2015 Art Journal Review

One of my goals for 2015 was to spend more time in my art journal.  Another goal was to post on a regular basis to my blog.  I did succeed in my art journal goal, but not on my posting goal.  Smile

2015 Art Journal Pages

Be There

Be There

Flowers

Flowers

Noise

Noise

Underwater

Underwater

Sunflower

Sunflower

Three Feathers

Three Feathers

Confident

Confident

Be Where You Are Happy

Be Where You Are Happy

Girl and Bird

Girl and Bird

Awake at 3am

Awake at 3am

Abstract Circles

Abstract Circles

Three Leaves and a Flower

Three Leaves and a Flower

Zen Sunset

Zen Sunset

LAX

LAX

A

A

Art Is

Art Is

Heart Flower

Heart Flower

Aimlessly Wandering

Aimlessly Wandering

5 Leaves

5 Leaves

Do What You CAn

Do What You CAn

Shapes

Shapes

2345

2345

Flames

Flames

The Peace Within

The Peace Within

Whale

Whale

Wild Garden

Wild Garden

Soar

Soar

Dots

Dots

Flowers

Flowers

Gannet

Gannet

Grow

Grow

Stretch

Stretch

Leaves

Leaves

Grafitti Pods

Grafitti Pods

Bumps in the Night

Bumps in the Night

Be Free

Be Free

Grafitti

Grafitti

Dia De Los Muertos

Dia De Los Muertos

Bright Idea

Bright Idea

Butterfly

Butterfly

New Years Eve

New Years Eve

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I didn’t quite finish my journal, and have a few pages I started but didn’t finish, but this is close to everything, almost in order.  I tried a bunch of different things, and I think that my pages got better over the course of the year.  Forty pages is a pretty good basis for practice and improvement.  My goal for my art journalling this year is to complete 2 pages per month – but seeing that I completed more than that (effectively), even though there were a couple of months where I didn’t journal at all, I may need to revisit that goal.

A Lot of Fabric, a Lot of Dye and Little Bits of Clay and Paint

Spring has visited Central Texas and looks to be on its way out the door already, but I’ve been taking advantage of the wonderful weather to dye a lot of fabric.  I have been busy, working on several projects all at once and have some pictures to post, but not of everything!

I dyed a whole BUNCH of fabric over the last week.  I think I did 25 or 30 yards of velvet and 12 yards of rayon.  The velvet is all posted in my Etsy shop and I’ve got links on my Facebook Fan Page so I won’t post pictures here.

I’ve started on my All Dolls are Art 2012 table favor doll prototype.  I don’t have a picture of it yet, because it’s just clay and wires at this point. I’m venturing into new territory courtesy of my Art Fest class with Michelle Allen and trying out paper clay.  I should have enough progress made later in the week to be able to post pictures!

I’ve also been working on Connie’s fabric book pages, but, alas, don’t have pics of that either yet!  Especially since I got home late from work and spent the rest of my evening posting listings on Etsy.

What I do have are the journal pages I’ve done recently.  It has been a good long while since I worked in my journal.  In fact, I had a drought all last fall, not doing anything in it until Christmas when I had my annual “art play date” with my niece and nephew.  Whenever they are here, I give everyone a break and “babysit” by pulling out my journal and my art supplies.  This year, both kids got water color supplies in their stockings, so we had plenty to go around!

After Christmas, I got sick almost as soon as I got back to work, and ventured into my journal about two weeks in to my 6 week bout with a cold.  This page is the result of my being sick and tired of being sick and tired.  Smile

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Then I went to Art Fest, and took along my journal and supplies, but didn’t even crack a page open while I was gone.  Since I’ve been back, though, I’ve been playing in my journal when I got sick again (sigh), and been travelling for work, and just generally playing when I couldn’t put enough time together to work on my other projects.  Since it’s been so long since I played with acrylics, I’m a bit rusty, but am finding my way again.

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I collaged some images I had laying around and played with paint colors I don’t normally use on this page.

life

This one has a gel medium transfer and I used a new stencil!  Love the dots!

water_n_wing

I decided to start out with a black background on this one, and add color to it to see how that worked.  I was listening to Florence and the Machine’s new album, Ceremonials, while working on this.  Love the album, especially love “What the Water Gave Me”. 

long_day

This is free form drawing/painting without collage this time.  I’m not quite finished with this one or the next two.

dance

This one is almost all collage at this point, with a layer or two of paint on top, plus some stencilling and doodling.  I went back to the color palette I used for Hey Daisy from 2010 (yep, still working in the same journal!).

