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Presently at Soul Food Heather, the creatress and wonder-woman, is taking us on a tour of the many and varied delights to be found within the SF vaults. I would encourage all of you to give it a whirl – you will find a link, click, perhaps be inspired by that first click, perhaps follow that link to another and another. The site is an absolute treasure chest of all sorts of prompts, inspirations and creative ideas whatever medium you work and play in. Do give it a go – here !
This is my first offering from the prompt: The Wild Things. I had and have so many thoughts on this so there may be more to follow, maybe not :).
The text reads:
The wild things are
those thoughts unbidden
tumbling from my mouth;
those thoughts which maybe
should have stayed
well and truly hidden!
After completing the doodle quiltie I went back to the Soul Journey Journal. I decided I wanted to continue with this journal even though the project itself is finished, my journal is not nor, of course, is my journey.
I started this spread not having a clue what I wanted to do or express but determined to stick to my arting every day this month, so I applied torn text etc to the pages adding a layer of gesso over this. I then collaged and wrote random numbers as per one of the spreads we did with Caspiana – still not knowing where I was going. Next a wash of colour which I really didn’t like so another was added after that. I then decided I wanted some texture so dry painted some acrylic paint onto the pages and closed them to create uniform splodges on each page. Left to dry overnight, hated it and covered with another two washes of colour. Again for texture I added some paper weaving using electrical tape to fix it in place which I then sanded and added yet another wash of colour. Whilst waiting for this to dry I was flicking through an old Wemoon Diary and saw a painting entitled “In Gaia’s Garden” – ta da – yeah that’s it. So that became the theme of this spread. I actually love the title and feel of it so much I may well do a whole altered book or art journal on that theme. I was sifting through my collage materials wondering how I wanted to visualise the title and found a picture of a leaping cat, so I proceeded to make a stencil from that and a moon – the text underneath I had found already – all the bits came together…the visual of the cat leaping over the moon to me totally communicates the legend underneath. Finally I added the text at the top of the right page – Gaia’s Garden speaks to me of possibilities, things seen and unseen, things known and unknown – so much to explore and experience.
I have been using a Khadi paper book for this journal and would recommend – it takes so much punishment and is holding up brilliantly.
I have started a new art journal journey which is being hosted/run by Caspiana. Samm from SoulfulArt at the Soul Food Cafe provided the link and inspiration to go have a play. So play I am, although I started late so am several days behind but I don’t think that matters, the results and the learning are what counts.
I have done pages one and two so far and am working on pages 3 through 8.
Page 1: Claiming the book as your own:
Believe it or not this is my name page! I was reluctant to do this – I am not sure why, but once I got started I had such fun – what a great experience – I spent hours, doodling, colouring, sticking, playing. It really loosened me up. I am thinking that in all future journals, and where I have space in those I have already done or started I shall make room or tip-in a name page – it is well worth it and definitely shows who owns the book.
Page 2: Protecting your Creative Spirit:
When I first looked at the prompt for this page, Sarah the initiating artist has used a suit of armor to depict her protector. Armour really didn’t feel right for me so I thought long and hard and then slept on it. Of course, the image that has hung by my bedside for many many years was the right one. This is a drawn and painted copy of that image, one I created some fifteen years ago – she is one emanation of several protector-teachers that I have – at the time of her creation (she is a stitched tapestry on canvas) She named herself Raven Mother – quite apt eh :). The mirror at the centre of her chest is to deflect and reflect negativity, the spiral shield I have placed at her crown as it represents for me both internal and external negative criticism and put-downs…the spiral transforming/transmuting these or just spiraling them away from me. The red stone on the left depicts heat/energy and nature both nurturing and inspiring aspects of life.
I am enjoying this journey and realise that although I am working on several seemingly disparate projects at once they all are connected – each is teaching me very similar things. I do so love this world of creativity and expression!