I never make resolutions but I often do a kind of bucket list at the beginning of the year. This year I decided to focus a lot on my creative pursuits (poetry, art, creative writing). It seems that my Muse has decided to focus more on art this year than on writing but that’s okay. It is feeding my soul. To help guide me with my art journey, I have taken one mixed media course and watched several videos to show me mixed media ideas and techniques. I have also joined several online art-focused groups, two of which provide prompts for creating art journal pages. One gives monthly prompts (Journal Workshops by Jennibellie at http://journalworkshops.ning.com/) and one gives weekly prompts (Journal52 at http://journal52.com/).
I have been doing the Journal 52 weekly prompts since January 1st but only joined the Jennibellie group in April of this year. One thing I’ve noticed is that, as the weeks go by, I am much more experimental in my approach to my art journal pages. I try out new techniques, new colors, new ideas and my pages are more complex, as a result. There is something to be said for regular practice of any craft.
I wish to start posting my work as I create it but need a baseline for doing so since I have been horrible about posting in my blog on a regular basis. So I will start with the two art journal pieces I created most recently:
Journal 52 week 18 (Prompt: Creative Hands) 9×12 Mixed Media on Canson mixed media paper. Acrylic gelli print background, stencils by The Crafters Workshop and Stencil Girl, 4 colors of acrylic craft paint (black, white, purple, turquoise), word collage and stabilo pencil for outlining.
Jennibellie Art Journal Page for April (Prompt: Messy Monochrome – Black, white, and one other color) 9×12 mixed media on Watercolor Paper. Black, white, and yellow oxide Golden fluid acrylic paints, multiple marking tools, collage using copy paper and paper napkins, black sharpie for art journaling, embellished heart rubber stamp.