Art Journal Pages, Creative JumpStart 2016

My winter vacation ended with a lovely brunch on the Sunday before I headed back to work.  It is always difficult transitioning to working and meetings after being on my own schedule with much less human interaction (unless I choose to of course), no conference calls and limited screen time.  I decided to join Nathalie Kalbach’s Creative JumpStart 2016 workshop as a way to stay accountable to my goal of working on my art journal each week.  It’s been fun to see what each contributing artist (JumpStarter in Nathalie’s vernacular) comes up with for the focal artist each week.  I’ve not been responding to each day’s video, but have spent time each day that I didn’t have an evening commitment in my art journal.  I’m getting close to finishing the journal I started last year.  It’s kind of exciting!  I’ve also been keeping track of my days in my words journal.  It’s a journal that I just write in, no art in it, other than the gelli-prints I did on the pages before I bound it.  So far so good, my practice in journaling over the last year is continuing to thrive and to sustain and energize me.

First, from New Year’s Day, a page which is collaged from gelli-prints, copies of previous journal pages, painted, and pen- and marker-work: “Artistic Vision”.

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Next, I finished “Light, Bright Light” on the 4th.  It started with inky underpaper and gelli-prints.  I worked with some of the resulting lines and elements that I saw as a result of the collage and added paint, stenciling, and pen and marker work to finish it off.

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Next, my first #CJS2016 page, inspired by Rae Missigman’s video interpreting Matisse.  I stamped on this page, painted, drew, stenciled, painted and drew some more.  This page is much more pastel than I normally produce!

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Another #CJS2016 inspired page, Three Circles is sort of inspired by Birgit Koopsen and Tori Weyers who were both intepreting Jean-Michel Basquiat.  I finished this off Wednesday and started my next page.

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And my last one for the first two weeks of January was finished this morning.  “Fantasy Garden 2016” started with a page I’d wiped brushes on from the previous page.  I am trying to work with different colors and combinations than I’ve gravitated towards lately.  I also tried a bit of intuitive painting here.  I started by stenciling over the painted page with some of my new StencilGirl Stencils, then started working into everything with various opaque and transparent paints and FW Inks.

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Happy Art Journaling!

Nourishing My Creative Spirit

I have had a very busy and stressful year at work.  My past habit has been to retreat to the escape of fiction in the form of books.  I established a goal for this year to spend at least one evening a week in my studio, and to document that.  I fell short of adding to my accomplishments jar some time in late February, but by then, I had firmly established my pattern of entering my studio and nourishing my creative self.

I’ve played a LOT with my various Gelli Plates.  I’ve collected a lot of paint in my quest to find opaque paints.  Who knew that almost everything I had in my stock of Golden fluid acrylics would turn out to be a transparent color?  I’ve spent a lot of time browsing YouTube for art journalling and mixed media videos.  And, I’ve spent a lot of quality time with my art journal.  I also joined Instagram, where you can find me as @AnLiNaDesigns.  I’m chronicling my art journaling, and my kittens’ adventures, there in pictures.

Here are a few months worth of journal pages, oldest to newest.  You can see that I am getting better the more I practice!  Starting from the week of March 9th and going through today.

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Awake at 3am, March

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A Girl and Her Bird, started in March, finished in mid-April.

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Zen Sunset, April

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3 Leaves and a Flower, April

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A, Started in late April, Finished May 1

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Art is Not What You See, started from a trash page a week ago, finished yesterday, May 3

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Aimlessly Wandering in Circles Forever, started today, maybe finished, maybe not!

Last but not least, Art-Xscape 2015 classes are online and registration is open.  Check it out!  Kelly Kilmer is teaching art journalling in Austin Texas!  Probably partially why I’ve been so motivated to journal lately!

An Art Journal Weekend

 

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A weekend with a friend is a great cure for stress.  An art journal weekend is even better!  I spent last weekend with my fabulously creative friend Annie, who can do amazing things with felt and beads, on my way to a San Diego for a work trip.  Because it is also Photo Friday, I’m sharing with you two of my favorite photos from Annie’s in the afternoon, high altitude sun.  No filters used here.

