Artful Synthesis (AAR) Academic Conference
Travel Journal Art Entry: Let Me See
Guest artist Lynn worked the theme "dejame ver " (let me see) with mixed media and a totally different combination of materials than what I'd put together with the same theme.
Dejame Ver; Let Me See Travel Journal Entry
Washi tape created the "road" & I included words cut from a (destination) tourist magazine to name key themes.
Travel Art in the Hotel Room
Experimenting with Materials and Adding 'Middles'
I tend to spend too much time making generic backgrounds and not enough time going back and thoughtfully adding layers of reflections...until recently. Experimenting with new materials is a perfect opportunity to back through your working art journal and add bits and pieces here and there to journal pages which have previously (perhaps) been considered "done."
Road Trip Travel Art Bag...Unpacked!
|Overview of the stuffed back with the exterior pockets unloaded.|
|The guts unpacked.|
|A small stash of materials for stenciling and texturing.|
|Mini containers of acrylic, gesso, matt medium plus stackable watercolors.|
Inspiration from Listening to Christian Radio: A Guest Perspective
The backgrounds for these art reflections were created during a recent group session on mono printing, Mary used her original photographs as the "guide prints" that she positioned under a piece of clear Plexiglas and then used acrylic paints to quickly paint the gist of the image on top of the acrylic. Each print was individually pressed to pull up the rendered image. Once dry, the mono prints were adhered to her art journal for future artful reflection. Mary said her inspiration for the art journaling came while listening to the Christian radio station KLOVE.
DIY Christmas Stamps for Block Printing
There are several variations on the theme. You can simply use the Gelli Art plate like an ink pad, inking and re-inking (washing between as appropriate) or you can use the Gelli Art plate as the stamp. Of course a combination also works. I worked on a journal page which already had some basic preparation done for the background. I chose purple to provide a strong impact image and to complement the existing colors.
Kitchen Art and the Influence of Art Journaling
The altered book that I've been using for my art journaling during much of 2014 showcases personal spaces/rooms of women. It is interesting how using this book as my art journal has influenced my outlook on my personal rooms/spaces. One of the chapters in this book features someone's kitchen as their favorite personal space. I had left exposed words: "Kitchen Art" and "I love to hang my art up in the kitchen." After flipping back-and-forth through my art journal pages, this one never quite inspiring me to use as the basis for an art journal entry. However, the exposed words I read each time I flipped past these pages did influence me to "alter" my own kitchen space ("I love to hang my art up in the kitchen.") After painting my kitchen to reflect my art spirit, I went back to my art journal and added the latex paint I had used to paint my kitchen to create a background in the journal page. I collaged pretty bright white papers to duplicate the color theme in my freshly painted kitchen, and I included a piece of fabric from the curtain. The journal entry reminds me that I do love to hang art in my kitchen...in bright yellow and crisp white.
The Heart of Art
Art takes time. Reflecting takes time. These two together taken even more time. When I don't have time for art or reflecting then my default setting is doodling or Zentangling.
Layering Art; Layering Reflection
An important point in art journaling is to press on; don't stop once you do something that you don't particularly like. Keep going and see what evolves. So I continued my concept of adding oil pastels to all of the previous "blossom" doodles. It felt a little better...but I still liked the original (non-altered) page much more. Next step: do something radical and/or cover up significant portions. I chose a combination: radically cover up the altered background with something new so that the overall image changed considerably. I added collage pieces of flowers to repeat the theme of the flowers while also covering up what I didn't like while drawing attention to something new. NOW it is ready for a middle layer or artful reflection.
Correcting Art "Typos"
Updating Previous Art Journal with Fresh Insight(s)
Sometimes it's fun to flip the pages through your art journal and look for fresh insights from previous journal entries. It might be that you realize something "now" that you didn't "then," or that things have evolved or changed in the person/situation from "then" to "now." Either way, it is helpful to turn the pages of your art journal and look for nuances of what has happened/changed from when the journal entry was first created. In the example here, I added the stamped lettering "BETTER TOGETHER" on a previous reflection about the importance of a couple "separating" from their respective parents and "clinging" to each other. Amid the ups and downs of (this particular) relationship I realized that they are, in fact, better together.
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