I am happy about the work that I create in my journals. A great bonus is when I have come across others who do what I do. Sharing journals with each other creates an opportunity for feedback that is particularly meaningful. You know that these other artists “get” you and why you work in a journal.
I had one such experience when I was attending my favorite mixed media art retreat, Art Unraveled. It is only once a year in Scottsdale, Arizona. The caliber of teachers is the highest and the variety of media is really fun. One group of teachers call themselves Journal Fodder Junkies (you can find them on Facebook). I had not signed up for their class since I could only be in only place at a time. However, I was walking by the hotel lounge area and saw three men writing and drawing in sketch books.
I don’t always need it to feel as though the event has been recorded. I see it and remember feeling understood and valued for the fact that I am an art journal artist.
I did not know who they were, but if they were inclined to carry around journals to doodle in, they had to be kindred spirits. They often use the term “visual journals,” but the terminology is not important. We had a great chat about journaling and I was able to get Eric Scott, Dave Madler and Sam Peck to contribute to my journal.
How this page came together:
- I attended a craft show where they were demonstrating a new product. It works like a white-out strip roller or a small adhesive roller, except the roll has cute images (made by Plus). I covered most of the right page with a town scene, fruit, sunshine, etc.
- At the art retreat I attended a class that had us use acrylic paint. When it was over everyone had a paper palette with unused paint on it. I gathered up everyone’s and used a pallet knife to create backgrounds on a bunch of journal pages. On this layout I used green, yellow and orange to go with the bright colors of the images already on the page.
- Next Dave drew the large head on the left, Sam added the smaller head and some color and finally Eric added the decorative circles and wavy lines.
- I used paint markers to enhance what the guys had done. I filled in some sections with yellow, green, or even white if it looked good.
I am happy with how the pages turned out. It brings back a bunch of memories when I look at it even without a written account. Sometimes I do write about what went into making the page, but I don’t always need it to feel as though the event has been recorded. I see it and remember feeling understood and valued for the fact that I am an art journal artist.
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