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This page is the opposite page to the one above.  More collage, outrageous juxtaposition of elements.  Lot of fun to do though!  And here, for reference, is my Hey Daisy page.

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Crow Beading and Hey Daisy

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I scanned my journal page, hoping that it would be a better picture.  It is, mostly.  I added pen and ink last night after posting, but didn’t do any work this evening on it.  I haven’t felt well since just after lunch.  As such, I’ve been a bit distracted (ok, a lot distracted) and not very productive.

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I finished beading the outline of the crow, but due to spending more time reading blogs than beading, I didn’t get both feet done.  Actually, I don’t have clear or white beads in the right size to finish his feet, but I could have finished up the outline of both if I hadn’t spent so much time reading art blogs.

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More Journals and Journal Pages

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I managed to focus my attention this evening on journals, with no distractions, no frustration, and a fair amount of creative juice flowing.

I got the second of the three soft cover journals prepped and bound and got the signatures for the third punched and the cover cut and scored.  I quite like the cover for the third book.  I have another piece of this water color paper that I mono-printed.  I may use it to make a book for me, and one for another purpose, perhaps a give-away? 

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2_inside_front

2_inside_back

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3_cover_back

3_cover_inside

I also spent time prepping another spread in my journal with gesso.  I then had a pleasant hour, in between editing pictures of the above journals, slapping paint on in a random fashion to the rhythm of the music provided by DJ Rekha’s “Basement Bangra” album.  I also collaged the corners I cut from the coptic journal cover paper on these pages and some tissue paper.  I pulled out a bunch of mark-making implements (read cardboard and a wood-block print tool) and hand-cut stencils and used those.  I don’t know what thing in my studio I’m going to sketch in on top, yet.  I have several more skulls, some hands, a bunch of dolls and antique jars and then just general mess to chose from.  😉

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I added a bit more paint to Life and Death.  I’m still not happy with the vase.  It stands out too much.  But it is a problem for another day.  There are two pictures here, from different angles to try to compensate for the effects of the flash on the acrylic paint.

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Getting Ready for the Garage Sale

I spent all day yesterday and most of today getting ready for the art garage sale next weekend.  I don’t have anything from yesterday to show, even though it was a far more productive day.  I only got four things done today:  three journals and a new watch for me.  I would have done some beaded earrings, but can’t find my pliers, which is driving me nuts!

I had signatures torn down with the outer page of each signature a piece of marbled paper.  I had enough for 2 books and the signatures were so pretty I knew that they needed to be an exposed spine structure.  The easiest one (read, least amount of required mental energy) for me to do on short notice is a Coptic Stitch spine.  The only downside is you have to cover the boards and let them dry before sewing.  I got one set of boards covered before lunch and in the press.  After lunch I pulled that set out and got the second set covered and in the press in time for the World Cup final to start.  I pulled my supplies into the living room so I could punch the signatures and boards and sew while the game was on.  It took me most of the regular time to get the first one done.  I finished up the second one soon after Spain scored their 1 goal.  The covers of these are some of my paste paper.

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The purple one has marbled paper on the inside of the cover, but it’s marbled using a size of methyl cellulose instead of carragheenan.

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The pink and yellow one has paste paper on the inside cover.

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pink_spine

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Both of these are 6.5” tall by 5 3/8” wide, with 8 signatures.

The third one is a soft cover book made with signatures I’ve had so long I can’t remember when I tore them down.  It’s a bit smaller, and I have enough signatures to do two more.  It’s a soft cover, long stitch binding.  The cover is hot pressed water color paper I mono-printed years ago.  I’ve got more of this paper, and another sheet for the remaining two books.  This is a glueless structure so it takes less time.

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Last, the latest progress in my journal (which hasn’t been touched since Friday night, when I last wrote in it).  The Crow Zentangle hasn’t had much work done on it and what I have done on it was sort of screwed up when I tried a resist technique that didn’t work with india ink.

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And here is the latest version of Life and Death.  I added some pen and ink to the bird, birdbath and skull.  I’m not done yet, though.

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And here is the spread, where you can see both of them at the same time.

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