My daughter made some lovely art journals recently. She made some to give as gifts and some to use for herself. She watched a few tutorials online and then wanted to make her own.
How To Make DIY Art Journals
First, she gathered the materials and tools needed. She used resources we had on hand. She used recycled cereal boxes and granola bar boxes, glue, paper, decorative ribbons, foam stickers, pen, pencil, ruler, scissors, hole punch, cotton swabs, and markers for this project. She has plans to make more varieties of art journals using different fabric covers, beads, and sequins too.
Next she cut different sizes of boxes open, laid them flat and trimmed off what she did not need. Then she laid them flat on the paper to measure and leave a ledge of paper for folding over and cut off any excess paper. Then she glued the cardboard to the paper. Then folded over the ledge, creased the paper ledge, and glued the folded over portion to the cardboard.
She tried two different applications for glue. She tried using liquid glue spread with a q-tip on some of her projects, and she used an extra strength glue stick on another projects. She said both types of glue worked fine, but the glue stick dried a little nicer than the liquid glue as it tended to leave a wrinkle if she applied too much.
Next she cut different lined and colored papers to the desired size. She used a variety of plain, colored, and lined paper to create lots of opportunities for sketches, water color paintings, doodle art, and areas to write her thoughts on.
She hole punched the papers, and the outside covers.
Then she attached the papers to the cover with ribbon.
She inserted the ribbon through the holes and lined up the papers and repeated this a couple of times.
After several times of inserting the ribbon with her fingers, she found it was much easier to insert the ribbon with a large sewing needle.
These little books are so fun to make. Besides using these for art journals or writing journals and giving them as gifts, they would also make wonderful ABC books for younger kids, or use to write a story book, or make them into prayer journals too.
Next she decorated the outside of the art journals. On some of the journals she used foam stickers and ribbons, and on others she also used Magic Stix Markers by The Pencil Grip to make her designs.
Be sure to read the post about our experience using these markers to find out more.
She added in mini-pockets and mini-envelopes to the inside covers of some of the journals.
In some of those she plans to store special items like admission tickets to museums or pictures from flyers from she visits and in others she wants to put a pencil and eraser for sketching.
We also cut out some one time use watercolor paint pallets from unused activity books. You can find these at most stores in the dollar or coloring book section.
With these one time use paint pallets, all she needs is a dab of water and either a cotton swab or a paint brush. She can paint lovely watercolor pictures with the six colors that are included, and then throw away the little slip of paper and swab when the paint is used up.
We eventually plan to make reusable watercolor paint pallets with up cycled Altoid Tins and various lids, gum containers, and pill boxes. These are so cute!
These portable paint kits could be held in place inside her art journal with a rubber band or elastic ribbon.
In the future, she would like to add stamps, fabric and lace, buttons, beads, and sequins too. She will use her hot glue gun for embellishing the journals with these things.
I am sure she will have a lot of fun filling these books with colorful thoughts and art projects.
These DIY portable art journals were simple to make and turned out so cute!
Below are a few videos that might give you more ideas in creating your own DIY journals.
All six of my kids love using tempera paint “stix” by The Pencil Grip, Inc. We were recently sent 24 beautiful colors in their Thin Stix Creativity Pack to review in our home. The Pencil Grip, Inc is also offering one of their sets of Thin Stix as aGiveaway free to one of our readers.
Thin Stix Creativity Pack
There are many reasons you will want a set of Thin Stix Creativity Packs to use in your home or office.
12 Classic Colors
6 Neon Colors
6 Metallix Colors
Solid Tempera Paint Sticks
Easy To Use
Uncap, Twist & Paint
No Water Needed
Dries in 90 Seconds
Won’t Crack or Split
Paint like finish
Great for painting on poster paper, cardboard, wood, and canvas
Other surfaces too (we tried them out on lots of surfaces!)
These paints are great! They are MESS FREE and recommended for everyone 3 and older, and yes, adults have fun using them too! They are available at many big box and online stores. Thin Stix Creativity Pack retails for $24.99 and are currently on sale for $19.99 at BJ’s.
They offer a regular style called Kwik Stix and a thin style of Kwik Stix called Thin Stix. They also offer lots of colors. Check their website for information on the different sizes and various color sets they have available. Here is a video from The Pencil Grip, Inc demonstrating how to use their tempera paint stix.
How We Used Thin Stix:
I was thrilled to be given another wonderful opportunity to review Thin Stix with my kids! We love using Thin Stix in our home ever since we reviewed Thin Stix 6 Pack of Classic Colors earlier this year.
This kit is so much more! It has the bold 6 classic colors plus + more classic colors for a total of 12. Then it has 6 Neon colors plus 6 Metallix colors too, for a total of 24 vibrant colors of tempera paint sticks. The Metallix colors are really speacial because they have a sparkle effect that reflects the light.
Thin Stix are easy to use and hold on to that even my youngest kids can do art projects easily. It is as simple as taking off the cap and using them. If you need a little more paint, then you simply twist the bottom of the stick like a tube of chapstick. The paint comes up at the other end and you are ready to simply draw with them again. They are mess free and ready to paint with. There is no need for water and no clean up. I am always looking for projects my kids can do that are simple, and I especially like MESS FREE arts and crafts! Check out this short video that shows how mess free they really are:
Projects With Thin Stix Creativity Pack:
Here are a few of projects we have made with our Thin Stix Creativity Pack over the past few weeks. I am sure we will have many more great projects using these paints in our arts and crafts and school work this year. I have shared a few pictures below and I will link the stories about how we made these projects and what materials we used as I get them posted.
