My Journey Into Art

Monday, February 28, 2011

Too Tired

I haven't made any art since my last post. It's been too long. I'm itching to make something; to doodle, to paint, to get messy. Unfortunately I don't see it happening this week either.

I just moved my business to another space and there has been lots to do. Packing and unpacking, catching up on orders and other business related tasks. At the end of the day once I've put my two youngest children to bed, I'm spent. I'm just too tired to be creative.

I'm hoping by the end of the week things will be back to normal around here and I will once again get back to my art journal, my paints and my creative flow. I really miss it. Until then, I visit other blogs and ooooh and ahhhh at what other people are doing.

Friday, February 18, 2011


I prepped my art journal yesterday afternoon with gesso and then when that dried I used watercolor pencils to make borders. Each color went around the perimeter of the page inside the previous colored border. I wet my brush and gave them a painterly effect. I left it to dry and didn't get back to it until late in the evening.

I really didn't have a plan for the page. I thought about possibly doodling in each of the borders with black pen. But when I sat down to get started, I ended up journaling. Words just spilled into the borders, going around and around. I was frustrated by something and put my thoughts onto the page. Once I was done, I felt better.

Being done and over with that moment, I tried to cover some of the journaling with Portfolio pastels. They weren't opaque enough so I watered down some gesso and applied a layer over the top. Since the Portfolio pastels are water soluble, I started getting a muddy mess of color on the left page. I was careful not to over-saturate the page. I wanted some of the original rainbow colored borders to show through. I painted white flowers, hearts and dots over the top to bring back some life to the page. It also reflected my lighter, happier mood. It was still too bland so I added the black acrylic paint to add a little more punch. There are enough words peeking though for me to remember what I wrote about, but not enough for others to make out what I was venting about. I like having this way of expression of being able to put it out there but covering it up so it only has meaning to me.


Tuesday, February 15, 2011


The theme for this month's Sketchbook Challenge is opposites. It took me the past two weeks to finally come up with an idea. I brainstormed lots of opposite pair words but nothing struck me enough to create something with them until I thought of yin yang. Then my piece came together in my mind. This was done in acrylic paint.


Sunday, February 13, 2011


I hadn't played in my art journal for a few weeks and I really missed it. Late last night when most of my family was asleep, I sat down and played. I pulled out the acrylic paints and had fun. I haven't used my acrylics in a long time and I had forgotten how much I loved them. I love the creamy consistency and the way the colors blend together. I was happy to just push the paint around. This page came about pretty organically. I didn't have a set design or theme in mind. I used the stamps that I had carved out last week and stamped away. I did quite a bit of journal spilling and let the words come out onto the page as they came to mind. I cut out the face from a piece of cardstock that had the drawing from some time ago that was done with oil pastels. I framed her face with paint daubers that belong to my 5 year old. I added more stamping, and acrylic paint to cover some of the journal writing. At the end of the process, I had been in flow for an hour and half --- pure bliss. This is why I love making art.


Wednesday, February 9, 2011

I'm Still Here!

I haven't blogged in almost a week.  Life has been hectic.  I have been sketching though but haven't worked in my art journal in awhile and that kind of makes me sad.  I've been squeezing in time when I have it to keep my resolution of creating daily.  In the last week or so I've completed the drawings below, carved out 2 stamps made from erasers and made one mandala.  I'm not going to post the mandala because it came out lopsided.  I did it while laying in bed on my belly.  I guess my line of sight to the page got skewed so it looks off.  I enjoyed the process and that's all that really counts.

I drew this from a painting on a wall while waiting for an appointment.  This is only part of the painting.  It was really colorful.  There were several of this artist's work hanging but I couldn't make out the signature.  These were prints of an original.  If you happen to recognize this work, please leave me a comment with the artist's name.


One of my paintbrushes:


And Abe Lincoln:


I'm trying to improve my drawing skills. I know that the more I do it, eventually the better I will get.

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Filling Up

Journal Spilling: Mixed-Media Techniques for Free ExpressionI've been reading, surfing and just plain immersing myself in everything art lately. I have this thirst for knowledge and how-to about drawing, painting, and art journaling and looking for inspiration. Right now I'm reading Diana Trout's book, Journal Spilling. It's filled with so many creative ideas for art journaling. I'm still undecided about the purpose of my art journal. Is it just for creative expression and trying new techniques, or should it be more personal with thoughts and reflections. I have been using prompts from challenges and those have been great jumping off points for me but I've been keeping it pretty impersonal. After reading Diana Trout's book, I'm thinking of "spilling" more and then using some of her techniques to keep it private with a wash of gesso or some watercolor.

I really loved this book.  It's a fun and easy read.  She takes the scary out of trying new things and allowing yourself to just create and see what happens.