My Journal Monday–Week 18

Last week I posted a spread that was mainly some Payne’s Gray and gesso…

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I finally started pulling out of my sinus funk a little this weekend and DH took the grandson to some drag races in a nearby town.  I spent most of the morning cleaning up personal email and looking through inspirational art postings.  I decided it was time to try to do something with this spread and add a little something to it.  First, I created a bunch of stamped tissue paper (various stamps from different companies collected over the years).

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I originally started on this art journey as a scrapbooker–as many do–and then easily transitioned to stamping and card making, etc.  I was soon discontent with not being able add my own flavor to my work and it was around then that I found altered books and soon after that visual journaling with Julianna Coles and someone who believed that anyone could draw if they just tried, Carla Sonheim.  It completely changed my life forever.  I learned so much from both of them.  Beckah Krahula, who used to do a lot of polymer clay and milagros work, also taught me a lot about color theory and eye-pleasing layouts.  I also learned a lot about making my own journals and the free application of paint on background from Kelly Kilmer and Teesha Moore.  Teesha Moore also helped me to better refine my journaling technique and to be happy with whatever I produce.

ANYWAY…I am a product of all of these people and many others as I travel in search of journaling techniques and knowledge.  But the people above will always hold a special place in my heart as they really helped me to make significant shifts in my art and in my mind as to what and how I create what I love today.  Here is my work in progress for this My Journal Monday:

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7 thoughts on “My Journal Monday–Week 18

    • I know I have the initial makings of a humanoid figure but not quite sure about the left side of the page yet or what the them will be…hmmmmm… Thanks for stopping by, Susi! <3

  1. I can’t wait to see what’s next…gorgeous so far…and I LOVE all your collected papers they are beautiful. I realize now it’s really brave to draw and create when you’re convinced that the only good art is the old convention of traditional realism!! I was never into that, but as a young person that was my belief. I now realize there is a huge vessel of creativity in everyone!! Thanks for sharing your journey!

    Hugs Giggles

    • Thanks, Giggles! Just so you know–I created all those papers myself. I made them with a strong tissue paper that I purchase at Target and with a permanent ink and rubber stamps. It really is that simple. And I still struggle with what I am capable of verses conventional artists but I am getting more used to the idea that it doesn’t matter. If it suits me, then all is well! 🙂

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