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.
With all the poasts about Journal 52 and my joy at finally catching up on all the prompts, one might think that it is all I do when it comes to “artsing” (my best friend, an art student’s, word), but that is not the case.
I mailed out my 10 postcards for iHanna’s spring swap and have already received 2 in yesterday’s mail. Hanna does this twice a year (I think). This is my 3rd time participating and it is TOO FUN!
This time, I painted/stamped/doodled on a BIG piece of mixed media paper (18″ x 24″) before I cut it down into postcard-size.
I had to gesso the back side of the paper to stop it from curling so much, but that was fun too!
After I cut the page up, I made more marks on each one I chose (I have eight [8!] extra cards to play with!) to mail and added address labels with my email and this website address on it.
Right up until the moment I drop all 10 into the mailbox, I feel like my contribution to this swap is lame and so much less than other folks’, but then I start to receive my cards from other people all over the world and realize that I MADE SOMETHING COOL and gave it away to strangers. This fact AUTOMATICALLY makes my art awesome, I think.
This works both ways, too. The art I receive is ultimately cooler for having been sent to me by people I will likely NEVER MEET.
Makes the world a LITTLE BIT smaller and more friendly!
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.
I’m catching up…I likely won’t lap anybody in the speed department, but I’m getting there…
This is Week 2 – Just Be. I was spraying ink on the page that will be Week 3 and got it on this page too, so I went with that. I had been having trouble with this prompt because it reminded me too much of the phrase, “it is what it is” which I DETEST. I mean OF COURSE it is! What the hell ELSE would it be!
Anyway…Once I got over myself, this came out pretty well. I’m trying to work in different color combinations and I think I need more work on my “not bright” color schemes. (Not “neutrals”, exactly, but still…)
This is Week 4 -Silhouettes. It’s a pretty straightforward idea , to create a silhouette from a stencil. I thought of some deep stuff about how “time leaves shadows”, but really, I just like stencils a LOT and I AM trying not to dig myself too deep into the “what does it MEAN?” pit.
This is Week 16 – Collage crazy. This basically started with the two new colors of paint I bought and just went from there. I tried not to overthink it too much and just pasted down the most recent things I clipped from magazines that I happened to have handy. I think it’s OK for coming from what was just in front of me, and it almost even makes sense!
The end result of all this is that I had fun playing with paint and stuff.
And I’m going to do it again!