I have been on a blogging hiatus and decided to start back up. I recently quit my full time job and am part time working for a few months. My heart has been filled with joy after quitting. Side note: That is how you know it is the right decision.
I have been filling my days with art, my husband and two dogs. I have actually spent time with friends too. I normally do not have the time. I am still busy and block time off for working on my art but I have the freedom to move my hours to accommodate ate some fun.
I will be posting on Facebook, Instagram, and here. Eventually, I will be posting some art pieces different places as well. Right now I am just doing art and enjoying the process.
See you soon.
Here are two layouts I have done recently. Just playing in layers. ENJOY!
I bought this ledger on Etsy and I love it. I started adding mixed media pages to it recently and I thought I would share the process.
I lightly gesso the pages allowing the lines to peek through.
I add random marks and added some ephemera with gel medium.
I really love these Golden Fluid Acrylics because they are thinner they do not add a lot of bulk to my pages. You can also just water down your paints.
Add more random marks to add depth to the page.
Here is the end result. At the end of each project I like to take note of what I learned and what I loved about the layout. I try not to focus too much on what I do not love about this layout. I journal to learn and to express my emotions through art. It ONLY needs to make sense to you. Twyla Tharp describes this type of thing as scratching in her book, The Creative Habit. It is definitely a book I will read again and again. But I like her thoughts on what she calls “scratching”. She is a dancer but her book is universal to creatives. I have decided that art journaling is my way of scratching. I work out so much and exercise my creative brain.
I normally have a bunch of journals hanging around and I add left over paint to them as I go. Later when I am journaling I make it a challenge to make something of the scraps. Here there is left over paint and doodles.
The best part of art journaling is the freedom to just let loose. I throw crazy colors down scribble if I want and just play. It is very relaxing and fun with no pressure of making a masterpiece.
This journal has random tip outs. I like them for an extra challenge to a page. This one I tied together by using circles and scribbled words.
A closer look….”be yourself”.
You can’t really see it but on her dress I wrote the words….
“We are all royal and beautiful in his eyes.” Over and over.
This is another page made with the left over paint from other projects. I had sketched the girl at one time months ago and then later came in with the planters and then called it good. I added details and a border on the side from a magazine clipping.
I don’t need to tell you that I have been a bad blogger lately….it is really obvious. Summer comes and I see the light of day after a long dark Alaska winter and I lose it. My blog is important to me. I love how it documents my creative life. It makes me accountable to stay on track with all my goals as well. So…..I am going to share some projects that I have been doing since I dropped off of the blogosphere the past couple of months.
This art journal I started after I started listening to Tracy Chapman on vinyl. I forgot how much I loved her and I swear I played this record for two weeks straight. So, I decided to do a Tracy Chapman art journal spread.
I copied they lyrics off of the album and used them as one of the layers and this strip shining through is my favorite.