Sunday, 29 August 2010

ADVENTURES IN JOURNAL KEEPING

If you're getting the impression that I haven't done anything except art journal stuff lately, then you'd be almost right! To be fair I have done some scrapping, and even managed to work on some swaps, finish Chapter 6 and make a start on Chapter 7, before "allowing" myself to get back to the journal.

Above and below are some blank pages I made. I never thought I'd want to do this unless I had a specific theme in mind, but it's wonderfully liberating to just tackle a page with an "anything goes" attitude, and sometimes surprising what comes out. The vintage page is a combination of Distress Inks and water soluble crayons, and the one below is watercolour - just a cheap set I've had for years, with a touch of doodling/colouring by way of a border. I find that latter activity so totally restful, and my brain just drifts off and does its own thing ....
And here's a page I finished yesterday, which is a Distress Ink background literally just rubbed over the watercolour paper - gives an interesting texture. Then I started to add a bit of detail with soluble wax crayons in circles, which then turned into flowers and stuff. I was sort of doing this as part of an online journalling class, but ended up departing from the brief. If nothing else it got me trying some stuff I wouldn't usually, which can only be good! Also I was talking myself out of a low grumpy mood, so this is my Pollyanna page ...

8 comments:

*jean* said...

really great pages, rosie! i LOVE the green with the striped border...how fun!

Sam said...

Lovely pages, especially like the first one it's very pre raphelite! Wonderful colours on the 3rd one as well.

Biskit said...

Oh I could get lost for hours just creating backgrounds.

Kaz said...

Fab pages, I love the colours too. I think I need to pinch your prompt lately I'm soo grumpy!!

thekathrynwheel said...

Hi Rosie. I'm loving all your art journal pages - you really have got the bug! I know what you mean here - it is very freeing to create the backgrounds just for the heck of it, and add something later. I do that quite often :-)
Thanks for your comments on my blog. You're right I do like to write a lot and that's one of the reasons I write songwords out. I like the physical process of writing - we don't do it much anymore do we? E-mails and texts have taken over...
Keep up the good work - I love popping over here to see what you have been up to. Kate x

natasha said...

Hey Rosie, what great pages. I love the idea of perpoareing background to make journalling easier. I shall have to try it sometime.

I love your style of journalling, its very 'flat' and very colourful, I think there is a lot to learn from your style/technique.

Keep on having fun =)

Juliwan said...

Just reading your blog for the first time, your art journal pages are awesome - so colourful so inspiring thank you

Heather F. said...

I believe you inspired me tonight! I was wondering what way to express my inner self and let my creative side show! And by golly you`ve answered my prayers. Haha. I`ve never seen an Art Journal like that, and tomorrow morning I am heading out to find myself a book to transform of my own. I can only hope with some effort and love it will turn out as beautiful as yours! Thanks!