Junk Journal Spread 41

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This was a fun little doodly spread in my junk journal based on the existing needlecraft pattern page that had been bound into the journal, plus Jane Davenport’s face stamps.  Made for a quick and easy page. I had great fun doodling in the hair, a technique I think I will try again!

Before…

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Of Journals and Faces…

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Still working in my junk journal this week, though I have been making a lot of art as well for some upcoming shows.  Above is Spread #45 in my little junk journal – after.  Below is how the bound journal looked before I started on it.

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On the right side is a page section from one of the fabulous books by Sabrina Ward Harrison. I left the face, but did a bit of altering.  The most striking change is the mismatch eyes which are washi tape by Jane Davenport.  Sure give this gal a wonky look… and I like wonky!  Seems so much more true to life and appealing to me than perfection.

The feathers are from a hand carved stamp.  I have been pulling out my stamps, and carving more to get all brushed up for a stamp carving workshop I am teaching at Tessera Gallery in March.

I have been continuing with my faces as well… this week was faces #44-50! Not an especially great batch, but I did lots of experimenting and got some ideas that I may incorporate into some artwork.

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My favorite this week is this guy…

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I also got a little mini oil painting lesson this week with Lisa Graham, and now am excited to start dabbling a bit in oils.

Another excitement this week was getting the March/April issue of Somerset Studio in the mail with my Paying Tribute article inside!  Still thrills me to see my name in print!

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I will be teaching a workshop on this faux encaustic technique at Tessera Fine Art Gallery in April.

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That is pretty much my week… How was yours?

 

Comfortable in Your Own Skin

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While it seems terribly important to most of us to be “normal” (a figment of our imaginations) that can really put a wet blanket on creativity!  Accepting who you are, quirks and all, is an important part of being artistic.  So put your art on!

This is the before photo of this page out of my little hand bound junk journal.

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Hope you have a wonderfully blessed and creative day!

A Special Kind of Artist

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I like this quote, it really ties in with what I believe down to my bones… that every person was created for artistic expression of some sort!  Have you found your artistic niche and creative outlet?

This is another spread in my little junk journal.  Take a look at how it started out!

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Art Journal Flip

I have been working… rather playing, a lot in my art journal these days.  It is my place to try on thoughts and ideas, and just relieve stress with something fun and creative.

This is one of my recent pages…

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As you can see, it doesn’t bear much resemblance to the original spread, other than the tag in the lower left.  I never know for sure how much I am going to leave or cover up, but somehow it still helps get me started to have something on the page that gives me some color and design cues.

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Here is a flip through of the first section of my little junk journal.  It is not complete, but definitely a work in progress.  When I work in it for a few minutes morning and night, I jump around here and there, adding words, or embellishing.  Once in awhile I land in one page and see it through to completion!  Some pages have journaling, many do not.

Hope you enjoy an arty day!

Let Your Imagination Run Wild

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This is spread 25 in my little junk journal. When it was bound with all my fun bits of this and that, here is what it looked like:

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The lines in the map page kept looking like a dog to me, so I decided to just go with it!  I am usually happier with the results when I let my imagination run its course.  But I have to admit my inclination is to keep it in check.  To do something more “normal” and less “out there”  but I am learning to just trust the process…. especially in my art journal.  After all this is my playground.  My place to experiment, to create, to expand and grow.  That doesn’t happen without putting it “out there” and seeing what happens!  I never know how these kind of pages are going to turn out, but I do enjoy the process.