A fun art journal tutorial to release frustration!

Today I have spent too many hours working, researching and finding out stuff that didn’t please me…
As a result I am feeling quite frustrated and I may just throw both my keyboard and mouse at my computer screen 😉

Because I work in my studio all day, with usually only my dog to talk to (yeah, see where this is going??  That’s when you go ke-ray-zay!), then it is so easy to end up stewing in a negative headspace for hours without even realising!

But, as soon as I noticed this happening, I try to turn things around into a more positive and useful situation…

First, I just stop everything and walk away… It doesn’t have to be for long! Sometimes 5 minutes is enough to ”reset” your mind but, if you can leave things alone even longer then you will feel more refreshed.

Then, my favourite way to release tension and frustration is to go nuts in my art journal:)

It’s easy, free and nobody has to see it. And, if the results turn out to be really ugly (yikes!!! Frustration isn’t usually pretty!), that’s ok because that wasn’t the goal anyway and all you have to do is cover it up later on (shhhh… no-one will ever know).

Follow me along, I’ll show you how I release my frustration in a really easy and quick way! At the end, negative feelings are replaced with relief, happiness and a pretty cool art journal page (yay me) that could also be a background for something else later. Obviously that doesn’t make issues go away but at least you will have a clearer mind to tackle them.

Let me know if this art journal tutorial helps you in any way by leaving me a comment below…


Supplies used:
– various hand carved stamps by Yours Truly (but just use ANY stamp you have, as long as they all a similar ie either use ”delicate” designs or ”chunky” designs but avoid mixing both – what is on there is NOT important so use shapes, words, flowers, texture, whatever you have laying around)
– Stazon ink pad in Stone Grey and Tsukineko moonlight white (the colour and brand you have doesn’t matter as long as you can paint over later without smudging)
– various colours of acrylic paint (I used Liquitex Art Basics in quinacridone magenta, cadmium yellow deep hue, light blue permanent, brilliant purple + Matisse cadmium yellow light + Jo Sonja yellow green + white – again, use whatever colours/brands you have)
– rubber tool to create texture (try a piece of corrugated cardboard or any other tool to allow you to create some kind of texture)
– a black pen (I used a 0.7mm black Posca)

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Studio Time 10 - free mixed media art journal tutorial with Mimi BondiStudio Time 10 - free mixed media art journal tutorial with Mimi Bondi

Studio Time 10 - free mixed media art journal tutorial with Mimi Bondi

Studio Time 10 - free mixed media art journal tutorial with Mimi Bondi

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