I've done a few art journal pages these past few weeks. The backgrounds were mainly "done" as they were "mop-up" pages (when I have leftover paint or messy stencils when doing another project, I don't waste the product but clean it off on pages in my art journal so later I don't face a blank page!). I used some of the images and words left over from my Journaling by 5s project so these went very quickly.
So far, I've been staying current with the daily art marks challenges. (It helps to have tiny pages to work with!)
Prompts - decide; leap
Prompts - think; commit
Prompts - envision; create
I can't say that these pages have much to do with the prompts, but I am "deciding" what to do, "leaping" into mark making, "thinking" about marks, "committing" to working daily, "envisioning" the process and "creating" something!
Rae Missigman is at it again. She is hosting her fourth "Art Marks Challenge" on Instagram. Check out all the info here. In a nutshell, she posts one word a day for a month and you create art/art marks for that prompt. I have participated each time and I will again be taking part during February.
I quickly assembled a tiny journal from scraps on my desk and pieces of gelli prints and bound it together with a simple pamphlet stitch and cotton cord. The pages vary a little in size, but they average 3" x 4" so it's not very big and doesn't take long to make some daily art marks! I used magazine letters for the title on the front cover.
I glued a scrap of gelli-printed paper to the inside cover and cut out a portion of Rae's announcement to add. The right page is the first day's prompt - BEGIN.
This started February 1, but you can join in any time. I enjoy this excuse to make me just play a little every day. I hope you will check this out and consider doing it yourself! It's a great exercise to stretch those art muscles!
It's been awhile since I've taken an online class. I always like to see how other artists approach their work and see similarities or differences from mine. I've followed Cindy Gilstrap for awhile and when her workshops (junqueart.com) were on sale during January, I jumped at the chance to take her Dream Big "mini" workshop.
In this workshop she takes you through the creation of one double-paged art journal spread using a vintage cabinet card image juxtaposed with bright, playful collage and paint. I loved her page and was happy that mine came out very similar. I did use different papers and stencils than she did but used some of the same paints.
Here is my finished page. I love it and will be trying more of this style incorporating vintage images.
I had so much fun that I signed up for another workshop!
Here are the last ten pages of my "Journaling by 5s" experiment. I like some more than others, but am pleased with how they came out considering the random and quick-paced nature of this project. In the "free play" step, on many pages I've added a bit more stenciling with texture paste, washi tape, Tim Holtz Small Talk word strips, doodling and additional stamping.
So, with that, I am finished with this project. There are probably many more things I could do to enhance these pages, but, truthfully, I am ready to move on! This was a fun, sometimes challenging, and productive exercise. I am sure I will do this again sometime!