Wednesday, February 13, 2013

A Year in the Life of an Art Journal| two.

I've been trying to make sure that I make more time for my art/soul journaling.  Even if it's a little doodle or just a bit of paint for a background, I know that I feel better and am happier if I can do something.  So, I sat down and gesso'd two pages.  
I then took my blue acrylic spray and just sprayed a bit here and there on the pages.  Then a little bit of walnut ink spray found it's way onto the pages.  I sat and looked at the paint and ink as it made little streams down both sides of the crisp white canvas.  I decided to hit it with some water, so I sprayed just a bit to see it all start melding together.  
At this point, I was so happy with what I had that I could've just left the pages like that.
Another process that I like to do when I don't have the energy to be super creative, but I want to push myself is look through magazines for useful images for my journals.  There are a few different things that I look for.  I like large bold images that pop with color or geometric shapes. I love circles, eyes and hands.  I look for titles or words that stand out and can be used on my pages.  I just flip through the magazines and tear pages. I keep the pages in a large ziploc baggie and then go through the bag and see if anything jumps out at me and "calls" to be used for that days spread.  I don't always use a magazine image on my page though.  It's good to have it there though when I need something more.
 I had this picture of a hand holding a large pearl, and it was perfect for something I've been wanting to journal about.  I recently took a personality quiz that a friend recommended to me.  It's not even really a quiz, but more of a thing where you read each description of the different gems and decided which fits you best. It's even better when someone that knows you very well can read through them and then tell you what they think.  I read through them and the decision was unanimous.  I was a Pearl. No doubt about it.
 You can find the quiz here.  I'd love to hear which personality type describes you best.
 So, I cut out the picture of the hand and used my gel medium to paste it down. I did some doodling on the picture and added a red heart (my favorite) with Sharpie paint pens.  I wanted to keep the background the way it was. I loved it so much when I first put it together.
Finally, I printed out the PEARL's description and marked it up with some personal notes.  I then used some washit tape to secure it to the page.  I love how this spread turned out.
I am almost done with this journal, but I've got a new one ready to go!! 
Hope you enjoyed seeing a little bit of the process.  Let me know if you take the quiz!!

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