Art Class Fall Season Painting (Multimedia Art Books)
Art Class Wooden Creations (Popsicle Stick)
Organizer Container Art (Recycled Milk Jugs)
Organizer Container Art (Recycled Shampoo Bottles)
We took a walk and looked at trees and gathered a few fall leaves for inspiration and to inspect the colors of fall more closely.
The kids found similar colors in the Thin Stix and used their own creativity to paint a fall scene.
Organizer Container Art
(Thin Stix & Recycled Milk Jugs)
These are so cute! You can use them for just about anything you need to organize. Kids could use them for their Thin Stix and art supplies, Legos, crayons, etc. You could use them in your drawers to hold socks or miscellaneous items. You could use them to hold fruit (or candy) on the counter. It could hold napkins on the table as a cute centerpiece too.
My son loved personalizing his organizer!
Organizer Container Art
(Thin Stix & Recycled Shampoo Bottles)
These containers are so cute and just the right size. They are so simple to make. They are small enough to fit into a backpack or purse. They can hold a variety of things from art supplies, small journal, cell phone, camera, first aide, small sowing kit, to snacks, etc. They will make great gifts to give away too.
Lunch Box Art
(Thin Stix & Recycled Milk Jugs)
I can’t wait to share the finished product of this project. Stay tuned for another story. This was so easy to make and personalize using our Thin Stix. It can fit easily into a backpack or purse and hold a huge variety of of foods from sandwiches, juice boxes, granola bars, crackers, fruit, bags of veggies, fruit cups, yogurt, etc.
The lunch boxes are not water tight, but they will prevent your foods from getting smashed in your bag or backpack. It has a lid and is large enough to keep several loose items altogether, so it is easy to pull it out and have everything inside the lunch box without searching for something that got misplaced. These containers are special because you made them yourself. You can also use this to organize various non-food items too.
Butterfly Art & Science
(Thin Stix & Recycled Milk Jugs)
The kids had a lot of fun learning about butterflies and making their own creations.
Candle Flower Art
(Thin Stix & Recycled Milk Jugs) The kids had a lot of fun cutting out their petals, painting them with Thin Stix colors like Metalix Purple and Classic Purple, and hot glueing the petals together to create lovely flowers.
Then they attached a small tea candle in the center of the flower.
These lovely candle holders will look very pretty on our table, and we made some to give away too.
If you want a safer version without a flame, then instead of using real candles, use battery operated candles. They will look just as beautiful.
Birthday Cards Fall Theme
(Thin Stix & Paper & Construction Paper)
Get Well Cards
(Thin Stix & Paper & Construction Paper)
Projects With Thin Stix 6 Pk Classic Colors:
Here are a few projects we made using the Thin Stix 6 Pack of Classic Colors of tempera paints. Some of these have additional stories about making those projects and to read them, just click on the link.
(Thin Stix Tempera Paints Various Colors, Colored Pencils, Charcoal Pencils, Pencil Sharpener, Gel Pens, Water Colors, Multimedia Art Book, Sketch Pad, Recycled Zippered Container)
Father’s Day Cards
(Thin Stix, File Folder, Bible Verse)
(Thin Stix & Flower Pots)
I am also amazed how durable these paints are. I painted these pots with Thin Stix 6 Pack of Classic Colors several months ago. Even after the rains and later the scorching heat on the back deck all summer, the bugs and flowers we painted my pots have endured and still look great!
I really like the fact these tempera paints (Kwik Stix and Thin Stix) are mess free. I also like the fact they have so many applications, they are portable so you can take them with you, and you can use them to personalize your space, beyond just using them on a piece of paper.
Want to win a set of Thin Stix from The Pencil Grip, Inc? Then enter this giveway for a chance to win. Giveaway entries will be accepted between 11/9/17 and 11/22/17 for your chance to win. If you would kindly share this giveaway with your family, friends, and on your social media: facebook, twitter, pinterest, etc I would greatly appreciate your help in getting the word out. Be blessed and I hope you win!
This project is really simple and affordable. You can recycle or upcycle a used milk jug into a fun craft to decorate your home and also have a special gift to give away.
You will need:
Empty clean milk jug
Pencil or pen
hot glue or super glue
Paint of your choice. (we used Thin Stix tempera paints. See info below to enter our Giveaway!)
Cut out random size flower petal shapes from milk jug.
We cut about 7 small, 10 medium, and 8 large. Cut as many as you desire.
Paint the petals in the color (s) of your choice. Let the petals dry. If you desire a white flower, then leave the petals unpainted. The painted petals will give off a lovely reflection of light. The unpainted flower will glow with a beautiful soft light allowing you to almost see through the layers of the flower. It is up to you if you desire to paint them or leave them unpainted.
Glue the base of the petals together.
We found it easiest to start with the larger petals and then glue on the medium and we glued the small petals on last. Then place a dot of glue to attach the base of the candle to the flower.
If you want to use a candle version without a flame, then instead of using real candles, use battery operated candles. They look just like the real thing but are safer because there is an LED light instead of an open flame. You can find these at most big box retail stores and online. You can even find inexpensive ones at the Dollar Store for $1. The Dollar Store also carries the tea candles in packs of 8 for $1. These flower candles are not expensive to make, especially if you can make 8 of them with real candles for only $1.
Whether you choose to use a regular candle or a battery operated candle, either way they will look beautiful and be something homemade with a personal touch. They also help the environment by recycling or repurposing milk jugs that otherwise would have been thrown into the land fill. These lovely flower candles will become a special gift to give to loved ones and friends.