This first page I want to show you is about a personal challenge, just to force myself to get out of my comfort zone. First I challenged myself to use only black and white (and grey) pictures in my collage, because I ALWAYS use as much color as possible. The second challenge was to create a collage that didn't mean anything...so no new creatures or girls with big heads, just a collection of cutouts glued on paper.
Because I am working in a selfmade journal (à la Teesha of course) in which I painted all the pages before even working in it...I allowed myself to use a colored background...plain blue acrylic paint as we speak :-)
This is what happened:
Journaling (in dutch):
Jezelf afsluiten is jezelf beperken. Neem de dingen zoals ze zijn.
Vertrouw op je eigen kracht. Open je deuren en geniet.
I like it!!! Yeah! So...lesson learned: I want more of this!!
The second page I'm showing you is about a little flaw in my character..haha..I like to be 'a little' stubborn now and then...I like to bend the rules sometimes or let's say: stretch my boundaries!
The page isn't upside down by the way...so don't stretch your neck too far...
I don't have an attitude problem.
I just have a personality you can't handle!
And the third page is one I finally finished. The collage was in my journal for months now...I just never felt working on it. I probably had great plans when I made this collage but somehow..it didn't work out like I wanted to.
This is what it looked like:
Last week I wanted to finish it because it is one of the last pages in this journal...and I just couldn't accept the fact that there is an unfinished page in my journal...
By the way. that is also what I like most about these Teesha Moore-bound journals and why I keep coming back to them: the journals have just the right size and the right number of pages. It is possible and even simple to finish a complete journal! (I have lots of journals with only a few pages in it and the rest of the pages are empty, simply because there are too many pages in it, or after a few pages I want another size...)
Anyway, this is what happened after I added some shadow with an Inktense pencil, added the journaling and some doodling with colored markers.
You don't need another human being to make your life complete.
But let's be honest...
having your wounds kissed by someone who doesn't see them
as disasters in your soul but cracks to put their love into
is the most calming thing in this world.
That's all for now. Only four pages left in this journal...
It is summer but it feels like autumn today...a grey, rainy day here in Holland!
But this bad weather was great for working in my art journal...
"Watch the sunrise at least once a year. Put a lot of marshmellows in your hot chocolate. Lie on your back and look at the stars. Never pass up a chance to jump on a trampoline. Don't overlook life's small joys while searching for the big ones."
I created several pages lately, trying different things, just what I felt like doing.
It is all about being creative and not about the results! Although I like what came out of my hands....
Simple collage, combined with text on a background of Neocolors and stamps:
Doodling, in black and white...
..and colored with Prismacolor pencils:
More doodling and coloring with Prismacolor pencils:
Collage on a background of scrapbookpaper, cut to A4 size.
I would have loved to credit the designer of the scrapbookpaper, but I threw away the strips with their name on it...However, their papers make a quick and easy backgroud!
I just added the cutout of the woman and the text (in red). I made some blue dots too.
The same for this page, only without an image. Just added the journaling (found on Pinterest) and a little bit of extra doodling.
As I said before, it was all about being creative. No fancy techniques, no complicated collages, I just kept things simple...and the fact that I'm happy with the results is a bonus!
Finally, after a long time...I found a new job...one that I really, really, really wanted and never dreamed of finding it again. I just finished my first week....Instead of working 16 hours a week (divided in cleaning and being a mailwoman) I now work for 24 hours a week at the office. So I'm feeling good!!! And tired....:-)
I even managed to squeeze in some time for art journaling:
The past few weeks I was inspired by Terri Kahrs' workshop she did for 21Secrets 2013. She released her workshop on her YouTube channel and I loved it!!
She showed the difference between inkjetprinted and laserprinted pictures and how she uses reproduced images and backgrounds from her own artwork.
It was just what I needed to get me started in my art journal again!
First I created some quick collagesheet with parts of my own artwork. Like this:
I had these printed on a laserprinter, together with some previously made backgrounds, which I scanned before I collaged my images.
I wanted to start a new journal in which I would write down my favourite quotes, so I grabbed a thin Moleskine A5 sized journal (cahier) and started working...
I collaged pieces of the printed backgrounds in my journal. I tried all the background techniques Terri showed in her video's, with gesso, neocolors, acrylic paint etc. I noticed that the one with gesso, water and neocolors got me the best results. On top of these backgrounds I collaged my printed images. I also used some clothing labels as flaps on my pages to create some secret journaling spots. I collaged these flaps with pieces of my printed papers too.
(The image is collaged on a flap.
The text on the flap is in golden letters
but somehow my printer/scanner didn't get it right...
Behind the flap is some secret journaling.)
(With the backgrounds I created on pieces of cardstock,
while watching the video's, I created some cute houses..)
The butterfly wings on this last page come from a great book I found at a big booksale. The book was all about butterflies with lots of images, perfect for my collages. So be prepared for some more butterfly inspired pages!
...to all of you!!
I had a tough year last year...so I feel like this year will be my year...Iwill try to leave all the bad memories behind and start living again! Ok..easier said than done...but I'm going to give it a try.