Thursday, April 22, 2010

Just one sentence

I have started an Art Journal. I think they are very cool and I bought one at the beginning of the new year, determined to use it to learn some things, to play and experiment.

But guess what? It is a bit of a daunting task.

What do I write?

How should I illustrate and decorate the pages?

I did a little sketch looking out of the window at the Stanley hotel while we were there for our anniversary. Even though I really don't know how to. Then I stuck it on the first page of that journal, made a Zentangle frame for it and wrote a few thoughts.

Then the journal sat.

I got a book called "Journal Spilling" by Diana Trout (LOVE it!) and made a couple of pages with ideas from that.

Saw a Suzi Blu art journal video and she suggested blurting out all over the page with all the pent-up bad stuff- then putting gesso all over, right over top of it to make it all go away, decorating it and making it into a new page.

I LOVED the idea of that, because I do like to vent on paper- but don't want to look back on all of that crap! It was thrilling to get "permission" to alter the event! And I did a couple of pages with new vigor.

Learned to draw some pretty girls with Suzi Blu and started putting them in too.

I haven't done a lot in this journal yet, but I keep reading about what others do, especially those like Teesha Moore who is SO generous in sharing what she knows and does.

In my reading, and I'm sorry I can't tell you where, I read that if you are having trouble starting or keeping up an art journal, start with just one sentence.

One sentence? I can do that!

I currently have a small pile of sticky notes with "one sentence" on them- and a head chock full of ideas for each one! I have woken up in the middle of the night with great additions to each of these pages!

Now I need to get them on an actual page... stay tuned! I will post a photo when I get the first "one sentence" page done.


Felicia said...

Ha! that is so funny, today i was reading a book called Journaling Bliss by Violette, fun, simple, step-by-step advice on how to get started! I'll go and look at the book you've recommended. I've done one page so far...I seem to have this fear of writing the bad stuff in case someone were to see it. But its fab, i really think i will be helped and inspired by keeping an art journal.
I've finished rambling now!!!