Art Journaling Magic – Recap!

I’ve picked up a lot of tricks from my high school art classes and the sculpture class I took in college, but until recently mixed media had been largely unexplored. Mixed media increasingly appeals to me as I grow in my art journaling practice. There’s something both beautiful and magical about the way the layers and textures come together into one cohesive piece. So it seemed like destiny when Art Journaling Magic, taught by Rosemary Augustine, was offered on a day that I was available.

Art Journaling Magic Page

This piece was created by layering gesso over mixed media paper and creating an initial background of acrylic paint. I then used matte medium to collage magazine images and stamped tissue paper in layers. Texture and depth elements were added in the form of stencils and punchinella. I finished it off with some pen embellishments and 3D stickers.

Around the time of the class, I watched an episode of American Experience highlighting the life and career of Dorothea Lange. One of the things she was quoted as saying resounded in my mind as I worked through the process:

“Beauty appears when one feels deeply. Art is an act of total attention.”

– Dorothea Lange

I think it’s so true and that’s one of the things I like the best about mixed media. There are so many individual elements, each added for a special reason or for no reason at all, all coming together to create a whole. I think it’s remarkable whenever I see mixed media pieces in person. It’s easy to get lost in every daub of paint and every altered image. It’s also easy to lose yourself making your own pieces.

Since I’ve taken the class, I’ve used the techniques I learned to create front and back covers for my next daily journal and a birthday card.

I do plan on continuing to use these techniques and build upon them on my future projects. And remember that blank canvas? I’ve already started drafting studies to get it filled!

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Are you a mixed media artist? What aspects of it do you enjoy the most?

Art Journal Page – Changing My Tune

Well, this is my first full week back at work! Gone are the days of living the charmed vacation life. Rather than having an abundance of free time for my creative projects, I’m back to finding the balance. As I approached this day, I worried about how things would change. Would I still be able to regularly engage my creative side? I can be quite the worrier at times! So as I often do in such situations (see my previous post on being confident!), I turned to my journal. This page is called “Changing My Tune.”

Art Journal Page - Changing My Tune

Art Journal Page – “Changing My Tune”
Supplies: crayon, Babybel cheese netting, Stabilo pens, Gelly Roll pens, washi tape, marker

I went with the musical theme on this one–even though I haven’t played the guitar in years! The idea of this was more about changing the direction in which my mind wanders. Rather than focusing on the past and factors I can’t change, I want to work on framing things more positively. Another note I added was to not say the words, but also follow through on them. It’s one thing to say you’re going to think positively, but it’s another thing to actually act upon it.

It’s been a long, slippery road and I know the challenges won’t end, but making these affirmations in my journal definitely help. I’ve definitely committed to living the life I love in 2015 and if I hold strong, I know I’ll be able to find that balance.

One of the things I want to work on this year in my journal is adding more depth and texture to my pages. For the first time, I tried using the netting from Babybel cheese bundles as a stencil. I laid the netting down over my page and simply colored between the holes using a crayon. It was an easy way to add a little something extra and I think I liked the way it turned out. I think I’m going to work with this technique a little bit more and see what other things I can do.

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Are you returning to work today as well? How do you plan to find the balance?