Thursday, September 24, 2009

Art Reflections

I have created some art journals that are a bit outside of my usual fantasy realm. I am liking the overly colorful as well. The page below is a reflection of me trying to bring more of a whimsical fun element to my pages.

I have to say this was one of the more difficult pages because I was trying to force the process. I finally relaxed and just played. Sometimes when we (myself) try to hurry or force something into our art it just will not work. Once you relax things seem to fall into place. I think at least for me, that is the most important thing. Play. When I try to force and "just get it done" nothing comes. It must be fun. This piece was fun and easy when I let the process take over.

Since I don't use words most of the time I need my pages to speak to me through the images I choose. When I choose an image that is not "saying" what I am feeling there is no way for it to come together.

What is your process for creating. Do you need words in your journal pages in order for them to work for you? How does the process of creating effect your art and what you create? Interesting questions. Let me know if you have a minute.
Now, create something. Make it speak to you. Your day will be all the better for it.

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

A Tribute and other ramblings

September 11 will always be a day that will be remembered in stark colors for all of us. The ATC card below is my Tribute to those that "Gave All"

The pages below are for a circle journal I am participating in. I am not good with Asian but I enjoyed putting this together. It is always good to try new themes even when they are intimidating.
The card below was done for fun. I liked this image of the witch and it was a piece that came together easily. Don't you love it when that happens.
I hope you enjoy the pieces above and can find inspiration in them. I am feeling very down in the dumps; I have the flu and because of the scare of it being swine flu I am stuck at home. I know it is just the regular run of the mill flu but it sucks and it is so hard to feel creative when your head is full of cotton. Yes, I am the biggest baby when it comes to not feeling well. I guess if I am miserable I would like to share my discomfort with others. Oh well I am going to be fine and am going to be back to normal soon enough.
Just because I am a bit whinny does not mean you have to be; go make something wonderful and if you have time share it. I would love to see what you come up.

Friday, September 4, 2009

My expression through Art Journal pages

I am not one for writing words. I have tried, but my feelings and emotions just seem to get jumbled up. Plus words are so easily misinterpreted that I have found the use of images a better way for me to express myself. I can record whatever I am feeling at the time with the right image (s). I have found that through images my feelings and emotions are so much clearer and true. I don't try to soften or harden whatever I am feeling when I don't use words. I guess in a simple sentence my journals are now more honest. I am not hiding anything. Everything is right there for all to see. I am enjoying the freedom of this.

The journal page below was inspired from an Open mind challenge. I was stumped then I saw the image; then a good friend of mine names Elena emailed me the exciting news of her being a Grandma for a second time. It just flowed from there. I hope you can see the excitement I know she is feeling; and the through the softness of how I feel whenever I think of new born babies. They are such a joy and gift.

I hope that through your own journaling that you have found a way to be honest and not hide in the shadows. The weekend is upon us. Enjoy it with family and friends. Then make something that will help you remember those feelings for those are what will give you joy through the years. They are our gift to ourselves.