As many of you already know I've been playing around with Wreck This Journal and Smash Books. Well now I'm venturing into Art Journals. What's the difference, you ask? Art Journaling is much more about painting, collaging, with some writing...or not. As with most of these creative endeavors, there are no rules. I think that's what I enjoy about it. The total freedom. There is no wrong or right.
I've started with a small, old sketch book on a spiral and done a few backgrounds on them with watercolors or acrylics. Rough stuff, but then I'm just playing around and seeing what works and what doesn't.
Here's a pic I posted to Twitter a few days ago.
Yesterday I bought some acrylics in tubes (getting serious now!) that I'm very eager to dig into and try. I've got a picture in my mind and I hope I can get it across on paper. That's one thing that always held me back with pencil drawing. I could never get my hand to produce the drawing in my head and then my perfectionism kicked in and...well you can imagine how that went. Frustration and disaster. Pencils and pens are unforgiving, but paint...paint! I can be free and flowing with paint. Who cares if the colors bleed. It adds to the beauty! There are so many possibilities!
Found this video the other night and it's further inspired me. Love how she dives right in and gets paint on her fingers, using them on the canvas. That's what I want to do, too. That's why I loved drawing with charcoal when I was in college. It was messy but so free flowing. I loved it! I'd use my fingers on the paper and get my hands all black, but I didn't care.
More info. at her website: http://braveintuitiveyou.com/
I LOVE her use of color, too! I love color! Bright, bold, beautiful colors!
Gah! I'm so excited! *happy dances*