I probably say this a lot but faces are so difficult for me. After I finished this journal entry the girl was looking at me unimpressed. I had to laugh out loud. I finally said, “I’m not impressed with you either.”
I do feel it is important to find something you love about every entry. I love the stamp below the girl. My husband and I made them out of cheap foam and I love them. I also love the colors and the cute bird on the top of the left page. I can also see my growth with faces. Not everything needs to be perfect to be a success, I guess.
Today they dogs and I took the truck out on the Denail and parked it and walked up the dirt road towards Paxon. I had just watched a lesson by Alisa Burke. She talked about her approach to art and inspiration. She said she takes her family, her journal, and her camera (she had me at camera). So she goes to the beach or on a hike and just lets what she sees inspire her creativity. I was so inspired by this. I live in such a beautiful place and I forget to journal what I am seeing.
It was beautiful and perfect in so many ways. I really do not believe in perfection but this was very close to perfect. I was about to turn on my music as we walked and then decided against it. The sounds were beautiful to me in that moment. I was just walking and I could hear the squish of the mud and my shoes. In the background I could hear my dogs and their tags ting as they walked, and when Summit would jump off the road into the snow it made the most wonderful sound of motion. The wind would blow lightly through the trees and off in the distance I could hear running water…..signs of spring to me.
I gathered little treasures as we walked and just took in my surroundings. I have found a new love in field journaling. I always thought that field journaling meant you had to journal while you were out in nature. I really liked this way of doing it. I took my Fuji Instax mini camera and took a few shots and some with my phone for reference. I brought all this home and started to journal. Here is what unfolded.
I really think I will do more of this from now on.
I have been taking Permission to Play with Mindy Lacefield and she had a guest artist Victoria Weiss. I loved it and was really inspired by her style. She really embraces what it means to play in your journal. Just having fun and doing things you normally would not. I also loved her attention to details. Little doodles here and there and even on top of the faces.
Dylusions Spray Inks
Misc clip art from Happy Mail I have received
Golden soft body paint
I love this saying. I even have a print with it that I will post later. With this layout I spent most of the time on the background and then I took a clipping from a magazine. I just used a black pen to outline and make the clipping more a part of the page.
A good friend gave me a lesson using inks. I really think they will be great for backgrounds. I am always trying to think of fun different ways to do my journal backgrounds and I think I have found something here.
- Write about anything (baking cookies, driving, parents, kids) and do not lift your pen (use a micron so it is waterproof). This will feel like rambling.
- Water down gesso and add a little color to it if you would like. Paint over words. Let the gesso dry and leave the gesso out because you will use this again.
- Layer ephemera using gel medium (Mod Podge). I coat the page with gel medium where I will be placing ephemera, then lay it down and then layer the gel medium over the top as well. Press out any bubbles in the paper that you do not want there. Now, let dry.
- Choose three to four colors. (acrylics, water color pencils, watercolor crayons) Randomly paint over edges and such. Let dry.
- Lightly gesso over this layer and let dry.
- Drop paint on the page and take a credit card to apply the paint.
7. Stencil with white on the page randomly.
9. Stamp or mark on the page with black randomly. I just scraped black paint on with a card. Adding white and black to a page will give your page some great “bones” (foundation might be a better word) for when you add your art work.
10. Add art, stamps, quotes, or anything that feels right. I am on a quest to learn how paint faces so I painted a face.
I love raw, primitive edges in my art so I try to not finish them off. If I think too much I will spend too much time on the wrong subject. I wanted the girl as my focus and the butterflies as my second focus. I left the butterflies very simple and used my opposite hand to sketch them.
I am trying to paint intuitively and not think too much about things. Rumor has it that your art will just get better and better when it comes from the heart.