For the month of June, the Micro Art Journaling Facebook Group is doing an interesting challenge. There is a “cloud” of prompts. When you have a list, people usually start and the top and work their way down. With a cloud (the prompts are placed randomly positioned in an image) there is no starting, ending, or ordering. You can just choose randomly. So, the first one I’ve done, is “a shoe”.

I follow the Traveler’s Notebook Forum on Facebook. It’s one of those places I check every day just to see the eye candy. This week, they’ve started their 5th Anniversary Celebration with lots of challenges and prizes. The first challenge is to create a Vision Board insert for your Traveler’s Notebook. This seemed like a perfect thing to do for my classic-size, Webster’s Pages, soft pink TN. I used scrapbook paper to create the folder initial folder.

I get asked all the time: “How small IS your art journal.” Well, they say a picture is worth a thousand words… However, I’m still going to say a few! On the left is my Passport Traveler’s Notebook from Chris.W on Amazon. On the right is the A8-sized Traveler’s notebook that I use as my art journal. As you can see, the A8 is much smaller, and the inserts are even smaller than the cover.

This layout, in my Tiny Traveler’s Notebook Art Journal, is all about taking risks. It started with a page from a magazine that featured images of the spines of books, decorated in gold. I loved the rich, old-world, wealthy, royal look of them. They reminded me of a castle library somewhere in England. So, I decide to use regal colors of purple, red and gold to paint on the page.

A spring layout in my Tiny (A8) Traveler’s Notebook! I was putting this together over the weekend, and I kept thinking of Easter and Spring. It made me think of how pretty the gardens are this time of year. I loved the pink and green combination that developed as I practiced making grass-like strokes with them. The base design ended up looking so pretty. I deliberately looked for a stencil with a variety of flower shapes to add to the page.

This was a struggle. I loved the underlying colors (you can’t see the silver, but it is there,) and design. I loved the flowers and the black design on the left. And then a period of time went by, and I tried to finish this last night so I could post it for today. You know what? That’s not a good reason to make art. I have lost the flow, I’m tired now.

As I was creating the background for this layout, I had nothing specific in mind for finishing it. I just liked the soothing, calm colors. I got to the point where I felt it was finished, but I didn’t know what to add for a focal point. So I went window shopping in the stamp cabinet. I was drawn to the rowing person. To me, it also was calm and serene.

I found this sign in the magazine that I was tearing up to make these pages. I loved the colors and the shapes of the letters. So I cut it out, not having a total plan in mind at the time. Yesterday, I was looking at it, and I also found scraps of papers with the pink and orange colors, so I decided to make this page. In particular, I wanted strong, swirly shapes that reminded me of air, and breathing.

Sometimes it’s hard to know when to stop. This one almost got away from me. I am making a larger Mermaid book, so I thought I would turn this page into a tiny version of one of the quotes. It didn’t originally start with that in mind. Originally, I was going with the influence of dots and circles. But the colors were so watery looking, I just went for it.

I am definitly falling in love with this style. I’m considering doing it on a larger scale when I finish this month’s self-challenge! This started with some red strips torn from a magazine advertisement. I decided to add some strips of black scrapbook paper with a check pattern. At that point I made the decision to go with black, white and red only to see if I could make it work.

Another spready in my tiny, Traveler’s Notebook art journal. This one uses the same materials as yesterday. However, it turned out to be more of a challenge. I am enjoying the process of these. But now I’m wishing for more pen colors. I may have to switch to acrylic paint to get what I envision! #microart #microartjournal #miniatureartjournal #miniartjournal #miniatureart #tinyjournalnation #allthingstiny #allthingsminiature #microartjournaling #tinyartjournal #travelersnotebook

I haven’t posted any pictures from my tiny TN art journals in a while, so I thought I would show you the one I did yesterday. The materials used here are torn design paper, matte medium, Posca pens, stamps, Archival ink, metallic gel pens and regular gel pen. This is a fairly simple technique that creates a big impact. I am really happy with the way it came out.

I have a few, very tiny Traveler’s Notebooks that I actually purchased. These are from Chris.W. The leather is very nice. Stiff, but sturdy. The come with two, fat inserts, with 20 sheets in each for a total of 40 pages in each. The size of the insert is almost A9, but they are a little bit shorter and definitly not as wide. You can purchase refills from the same link, above.

This is the third portrait in my tiny art journal. This three-quarter view was challenging in that there is some differences to the features on the right side of the face. I had some trouble with it, but over all it’s ok. On a side note, the reason I skipped over a page is that I had to find some paper to put between the first two pages before I could draw on page three.

I decided to use the side that had a bit more mahogany coloring to make the cover! I absolutely love the way this turned out. Although it doesn’t show up in the photo above, there are some metallic touches on the gears. They’re subtle, so you have to move it about in the light to actually see them easily. This photo came out distorted, but the cover actually is a real rectangle.