Art Journal Every Day Journey: Three layouts!

As you can see, the weekend was very productive.  Not that I was just sitting around doing nothing, but these layouts were already works in progress before the weekend and which finally got finished before the night was over Sunday.  Happiness, indeed!

For those who are hearing about Art Journal Every Day for the first time, please click on the link to go to the creative inspiration and genius behind this: Julie Fei-Fan Balzer of Balzer Designs.

Angelo, my 7-year-old who often talks like he’s 17 going on 27 asked me why do I like to draw..  The answer was pretty spontaneous — it relaxes me.  I do not claim to be an artist.. I just like to create.  Now, Julie — that’s the artist.  It is just so amazing how she has brought together a group of creative minds, some of who are true artistic geniuses in their own right, by coming up with this project.  Visit our Flickr group Art Journal Every Day (Flickr) and you can check out the different layouts thus far created and shared.  I am in awe.

It’s a means of self-expression — in whatever way or method we can come up with. It may be with the use of crayons, pens, markers, and some are so adept at mixed media art that if you lost sight of the fact that art journaling is supposed to be about you, you would tend to feel small in the midst of these creative giants.

The layout above, “One Day At A Time” had been discussed in an earlier post which became a greeting card as well.  When I do my art journaling, I try to be very spontaneous.  The many mistakes that I commit along the way can be very discouraging at times, and I have around 3-4 layouts left “hanging” for not being finished or for being discarded due to mistakes I made along the way.

I try not to be too hard on myself and just keep reminding myself that this is a spontaneous creation which is true to the way I feel and the thoughts running through my head during the time I’m creating.

And I can’t get over the fact that I simply doodled the word art on magazine pages — targeting red layouts to keep the theme solid.
This next layout was an offshoot of a greeting card I created which was actually inspired by these words of wisdom from Henri Matisse.

I have been working on using my digital scrapbook paper background stocks in some hybrid scrapbooking (mixing digital with actual scrapbooking) — drawing and doodling over them then cutting up the pieces and layering.  (I am still thinking about doing a tutorial on this but am inclined to do it because it’s something easy as pie that one can do — artist or not.)

The background was another experiment as I diluted some water-soluble oil paint in a spray dispenser (the ones you usually use for your colognes or body spray) and sprayed all around the page to create this effect.  Of course I let it dry before actually working on the layout, and truth be told, I had no idea what I was going to do with that page until after I made the card.

The papers I used for this layout were courtesy of The Shabby Princess, available for download from her blog under THE PROMISE COLLECTION.  (Again, I am considering a tutorial, but that’ll be a different post altogether.)

Although you cannot see it in the layout, I messed this up quite badly by attempting to handwrite the main quotation using a calligraphy pen.  Not my first time to use the pen and I was actually confident I could get away with it, but the surface was not quite accepting of the ink so I ended up with a simple do-over which had me covering it up with a yellow strip of paper.  Ta-Da!  Gone.  I opted instead for simply doing handwritten lettering which came out quite well.

This last layout was probably one of the simpler ones to put together but it happens to be one of the most emotionally laiden for me. I was browsing through another magazine that eventually got thrown in the trash bin when I found myself thinking of my Dad.  It’s his birthday tomorrow and the days leading up to it have been very heavy emotionally for me because I miss him so.  (He passed on a few days short of a year ago..)

I just doodled on the words as they came.. top of mind, as they say, not attempting to make any sense.  It was all about “Remembering Dad”.  The cutting took a while but I’m quite used to it, so the words didn’t get all cut up until late Sunday evening.  Again, everything was pretty spontaneous.  I laid out the words and tried to fix them up as best as I could, including that heart collage I did before the weekend.  I ended up discarding only one word, “lost”, but not including it, to my mind, doesn’t detract from the whole piece.  Another dilemma was whether or not I would use a background or if I was going to work in a background somehow.  While I was trying to fix the placement of the words, I thought of putting in a newspaper background but I decided it might end up ruining the piece.  I thought about zentangling the empty spaces but when I saw the final layout, I decided to leave it as is.

There is so much of me in these three layouts that inspires me to go on with this journey in art journaling.  Forget that June came and went with nary a layout.  I’m in a good place as far as I am concerned with my personal goal of trying to put my thoughts and feelings in an art journal entry.

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