Tuesday, April 30, 2013


Hello to all you wonderful and amazing crafty people out there! Today, I have a question for you... a simple one, but be honest :) Have you ever watched a youtube video about your particular craft, be it drawing, scrapbooking, knitting, etc?

I have. Tons of them. There is so much to be gleaned out there, from various techniques to learning the ins and outs of a myriad of materials, etc... and youtube is a wonderous avenue where anyone can make a video on their topic, post it up, and sit back while the world enjoys it. Amazing... I know, I know... it's nothing new, but still is a fantastic avenue to pursue.

That being said, I would love to be able to make a youtube video (or several) on my joys while art journaling. I have a bright, fun personality, and I just know a video would be a blast to make. Everyone makes youtube videos these days! The only trouble is... all I have is my digital camera. It can record videos, but I've no editing technology. I wouldn't even know how to add music to said video.

So, does anyone out there know how I could go about editing a simple video? Perhaps speeding up certain sections, adding music here or there, etc? Maybe even there are some of you who edit videos for fun themselves, and would consider doing it for someone else? I am not sure if that's done out there, but I imagine it might be.

So, please comment or email me at tracksaloquin@yahoo.com and let me know, as this is definitely something I would love to accomplish! And thank you, everyone :) Please enjoy the pictures of a journal spread that I've completed, and some ACEOs that I'm working on... having fun using doilies as masks :) And my 2 year old decided to add her little scribble to the very last one... kinda digging it, now :)

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Back In The Swing of Things

Hi! Life sure keeps one busy! Make sure you sneak in a little time, though, to do some art... you must keep the creative juices flowing! Here are some pages I've been working on in a new art journal I've made for one of my 21 Secrets workshops.

I have been learning a lot through the 21 Secrets workshops, and I'm very grateful that I decided to be a part of it. I've only really gotten involved thus far with 3 of the many workshops, and though I'm not done with any of them yet, perhaps the most valuable thing I've learned so far is that you don't have to be so serious.

I am having a lot of fun, just experimenting and, well, playing. See, I've read in various books and blogs that you can just let go and play, mess around, have FUN with your art journals. And while I DO have fun, I typically try and create the best art I can in my journals.

I never really was able to not try and be "spot on". I figured that with my materials and limited time, I had better make something awesome. LOL, and while I didn't always hit the mark with the "awesome", I DID work hard and create pieces that I was very pleased with. But, upon taking one particular workshop titled "Jump in Puddles", I'm learning that playing around and just having fun WITHOUT trying to create the best art ever DOES create great art! I'm actually quite pleased with what I've been making so far :)

I completely altered one of my children's books that was slightly ripped. I glued down printer paper and added magazine cut outs and various mixed media techniques, and the best part about it is that it didn't have to be PERFECT. I didn't measure anything! I just placed this here and that there, and while it is certainly not meticulous, I am loving it nonetheless!

So, if you are just beginning in the wonderful world of art journaling, don't let the videos on youtube control you. Use them for inspiration, sure, but don't feel as though you've got to do exactly as they do. I am still becoming comfortable with the fact that I have to make my pages MY OWN without trying to emulate the work of others, but I'm getting there. And so will you! Just begin!

And, at the risk of sounding repetitive... "Just Have Fun!" :)

If you have any questions about techniques or materials used here in this altered book, feel free to leave a comment, and I'll get back to you promptly. Have a great day!

Monday, April 1, 2013

21 Secrets!!!

Happy Spring (albeit, a tad bit late...) but nonetheless, it was well-worth waiting for :)

I am happy to say that today, April 1, the wonderful Art Journal Online Workshop "21 Secrets" has begun! You can find out about it here! It promises to be a whole lot of fun! I am super-eager to get started :)

Easter was so nice :) Kyle and Jubilee had a blast, and I actually requested off from work on Sunday so I was able to go to church. It as well-worth it! Here are my precious little bunnies ;)

So I was working on an art journal page yesterday, and I thought it would be fun to do some layers. I initially collaged with a bit of papers, then sprayed some inks... it looked awesome! But, alas, I HAD to add some gesso... and I must admit, the page lost some of it's appeal. The gesso mixed with the ink (even though I thought it was dry!) and basically just made a bit of a muddy mess... oh well, I know I can fix it, but still... I hate when you're totally loving a page (or painting) and then you do something to it, and... ugh! Ever happen to you?