I finally feel like I am finding my way into my mixed media art journal. While it is something I’ve wanted to do for ages, I was struggling to get a balance between ideas for a page and playing with my material. Sometimes I would have it open on a blank page and not really have any what I was going to do. This was frustrating at first, and I’ve often had the ‘fear of the blank page’ but I seem to have moved past it and after playing around with different embellishments, paints and sprays I end up with an idea to explore. Part of me still holds onto the notion that it has to be an amazing piece, but I am trying to let go. That isn’t the point of an art journal, and specifically my intent was just to explore mixed media materials and enjoy the creating process, finding interesting combinations and creating different effects.
One way I have decided to create pages is through themes. The underwater page came to me after I had sprayed the blue and greens on, but I want to try more abstract themes like Memory, Escape and Enchantment. I am sure I could brainstorm a lot just from those words. I have been working on a few other things as well, including the trinket box and a mini scrapbook album. Photos are to come very soon!