This is a step-by-step presentation of the creation of an art journal spread.
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***I have created 'art journal' style layouts before, however on traditional 12" x 12" scrapbook paper, NOT in an actual bound art journal/sketchbook. So when it came time to get to work in a sketchbook I faced the dreaded 'white page' - also known as 'freezing up' and not able to produce anything. To stall the art journaling start date, I bought a few different sketch books, and then returned them unused. Then I've taken out (and even read) every single book and magazine on the topic of art journaling; Then I've visited quite a few blogs of other art journaling artists - anything and everything to delay starting.
What gave me a good push to start is a current lithuanian scrapping challenge blog's assignment to make scrapbook paper from art or home supplies - basically to make your own patterned paper.
I figured that I'll just experiment in this sketchbook: Scribble a bit with the water soluble crayons, then spray some paint, then use a stencil and embossing powder. Unlike creating traditional scrapbook layouts where I plan everything ahead of time from the photos, theme, design, and details, this was a very stress-free method of creating of not being attached to the outcome. Interestingly enough, the result made me happy. Lesson learned is that you have to give yourself permission to play and experiment with your art supplies.
The finished double spread
- Bee Paper - Aquabee (www.beepaper.com).
- Super Deluxe; Heavyweight Drawing Paper for use with Wet & Dry media
- 12in. x 9 in. (30.48 cm x 22.86 cm)
- 93lb. or 150 gsm. paper
The title: Willing to go naked, should not be taken literally ;) It's a metaphor for my goal of revealing and being brave enough to share more of my vulnerabilities and daily struggles in my art journal.
Recently I was tremendously inspired by May Sarton's Journal of a Solitude. I've copied so many inspirational quotes from this book. The paragraph written in orange ink is one of them:
"... And at some point I believe one has to stop holding back for fear of alienating some imaginary reader or real relative or friend, and come out with personal truth. If we are to understand the human condition, and if we are to accept ourselves in all the complexity, self-doubt, extravagance of feeling, guilt, joy, the slow freeing of the self to its full capacity for action and creation, both as human being and as artist, we have to know all we can about each other, and we have to be willing to go naked."
Art journaling appeals to me on so many levels. I will not cease scrapping traditional scrapbook pages, yet I always felt that there's something lacking in that arena for me. Because I have an easy time writing (and actually enjoy it), I found that I frequently have to cut down my writing for design or space considerations on scrapbook pages. In an art journal, I feel more 'at home' to ramble on, vent, and experiment without any expectation of a 'perfect' end result. Also, I've always liked using visual symbolism in my work, thus in art journaling I'll get to incorporate more of my odd collection of stamps and images.
Thank you for reading about the creation of my 1st art journaling spread in a sketch book!
*Pens: Kuretake ZIG Wink of Stella (Gl. Gold MS-40-101); ZIG MIllennium (Pure Orange MS-03 and Pure Black MS-01).
*Transparency: Die Cuts with a View.
*Journal die cut page: Making Memories.
*Stickers: Jenni Bowlin Studio (''know this'); Hambly Studios (birds).
*Stamp: Stamper's Anonymous (eye), JoAnn Scrap Essentials (date),
*Stencils: The Crafter's Workshop (TCW177 Cherry Blossoms and TCW203 Circle Grid).
*Rub-ons: Basic Grey (floral); American Crafts (alphabet), 7 gypsies (quote).
*Paper tape: Therm-o-web (sewing supply).
*Watersoluble wax pastels: Caran D'Ache: Neocolor II.
*Embossing ink: Ranger Industries.
*Embossing powder: Hampton Art.
*Stamping ink: ColorBox - Cat's Eye Chalk (red); Tsukineko StazOn (black).
*Paint: Plaid 'Folk Art' (color: 904 Lemonade).
*Spray mist: Glimmer Mist by Tattered Angels.
*Adhesive: UHU Stic
*Other: Masking tape and vintage book page.
*Photo credit: Stock.xchng (gmarcelo).