This is my story of An Art Journal.
Of how and why I started making one.
I love seeing the art journals of artists. And I always wanted to make one. BUT first, I never considered myself an artist. Second, I kept thinking why would I want one? What would I do with it? Just leave it on a shelf with no purpose? No, art journals are not for me. And that’s how I’ve left it for many years.
However, now that I’ve been being brave and trying different products, supplies and techniques that have always frightened me, I found myself rethinking the art journal thing. I could use it as a way to first “test” my ability with these foreign products and supplies. AND a way to finish up using leftover paint because I squeezed out more than I actually needed. (Hate just tossing it out!)
I bought this book. 8.5” length X 6” width.
I bravely began testing. Knowing I could always rip out the page and make it disappear within seconds.
I always hate it when those tests come out looking better than the real piece. (Not necessarily in this case that you see here). This truly was a testing ground.
Then after I was finished testing, I have kind of challenged myself to create an art journal page with what ended up on that test page. I did struggle towards the end of this page to make it into a keeper rather than rip the page out and tear it up.
This kind of art stuff (anything that has to do with painting) does NOT come easily to me. I really have to work at it and in the end I either get lucky or I rip it up for the trash bin.
And I mean it about getting lucky. Nothing with paper ever turns out how it looks in my mind. In my mind I’m a wonderful artist. Everything turns out just as I imagine it will. LOL. In real life, if it’s a keeper, I got lucky. (Sheila, is that what you mean by the supplies did all the work?) (Renee, Gesso and I are still not friends. But I’m determined to figure out how to become friends!)
But now I’ve gone back to thinking, what do I do with it? I feel like art needs to be seen or shared. Closing the book and leaving it on a shelf just doesn’t work for me.
I’ve come to the conclusion that at some point when I’m ready to let go of a page, I can cut it into a postcard or greeting card and send it out into the world of mail art. Now it has a purpose! Now I can sit it on a shelf knowing I can chop it up whenever I want to. See how I worked that out for myself? LOL
That’s my Art Journal story and I’m stickin’ to it!