What I really love to use an art journal for is expressing my feelings or working out how I feel when I’m unsure. This is what I have done for my last several pages and it feels good. First, a spread about my 19 year old daughter moving out next weekend…all the way to Seattle! Such mixed feelings here because I am thrilled for her to be embarking on her life’s journey on her own, going to art school, getting her first apartment, being with her boyfriend who is stationed with the Navy out there and just plain living in Seattle which is awesome (we lived there for a few years around 2000). But, I am terribly sad for myself! It’s taken me a while to get past crying every time I think about it. Her move date has gotten moved up twice, which has been very hard. So, I decided to journal about it, using some inspiration from Pam Garrison, who is one of my favorite artists. Love the light colors she often uses and I borrowed the “banner” at the top of the right page below, putting my own touch on it.
Now for the techniques and supplies used, for those that care:
The first thing on this page was a spray of home made pink alcohol ink, which can be seen mostly as-is where I wrote “my precious daughter Emelie is moving out”. I added watercolors to the rest of the page background, then added details with acrylic paint….the orange swoops to the left, the colored bands, the tear, the flowers. I added the journaling spot that I created using a stencil and the alcohol ink on acrylic paper, then wrote on it with colored ink pen.
I used gel medium to attach some vintage papers, then painted with three colors of acrylic paint for the background. I made the journal spot by using pink acrylic paint, then yellow around the outside for the border, which I embellished with colored ink pens in a doodle or zentangle style. This is very new to me and I could certainly use some practice! I added the sweet vintage book page image of the bird “leaving the nest” since it so well illustrates my daughter leaving. I’m loving my new Prismacolor black pens/markers…they work so well!
And now for another spread….
These pages I created in the midst of overwhelming stress feelings, needing to find something to do instead of screaming my head off to my family. My daughter brought home a little puppy quite unexpectedly. We knew she was going to adopt a dog when she moved….AFTER she got to Seattle! But, a friend of her best friend rescued this little dog and he needed a home. My daughter fell in love with him so she brought him home…the way things change when they get this age and are moving out!! Well, we already have three large dogs that we love dearly and are mostly very well behaved. But, you suddenly introduce a tiny puppy into this mix and they start going crazy. Not to mention the tv blaring, the kids all talking and calling the puppy, etc and our home was full of chaos. So, I hit the worktable and went at it to define my feelings and get them out by creating. I purposely made it very chaotic since that’s how I felt.
I used several colors of acrylic paint all over the page, then chose stencil with a random pattern and used more acrylic paint to add this to the page. I added a few papers/paint swatch and wrote the word “Chaos” in paint pen, outlining it in my new gold paint pen and using my new Prismacolor black chisel marker to write the other words. It feels appropriate to me and really is an expression of how I felt.
For this page I used various papers including used wrapping paper with a paisley pattern, part of a cupcake wrapper, vintage papers and went over them with watered down gesso, then added some more vintage papers. The book text with the various colors I created using watercolors and a toy truck tire with tread pattern to create. I am always looking for everyday things to create pattern now. I used colored pens to fill in some of the areas of the wrapping paper and write the journaling on the right side. The “want ‘wild’ orange” card covers up another paint chip card that didn’t work when I journaled on it. More gold paint pen in dots on and around this.
I feel like I’m getting a good balance between learning and trying new techniques and expressing what is going on in my life and with my feelings and perceptions. Another goal here is to improve my skills enough to sell some mixed media art so I can continue to create it on a regular basis along with my jewelry. I have a few gifts to family and a friend I’m needing to give and I think I will try some mixed media art using quotes. Crossing my fingers they will turn out well so I can give them!
What have you been creating recently? Art, jewelry, music, writing…??? I’d love to hear about it.
Peace to your heart, Sara