AND SO, A NEW ADVENTURE BEGINS!
I've wanted to begin 'art journaling'
for a long time now.
I found these ....
'Journal Bliss' by Violette
The cover states
'Creative Prompts to Unleash Your Inner Eccentric'
Then I found this ...
'Journal Spilling' by Diana Trout
This cover states
'Mixed Media Techniques for Free Expression'
First let me share with you that I am
NOT an artist. I don't draw, I don't color,
I don't paint. Given this information ....
it makes perfect sense to me to start an
You know, the those journals that look
so beautiful, so inviting, so inspiring!
On the 'Welcome' page of
Journal Spilling, the author states ....
'There has been much written over
the past several years about
using the word "artist"or "writer"
to describe yourself.' She further states...
'leave the labels out and simply be a
person who enjoys making art and writing.
Quite simply, you don't need to be an
"artist" to be an art-maker!'
That's me ...I'm an ART-MAKER!
I LOVE this book!
I think the author was reading my mind!
She talks about feeling apprehensive about
getting started. When you come right
down to it, she bet's it's trust and that
darned white page.
Think about this quote she further adds ...
'Every act of creation is first an act of destruction'
by Pablo Picasso.
To create artwork on a journal page,
you must first destroy the perfection of that
She talks about 'color spilling'
taking color and just spilling it onto your
white journal page. And, she talks about
'spill writing'. Just start writing, write
whatever pops into your head.
It doesn't have to make sense!
The best advice ...
BE FLEXIBLE. DON'T EDIT YOURSELF.
JUST LET THE WORDS FLOW STRAIGHT
FROM YOUR HEART, TO YOUR HAND, TO YOUR
So with all this being said ...
I gathered my supplies!
Yes, I know ...very organized!
That's me ...I get in my own way sometimes because of that!
(I found some awesome art packs at
Michael's for $4.99. Not the
highest quality, but for a first timer the
price is perfect!
In Diana Trout's book she says
'Get Comfy With Your Brushes'
Hello Brushes! Nice to meet you!
Now for the hard part ...
getting you introduced to color!
And ...getting that color onto paper!
This doesn't look promising!
The book instructs you not to do this!
Even if the page isn't what you think it
should be ...it's all about TRUST!
So far, I don't think I've got this part down!
Okay ...I'm just going to DO IT!
Now, this isn't so bad.
I'm getting comfy with the brushes!
A little more comfy ....
Not so bad ....I used each brush and
labeled what brush I used and what color!
It may not be fancy and it may have taken
a few tries, but here are my first two
journal pages! YIPPEEEEEE! Call out
the Calvery! I DID IT!
I love Diana Trout's book ....
it's divided into sections. Letting you
just do bits and pieces at a time.
Breaking it down ...art journaling
then becomes more of a reality!
To spur me on I joined this ....
I know it's been a long post, but I just had to share!
Thanks for bearing with me!