A spontaneous art journal page – I love these colours
I had a few days off which I thought would be a good opportunity to start the art journal pages challenge I set myself, and this one was to make a page heavy with texture. Sometimes it is hard to just pick up materials and not really think about where to put them, but I consciously decided that the page would be layers of textures first and the image would come later.
The last few weeks have truly tested my resolve, sanity and will. In short, after a traumatic incident I had to find somewhere else to live and move house, and not being able to drive only becomes an issue when you have to move out quickly.
While I am now in a new place, I feel disorientated and exhausted. I had a few hours to move in-between work, training and a conference last week (interesting, yet long). I really need to stop panic moving! It is not good for my stress! I’ve not been able to do any art for a while either, although before this I was having a creative block which I had hoped was lifting. I may have to get a new desk because drawing on my knees in bed has lost its appeal after 10 years! One day I might have my own place, where I can set up a craft corner, have my supplies exactly where I want and spend my time making a mess 🙂
I don’t think I have given myself enough distance from this to see it with a positive or even neutral perspective. Maybe after I am settled in my new room – which is in the loft! – I will feel better and more like myself. I’ve half unpacked and don’t feel like I chose this place for any reason other than out of need.
I think it is lack of control over our lives that lead us to feel so many negative emotions. That and no space or time to enjoy things. I’ve literally felt like I am existing at the moment, not being able to draw, paint, plan projects. It is an troublesome feeling, like I am grasping to get something back and to believe I am the person who directs my life. But how often do we bump up against others who try to enforce their own ideas or will onto us and our lives? How much of a compromise should we make? How important is our own happiness at the expense of others?
I guess these are things I will explore through my journal, hopefully this week.
With my usual sprayed background, I used a few different tapes and two images in this page for interest. Not sure how happy I am with the end result but I love these tapes and want to try new things with them. I guess I am still finding my style as it evolves. I never used to think of myself as a mixed media artist and when I did A-level fine art I was in the graphic design group which I never really liked. I was just never the kind of person to colour in the lines! But I actually think now, that that is part of my personality and creative style – chaotic, wild, expressive. These things lend themselves well to mixed media, and I love different textures and combining different materials to create something new.
This weekend I got a new friend for my room – here is Benson Honeydew! I have so many cacti now I am going to forget their names! Walking round the garden centre was nice, I’d like my own garden one day.
A page I have been working on over the last few days. I wanted to try different things out in this smaller art journal and with a pink page, thought a girl’s face would work. I added the leaf punches and pictures of sweets half way through the doodle to give it a different affect, and the doodles coming from her head made me think of a mind open to ideas.
A new art journal page I did recently in my smaller journal. I wanted to play with some colour schemes and will be experimenting some more with this kind of style. I think this swirling style of mine lends itself really well to nature and the ideas of things flourishing, not just flowers and plants but also creativity and human potential.
I really sprayed a lot with this background, using black, blue, purple, green and slightly shimmery sprays, as well as water. It has come apart a little at the seems as I got carried away! But overall I love how it turned out – I think it may have worked better if the page was portrait though and I could fit in a longer tail. I also used my favourite Poca Paint pens and some Distress glitter to give it some details.
A softer sketch with sprays and paint pens.
I am pretty obsessed with birds at the moment and have been looking at lots of amazing peacocks. Their colouring and feathers are gorgeous!
This is a bit of a mixed up page, as I started it not knowing what to create. I added some tissue paper to the background then used acrylic paints and paint pens over the top to draw the bird. My art journal is so fat now, I am finding it hard to work in! I may have to do single pages so I have more control over what I am creating.
I am going to continue my with this bird theme and do more peacocks 🙂
Another doodle type page, using sprays and paint pens. I find this kind of doodling really relaxing but have had some pains in my wrist recently which really sucks! I think it is just some RS from using a computer at work, but I do spend hours at a time doing this kind of page. Hope it goes away REALLY soon!
And a new friend to add to my collection of living things 🙂
I’ve dedicated so much time to my mixed media projects recently that my art journaling got kind of neglected. If only there were more hours in the day! And these didn’t get filled up with chores, work, travelling, sleeping…. Anyway, I’ve started working in my new smaller art journal, which is really cute and also gives a different perspective to creating something on a page.
My first page in my new small Dylusions journal!