Art Journals by Brie Pinales

Hey everyone! I am so excited to be guest posting here at Taylor Joelle! The products they offer make me want to have little babies around again! I am so excited they have new things for older kids. *HAPPY DANCE!* That boys cardigan is to die for, right?

My name is Brie Pinales, author of the blog Couture Utah. I’m actually doing a giveaway of Perfectly Posh products right now, so be sure to get in on that! My full time job is working as a graphic designer for the scrapbook company My Mind’s Eye. I take the art submitted by various artists around the world and turn it into the products you see on the shelves in craft and scrapbook stores. I adore my job! I recently bought myself a “professional” camera and am working to expand into more portrait photography. I did product photography and marketing design for three years for the craft store Roberts Crafts, and working with people is SO much more fun than posing glitter covered signs. 😉

On one of my “I can’t sleep because I have too many ideas running through my head” nights, I came up with doing an art journal night with my kids. I’m so sick of the come home, do homework, cook and watch tv rut we’re in. So I decided to throw in some activity nights. Monday night is going to be our art journal night! I went to Michaels and got us each an 11×14 sketch book. Lucky me, I found out when I got to the register that they were all buy one get one free! SERIOUSLY! I was one happy art journaler! I just got us all a set of Crayola watercolors thinking if we actually stick with this and someday get to be amazing artists, I’d get us a set of nice watercolors. But for now, the $4 Crayola sets work just grandly!

For our first foray into watercoloring/art journaling, I thought it would be fun to paint to music. I set it to Elvis’ Greatest Hits. About halfway through my kids turned the iTunes to Adele. What?! That works too. hahaha!

Here’s what we came up with:

Top Left: My 5 year old son’s meteor crashing onto the grass on Earth. Bottom Left: My 8 year old daughter’s scenic art. Bottom Right: My 6 year old son’s portrait work. Top Right: My random flower.

Art Journaling Monday is fun! I think next week I’ll give them a word or theme to paint and see what we come up with. Any good random kid friendly words or themes you can think of?

One thought on “Art Journals by Brie Pinales

  1. Aimee

    I am starting this with my kids too. Mine are 12, 8, and 3. I thought it was a great way to teach them to sort through their feelings and express them constructively. I am excited to see what other things you find.
    thank you


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