Art Journal Page – Martin Luther King Jr.

I’ve been crazy busy lately, but I did want to take the time today to make an art journal page for Martin Luther King Jr. Day. I included one of my favorite quotes: “Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.” Each day the world feels more fragmented and there’s a lot of fighting over what makes us different. With so much focus on the differences it’s hard to remember the humanness that makes us all the same, so I always appreciate these positive messages of love and hope.

Art Journal Page - Martin Luther King Jr.

Art Journal Page – Martin Luther King Jr.
Supplies: watercolor, rubber stamps & ink, gel pen, washi tape, pen, chalk

I’m not usually into the “grungy” backgrounds (I usually make them too dark. I have to work on it!), but I got some new art supplies over the holidays that I wanted to try out. The background was done with watercolor pencil and I used ink pads stamped directly onto the paper. After that, I used a rubber stamp with text. I’ve really just started discovering stamping and I think it’s going to be an interesting technique to explore. The embellishments were done with black pen and gel pen, while the white highlights were done with chalk.

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Do you have a favorite Martin Luther King, Jr. quote? Why is it your favorite?

Handmade Holiday Cards 2014

I’m not sure when it clicked in my mind that I could combine my art journaling techniques with card-making, but when I did my interest in it really took off. I think I really started getting into handmade holiday cards a year or so ago. Before that, I remember doing it on occasion just for fun, but now almost every card I make is handmade in one way or another.

Some of the supplies I used to craft my 2014 holiday cards.

Some of the supplies I used to craft my 2014 holiday cards.

If I had to describe my current style, I would say it’s simple. It’s usually just a mixture of paper collage, markers, pens, puff paints, and stickers (specifically Hello Kitty ones!). This year I decided to dress it up a little bit with some festive washi tape and rhinestones. I’m still learning which techniques and products I prefer, but I’m enjoying trying new things out with each special season.

This year’s cards have already been mailed and I’m really looking forward to people getting them! Sometimes I wonder if people realize how much fun it is for me to make these things. I usually try to select an individual theme for each card that I think the person would like. Even though it takes a lot of time to pull that concept together into a tangible card, I enjoy seeing my friends and family happy and sharing a little piece of what I love.

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Do you make your own cards? What’s your favorite part about it?