Well, almost. I had a lot of cleaning up to do before I could even start a new project. And there is all the internal discussion that has to take place – what do I want to do? Where do I start? Which medium do I want to work with? Now that I have almost all the time in the world, it actually makes it a bit harder to decide where to go and what to do. And to tell you the truth, I thought I MIGHT have something from a travel journal to incorporate into some new journal pages.
I had really good intentions for our trip this time….I took my doodle book and my sketch book with all my pencils and other tools handy to work on the plane or the airport, or in all the downtime I’d have on my week long vacation. Coming back, I packed up all those tools for the trip home, having opened the supply bag once to use some washi tape to mend my beach bag! No, I did not find contemplative time on the beach to compose any new masterpieces. We spent a LOT of time snorkeling and being active in the water, and that just did not allow for time with a pencil in my hand. So once again I returned with empty travel journals and pencils that still have sharp points!
I envy those artists who can take a few minutes of down time in a airport to create lovely journal pages. I think after a few failed attempts, however, that I can say that is NOT my style. But good information to know! Maybe I need the security of all my things around me in my comfy corner of the basement to be creative. Or maybe I just need a vacation that is less physically exhausting! But it’s good to be home and getting into a groove.
I decided that in order to get things accomplished, I’d need a things to do list, because I respond better to having something down on paper to help me jump start my process. I came back to a couple of unfinished pages in my original 365 journal, and let them help inform my next steps.
I’m trying to let my art journals be places to learn, places to experiment with processes that I might not already have mastered, but I think I’ve shared before that it is hard for me to not have every piece that gets done be “good”. But I’m starting! The first piece here was done with liquid graphite and a stencil where the graphite really got away from me!!! Note to self – try to have it less watery!
The next piece was much better – I’m using Pam Carriker’s face stencils from Stencil Girl products and her liquid graphite product that you can find at Jerry’s Artarama – but I found myself a better sponge to use for the stencil work, and this face came out MUCH better! I find that when I use someone’s product, however, that I really need to work hard to make the final piece look like my work, and not theirs – but I was pretty pleased with how this final piece worked in the end.
I’m working to pay attention to the parts that make up a piece. In this one, the circles in the collage materials I used help inform the use of circles in other places on the page. I’m completely enjoying my new circle template I found in a drafting section of the art store, having fun drawing circles of all sizes. And there are circles on a face, so the theme seemed appropriate. And I made sure to use some sequin waste for my background stamping, keeping the circle theme going. Might I have used more stamps or more background texture? Maybe – I might try another one now that I’ve gotten better with the graphite usage.
From the class I took down in California in May I have a journal that is all about the face that remains incomplete. So on my list of things to do is to complete that book. I’ve shown you a few shots of what I have so far, which is not much, but I’m hoping to share with you over the next few weeks some completed pages. And surrounded by all of my materials and tools, I’m sure I can do it. After all, it’s on the top of my things to do page!