So, I got hooked up with Junk Journal Junkies on Facebook, so my feed is full of gorgeous books that folks have made or received.
Also…So. Much. Lace.
Anyway, as I’m so situated as to have access to books (heh), I picked up a few likely victims…
I’m definitely thinking “themes,” so in order L to R, Love, Coffee, Travel, practice, and Politics.
I think that last book will need to be swapped for a thicker book.
The practice book is a badly decayed Mother Goose. I thought to make it the Coffee book, because I love the cover:
But I’m not certain that the old cover will make it…
It’s all fits and starts when it comes to all this. I’m full of ideas, but lack motivation. I know what to do, but lack the energy.
I am bereft without the LOML* and my heart is wounded by loneliness.
…but make art while the laundry runs…
*LOML = Love Of My Life
Week 23: Small Success
I was on vacation from 6/6 to 6/24 so just getting anything done (while thoroughly enjoying my visits with my very best friends) in my journal was a real accomplishment.
Random ephemera, sharpees, gel pens, and stickers.
Week 24: Silly Zoo Animals.
Totally phoned this one in, but I’m OK with it since I PLAY and I do NOT have to be “perfect”.
Watercolors, sharpees and gel pens, and magazine clippings.
Week 25: Questions & Answers. I really like this spread because I feel like I successfully captured some of the gorgeous colors of the Kansas hills where I was able to visit and camp. As I presently reside in the desert (it’s practically a cartoon, how the desert looks) the colors of the Kansas country were positively saturated by comparison.
This was done with my little travel watercolor set and waterbrushes, and the writing was done with gel pen.
My best friend’s 5 year old daughter quizzed me and I HAD to document some small aspect of the awesomeness that is Jane.
I HAVE to say that I really like how this one turned out!
I really, truly had that moment that the big Art Journal creators talk about…where I worked on an idea, got to the point of HATING it, but kept going until I ended up with something I LOVE!
(seriously…I DREW a book.)
That’s a BIG deal for me…cuz I don’t draw…wait…I can’t say that anymore.
What! I KNOW it’s just a book, but I. DREW. IT.
That’s not a stencil. Or a stamp.
I seriously HAVE caught up on Journal 52.
Week 17 – Treasure – The usual, acrylic, paint and gel pens, stencils and a random piece of junk mail.
Week 19 – Outside in. This is a random photocopy of a sci-fi illustration that I colored with gel pens and too much imagination, I think.
Week 21 – Top 10 Lists. Acrylic, gel and paint pens, stencils and glitter paint.
It’s pretty cool what I can get done while binge-watching Dr. Who!
I finished four (4!) pages for Journal 52 over the weekend!
Week 6 – Windows.
I was playing with some Folkart glitter paint I found on clearance and then went with it on this one.
Week 13 – Spring Cleaning.
No matter how many times I told myself that I didn’t have to ACTUALLY clean to get this page done, I was still stumped until I came up with this mess. It IS fun to play with watercolors though…
Week 18 – Observations
I picked up this Balzer Designs stencil on my trip to Fresno and HAD to use it. It inspired my page for this prompt so well, I think. I DO love to watch people wherever I go…
Week 20 – Good Advice.
This is some of the BEST advice I have ever taken to heart, and I had fun with watercolors again!
So…If I can finish two (2) more pages before the new prompt comes out on Friday, I will be caught up.
I won’t know how to act, of course…
.I just got home from a road trip to Fresno (8+ hours each way) and I’m wiped, but I wanted to post the pages I finished last week.
Week 8 – Aromatherapy. BIG surprise…It’s coffee! The smell of coffee is one of the BEST scents in all the land.
It seemed like it would be too easy to put a nose on the page, so I messed with my own head a bit and here we are…
Week 15 – Cards. I had thought of using lotteria card for this but that would involve locating them in my stash…heh.
Both of these pages were finished during my monthly day-long-boring-as-hell training at work. I do what I can to keep from fidgeting all day (and stabbing people out of boredom).
I am getting close to being caught up with the Journal 52 prompts and I hope to get to some more by next weekend when I go up to a cabin near Julian with some friends. No interwebs & no cells for 2 DAYS!
I’m putting together little art bags for both of them so they can play too!
Off to bed…
Finished 2 more pages over the weekend… I had sprayed two pages with walnut and java ink a few weeks ago and planned to extend this “conversation” page. The background ended up being darker than I had anticipated. It was difficult to add color on top of the spray. Live and learn in Art Journaling!
Week 3 – Conversation Starters
Stencils, paint, gel and sharpie pens over walnut and java spray inks.
I DO love using my favorite beverage(s) as MY journaling subject…
Did discover an art supply that I DO NOT like for Week 5 – Television.
I used Folkart stencil crème with stencils to add the tree branch and the bird in the cage and, over a week later, that black is STILL not dry. I picked this stuff up on sale, thinking that it would be more portable and useful when I journal out in the wild, as I am wont to do.
This has a an acrylic paint background, a picture from an advertisement, stencils and CRAPPY paint, rub-ons, and gel & paint pens.
The subject matter, television. is something I had struggled with until I had my cable turned off…now it bothers me not at all. I have Netflix and such for whenever I want to watch something but it’s never on as “background noise” and I don’t get sucked into crap I don’t care about. I don’t really miss it.
Yay me! More time to get artsy and that makes me happier than the “idiot box” ever could.