How to Make Windows and Doors in Your Art Journal

Today is the start of Artist in Blogland's Scavenger Hunt Challenge. 
Visit Artists in Blogland to join in and link up with us.
  • Each month will be a different Scavenger Hunt theme!  
  • You will have the whole month of October to participate.  Link up an entry that fits the scavenger hunt.
  •  How is it a Scavenger Hunt?  You can interpret the challenge to be like a scavenger hunt.  
           1)  Take a photo that fits the theme
           2)  Make a new artwork inspired by the topic
           3)  Find an old artwork or blog post that incorporates the theme
           4)  Create a tutorial or respond in another way related to the theme.

The theme for the month of October is:


I decided to create some cut windows and doors for my art journal and take pictures along the way.

  • I used a separate piece of paper to practice cutting on.  I placed a cutting mat underneath the paper and used an x-acto knife to cut my windows.  The green stencil allows the cut to be straight and neat.

  • I cut square windows in a variety of sizes and a door.

  • I found some scrapbooking embellishments that fit around the holes pretty well! I glued those on to the paper.  

  • I added colored tape around some frames, some doodles with markers and more embellishments.

  • I found this old art journal page, which was ok, but I didn't love.  I tested out the windows by placing it on top of the journal page.  After seeing where the openings would be, I added the little instagram photo and a few of the texts.  

  •  After taping the window sheet onto my journal page, this is the end result.  I like that the top layer can be flipped open and you can see the bottom journal page as well.

  •  Here is a close-up shot of the windows.

  • and another detail shot.

  • And what it looks like with the little door opened.

  • If you don't want to cut all your own windows, another option is to take some old greeting cards with windows on them, trim them how you'd like and glue to your journal page.  

I hope you play along with us at the Scavenger Hunt Challenge!

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PiaRom said...

Very cool tutorial!! Thank you for the inspiration ♥ Conny
Piaroms Art Journaling

Tina said...

This is such a cool idea! I love the making windows out of greeting cards, going to try that this weekend hopefully!

GlorV1 said...

I agree. Great tutorial. I like the idea too of using the old greeting cards, which I have hundreds of. Thanks

Trece said...

Excellent tutorial, Marcia. Thank you so much. It gives me so many ideas!!

Nancy B said...

I love your wonderful pages! I love this idea and when I have some time, I'd like to do this in my art journal too.

Teddi said...

marcia, again you remind me what awesome is, and this post, along with your art is just that! :)

Jez said...

I like this interesting way of highlighting random parts of a journal page with windows and doors, It gives quite a different view by focussing on unexpected little vistas. And your bonus of being able to flip to see the full page underneath is such a good idea. I enjoyed your tutorial, and am off to scavenge for some doors and/or windows.