Friday, February 15, 2019

Starting Something a Little New For Me.

As a woman, and an artist/maker I find that I'm not always secure in what I present to the world.  I always want it to be perfect and am afraid of any criticism that's out there.  Isn't that absurd?  We all have to learn somewhere right?  But, I'm finding that in my art I don't have much of record of my progress because I am always giving it away, so after much deliberating I have decided to start an art journal.  As a kid I always kept a journal and as a Christian I keep a prayer journal, so I decided why not an art journal.  And when I say art I say that loosely. The things that rattle around in my head may be awful examples of mud.  At best I'm hoping for some great backgrounds, a few laughs, some feed back from you all, and maybe encourage someone else to record their progress and feed their inner artist soul today.  I am starting in a wired bound Canson mixed media paper journal.  I am thinking I may switch to a home made chipboard ring bound journal later, but we'll see where this goes.  You can probably expect to see 1-2 entries a week here on the blog.  I'd love to see your feed back and even some of your own art journals.   Give me your links and I'll follow you !!!! Here goes nothing!!!!

Products used:  Canson Mixed Media Paper Journal, Faber Castell Gelatos, Acryllic Paints, Angel Glitter Sprays, Distress Stain Sprays, Versafine Onyx Black Ink, Memento Ink Grape Jelly, Recollection Silver Glitter embossing powder, white embossing powder, gold embossing powder, Ranger Perfect medium pen, Versamark ink, Memory Box Wirework Heart stamp set, Finnibar Mechanicals Heart, white cs,   pink cs, confetti heart die set, and Krylon clear matte spray

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  1. Joy, your journal is beautiful. I don't journal and have thought that I should, but "I'm too busy for that." I'm a nurse and feel that I spend too much of my time "charting and documenting". hehehe. I think that you are too critical of yourself. Your art is your own and is unique. As a nurse, in that world I feel I HAVE TO BE PERFECT and not make mistakes. So in the craft world it uses the "other side of my brain" and I give myself permission to be creative and have flaws and feel that I will do it different next time. If I had to be perfect in both worlds it would make me have OCD and life would too challenging. I can't afford craft supplies and that much therapy, lol. Life's too short!!!

    1. Lisa, thanks for sharing that with me. In my former life i spent a lot of time documenting too which probably explains my “self” criticism. I happen to love your art and can’t wait to see what come up with next. It’s like I hold my breath until the next post!!!

    2. Thanks my friend. Seriously be nice to yourself and first and foremost LOVE yourself. Then you can love others. The world can be cruel so it's alright to give yourself a pat on the back or a hug. Otherwise know...I will stop by and give you one, lol.

  2. A wonderful journal page. Stunning colours and a fabulous use of different mediums.
    Thank you for joining in with our February challenge "Anything Mixed Media Goes" at Creative Artiste Mixed Media. Good luck x

  3. Love the vibrant colours and of course the hearts within your journal page x Its great to have you hop on board with us over at A Vintage Journey challenge blog this month

    Best Wishes
    Annie CG x

  4. Fabulous!

    Thank you for sharing with us over here at Classic Design Team Open Challenge and best of luck with your entry.

    Hesters DT for

  5. Hi Joy, I'll share my attempts if you are sharing yours. I started a journal to track health goals and have added in my DT work on a single page each month, I decided it looked a little boring and have decided to add some creative pages too… here's my have a good week... Megan

  6. Fabulous rainbow colours and a wonderful sense of spontaneity and freedom. I think it's great to have a journal where you can follow your heart and not worry about the world's opinion. Thanks so much for joining us on A Vintage Journey.
    Alison x