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....