Life in an Art Journal – Dylusions Creative Journal Flip-Through

An art journal page spread from Peony and Parakeet. Dylusions Creative Journal. See the flip-through video!

Don’t miss a flip-through video in the end of this blog post!

Four years ago, I purchased a new art journal – a big one. It was Dylusions Creative Journal, the largest size. In the beginning, I wanted to do everything “right.” I wanted my journal to have pages that are well-thought and carefully executed. The first couple of spreads went ok, but then, ugly pages started to appear. They were pages that I had just started but got tired on the way. Or pages which began so ugly that I didn’t feel like finishing them. But the longer I used my journal, the more I realized that I could have fun with those ugly pages. I could add more simple motifs and then color them all. I could add black paint and leave only some of the background visible. I could add more ugliness, and once it hit the saturation point, it became – something else.

Self portrait by Paivi Eerola from Peony and Parakeet. Sign up for her class Inspirational Drawing 2.0!

I am interested in learning all kinds of visual styles. Art journaling has supported it. One day I played a fashion designer and made a quick line illustration with poodles and all. It didn’t look inspiring back then, but a long time later, I had a lot of fun coloring it.

An art journal page spread from Peony and Parakeet. Made in Dylusions Creative Journal. See the flip-through video!

That’s what I love with art journals. The pages don’t get lost, and the ideas don’t get forgotten. Sometimes the ideas are abstract and timeless …

An art journal page from Peony and Parakeet. Made in Dylusions Creative Journal. See the flip-through video!

… and sometimes they are illustrations about what’s happening around the world.

An art journal page from Peony and Parakeet. Made in Dylusions Creative Journal. See the flip-through video!

Filling the pages in a random order adds its flavor to the journal. A grid-like paper patchwork felt innovative once, but not anymore. It feels pretty stiff, especially when there are freely doodled elements on the opposite page.

An art journal page spread from Peony and Parakeet. Dylusions Creative Journal. See the flip-through video!

But I don’t want to rip off the pages that don’t seem to fit. I accept them all. They are all explorations on the land of Art and Imagination. Sometimes I didn’t get very far, but I believe that all the trips benefited each other. I also believe that when painting on canvases, I feel more confident because I have played freely in my art journals.

Dylusions Creative Journal – Watch the Flip-Through Video!

See all the pages of my large Dylusions Creative Journal!

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54 Responses to Life in an Art Journal – Dylusions Creative Journal Flip-Through

  1. Lin Powell says:

    Inspiring work.

  2. Paula says:

    Wow! Thanks for sharing. Your work is so varied, yet it feels like all it comes from a single source. You have found your voice.

  3. Chris Lally says:

    What a treat! Thank you very much!

  4. Karen Brooks says:

    I love your work, vibrant and beautiful!

  5. joanne says:

    love thanks for sharing paivi

  6. Oh Paivi, 11+ minutes of pure pleasure. Thank you for sharing your journal.

  7. Diva Odete Kreszl says:

    I enjoyed watching this very much! Thank you for sharing your pages and inspiring me to get back to my art journal. Do you gesso your pages before working on them?

  8. Gloria says:

    Paivi what a beautiful journey and journal. Thank you for sharing it with us. It is so inspiring to see what and why you have created each page. Your sense of color is divine and your drawing skills, ( something I feel I lack), are spot on.

    • Päivi says:

      Thank you, Gloria! As far as I know, I don’t see any problem in your drawing skills! I think that experimenting with different styles has made me approach drawing from many angles and that’s just it.

  9. Sue Jorgensen says:

    Loved looking through your journal! I have one of the small Dylusions journals and love working in it. Your voice often visits me when I feel a bit meh! about what I’m doing – it says, ‘work through the ugly and concentrate on one small area.’ Sometimes things that I dislike have redeeming qualities after a few days/weeks. Thank you so much. 😊

  10. Mary W says:

    I have so many memories while looking through your journal. I laughed out loud when I saw your pink knitting page, was in awe of your beautiful black coloring on the Scotland page, and still love looking at your work – it makes me relaxed and excited at the same time. Can’t wait to see what you have in that new journal!

  11. Meg Hess says:

    Beautiful Paivi! Thank you so much for sharing this with the world. Love your work and am always inspired by your enthusiasm. Keep up the good work! 🙂

  12. Gailie Running-Lynx says:

    Beautiful Paivi!! Loved how you let us know what inspired you to do each piece!! Soo interesting!! Thank you for sharing such a wonderfully completed journal!! xoxo

  13. Ginnie says:

    I love to see what others have done in their journals! Thanks for sharing–

  14. doris says:

    danke paivi für den Einblick in dein wunderbares journal.
    ich bin begeistert und inspiriert!

    herzliche grüße
    doris

  15. Denise says:

    Thanks for sharing. So enjoyable and so much to look at. Could spend hours with this journal and still not see it all

    • Päivi says:

      Thank you, Denise! There are a lot of details but I wanted to make the video fairly short so that I don’t bore anyone!

  16. Valerie says:

    This is such a wonderful collection of visual varieties of expression. Love all the use of color and line and even your using various mediums and collage. Thanks you for allowing us to see what you have done.

  17. Teresa says:

    What a feast for the eyes. I see your joy shining.

  18. Taina says:

    Kiitos, upea!

  19. Mackie says:

    As these pages turn, so many memories and emotions
    come up– how inspiring and freeing your teachings have been to me! I had been wary of black before working with you, but you have made me see its beauty. You are always asking us who our favorite artists are–you, dearest Paivi, are my very most favorite artist of all.

  20. Rae Lynn says:

    Love your work! Your journal is so beautiful!

  21. Elaine Wirthlin says:

    Thank you so much, Paivi, for continuing to inspire us with your beautiful work. All that you do is appreciated.

  22. Paula Haynes says:

    Paivi this journal is so amazing1 Thank you for sharing your beautiful works of art.

  23. Maria P says:

    Thank you Paivi for this wonderful video. I paused on each page to really drink in the images. I very much enjoyed your Scotland pages and I think you captured the essence of the Mackintosh Rose and the colour of sun through stained glass. I think, too, that was a depiction of Mary Queen of Scots a couple of pages further on? The whole journal was so fresh and inspiring. Thank you so much for your generosity in sharing your work with us.

  24. glo says:

    Some of your pages seem to have a shine to them – do you spray them with something? Pages are inspiring and just beautiful.
    Thanks so much for sharing

    • Päivi says:

      Many of them have gel medium which I use for collage pieces but also mix with acrylic paint. My favorite brand is Golden Soft Gel Gloss which also gives the shine.

  25. anne conway says:

    love seeing more of your wonderful work .WIll your videos for inspirational drawing stay up after the course is finished ,i am running a bit behind
    cheers anne

    • Päivi says:

      Thank you! The material is downloadable to your computer until the end of 2017. If you save the material to your computer, you can access it from your computer as long as you want. So no hurry!

  26. Kathryn Stewart says:

    I love this! Perhaps I’ll be able to finally use all the “stuff” I’ve accumulated for so long. Thanks!

  27. Päivi says:

    Kathryn, thanks! Do that!!

  28. A.C Mulder says:

    What a beautiful and inspirering journalist. Thans you so much for sharing it. 😊