You know when you see something and it speaks to your soul? That happened to me the other day when I fell in LOVE with an art journaling tutorial on Facebook. A friend posted a link to a post on the Mystic Tulip Mixed Media Facebook page. Find them (and Like them) on Facebook HERE.
Betty Franks Krause is a self-taught mixed media artist with a passion for color, texture and sharing what she creates. She shared a photo tutorial called Believe and when I saw it I was in awe. The colours, the details, all of it is amazing! The link to the tutorial is HERE.
Please, please go check out the full tutorial. As a sneak peek Betty has agreed to allow me to tease you with a couple tutorial photos!
This is the finished product!
I decided that it would improve my skills the most to follow the tutorial step by step, as well as I could. When I didn’t have access to certain materials I substituted something similar.
Here’s what I learned while creating this artwork:
- Sometimes you don’t end up with the look you are expecting, that’s okay, often the results are even better.
- Paint drops are unpredictable and that’s okay! It’s a huge opportunity to embrace whatever happens.
- I often don’t use enough layers in my projects. Part of why I love the “Believe” project is for the multitude of details and layers. I should do more layers more often!
I’m so pleased with this! It was messy, some parts didn’t work out
right as planned and it all turned out beautifully. It’s a great thing to get messy and to try something new!
Don’t forget you can see the full photo tutorial on Facebook HERE. You can also snag your own piece of Betty’s work from her shop at etsy HERE. Thank you Betty for inspiring me to get creative with my art journaling!
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Alice, this page looks fabulous! I love your words and your layered background! Thank you so much for referencing my FB page and Etsy shop! I really appreciate it!
I’m so happy that I could feature your amazing art! I love the inspiration!
Absolutely LOVE your “Hello” artwork – beautiful! I look forward to seeing more : )
Thank you Connie. I’m super excited about art journaling and have a few pages on the go already!
Alice, I’m so glad you gave this a try! Betty did such a great job with her photos and tutorial. Your page come out beautifully! Keep it up!
Thanks Kristie! I think I’ve caught the art journaling bug!
This is so exciting. I love your project. I really like Betty’s page and her tutorials too.
Thanks Gina! Betty’s art and her generosity in sharing it is amazing!
Alice what a beautiful piece of art. I have been trying a bit of Art journalling myself and Betty is very inspiring. Thank you so much for sharing your creation. I will be using it for my next inspired page in my journal.
Thank you Dietra! Be sure to enjoy the process, it’s fun being playful and seeing what turns out. Thanks for commenting!
They look awesome :):)