"You have to leave the city of your comfort and go into the wilderness of your intuition. What you'll discover will be wonderful. What you'll discover is yourself" ~Alan Alda
Have you ever had the urge to do something creative only to find yourself staring at a blank page at a complete loss for an idea? If so, you know how frustrating it feels when you can't scratch your creative itch. So how can you get past this? Consider Art Journaling!
I first learned about Art Journaling through exploring the internet and coming across Julie Fei Fan-Balzer's Art Journal Every Day Feature on her blog: http://balzerdesigns.typepad.com/balzer_designs/art-j.html.
After exploring her blog and all of the art journal pages that others had posted, I typed "Art Journaling" in my Google search bar and found a whole new world of creativity that I never knew existed! Art journaling was a realistic way for me to incorporate creativity into my life on a daily basis, something I'd been trying to do for years, without success.
Art journaling is a great way to play with all kinds of different materials...inks, paints, stamps, stencils, markers, adhesives...I could go on and on....and not worry about the final outcome too much which is what everyone always says, "focus on the process not the product"
For me, practicing Art in this way is freedom and discovery and it nourishes my creative spirit, giving me energy and a sense of creative accomplishment. The act of working with different materials and textures also fills my creative well and gives birth to ideas.
- Newspaper and/or magazine clippings
I started this journal page by drawing a little doodle-y sketch in my sketchbook (think about when you were in Jr. High and you used to doodle in your spiral notebook during social studies...not that I would know) Pick a motif that you are drawn to such as flowers, butterflies, trees, birds, whatever inspires you.
Next, I tore up pieces of tissue paper that I had saved from birthday presents and glued down a border, using mixed media adhesive (glue sticks work just fine)
Tissue paper has a cool transparent effect that gets more interesting as you layer it.
Then, I painted in my design with watercolors.
Finally, I used a fine point micron pen (fine point sharpies are perfect, too) to add interesting outlines to the doodled flowers and leaves (you can use lines that are thick and thin, dashed, dots, scribbly the possibilities are endless) and added text to the background. I wanted to write beautiful words and phrases in the background so I went to my bookshelf and pulled out one of my favorite books, "A Tree Grows in Brooklyn,"found a passage I liked, and copied it down in loose script to serve as an interesting background for my art journal page. You don't have to have perfect handwriting to do this. Think of Handwriting as "mark making". Everyone's handwriting is unique, making your Art Journal page more interesting and more your own!
P.S. Copying text out of a book is ok to do in your personal Art Journal. However, if you plan to sell any work in which you've used images or words from someone else, be very careful! Make sure to familiarize yourself with Copyright laws first and make sure you are not plaigarizing!
I find Art Journaling relaxing and theraputic.
Art Journaling truly is all about the journey of self discovery and discovering who you are as an artist. It gets you out of your comfort zone, it provides a way to practice Creativity every day without pressure . Like playing your scales before moving on to that Chopin Waltz you've been working on, art journaling is an essential "warm up" in your art practice. The very act of working in your journals keeps your creative juices flowing.
More tips for art journaling next week!
Have a great weekend!