I started working in mainly just one art journal (an old children’s book) in January last year. I found that as much as I hate crinkling pages in new artist pads/journals, I don’t mind it one bit in an old book. Last month, I finished this volume and I thought I’d share some of the art journal pages (or bits of the pages) with you today.
Art Journal Pages
For me, art journaling has been quite an odyssey. It’s a journey and I’ve kept it completely rule free. I start on any page I want, do whatever interests me, feel free to gesso it all and start over again, journal or not. It just doesn’t matter. This is my own little playground to explore- to create awful art (I’m no artist, that’s for sure- I didn’t never made the best grades in art) and to work through thoughts and feelings.
It’s an odyssey for my poor husband too. . . like our adventures in finding circularly joint tape. A specimen not seen on these pages (but we found it!) This page, the title page has the non-cicularly joint tape we got. . . that spanned a new name for the circularly joint tape we did get this weekend. . . one has perfect circles- the other, as seen on this page, is more like gauze. (Trying to explain it to Cody- who didn’t pay attention when I showed him what I was looking for online- because I knew it was different. Argh- the nerve of some husbands. . . anyway, when we found the “wrong” stuff, I was going on and on and on about the circles I wanted. We wound up using the term circularly and joking about how any hardware store guy should know just what I meant- right? circularly joint tape. I was so proud of myself this weekend when the guy at Lowe’s asked if we needed help. I kept my mouth shut- in truth I was laughing wondering what he would say if I asked for circularly joint tape.) I digress- art journaling ultimately is all about fun for me! Even if it’s torturing my husband with a search for circularly joint tape.
I love looking back at the pretty pages but there are others that were more about the moment in which they were created. They aren’t all pretty (well pretty colors).
Many of them have hidden journal that may or may not be visible after I painted over it. I kinda really like that I can pour my heart into my journal and then cover it up- often representing me letting it go and also meaning that it’s forever private.
Some of them have no journaling or title or any words.
That page is one of my favorites along with this one below.
Many of my pages have bible verses and/or bits of lyrics in them. Why yes, this one is Lucero . . .
I posted a picture of that page on Instagram & Flickr and later saw in pinned on Pinterest. Bless their soul it meant so much to me.
Lots of these have texture.
Sometimes they amaze me where they end up compared to where I start- sometimes they take me forever to complete because of that. I’m constantly asking “what now?”
I dabble in all kinds of supplies and I just play.
All in all though my favorites are water color (especially intense blocks & pencils) and then Pan Pastels- and I like mixing them on the same page too. This page has both and more. I think in the coming months I’m going to focus more on watercolor and pan pastel and do just a little of the other stuff.
Sometimes I like to leave little notes to myself or capture things about the process of doing this kinda thing (which is really outside of my comfort zone- I really have no idea what on earth I’m doing- besides trying to enjoy the ride.)
And sometimes the page solidifies things I’m realizing or contemplating.
This volume has no theme and no really pattern- there are a few emerging themes. The journey is interesting because unlike scrapbooking or even really photography- I’ve no idea what my style is. That of course, gives me total freedom to explore and this is all about giving myself complete freedom to just create.
All I need to do now is something with the cover and something to help this thing close. It’s kinda thick and unwilling to close properly. I think I’m just going to paint the cover in a color that will match my favorite home paint color and keep it super simple. . . we’ll see. One thing I’ve learned with art journaling is to just see where it goes.
I am excited to literally turn another page- in another book and see where this journey leads me. I love that this is just something I do for fun regardless of whether I’m any good at it (And that I can close the book- if it will close- and no one has to see them)