The Beginning of an Addiction

The other day I was in line at the grocery store and glanced upon a National Geographic magazine and had to have it. The subject matter looked good, it was on addiction, and the images are always stunning to look at. It had been awhile, and I love them. But, when done reading the articles and felt an inner turmoil over throwing away the beautiful images that were inside.

What to do? Pinterest. Lol, you got to love Pinterest.

That is when I discovered art journaling and new I had to do it. Being the semi-frugal person that I am, I did not want to go out and buy a journal. But what I did have on hand was quite a bit of index cards. That is when I began my index card art journal.

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My first few attempts were a rough start. It had been quite awhile since I did any art. This first attempt resulted from a bad day. A crying all day kind of day. So, not much thought went into it. But the addiction began.


My next try was my attempt to copy what others were doing while using supplies I had on hand. I knew I needed to use my Cricut, which I rarely used so that it would stop being a storage place for dust.


With the next one, I added a new element, zendoodles. Also, known as that copyrighted art word that starts with zen. 🙂 This is when I realized I had a series starting. An art journal on index cards that included these elements zendoodle, National Geographic images, and paper cutouts.


Without further ado, I give you the first in the National Geographic series. This one I used the colors from the picture to guide the art. I covered up everywhere that was not red and green. Then I added the zendoodle and some green watercolor. For the cutout portion, I found a leaf shape to add. The leaves were fitting because The image showed tomatoes. The final touches involved adding shadows to make the picture pop.

National Geographic Series

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