Friday, July 22, 2011
The Good, the Bad and the Ugly, Art Journal Pages
Happy Friday my friends!! It's been a long, hot week and I am so excited for the weekend!
I have been thinking again (uh oh), and feel like I want to share some thoughts on "bad" art journal pages. Now, when I use the term "bad", I am only referring to how you feel about your own art, not what others may think. Truthfully, I don't care about what others think, other than a hope that what I create and share will inspire others.
If you choose to follow me for any amount of time you will notice that I post pictures of all of my pages, no matter how I feel about them. I have been art journaling for two years now, and it's taken me almost that long to come to terms with letting go of negative thoughts regarding what I create. My goal is to have a blog that shows the real me, which may include some pages that some people may feel are "less than". I'm good with that.
Art journaling is about the process for me, not just about making pretty pages. Some pages turn out looking like a hot mess, and I am OK with that now. It's what I needed to get out at the time, or maybe it was a learning experience on (how not to use) colour or a specific technique.
Many people ask me if I have a vision in my mind of how any given page will turn out. It is very rare that this happens. I mostly get thoughts of themes or ideas for techniques, sometimes an idea about layout. When I sit down to art journal I use what's around me, colours that are appealing to me at the moment and just go with the flow. This process is one that grounds me, releases the anxieties in my head, and makes art journaling enjoyable.
I hope that the next time you create you can attempt to let go and just create, without a worry about creating a hot mess. As my wonderful friend Leslie always says, "Art Journaling, It's All Good!"
About a month ago we celebrated one year of me streaming live over on Ustream! This year has brought so many new and wonderful friendships, a community I am proud of, amazing opportunities and MUCH LOVE into my life. A big THANK YOU to each and every one of you that take the time to join me twice a week. I truly love and appreciate you all.
Lastly, if you follow me over on Facebook (search for Journalartista over there and friend me!!) you know I'm looking for a puppy. I created the above art journal page on Easter Sunday. At the time I didn't really know why I chose the title "My Egg", and for a long time the page sat without any writing. I now understand what my mind was trying to tell me at the time... it's OK if babies are not in my future. I am not going to worry or stress about it any longer.
I know what you are thinking. A puppy is not exactly a substitute for a child, but at this time of my life, I know it's the right decision for me. I am SUPER excited, doing lots of reading and researching. I will keep you updated!!
Have a great night, I will see you tomorrow for Stencil Saturday!!
Much LOVE xo