Evolution of a Digital Art Journal Page...

I decided the other night to take some screen shots as I was working on a digital art journal page. I've been posting them nightly to my Instagram account, but didn't want to overwhelm the blog with all this digital work -- I do so much more, like paintings, traditional pages, sketching, patterns, talismans, jewelry, resin casting....iPhoto is chuck-full of pictures to post! Have you noticed how much more I've been sharing, hrmm? 

When working digitally, I pull in all sorts of elements, from photos of older journal pages to found papers and "stencils" I've made! I work mostly in Procreate and use a Sensu stylus/brush (but don't pull out the brush very often!). The more you work with any tool & app, the better you get, so keep playing!


I'm planning out an e-course for digital art journaling...are you in?

Journal Jump Background Set #1 now available for download!

Hello, loves!

One thing I've wanted to do more of, since my fantastic Christmas gift of a tablet and my partnership with Roben-Marie last year, is digital elements. 

Digital journaling is just so much fun, and the elements can be used either on the computer in a collage, or printed out and used over and over again in a physical journal. 

But I also like to make backgrounds. Lots of them. And have decided to release them as high quality PNG files. Here's the first of (hopefully) many!


I'm a big fan of taking in-progress photos as I work, but this set of backgrounds was created specifically for others to download, print, and work on. 

Print them and study the layers I've created. 

Write your favorite quote with black ink and frame it.

Add more layers of paint & collage to make it your own!

Cut the print-outs apart and use them as collage fodder in your own journals.

Cut them apart on the computer and use them in digital work.

Work on the full page or half page -- use the parts you love! 


I'm hoping to release a few sets of these, using different color schemes, techniques, and layering. These are like snapshots out of my mind, caught while working. There is so much you can do! It's almost like getting four art journal page prints for the price of two. 

I've also included a letter just for YOU and a list of journaling prompts to get you started!


Journal Girl Journal Jump BG Set #1 // $12

I've already gotten lovely words from those who have already purchased the set, saying how beautiful they are and how inspired they've been to get journaling! I can't wait to see what you guys create! 


Please note! If you'd like to purchase this set, make sure you're on the computer you download things on when you do so (unlike an iPad or netbook), as you'll be redirected right away to a download link. I'd take the extra minute to create an account at the shoppe so you can go back in case you have problems (and you can totally put in a fake address!).

{kira's (revised) art journal supply list; free doodle PS brushes!}

clean & organized

When I re-organized my supplies for easier access and posted this picture, I never thought it would get more than maybe a few comments -- and most about the artwork on the table, honestly (the piece of the right is now finished and hanging in my studio!). But then I saw this comment:

And it got me to thinking: the last time I posted a supply list was way back in 2007. Look at my hair! I still have the same glasses, though (and am trying to save up for a new pair, since these are now out of date. won't you help a girl out?). And the same desk. As I watched this younger me talk about her favorite supplies, I thought, "Why not do an updated list?"

I haven't changed too much, at least I don't think so. But there ARE some additions, as well as more information on some of the stuff I've now been using for years.


(BTW, I don't know where that annoying sound in the background came from...maybe I should have used my mic! This was done quick and easy this morning!)

Download the PDF that goes into more detail and includes some basic stuff I didn't have time for!

I've also made a free gift just for YOU. I created a set of brushes to use for Hodgepodge #2's layout, and thought, "Why not share 'em?" I do want to get into making more things like this, so what better way to start than to just make it real!

Yep! For Photoshop! You use these just like stamps, but digitally! When you open your brushes palette, there's a little > at the top right -- click it, and then go to Load Brushes. Select this file and you're all set!

Download the set here on my DeviantArt page!

See you all at 8 est/ 7 cst for tonight's vlog!