I like to work in my art journals..........I go in cycles with them. I call them art 'journals' but I don't do much actual journaling as others do. I may use quotes or words now and then but for me, it's mostly about the Zen of it. I sometimes work on my lap while watching TV.....using only various markers or an old watercolor set. The medium, where I work on it, the time of day and so on......it just all depends. There is always a pencil, black drawing pen of some kind, white pen of some kind for certain. Sharpie brush markers are the bomb too. But as I said the medium I use varies greatly. I will sometimes use various elements to add texture....always, always never worrying if it's an artisitic masterpiece.
The subject matter is never planned out........I just go with it........most of the time a face is involved. It can be whimsical but not always. The whole Zen of it is the fact you go with the moment. It's very relaxing and calming.
I have a couple of journals I had already worked in but I hadn't filled the entire book.....so I have recently taken those back out and have begun to work on getting the completely full of art.
The following images are ones I did recently to fill up one of those journals. This one was one of those handmade watercolor paper journals. The thing about those is the paper, being handmade, is very rough and bumpy. It doesn't exactly take certain mediums well and if it gets too wet sort of 'pills'. I am finding a more smooth paper is better.
Sometimes when I am done with a page I find it has named itself. Though I don't write it on the image, I KNOW.
The image below was a happy accident. I had painted a face I didn't like and it got too wet so I sort of peeled back a layer of the heavily textured paper in a couple of large areas....and part of the face was there. I began working with that and to me..........it reminded me of some old doll you'd find abandoned in an attic. So I call this one "Lost In the Attic"
There are times I will use an image from one of my art journals to change or color or crop for something else digitally. It gives me more artistic bang for my buck so to speak. The face in my banner for example was from the very first thing I did in this same art journal.
I have been participating in a journal round robin for the last few months.....Sisterhood of the Traveling Journal. Next month I will finally be getting mine back and I am so excited to see it filled with wonderful art. These 5 women are amazing artists, kindred spirits and fabulous women above all else. Once I get mine back I will be sharing its artful goodness. I am already anticipating we will be doing it again........
Oh that never ending to-do list just keeps growing.........I have more pillows to cover, aprons to make (one for a wonderful artful blogger friend) and many hearts to make for a project I started on Facebook. A painting to do.......Oh you know how it is............
It's June.......but I think you already knew that.
I hope you've been having a most wonderful weekend!
Remember.......you are beautiful, you are loved, you are exquisitely fabulous....and you matter!