Friday, December 30, 2011

Art Journaling--My Way

Every  year at  the  beginning,  I  always  make  a  commitment  to  start  journaling--I  should  just  re-post  my  blog  post  from  last  year  and  the  year  before.   I  always  have  good  intentions  and  then  by  February--it  falls  by  the  wayside.   But  when  I  think  of  it,  when  I  paint  my  papers  to  put  in  my  artwork,  it's  very  much  like  journaling.



I  stuck  with  black,  white,  and  red--colors  that  I  normally  don't  use  a  lot  in  this  combination,  but  just  like  art  journaling--it's  trying  different  things  to  see how  you  like  them,  and  I  really  like  these  3  together.   It's  also  fun,   just  like  journaling,  to  fool  around  with  different  mediums--


This  is  molding  paste  that  I  added  black  paint  to--so  now  I  have  a  textured  paper  to  use.  It's  a  great  effect  to  add  the  watery  acrylic  wash  over  the  paste.

Just  like  journaling--it's  fun  and  always  good  to  play!



AND....since  January  will  be  here  in  a  couple  of  days,  I  know  what  that  means--time  to  get  out  my  journal  that  I  started  last  year,  and  said  that  I  was  going  to  complete  in  2011...........right.    Well,  anyway,  it's  the  Strathmore  Visual  Journal,  which  is  great  for  any  medium,  and  I'm  going  to  continue  on  with  it  in  my  FREE  Strathmore Online  Class  with  Traci  Bautista.   Last  year  it  was  with  Pam  Carriker,  and  I  picked  up  some  great  techniques  with  her  class.    And  also  Life  Book.   I'm  sure  most  everyone  knows  about  this  class--well  worth  it  with  14  artists  and  Tam  for  the  entire  year,  and  IF  I  can  keep  up  with  it--it  will  be  a  complete  journal  by  the  end  of  the  year.   I'm  ready  for  both  of  the  journaling  classes  and  joining  in  with  everyone.

I  do  want  to  say  that  I  have  a  sketchbook  that  doesn't  leave  my  side,  and  it's  actually  just  about  filled.    I  make  it  a  regular  practice  to  sketch  faces--very  relaxing  for  me.......so  I  guess  you  could  say  that  I  DO  journal!


Hope  to  see  everyone  in  2012  at  class!

35 comments:

Jaime Haney aka ArtsyFartsy.Me said...

I love this color combination you've got going. Really a good combo for the upcoming Valentines Day, maybe you subconsciously did it with V Day in mind ;)

Did you have a large stencil for the molding paste?

I'm not a journaler. I think that I want to be, but I just don't do it. I do use my sketch book for just that, sketching so at least it's something.

Janie Husband said...

love your papers, diane....i do the same with journaling, i start and the get bored with the book and need to get to slopping paint around....like you, i have many faces that i have sketched almost every day......and like you (again), i am doing the stratmore classes....happy new year to you.....

NatashaMay said...

I'm doing both classes as well. :) I found out I cannot journal the way others do so I stopped trying. I journal my own way and at my own pace. :) Happy New Year, Diane!! Wishing you all the best and lots of inspiration. :)

Sherri Mitchell said...

Wow - I found you through Dorthe, and I must say, you've got a brand new fan! I can't wait to go over your past posts and just take in all the Artful beauty! My daughter and I are just now starting to Art Journal - and we are having so much fun! I'll see you again soon, have a happy New Year! xo

Kay said...

Haha..why do we set goals we know we may never keep? Maybe because the hope and vision seem enough to make us happy..I imagine a finished journal with wonderful and colorful, meaningful pages..suitable for publishing..haha again..but worth a try! I love your pages and I will try to take the free class. I am hoping to have a little workshop of my own locally and more ideas are always fun!

Kathy said...

You are exactly right Diane - you DO journal! I had that same angst for a while, thinking I should journal. Then one day I realized that my altered quote book is really my form of journaling. That is the place where I try out ideas and just play - just for me. I don't think journaling necessarily has to be structured and filled with profound thoughts - whew, good thing! Maybe you should scan your papers and glue them into your journal with a simple date. A chronical of your art explorations.

Bren said...

You certainly do journal and beautifully I might add. It's always fun to be a little non-conformist :-) Maybe I'll see you around Traci's class, I had signed up as well.

Janet Ghio said...

I love your papers!!-One of the big companies needs to contact you and start producing them!! See you in Tam's class!

sharon said...

I always love how you use so many different mediums, and they all look great and work so well together!
I love the images you have here!
I am not the best st journaling either, but I keep on trying! It's manother New Year and a new start....wishing you all the best this New Year Diane, health and peace.

Anna Rosa Designs said...

Hi Diane,
Lovely Journal pages! I see have use a few of the same stencils and techniques.
I love the 'no fail' ways of Journaling!
Thank you for your friendship this year and look forward to a Creative, Happy, Healthy, fun filled 2012
Creative hugs,
Anna

Tammie said...

hello Diane,
yes, i think sketchbooks count. journaling is a personal adventure, whether it is done with a pencil, words, drawings or paint. I think doing what feels right each moment of our life counts. your papers are gorgeous and i can only imagine you will do wonderful things with them!

lovely New Year and beyond to you~

Jen @Sadie Inspired said...

Hi Diane! So many great things in this post. I love your papers - the black in the modeling paste looks fantastic. I need to try that. My "2011 Art Journal" is going to carry on into 2012 too. :) I just got a Visual Journal for Christmas so I am looking forward to using it. I am sure I will see you "in class" - I am taking both those classes! Have a Happy New Year!!

