By 2009, I was journaling almost every day. I truly believe that there's no better way to find your own voice than by making art on a consistent basis. You must put the artistic work in to reap the artistic reward.
I started playing and experimenting with silhouettes of all kinds, pushing my layering abilities, and mostly just filling up journals with art and seeing what happened.
I started art journaling back in 2005. There was a small community of artists who were sharing their journals then, and I was insecure and still figuring out my artistic voice.
Here are some of my pages from that year:
I love to look back at my first couple of journals. I have changed and grown so much since then, but I still love my first pages. They are authentic to that moment...and they were the beginning of an amazing art journey.
I am thankful for many things in my life. So many. All the big things are obvious (so blessed to have the fellas, my good husband, my home, my family)...here are some of the little things that I am grateful for:
Big QT cup with a lid and a straw.
"My people"--art friends and kindred spirits all over the world.
Chobani Greek Yogurt, mango flavor.
Tap water. (Yes, tap water...after being in Peru twice this year and not being able to drink the water there.)
When I play with my Gelli Plate, there are always a few prints that I feel "eh" about. These two were initially "eh" to me. But, now I think I like them. They're grungey and messy and the imperfections speak to me. Can you spot my Boulders stencil?
More Gelli Plate fun...did you see they now have a larger size? I think I neeeeed it! I've been printing with Amsterdam acrylic paints...they're deliciously thick and seem to not dry too fast on the plate. Plus they're so affordable.
What a great day....I taught a class about layering, and we made a canvas-bound journal. The artists in class were so fun. They "went there" with me, surrendered to the process, and made awesome, meaningful art. Always a thrill to witness art creation like that. I don't have a single picture (aargh), but here's Jenny's blog post about it.
I had a supremely bad week last week, for no good reason. I am feeling better now...I did this page during the midst of it all. I spilled too much black gesso on my desk, and to use it up I coated a bunch of pages with it. I love the way paint looks over black gesso. It seems more intense! I cut the circles from a painted & inked scrap of Claudine's Sticky Back Canvas that I had in my collage box.
I decided to leave her eyes empty...she's creepy but I think it makes a statement. Lots of scribbles here, lots of gestural marks. I did the drawing with a Lyra Color Giant black pencil. I got hooked on this pencil when I took a Jesse Reno class at ArtFest. It's waxy and makes a nice dark mark over paint. It is *not* water-soluble like my beloved Stabilo All pencil. The Stabilo is still my favorite, but the Lyra pencil is fun for a change. I also used Neocolor IIs and a turquoise Stabilo Woody this page.