In my large Dylusions art journal: collage, gesso, washi tape, spray ink. When I first dribbled the gesso on, I thought I would spread it out with an old credit card, but I liked the swirl and let it be.
Although card making took over much of my studio time for the past couple months, I did make some time for art journaling along the way. This first spread, in my Dylusions art journal, came out of a conversation with my daughter and daughter-in-law about the possibility of my getting a part-time job. I used some drywall tape from the hardware store, lots of paint and stamps, and some of my favorite wooden alphabet stamps The woman figure is from a stamp set by Dyan Reaveley, and I colored her in with Tim Holtz Distress Markers.
After that job conversation I resolved to refocus my energy on my art, and this simple page came out of that. Nothing special going on here, just the desire to keep growing my art, keep practicing creativity, keep refreshing my love for making stuff.
This last page is a little dark in more ways than one, but I often use my art journaling to work out difficult emotions and insights about myself. This is a simple acknowledgement of the striving to be OK by being perfect that has marked my whole life. I’m working my way out of it, but it’s not a short journey. (That girl stamp is by Stampotique; I adore her.)
I had the background to this art journal page (in my large Dylusions art journal) prepped for a week or so before I knew what I wanted to say on it. I have seen this quote a number of times but when I saw it most recently on Pinterest it resonated even more strongly with me.
There is nothing fancy going on here technique-wise–just a lot of stamping. The dragonfly is a Tim Holtz stamp, and most of the others are by Dina Wakely. The washi tape is a new acquisition from 7Gypsies, and the alpha is…old.
I recently ran across a group of folks online who are doing art journaling in their Bibles, which intrigued me as a cool intersection of art and spirituality grounded in the solid foundation of the Word of God. I dug out a journaling Bible I used a number of years ago and had a go at it recently. Someone important to me had forgotten an appointment with me, and I badly needed the assurance that God would never forget about me or stand me up, that I am always in his thoughts and surrounded by his love.
The journaling Bible has wide margins for note taking, so I have space to play without obscuring the words of Scripture, which is important to me. On the other hand, the type size in this Bible is really tiny, which is why I stopped using it a couple years ago. I’m not sure if I’ll make a regular practice of journaling in my Bible; Scripture already finds its way into my other art journals pretty often, and that may serve the purpose well enough for me. But it was fun to give this a go, and this will always be a good reminder of the faithfulness of my Savior.
It really helps me to document Bible passages that strike me in particular ways. I did this page in my planner after mulling over the account in Matthew of Jesus walking on the water to the wave-washed boat of his disciples. How often do I need to remember that my Savior is in the storm with me? Daily, I imagine. I love the phrase take heart; it challenges me to be brave, not because of my own power or strength or talent, but because I am held by a powerful and loving God who says to me daily, “Take heart–it is I! Do not be afraid.”
Oh, and the sail on the boat? Shelf liner. I love the dollar store for things like that.
“Black & white” was the prompt from Art to the 5th for the Documented Life Planner project, week 36. I love working in black and white. I used paint on deli paper, then added washi tapes and Tim Holtz rub ons and a phrase sticker: Be brave and do it. That was what my week was like, every day just picking myself up and doing the next thing, even when it was hard.
Here’s a detail image:
This verse from Isaiah showed up in my daily devotional yesterday. In context, God is promising a righteous King who will provide for His people. When I read these descriptors of the shelter and relief this Savior will provide, I knew I had the text for this art journal background I’d made last week. Coming off a good but very emotional week, these promises pointed me to my King, Jesus, and I needed that more than anything.
The background started with paint and gel print tape I’d made, but I didn’t like the start and ended up adding a lot of washi tape, some stamping, and gesso. Then I loved the background and set it aside to wait for the words, which appeared yesterday in my devotional.
I’ve posted before about my Documented Life Planner. Here’s a look at it a little more than halfway through the year: it’s getting pretty fat! The binding of my Moleskine 12-month planner seems to be holding up fine so far.
Each week the folks at Art to the 5th post a new challenge for the planner. I don’t always follow their lead, but I often do. The challenge for week 28 was to add an Instagram or other little picture. That was the week I did the insomnia doodle on the inside of my tip-in page, but I did a more positive page with a photo for the outside flap.
The following week was a challenge that just didn’t inspire me, so I did my own thing. This tip-in flap was patterned scrapbook paper, and the colors set the theme for my page.
Week 30, last week, was a full week for me and a good week to “Add receipts, labels, business cards–smash book style.” I covered the inside spread with receipts from my day in New York City–I had receipts from the train, the class, a Starbucks, the place where I bought my lunch–and the Google map page I printed before I left. I added photos from my day there.
On the outside flap I used my parking receipt from my Friday at the beach, painted over it with blue acrylic paint, and added photos, stickers, and washi tape to complete the page. You can also see a peek of another photo on the calendar page at the bottom left.
Here’s another look at the whole planner, this time showing the top tabs that mark the months. Pretty fun!
I spent this morning in a friend’s studio messing about in my art journal. We try to do some art together every week, alternating between her place and mine. I love the combination of coffee, music, good conversation, and art-making. I often find I’ve given more attention to the conversation than to the art, but interesting things show up on the surface in front of me when that happens.
This is the collage I did today:
I’m not positive I’m done with the page. It may need something else. But I’m finding that sometimes I add something, usually words, when the page might be better without. What do you think?
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