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We played in our art journal with stencils, gelli printing, and acrylic paint.  It was a fabulously relaxing and energizing weekend.  Annie doesn’t art journal often, so she was looking for inspiration.  I provided plenty of that!  I screwed up and resurrected a page, and almost screwed up another one.  I started and mostly finished a page without huge mistakes that I knew where I wanted to go with it.  I started another that is in a very awkward stage as I do not know where I’m going and it’s in its ugly phase.  So, here are my pages from last weekend!

My warm up page:

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My resurrected page, salvaged to be an abstract sunflower:

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The next page, which is too busy right now, but simmering:

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My third page, very minimalist for me!:

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My happiest page!

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And my last, awkward stage page

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Art Journal and Gelli Play

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Is so much better when done with friends.  I spent a pleasant weekend with my friend, Annie, in her fantastic house and studio.  This was a girls’ weekend where we had no goal other than to eat good food, spend time together and art journal.  We pulled out our Gelli Arts plates as well, because I seem to need to warm up on my Gelli plate before I can get in my journal and play.

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Friday evening, I worked on a page in my journal, where, unfortunately, I didn’t get photos of the in-between stages.  I was working on something that was looking like a mountain at sunset with a storm blowing in.  But I screwed it up.  I stopped working on it because I knew it was bad and didn’t know where to take it.  Saturday morning, we were warming up with the Gelli Plate again.  Annie was working with an acid green, teal, and red. 

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I looked up and BAM!  Lightbulb went off.  I pulled out some green gold and cobalt teal and started going over the white areas on the left page which totally dominated it.  Then I reworked my sky, fingerpainting white over the blues, turquoise and purples.  I collaged some of my print-outs from previous gelli-printing adventures and I was on my way to this page!

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I started working on the facing page Saturday, which had been a wipe-off page from Friday.  I started off by collaging a gelli-print on deli paper from my last on-and-off session in my own studio from the previous weekend.  I added finger-painted circles, collages blocks and got stuck.  So, I went on to another page.

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Friday night, late, snow started falling, but not much was on the ground by Saturday morning.  Canada geese put in an appearance just as the snow started coming down more heavily. 

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From Winter to Spring in 3 Weeks

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It is the time of year in Central Texas where we look to come out of burrows into the garden.  The days are noticeable longer and the last of the leaves have dropped from the trees.  In my yard, the harbinger of spring is the Bradford Pear tree.  It seems to be budding out before it loses all of its leaves, but I know spring is here when the blossoms start to open.  Next are my bulbs.  Winter may still take a swipe or two at us, but the plants and birds know.  Spring has arrived.

My tree on February 1st, looking west.

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My tree on February 7th, same view.

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My tree on February 14th, same view.

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I have spent my creative free time working on several things, many of which involved printing with my #GelliPlate.  I’ve made a lot of cool backgrounds that I’ve scanned and am using in other pieces of art.  These were all made with TCW Stencils using Golden acrylics and Master’s Touch acrylics.

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One of the things I’ve used them for is my paper doll that I designed for the All Dolls Are Art Winter Swap.  My paper doll is a circus performer – I can only post a sneak peek now though as I don’t want to unveil her before the swap deadline at the end of the month.  If you would like to play – you can check out the guidelines on the ADAA blog or Facebook page.

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A second thing I used my prints for is my Valentine’s card for my mom.  I don’t generally celebrate Valentines, but I did send out a few cards this year and wanted to make my mom a card as she always makes me the nicest of cards.  This card has a gelli printed background, gelli printed scrapbook paper adhered to grungeboard for the heart (a Tim Holtz die) and Gelli printed deli paper for the intermediate layer.  The stamp is my hand-carved “Love” stamp.

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Last – I made a gift for my friend Annie – which I will show later in the week, after she’s received it!

And of course, I have my #StudioCats er kittens keeping me company.  They are so big that they really don’t qualify as kittens anymore, but they still have all the energy and wonder of kittens.

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Cookie – curled up in a basket below my printing table

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Calla giving Cookie a bath in my studio chair.