Art Journaling – Rule No. 1 – Expect the Unexpected! 🎨

Thank you for your comments on my last art journaling post – they are much appreciated – and keep them coming.

I have delved into the mysterious art journal world again, lovely people, and feel that I am making progress!  After spending a fair bit of time on YouTube, I am still no further forward to learning all the ‘rules’ so to speak but I was inspired by a weekly video called Crash The Stash posted by Shawn Petite and wanted to create my own piece, inspired by hers.  So here goes, this is my thinking behind this one – (Stay with me!)

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I had already prepared a background in my journal which was on a pink/orange theme so I collaged lots of paper over the top, using gesso to stick it all down.  I used a mixture of scrapbook papers, some dotted papers which were originally paper bags and some text from an old book.

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I stencilled over the top, once dry, using black acrylic paint and a mixture of stencils.

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I cut out a shape I found on the internet of a lotus flower and stuck it in the  middle as my inspiration came from Shawn’s piece which used a butterfly instead – but I liked the idea of a lotus leaf as it was peaceful – which was the kind of theme I was trying to achieve.

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I really wanted that bit to ‘pop’ so I coloured over it using my Spectrum Noir glitter brush pens in dark blue – although that seems to look purple in the photograph but this could be a mixture of the pen and the printer ink!  I guess that’s one of the rules of mixed media art – strange things happen!

I also added some Faber Castell Gelatos and really liked the irridescence that seemed to appear on the paper.

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I lettered in a couple of words and thought I was finished but I didn’t really like the whole ‘lotus’ thing as it just sat there in on the page! (albeit looking pretty).

So, a cup of tea later, I went back to take another look.  And it suddenly struck me that the lotus leaf really looked like the tail of a peacock – as did the colours I had used with my Gelatos.  So, hey presto, a bit of inspiration hit and I changed my lotus leaf into a Peacock!

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The rest just seemed to flow from there – I wanted to include a quote which reflected the peacock, i.e. nature but also to show that if you slow down and take your time and think about these things before rushing in (not my usual approach!) then lovely things may happen!

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And lovely things did.  Here is my peacock in all his glory – and I’m mighty proud of him!  And here is rule number one lovely people –  #1 – Expect the Unexpected – inspiration can strike at any time!

Happy journaling, whatever kind you prefer.  Until the next time..

Sending Hugs

Jane 💛

Am I a Mixed-Media Meddler?

I have chosen my words for this title carefully. Mainly because I want you to understand what is going on in my head (a miracle in itself!)

I love mixed media art. Statement of fact. I have loved it for years, without even knowing it – I used to sew things and then sell them at craft fairs and whenever I wandered around the fair looking at other people’s work I was always drawn to beautiful mixed media creations and wished that they were mine!

So it’s no surprise that when I started journaling I adopted an ‘arty’ kind of style, which in turn led to me trying my hand at art journaling – and this is where I feel the problems have begun – am I meddling in areas that are far beyond my comprehension?

Now I am a black and white kinda gal! And I’m also somewhat of a control freak so when I sit down to create a piece of art I have a hard time working out what to do – is this just me? Or does that happen to you too?

Where does that ‘idea’ come from? Can you learn to do that, or is it just inside you somehow? Why do I start off well, really enjoy the whole process but dislike the end result? There are so many questions that I need answers to but maybe I’ve missed the point – there aren’t any answers – which is why Art is such a subjective thing.

Take this for example – one of my first art journaling pieces which I completed this week-

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Now I don’t like this. Simply another statement of fact. I started off loving it – the layers, the colours, the process. And then came the orange! I was trying to make it look like the sun was setting but all I seem to have achieved is a brown kind of a mess. I don’t like the boat either, for what it’s worth.

Don’t get me wrong – I’m not downhearted about it and I am not trying to garner any kind of sympathy from you, the reader of this post, and I’m sure by the time I post on my next piece I will have moved on – it may even grow on me but the point of this blog post is that mixed media is confusing as there don’t seem to be any rules – and as you know I do like a rule or two (back to the right or wrong thing again).

This is a piece of work from an amazing artist I follow on YouTube and Instagram – you may already know her – Shawn Petite – she also has a blog at shawnpetite.com.

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I love this – the colours, the design, the meaning (Shawn explains her thinking behind each piece on her Sunday Inspiration slot on YouTube).  But why do I love it? What makes this appealing?  Are there rules that have been followed? (bit of a theme going on here!)

I’d like to document my mixed media journey and it would be good to have you along, with any insights, tips or advice that you feel you could contribute – positive or negative -I don’t mind – I just want to open a dialogue and see where it takes us.  Perhaps there are rules I need to follow – I just don’t know what they are yet but as and when I find out I’d be happy to share them with you here!

Until then, happy journaling of whatever kind!

Jane 💛