I am a mixed media artist. An art journal gypsy who finds beauty in the perfectly imperfect (even before it was cool)!! I choose to cheerfully create imperfect art while traveling and at my studio in Idaho when I'm not.
Okay so not every art journaling idea I have is great.
Exhibit A: because I have been sick three days now I have been drinking cups of tea and feeling sorry for myself and my traitor of a body. I thought I had ana maxing idea. Now I am willing to acknowledge it may have been the NyQuil talking!!!
Anyway back to the tea. An herbal tea I like has beautiful leaves and little softly colored flowers in it. So of course my mind (again maybe it was the fever) started thinking that maybe I could create an amazeballs journal background with the stuff. …… then again ….. maybe not!
I emptied the tea bag and spritzed with water and put a bunch of books on it to press it out. (Okay actually it was a huge box of baby wipes – but books sounds more artsy). I expected to open it just now and find lovely floral smells and muted natural colors all washed into the page in a wreath shape and I would use watercolors and stuff to art it up!!
Pic above is what it actually looked like. Nope — nothing. Just greyish greenish mess. But never say die and I am working with it today in between other cups of tea and coughing fits.
Check back tomorrow for finished product. Maybe it will be soooo beautiful and organic and smell of flowers. Stop laughing — Hey it could happen.
Okay so I got tricked into taking tickets at Mr.’s Christmas choir performance and so today’s Blog-Mas is a pop art pop up at the last minute.
This page began as a magazine page I cut things out of. I used sharpie paint pens on top of the pic.
Remember you don’t have to know how to draw to enjoy art journaling. You could cut and paste, graffiti or whatever you enjoy. Stickers and stamps are a great way to begin. Just keep telling yourself it is for you not others — and have fun!
Have a good weekend and take some time for yourself to cheerfully create something imperfect.
It doesn’t have to be perfect to be worth your time.
Today’s BlogMas is an art journal page I created from a magazine page. I loved this image and actually created the background to go with the pic. It spoke to me.
I usually do make backgrounds ahead of time – it’s a good way to be creative and just relax – you are just sticking stuff here and there or spray painting a stencil or mask. Maybe Mark making or ink blobbing — so no pressure.
Sometimes when creating I will wipe off my brush or maybe press the used stencil on a blank journal page. Then use that as a beginning when creating a background later for my art journal.
This layout speaks to my feeling a bit rushed – hot and frantic at times. I like to be busy but it can be just too crazy at times. My mind is usually feverishly going over whatever I am dreaming or worrying about so this image worked well with that idea.
One of the things I love to do – is taking something and repurposing it. I truly feel happy when puzzling out what I can do with a plain Jane item to make it a holy moly item.
Truth be told – I was actually doing this BEFORE IT BECAME COOL.
Because mixed media and repurposing is so popular in the states now it is hard to feel like anything is new – but new or not — I still love it. Today I am using shoe polish and wallpaper.
This page begins with torn pieces of wallpaper and brown Shoe polish from Kiwi. (SC Johnson & Co.)
torn pieces are glued down and then using my finger I rub the shoe polish on to create depth and a waxy base that allows me to “mess” with it on the page as I create without the paper getting too mushy or muddy.
Shoe Polish tins are cheap, found in most Walmart-like stores and a fun use of a product you wouldn’t think would be on an art journal page. Wallpaper is a great usable too. Your home improvement store usually has free samples — grab a few!
I often hit up the home improvement stores for stuff I can repurpose… gears, DAP, wallpaper … … the list goes on and on. It is hit and miss but always fun!!!
So Have some fun and find some unusual way to use a very usual product in your artistic journey through art journaling.