From time to time I will write about life, art, and the things that spark my imagination. And, just in case you were wondering, I’m completely drawn to time-worn elements, theater, dance, music, flowers, and books. I’m captivated with the portrait and the challenge of this subject. I aspire to weave these elements together into my art and reveal who I am.
For many years I kept a sketchbook and would practice drawing and jotting down my ideas. However, it wasn't until I began diving into the creative practice of art journaling that I saw a significant shift in my artwork. It was a place to explore color, lines, mark making, and build up layers of beautiful materials - all without fear.
art journal inspiration
Your art journal will become a sacred place where you can pour your ideas out onto the page. Ideas that are uncensored and pure. It allows you think, and then you will create. You will feel and create what you feel. By gathering ideas, your emotional connection to your work becomes richer, more intuitive and a more fulfilling creative experience.
gather what inspires you and keep it in your art journal
If you are new to art journaling here are a few tips and techniques to get you started.
1. Decide on what time of book you would like to create in: Strathmore Mixed Media Art Journal is one of my favorites or breath new life into a vintage book that you pick up at the local thrift shop.
2. Prepare your pages (especially in a vintage book) with gesso. I like to use Liquitex Clear Gesso, - or you can choose from white or black as well.
3. Begin to gather things that inspire you - words cut from a magazine, colors and images you love, vintage papers, theater tickets - anything and everything.
4. Pull out your art supplies and begin.
gather your art supplies and practice in your art journal everyday
If you are interested in learning more about art journaling I have a few online classes that will guide you through the process.
art journaling tips and techniques in my new online class
My newest class, The Painted Camellia, can be found on Ivy Newport's creative network. We will dive headfirst into three inspiring art journal projects. The class begins March 8th and there is currently Early Bird registration available. So, take a moment and visit Ivy's site.