All posts tagged: mixed media

Journaling as an active meditation

Of the countless forms of meditation we can use, journaling offers its own unique benefits. Most meditations help empty the mind of concerns and bring positive ideas from our mental landscape, but journaling helps us anchor that experience in the material world. Not every person is attracted to meditating in seated silence, and journal meditation is a nice alternative as an active meditation. It allows us to trace our journey and see where we have grown and what lessons we may be repeating. By employing a different part of the brain than creative or inspired thought, writing or typing a journal or art journaling can create a greater sense of connection and union with our physical selves and the world around us. I find putting my thoughts down on paper as an art or plain writing really helps me clear the clutter in my mind and in my soul. When I was younger,  I used to worry a lot about people reading my thoughts, and it kept me from truly expressing myself. Now, I don’t …

Incoming and Outgoing Mails for the month of June

Hello everyone! First, I must apologize for the very long absence (again) here on WP. Life has taken over again and to top it all, I was having headaches every time I went online or read or wrote a letter and making art even. I thought I was having some eye problems that I needed to visit the eye doctor again. Long story short, all the eye examinations were normal and no eye grade changes since last year. Although everything were found to be normal, I was still bothered with headaches every morning, only to find out that the coffee I was drinking every day was way too strong for my system. I estimated it that one cup was equal to 7 cups, so, imagine myself putting all those caffeine in my body everyday for so many weeks and it got me worried because I was at a point when I would have shortness of breath and couldn’t sleep without layers of pillows on my back to support me. I was literally sleeping half upright. Lesson …

Incoming and Outgoing Mails for April

Hello everyone, here’s a little update of all the mail art that I’ve so far received and sent for this month. INCOMING: This incoming mail is from one of my best and favorite pen pals in Malaysia. She sent me these cute tags which I will probably be using on my Travelers Notebook free diary insert. And since we are both Buddhists, she’s made sure to pick up some postcards for me when she visited Cambodia a few months ago. Another beautiful incoming is from my long time pen friend Michelle from Arizona. She is one of the kindest friends I’ve ever met on IG and I am so thankful for the friendship that we’ve built for three years now. Even if I am not sure on how to use this just yet, still I am so in love with the personalized pages in this mini zine. I really truly appreciate friends who send me original works of art and that’s what I enjoy doing too, sending them small pieces of my art. OUTGOING: I …

Colors on my Traveler’s Notebook

Colors, I just love colors. And I loved how this page turned out because I didn’t have any idea where this was going when I started it. ​First, on my Traveler’s Notebook, I adhered a bubble painted paper for my background. To do the bubble painted paper: 1. Add warm water in a basin or in any wide mouth container. Add shampoo to water and make bubbles, a lot of bubbles. Add more shampoo if bubbles do not form easily. 2. Add drops of ink spray in different colors. Do not stir the bubbles after adding ink. 3. Place paper on top and just leave it there for a while until it is fully saturated with colored bubbles. Lift the paper when you’re content with the result and let dry.​ Next, I added an image using one of the photo transfer techniques that I love to use. 4. Cut an image you like from a magazine. 5. Adhere clear packing tape on it. Make sure that edges of the tape overlap each other. 6. Soak or spray …

Art Journal Delight

When I work on my art journal, I explore all kinds of media techniques like printmaking, sewing (with paper), collage, doodling, stamping, painting or drawing. And on this set of art pages, I simply used everyday things to incorporating photography to layering to making colorful backgrounds to using different techniques in photo transfer. I have gathered up my favorite ways to fill these art journal pages. If somehow I have some free time to fill up, I can maybe share a few favorite simple techniques on how to fill and face a blank page. But for now, just be content on appreciating them all.

Mail Box Art

Not so long ago, I turned one of my many empty letter set boxes (from letter sets, of course) into a mixed media mail art which I later sent to one of my few mail swap friends in Arizona. I filled it with everything that I have personally hand crafted from passport sized journal to doodled book pages to stickers to altered pencil (similar to this ) to a wrist mala and of course some coffee packets in different flavors. If you have these kinds of boxes… no, don’t throw them away. You can still make use of them like what I did to this letter set box. How I did it: Secure one side of the box with a tape and leaving the other side open where your recipient can open from. Using a gel medium, cover the box with collage paper, old book pages or any scraps that you have in your stash. Let it dry for a few hours before proceeding with the next step. Add on some colorful acrylic paints by …