Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Art Journal Pages

Hello!

Art journaling has been all the rage for quite a while, and I've made a couple of attempts at it, in the hopes that I would get "bitten" by this art journaling bug... In our recent HEAT WAVE I've had a lot of indoor time in the studio, so I decided to give it another try.

Earlier this year, I made these scraped paint journals (click HERE for the post), so it was long past time that I did something with them.


I started with this page...


I added some hand-drawn borders in a shrine shape, and then drew one large shrine in the middle for journaling, added some white lines for writing, a title, and some doodled accents.  All the hand-drawing and writing was done with Sharpie paint pens.


The thing I have struggled with most with art journaling is the writing part... I can develop an interesting page, but then I have no CLUE what to write!  So I decided to write about just that... and reminded myself that there are no mistakes in art... so... JUST DO IT.

Next page... same approach... a hand drawn checkered border with journaling in the center.


What I RE-learned with this page... diagonal writing... me no likey.  Diagonal just doesn't work for me... should've remembered Dyan Reaveley's advice... a "tipsy lean" is OK, but true diagonal just isn't pleasing to the eye... will remember that (again) now!

I used the same approach with the next page, but added a white outline to the black letters... MUCH better!


This last page is my favorite!  I did a hand-drawn border, but I drew the scallops on a scrap of painted paper, cut them out and glued them on the border of my page.  Love the contrast of the bright reds/yellows/purples against the blue/green page.  The leaf is a foam stamp I got at a local craft store, and I patted three colors of paint on for each stamping (Golden fluid acrylics: quinacridone magenta, green gold, and white gesso).  LOVE the mottled stamped result.


Here's a couple close ups of the leaves...



The other thing about art journaling that was / is *really* hard for me to get my head around... there are NO RULES.  You don't have to art journal in the same way or same style that *anyone* else does.  Sure, it's a good place to start if you don't know what to do, but ultimately, the art journal should be YOUR art... not just an imitation of someone else's art.  I'm working on that part... easier said than done!

Hope you enjoyed my latest attempt at art journaling.  While I'm not quite ready to say I've been "bitten" yet... I think the bug is "nibbling".... so I'll keep at it.  I'll share more pages when there's more to share.

'Til we meet again....

~ ellen.

16 comments:

Helen said...

Well, I think your pages are fab - though I do agree about the diagonal writing, it's given me neck ache, rofl!! The colours though are fab, as is everything else. I tend not to write much in mine at all!!!!

inkypinkycraft said...

These pages are full of colour and are great..I am still struggling with whether I like my art journal play or not..some i do..still it is mine.. yours is stunning and you have made the writing part look easy!! Trace. X

Kaz said...

Your art journal pages are blooming gorgeous, love the colours, words and the fact there are no rules.......Im well jel that its one hundred degrees..hop here its persisting it down lol x

mrich2500 said...

I felt the same way about art journaling but once you get started you realize what a fab form of art it is. I have the same dream...win lottery...travel the world to take art classes all over the world ;)

Carol Q said...

I think your pages are just gorgeous. I totally understand your thing about the writing... making the pages is no problem but bearing my soul on paper just doesn't do it for me lol

Carol said...

I think your pages are fab! Where did you the white pen.

She said...

Oh Ellen, these are FABULOUS.. Saw the first one on FB...and I had to come and have a look at the others.. Love them. S x

mark gould said...

wow, very cool, like you I have thought of starting but the writing puts me off so much. I love the thoughts you have written down,, I think a lot of us would share them lol.
mark

Gina Sismilich said...

Those pages are so beautiful - even before you wrote and drew on them.

Bast said...

Ellen I Love those pages!! I have the same problem...I have journals, tags, and even started backgrounds for pages which are screaming to be filled. It is prolly best to just jump right in as we do learn from our mistakes....but then again there are no mistakes in art ;)

Thanx so much for sharing ... Love your work!

KimMJ
bast830@comcast.net

Susie Jefferson said...

These are all great, and I think you're being far too critical of yourself. RE the diagonal one, I like it - but I know what you mean, and if it really irritates you, well, that's what collage was invented for, lol.

Great work, loving the colours!

Carolyn Dube said...

Love your journal pages here!! I think we are using journaling for the same thing- a place to experiment and express whatever happens to be on the mind.

Tracey Clem said...

I love all the vibrant colors - especially the contrasts on the final page. And that leaf stamp looks amazing. You may not be totally sold, but what you're doing looks amazing!

TinaW said...

Your pages are lovely! Definitely keep going.

Jessica Sporn said...

I really like your pages in this post. Found you through Balzer Designs and I'm glad I did! I look forward to visiting more often.

Marjie Kemper said...

Love the variety of your pages. Need to remember to use my white pen more!