This journal spread is the result of a couple of different challenges. My Art Journal Challenges group is challenging us to use wings on something that doesn’t normally have them, and it can’t be a person. At A Year in the Life of an Art Journal, the word prompt is Imagine, the stuff prompt is words or images from magazines, newspaper, ect., and the technique prompt is masks/stencils. This is what my imagination came up with. I love the idea of traveling and seeing new places but at night I just want to be in my own bed in my own house.
Finally, the internet is back up! Yay! It was down when I got up at 7:00 this morning. My phone was out, too. And my son had my cell phone so I couldn’t even report the outage. And he had my car, too! I worked in my journal and carved a Strive stamp while the rain went drizzle, drizzle, drizzle.
A note to my Blogger friends: For the past 2 weeks, I’ve had a hard time commenting on a lot of the blogspot.com blogs. The page just reloads but nothing happens. The ones where I can post with my Name and URL seem to work (why don’t all of you allow this? It makes it so much easier for non-blogger users to comment!) but if I have to use my Open ID, it’s hit or miss. I even signed up with a different Open ID provider, thinking the one I was using was to blame, but no luck. Plus, the Open ID works on all non-blogger blogs just fine. Anyway, just wanted you to know that there’s some kind of problem there and I am not ignoring all of you, LOL.
I’ve been using my word of the year – strive. I wanted to sketch something before bed but the house was dark and I couldn’t think of anything interesting to sketch. I thought maybe a quick self portrait to practice faces. For me, if I’m trying to get a likeness, portraits are not quick and easy. But I remembered my word. I grabbed 2 colored pencils so I couldn’t erase and knitpick like I usually do and just went for it. I didn’t have a mirror so I used the front facing camera on my 7″ tablet and drew straight from the screen. The likeness isn’t perfect but it’s much better than I expected for a quick one-go sketch. I was proud of myself for making that effort and not finding something easier so into my journal it went. I saw the quote on Design Dreams by Anne and knew I wanted a copy of it in my journal so I would remember it. I’m entering this spread as my submission for the Artists in Blogland soul challenge.
This spread was fun to do because it started with a page from a catalog. It was a pile of cardigans. If you look closely, you can still see the buttons and text. I just liked the curvy lines so I pasted it in and colored over it with inktense pencils. I thought it looked like a strange landscape so I painted in a few clouds and waves and a little person standing on an outcrop.
How I’ve missed it. I love that it doesn’t have to look finished or good or anything but how it looks. I love going back throughout the day and adding bits and pieces of things and (possibly incoherent) little thoughts. I love that the silly frog I drew on a torn envelope can find a safe home and not be tossed out. It’s my security blanket, my coloring book and sometimes my secret diary.
In 2011, I decided that I needed to work more outside my journal. I wanted to do some bigger projects and paint on canvas again. I want to continue that this year but there were times when I really missed my journal, so I’ve decided to start an art journal for 2012. I may not work in it as often as I used to, so that I can still work on other things, but it will be there when I need it.
I’ve been thinking about what word I want to focus on in 2012. I’ve finally decided on STRIVE. I thought about what I want to focus on this year in different areas of my life, what I want to accomplish, and how I can get there. Strive feels like the right word at this time. It seemed like the perfect theme for the first spread in my new journal. Mixed media in a Moleskine sketchbook. Have you found your word for 2012?
I only managed a couple of journal spreads this week so I’ll link this one to Paint Party Friday.
The Summer of Color theme this week is pink. I wanted to do another altered book page and was lucky enough to find a reference to pink azaleas in the book I’ve been using. Other words on the page such as shabby and comfortable made me think of a much loved stuffed toy that has been dragged around and loved for years, providing comfort and companionship to some little one. We were to use wax in some way for extra credit so I used a white wax crayon for the word Shabby. It acts as a resist to the green watercolor. Next week’s challenge color is Yellow with a bonus of metallics. I hope I can find the word yellow in my book!