develop - it's just lovely. Thanks for sharing your ideas and images.this is wonderful!! Lori, make sure to stop by and enter my giveaway this week!! I am so glad that I found your blog, it is every time a joy to read and to look at your beautiful drawings. Girl! You are just TOO BRILLIANT!! Thank you for those tips. They are so well done that make me want to do one. Lori, It occurs to me that you have already written a book, with all the ideas you put forth. Why don't you just gather them into one volume, and put it in your ETSY shop? I'd buy them all for Christmas gifts. You are amazing and prolific. xoxo I am enjoying your journal pages so much. This is truly a welcoming and inviting vignette of a front porch. Marvelous Monday and wonderful week to you... Amazing inspiring work, as always... and it made me smile (will email you why)

I could not have said it any better than your 16 previous commentaries. xXx

Jessie May said...

Lori, I was just thinking, you should publish a book, then I read Marie's comment, so I'm not alone in my thoughts. Inspiration Monday makes Mondays happy!

LuckyDog said...

Yay, it's Inspiration Monday!!!
Love it, love it, love it!

Becky Shander said...

This is a terrific idea with so many possibilities...definitely a great way to start off the week.

Debbie said...

i love this idea lori and can't wait to try it! Your journal page is great!

Shirley said...

I really like this! And thank you once again for showing us your step by step methods. That helps so much!

Colleen - the AmAzINg Mrs. B said...

Yeeeah..love this as well. On to my pinboard :-)

Shirley said...

OK, I'm back again. Really loving this journal. I just watched the two videos for making the journal. I need to go buy some paper! I never understood what kind of thread she used to sew the journal. What do you use? And I actually like your style better...the white page journal. I'm happy that Hobby Lobby has a 40% coupon this week! LOL!

upstateLisa said...

I love it! I just love your lines!!!!

rachel awes said...

your entryway
is always
inviting
& i'm so glad
to be here
*xo*

We Three 3 said...

i love the idea of using the stencils! something so simple:))
Thanks for the great idea. Love your art:))

**CREATIVE CARMELINA** said...

I like it! I like it! I will try this! thanks!

Your blog is so refreshing to me....I mean really and truly! Have yourself a creative day!

ciao bella


Creative Carmelina

Lludria said...

I love that idea! Thank you to share, Lori ♥

Jean McNulty said...

Amazing. I love your artwork:)

Melisa said...

Great idea! I'll try it. What kind of sketchbook is that?

Jancalligrapher said...

I love the image of the porch. VERY inviting and your drawing and lettering are wonderful. So fun.

PeaceSeeker said...

Absolutely wonderful! I love the idea of creating little "windows" of art. Kinda breaks the mean old nasty blank page down to something much more doable!

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