I finished an art journal double page expressing my ‘happy place’ on Wednesday, although I worked on it for 3 days.
I grew up on a 20 acre farm in the White Mountains of New Hampshire and our forest was my favorite place. I now live on a 22 acre ranch in the mountains of Idaho (McCall). The woods on our ranch are magical and the two nature photos in the art journal page are from that ranch. The pic of my shoes and socks? Still a little mysterious to me why they are meant to be on the page, but my personal theme this year is duality so… The woods ground me and maybe my feet symbolize that. And yes I often wear socks that don’t match. (All three photos are mine.)
Right now I am using paper as the main medium for my art pages. I see a lot of other people using paints but I’ve never been much of a painter. I predict that will change as the year of Get Messy progresses.
The second ‘happy’ page I made is another in the series of my spirit animals (see Bear here). This week I was led along a fringe of trees in my RV park by a lovely little hummingbird and since she is one of my spirit teachers, I was inspired to make this page.
I love to color with my Prismacoler art markers and this particular coloring book is Art Nouveau Figurative Designs by Alphonse Marie Mucha rendered by Ed Sibbett, Jr. The drawing and saying about the hummingbird is from the Medicine Cards by Jamie Sams and David Carson. I love the pink material I used around the woman and bird… it came with a bouquet of fresh flowers my hubby gave me last week.
Since I love of my photo apps, I played with both the images of the pages and came up with these:
I have three different art journals ready for pages. This particular one is 11×9 hard cover Pentalic art paper book. My others are ‘found’ books and I’m looking forward to filling these as well. Blank pages used to intimidate me, now they are inviting.
Have a great weekend my friends and fellow Get Messians.
What exactly is art journaling?
Ambiguous answer: whatever you want it to be! More specific answer: Art journaling is a notebook that you fill with drawings, paintings, thoughts, words, lyrics, photos, magazine cutouts, random ephemera from your life and events. It can be where you practice art techniques or sketch out big projects. It can be your journal where all things creative + all things emotional intersect. You can put in pretty things you find and want to keep or it can be where you collect and process through your darkest thoughts. It is where art and journaling meet.
Lauren Hooper and Caylee Greyvenstein founders of Get Messy an Art Journal Challenge