I was thinking that for my next art journal book I would want to use either a novel, calendar book or album book. I have these around the house. I love to look around the apartment and see what can I use to make my art. It seem to me I can use things that I don’t want and alter it from what it originally looked like. The thought of using something new just doesn’t excite or inspire me as something old and unused. It really makes my creative juices flow with many ideas. I don’t mind damaging or beating up an old book than using something new and pretty. It just takes the pressure off if it doesn’t work out.
This week I found out that yes I can draw I just get in the way. There are times I get so nervous to draw a face the doubt set in and my drawing comes out hideous in my eyes. I had to do a drawing for a project and I want to make it cartoonish so I looked around for some inspiration. The first drawing came out so-so after much frustration. I was amazed that the second one looked even better. I did a double take when I looked at it again that I thought “I made this?” I can be really hard on myself when it comes to drawing faces and people. I feel like a kid learning to draw for the first time. This has become a learning experience for me that now I approach it with openness and playfulness.
Enjoy your weekend!
I have a dirty secret. It one that I’m not proud of. Since I started to do my new book with layering, I have been doing something more than before. I been picking up scraps of paper from the streets. Don’t judge me. It becoming an addict I’m having. I have found dry cleaning slips, parking tickets, bus pass, little notes, appointment card, free car wash card, playing cards, trading card game, and scratch tickets. Okay so it not a lot but it can be distracting. I was hoping to use it as my layering piece to my art journal but I’m finding it hard to glue it to the book. I was thinking to use it as part of the piece after I’m done painting like an accessory part. I’m still not sure yet how to use it. I been checking out others art journal and I want mine to look like that. It so frustrating. Oh well, I guess I continue exploring and practicing until it becomes natural.
This is my fourth art journal book pages 8-14. It seem to me that I like circles and spirals in my art and I been doing it a lot lately. Now that I look over my art journals closely, I do lots and lots of circles and spirals. I wondering if it reminds me of bubbles which I love or it all coming to end and beginning of things in my life. Maybe its the continuing cycles that I go through but either way I enjoy making small, medium, and large sizes. I will continue making them in different styles and ways in my art.
I been experimenting on painting characters lately and yesterday this cutie came out. I saw a picture of a girl with her head turn and she had her hair on the side of her face. It was on my mind when I thought what the hell let me give a try. I have been doing a little dabble on painting face on another book and I guess I’m getting use to it. I still need more practice and patience but I like that I don’t convince myself out of it like before. She definitely a keeper and puts a big smile on my face.
Here is a peek into my four art journal book pages 1-7. Most of them I glued paper into it as background texture for the color. The others was just the notebook pages. The paper I used was calendar, manila envelope, scratch tickets, bubble wrap, newspaper articles, appointment cards, receipts, label, business card, envelope pieces, and memo. I basically used what I’m going throw way into my art. It fun to glue paper and see how it going to turn out. I think it gives an edge to it.
I went to my closet the other day and found a few books when I first started my mixed media. I was surprise to see a few art journals that I started but fell short. I felt they didn’t look like the ones I would see others make so when I started the 365 days of art journal I was approaching it with my own way of doing it with just my painting style like I would my canvas art. Now that I’m up to my sixth book, I still get frustrate that I still haven’t pick up other technique style. What I found interesting is that everyone has there own way in doing it. There is no one style. It made me realize that I have my style and I’m still new to it. I have improve on it but it still my authentic way. My style has change since 2010 and three years later I do art almost everyday which I didn’t before. Soon I’m going to be at the end of my six art journal and look at the other books there is something different now. I love to use three different colors and layering is so much fun. I’m so addicted to gluing paper to paper. I did it before on a few of my canvas before doing it on the art journal. This is my style. Since preparing my seven book I feel I going to have so much fun with it. I just can’t wait to start it just because I want to see how it all going to look with colors and texture.