The Good, The Bad, The Ugly: Pop-Up Journal Page

This Life Book exercise was all about letting go, not feeling the need for things to be perfect. Getting a little wild. I loved this project, but of course I did not follow the example precisely. Lately I go where ever a piece leads.

My theme (as it emerged) was more wild abandon, being free, and not being constricted or held down by preconceptions.ย  Also maybe a little about letting go of the fears that keep us as artists from exploring and growing, while at the same time being true to ourselves.ย  So the damaged heart has wings, and the “rainbow” tells us to stay the course by writing the truth on our hearts. Wow, heavy.

To make this I played with acrylic, water color, neocolor crayons, alcohol ink, acrylic ink, sharpie, sakura gelly pens, pencil, various papers, washi tape, neon pink duct tape, modge podge and gesso (whew!)




Pop-up elements detail.


Interior detail.


Interior detail.


Interior detail.


Interior detail.


How the pop-up elements fold.


The cover.


Cover detail.



  1. The more I see of your art, the more I love and appreciate your skills. I love the colors and shape of this design. I even believe there is another story here.


    1. Thank you so much! I have appreciated your encouragement and support from the beginning! And I’m sure you are correct that there is yet another story layered in there somewhere.

  2. Very nice. I have been wanting to do art journaling for a while. I have given it a few attempts. It is very hard for me. I’m glad you are having such a wonderful time with this process though. Great work!

    1. Thank you! It took me awhile to get into the groove of a journal…and I had to experiment and make the process my own before I started to feel at home ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. Ooooo I love this so much! The message, the colors, the layering. I love it all, my friend.

    1. YAY! CARLYYYYYY! I’ve missed you! Hope all is well and thanks so much for your comment! ๐Ÿ™‚

      1. Awww I’ve missed you! All is great… I’m back, I’ll be sharing soon!

      2. Great! So happy ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. Absolutely wonderful! I love the graffiti feel and all of the yummy layers!

    1. Thanks so much Kitty! ๐Ÿ™‚

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