Last week I met my friend Christine at an art store...kind of dangerous meeting spot for me, as I always find something I want. I'm a sucker for paints in premixed pretty colors. Plus, these inexpensive acrylics are easy to just dip into for quick play. Of course, I had to put them on some paper right away. You know how some people say cookies call to them? For me it's colors...they beg to be played with. I can't resist.
I feel like this front peach was begging to be picked, and I feel the same way about the colors. I pick them often as a reaction to a previous color I've used.
Because I don't go in order with my pages, and have pages in all the different stages of journaling going at one time, I will end up slapping a new color over old ones which leads to different color combinations as well.
I had done this journaling page late one night and when I woke up I didn't care for much of it, so started collaging over it. When I got the new paints, I dabbed some on there too.
None of the pages I'm showing here today are finished. I love seeing other people's pages in process, and am showing mine here, hoping the same interests you.
This was merely for fun- playing with the new inks and colors I just bought.
I instagrammed this one last night because as I was flipping through pages looking to doodle or color, I found it funny that someone had written a reply to my previously written question. (And no, she did not find the off switch while I slept, I'm still thinking thinking thinking most of the time I'm awake.) But this page went from the above to this with the addition of the new colors:
Here's the whole spread:
I take it back about what I said about none of the pages posted today are finished. I'd say these two probably are.
Unless I change my mind.
Truly, I don't really give the pages that much thought or analysis. They are experimentation, play, just pages in an art journal. Here's a great example of that:
I'ts just a page I was trying out different tools, showing some friends different tools, a little demo page actually. I don't consider it finished, some day the mood will strike me to paint over some of it, or collage, or write or doodle and then, after that, it will likely feel more cohesive. But I'm going for authentic development, not a preplanned result.
Above is a page that was all about playing with that favorite new pen I linked to in a recent post, this one.
Same with this page, I was showing Carol some of my favorite new pens when we were in the desert. Love to get my art journaling friends turned onto new tools. (I'm working on a favorites pages for the blog here.)
Sometimes it's just a long standing favorite black pen (I buy them in bulk, they are inexpensive enough that I don't have to treat them specially- in other words, I can leave them out and not have a heart attack if someone in the family picks it up and uses it, unlike with more expensive pens) and good ol' number two pencil that I crave playing with.
Anyway, not sure how I got off on this tangent, but there you have it, some recent journaling pages in all different stages and a little bit of the way my brain approaches art journaling.
Thank you to everyone who has requested, and continues to patiently wait for, my art journaling e-course. I AM going to do it, I've even started making videos...it's just a very big project for me; I love art journaling and have lots to share about it. -Since my word of the year is ORDER, I'm working on getting everything organized so that I can attack such a big project and make it as awesome as I can!