Art Journal: July 2018

Here are the results of my first month’s art journal challenges:

Challenge One: Create Your Journal

I was at my friend’s house for this one, and I think my journal came out quite different than other journals I had created before.  Still, as usual, I began with a hard bound sketch book. In an amazing video I watched on YouTube, journal creator Maremi Small Art suggested that Art journals could be created in old used books. What a fantastic idea!! It’s a great way to avoid throwing out old books you will never read again. (It doesn’t have to be a good book.) Using a book written in a different language can give a really cool texture to your journal, and you can always paint over it with gesso if you don’t want it to be seen. Anyway, mine was just a plain sketch book I bought at a craft store, and this is what it looks like now. One of the flowers at the bottom fell off. I may replace it, or not.

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Challenge TwoWrite a dedication and/or a blessing for your book.

I did both, although I did not write the blessing. I came across this poetic excerpt, and it encapsulated my thoughts well. I am hoping those blessings will be mine as I continue my journey.

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Challenge Three: Create a page about yourself.

In a world of instantaneous selfies, I decided to try to paint a self-portrait, something I haven’t done in over 25 years. It is far from perfect, but not bad for an initial try. I am proud of myself for letting go of my need for perfection. On the left side of the page is a reminder to myself that my uniqueness is a gift, and a push to continue to offer my unique self to the world, whether or not I am accepted.

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Challenge Four: Write or create a page around the given image.

I was tempted to put in an older poem, but since the challenge is to create (and I’m also trying to push myself to write) I ended up writing a poem about a friend who recently decided they don’t want to accept my friendship right now.  Also, I was listening to Culture Club while making dinner last night (don’t judge me!) and that quote jumped out of my iPhone and onto the page.

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However, since my old poem is still on my mind, you can read it here, if you want to. 🙂

I feel like my pages are sort of simple right now, but this is a new journey, and I am experimenting. I look forward to pushing the envelope and developing new skills as time goes on.

I would love to see your art  journals, or hear your insights, if you feel inclined to post.

All love, no judgment.

~TFD