So I joined the Strathmore Online Workshop ning group and there are 3 free workshops there. They run for 4 weeks, and the first one started last Saturday. I bought the journal--
Let me tell you about this journal! It's a big 9 x 12 size, and it's 140lb watercolor paper (nice thick durable pages)--finally, a journal designed for any type of mess that you want to put into it. I really tried to journal last year and did start, but never stuck with it--this year I am! And there's only 44 pages--I know I can do it.
So the first workshop is being taught by Pam Carriker--Pam Carriker--how can you not love her!! The more of her teaching videos I see on you tube and the more I read her articles in the different Somerset publications, the bigger fan I become of hers'. I pre-ordered her new book on Amazon months ago and I can't wait to see it--I think in the Spring sometime.
In lesson 1, the first thing she has us do is use images of our old journal pages, cut them up, and then collage them onto the page. Well, since I never really had a journal, I just used images of my art. This was fun and here's where I started--
I found these 3 art pieces that I made last year, and decided just to use these with the purples, golds, and greens, And the face is the face from my angel that I painted a couple months ago. Whenever I sketch faces that I really like, I always save them on my computer for future reference to see how I did them, or just to look at them, with nothing else in mind. This was the perfect opportunity to use this face in another piece of art.
And I was having so much fun, that I decided to keep journaling this way on the page right next to it--
I did this really fast--didn't overthink it--just did it. And now I know why you guys like doing this so much--ideas come to you and since it's your journal, you can just go for the idea, and if it doesn't work out, then no big deal. I know, I know--this is how we teach ourselves.
Well, I wanted to do more with it, but I've decided to work along with Pam for the next 3 weeks, because with each lesson, we will be adding on to this spread--I'll keep you posted.
So if you haven't been there--go check it out--there are already a large group of very talented artists there. And I've met some new ladies--one of my new friends is Diane Salter--isn't that fun!!