Art Journal: First Person Singular

Art Journal: First Person Singular

So this is a little off the beaten path for me, a tangible bit of weirdness in the turquoise altered book. These pages started with an experiment where I wanted to compare gel medium {left} and fiber paste {right}, so I pressed each through a screen and let dry. Gel medium is more smooth when dry, yet holds texture. Fiber paste feels like sand inside toothpaste, sort of, and dries rough like cement yet holds texture even better.

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Muse30 Prompt #26

Muse30 Prompt #26

For the CITY prompt, I think that you could go in a number of different directions {subtle map pun}, like you could draw an array of buildings, use a paper map as an art journal background {scrape a thin coat of white gesso or acrylic paint on top to mute the color and make your writing more legible}.

Drive your index card or page on a highway toward a particular city. Follow a route. Draw a skyline you love, invent a city, find inspiration in an imaginary city in a novel or TV show. The fictional city of Bedrock, where the Flintstones and the Rubbles live. 

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The Circle Workshop: Inspiring Daily Creative Work

The Circle Workshop: Inspiring Daily Creative Work

The Circle Workshop is comprised of prompts, thought-provoking ideas to explore, points to pointer. It's self-paced, online, available 24/7, so you can stop in, grab a creative spark and go create something. There are 61 sections to explore, including 12 videos; 10 videos about collage, 2 about hand-lettering and mark making. Also! Project ideas such as working with variations on a theme, the value of your camera to your creative process, using diagonals in your work, the joy of working small, creating an idea journal, finding symbolism in your work, starting and finishing journal pages... and more, more, more!!!

Access to the Circle Workshop has been extended through December 2017!

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The cascading orange page

The cascading orange page

"If the desire to write is not accompanied by
actual writing, then the desire must be not to write."
Hugh Prather

I grabbed a random box of art journal pages from 2009 when I did a lot of work on watercolor paper, just loose paper, where the imagery sort of cascaded in a free-fall down the page. Have you looked through your older art journal pages? What do you see? Do you want to bring some of those ideas back into your repertoire?

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Art Journal Tutorial: The Purple Page

Art Journal Tutorial: The Purple Page

You can throw whatever you wish in your journal and mix it all together. There's no magic potion or formula. I get a lot of questions about how to incorporate words on an art journal page, and there are an infinite number of ways to include words in your journals! Perhaps I can help you frame the questions and give you a bunch of starting points for your game of hopscotch? 

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