The Art Journal

Lately, I’ve been art journaling more frequently. The other day I decided to draw a design on the page and then add color with small brushes. I am pleased with the result.

Art journal page. Orange, grey, purple, red.
Shapie, acrylics, tissue wrap.

The next thing I wanted to try was painting on top of photographs that I printed out. It didn’t work the way I wanted, so I ended up covering the images completely and trying something else.

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The next thing I’d like to try is recreating some of my digital pieces with real paint and other media. I might start with this one.

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Inspiration Collage

For her most recent Inspiration Wednesday, Donna Downey worked from her stash of washi tape. I attempted to follow suit using my meager tape (not all actual washi) supply. What I did was very different from Donna’s work. It became more of an exercise in collage. I tried to use up some of my artsy scraps. This is what it turned out to be. I had fun!






Two Canvases

It occurred to me that while the paint is drying on one canvas, I could begin another. That is what I have done.

These two pieces have a relationship.

Canvas 1
Canvas 1
Canvas 2. This one was a black canvas.
Canvas 2. This one was a black canvas.

They look better to me in real life than they do in the photos. As I look at them, a story is beginning to suggest itself. Something about morning, night, and water. I’m not sure what will happen next, but I’m looking forward to finishing them and moving to a completely different palette. I’m thinking reds and yellows.

I’m also getting closer to doing jewelry again. This sketch came up on Timehop from two years ago. I’m inspired to sketch some jewelry and then make it. That is progress.

Necklace sketches.
Necklace sketches.

What goes in this blog?

I’ve been thinking about what I want to do with this blog. Will I be motivated to keep it going? Will I attract an audience? I want to provide content that can add value to people’s lives. I want the process of blogging to add value to my life. That’s what I’ve been thinking.

I’ve visited websites of artist I admire like Teesha Moore, Julie Fei-Fan Balzer, and DeeDee Catron. I’m intimidated but inspired. These artists are years ahead of me. I may never get to where they are in their careers, but I can make my  mark in the world in my own way. I guess the trick is to work hard and keep learning.

I’ve been working on a 10×10 canvas with the goal of trying to sell it. The idea is to be confident about my work and assume someone would like to own it.

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10 x 10 canvas in progress.

I do a lot of quick digital art on my mobile devices. When I post work to Instagram and Facebook I get a few “likes.”

Here’s something I drew with Sketch Club and the Dreamscope app version. I think my digital art skills are stronger than my mixed-media skills.Still, there’s lots of learning to be done in both realms.

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My husband and father think I should focus on writing. There’s just so much to do.

 

I found the answer

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I worked on this one over the course of about three days. I used Sargent Art White, Grumbacher Red, Liquitex Basics Mars Black, and Liquitex Basics Cerulean Blue.  I added torn pages from a philosophy encyclopedia and a title from a book of sheet music. I used stencils that I bought at Michaels.

There were many iterations, and I was usually patient enough to let one layer dry before adding something new.  I find that if I walk away from something I like it better upon a second viewing.

My idea is to try a 10 x 10 canvas based on this palette.

Here are the various phases that the pages went through.

 

 

Not a Studio

In the Cat Room

I don ‘t have an art studio. I have a cat room. I could easily use that as an excuse to not make art, but I have other excuses like not having enough time or not being good enough. I’m getting too old for these excuses. If I don’t get to work soon, I will run out of time.

This Blog

I started this blog to make myself get serious about making art. I want it to be a regular practice–something that nurtures my soul. I plan to share my exploration of mixed-media and art journaling techniques. Currently, I’m signed up for Donna Downey’s Inspiration Wednesday and Tamara Laporte’s Life Book 2016. I’ve worked on some of the Inspiration Wednesday exercises, but I’ve done none of the Life Book lessons. It’s that thing about not having enough time.

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My table and supplies.

My assignment for today is to at least gesso the next two pages in my journal.

Photo of open journal with blank pages
The proverbial blank pages.

I’ll do some work in it tonight or tomorrow. I’ll post the final results toward the end of the week, or maybe sooner. The journal, by the way, is one I bought from Donna Downey’s store.

Writing this post is a big step in the right direction for me. Gotta keep the momentum going!

One more thing…

I was watching one of those tiny house shows today. It featured a woman looking to buy and move into a tiny house. She was an artist. I looked at her and thought, I want to be called an artist. I want to live the life of an artist. That is just too cool!