Michele said...

Golly lady! Every time, you amaze me. Every time.

Emelie said...

You fool around and just expirement
i the most beautiful way.
I am sure you could seel you papers at fairs also.
Lovely face, she has a different look, a good look. She is sort of vintage in a modern way.
Yes I will jouranal also, but first I have to do some quilting because this urge to sew but i can journal.

Gloria said...

I love your pages Diane. Very nice. I wanted to wish you a very very HAPPY NEW YEAR and here's hoping your year is wonderful. Enjoyed reading your posts this year and look forward to next year. Take care.

JBeaudetStudios said...

I think this counts as journaling! Your creativity is endless! I love your sketches too:) Thanks for your visit and kind words! I love hearing from you:) Happy New Year!
Jennifer:)

~Rasz~ said...

I just stopped making New Year commitments because I am like you, by February they are long gone and forgotten. I do LOVE the papers you have made and to me that is art journaling. I know that my thoughts and mood go into the sketching and drawing I do so I consider each page a piece of my art journal :) It sounds good anyway...

I will be meeting you over at the Strathmore class. Traci's workshop looks like so much fun!!!!

Happy New Years Diane!

Sue said...

Hi Diane, I'll be joining you in Life Book.
You're right, your papers are just like journalling :)
Wishing you a Happy, Healthy New Year.

Cameron said...

I just love your way....the way you experiment, play, throw a bit of this and a bit of that together....and voila....pure magic!

Your sketch is amazing, too! I'd say you're keeping busy! Journal Schmurnal :D

roc said...

oh i'm loving those papers you made! everything is just beautiful! come join in on the flickr journal prompt group if you feel so inclined. we'd love to have you!

Heather Henry said...

I love all of your papers. They are so gorgeous. Wow!! I am always so impressed by your skill and creativity. Very awesome!
I have tried journaling before as well, but finally realized that I'm not good at it. I do better if I just randomly draw things when I feel inspired. I used to keep a nature journal and that was much easier. You create so many gorgeous things, I think that is your form of journaling. Happy New Year! Hope it is filled with many blessings!

Lovey said...

Wowie...oh so beautiful Diane! I tell you the truth...you are one of my favorite artists ever! Your art inspires me SOoooo much! Love to you and Happy New Year my friend!

Becca said...

Everything you do is so beautiful! Love that face...
Happy new year!

The Secret Hermit said...

Diane I love all your painted pages, they are so rich with colour!!

I never manage to journal properly either, I do it for a month or so then stop again until months later, then I always feel the need to start over again lol, it's a never ending circle for me.

I wish you all the best for 2012 and hope it brings you all you desire :)

Micki x

Kelly Berkey said...

Happy New Year! I love your journal...I too have never completed one...maybe a resolution for me to add to my list??

xo

Manon said...

Happy new year Diane! Love your papers and everything else you do. I am in the free workshop too so will see you there soon!
ManonX

Marilyn Rock said...

Loving your papers Diane! They are wonderful with your color choices and textures!

Healthy and Happy New Year to you and yours and I look forward to the year ahead to view more of your beautiful art! xxoo

Faerie Moon Creations said...

These papers are ALL so lovely, Diane. Guess what? I joined Lifebook, too. Hopefully, I can keep up with it all. I am hoping 2012 will be a more peaceful year for me and will allow me time to create. :) Wishing you and yours a most happy and magical New Year!

Joyce van der Lely said...

Firstly: Happy New Year my friend
Secondly: Yes, I would still like to swap with you, didn't we sort of agree to it AFTER the crazy Season ? Will PM you soon xoxo
Thirdly: I LOOOOOOOOOOVE the red/black and white together !
Fourth: I will see you at the Strathmore classes, I signed up too (didn't on the LifeBook, was in two minds about it, but I bet it's going to be fun, will stalk the results ;).......)
Love, Joyce

Rosie said...

All this colour and texture is just a joy to me, whatever you do with the result! Has it ever occurred to you to just add occasional words on a strip - I use a typewriter font on my computer? As long as it adds to the meaning for you, then its a journal, or indeed anything else you want to call it.

wanda miller said...

oh, you often hit a cord with not just me, probably a lot of us. i have lots of journals unfilled-but i love that, because i pick one randomly off the shelf and peruse old stuff and add new stuff...so fun! your papers are absolutely marvelous...i love seeing when others try out new ideas instead of just my own new ideas! it's close to walking around a table with you and gabbing away at trials and errors...and ooooh how wonderful the errors that become wonderful insights and better than we could have imagined!!! happy new year with much love and creative art experiences my friend! xo

Juls said...

I so love seeing your work! Your pages are just gorgeous!! Thank you for your inspiration! Hugs Juls

Dorthe said...

Hi dear Diane,
what gorgeous papers you have meade here, the colours are wonderful, I love the different tones of red and the black together,looks like red and black velvet together.
I Don`t journal, haven`t got patience to work in a journal every day...but I so love to see otheres-like your sketch-journal.
Hugs,Dorthe

dkzody said...

Just stopping by and telling you how much I enjoy your posts. Your pieces make my heart sing.

Jeannette said...

Wow,now i stopping by and see your fabolous Journal page,all them is wonderfull, i love the way what you used,the paper and stencils soo georgos.
especially the red black page is sooo fantastic,very inspiring me.

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