Finally, after a long time...I found a new job...one that I really, really, really wanted and never dreamed of finding it again. I just finished my first week....Instead of working 16 hours a week (divided in cleaning and being a mailwoman) I now work for 24 hours a week at the office. So I'm feeling good!!! And tired....:-)
I even managed to squeeze in some time for art journaling:
The past few weeks I was inspired by Terri Kahrs' workshop she did for 21Secrets 2013. She released her workshop on her YouTube channel and I loved it!!
She showed the difference between inkjetprinted and laserprinted pictures and how she uses reproduced images and backgrounds from her own artwork.
It was just what I needed to get me started in my art journal again!
First I created some quick collagesheet with parts of my own artwork. Like this:
I had these printed on a laserprinter, together with some previously made backgrounds, which I scanned before I collaged my images.
I wanted to start a new journal in which I would write down my favourite quotes, so I grabbed a thin Moleskine A5 sized journal (cahier) and started working...
I collaged pieces of the printed backgrounds in my journal. I tried all the background techniques Terri showed in her video's, with gesso, neocolors, acrylic paint etc. I noticed that the one with gesso, water and neocolors got me the best results. On top of these backgrounds I collaged my printed images. I also used some clothing labels as flaps on my pages to create some secret journaling spots. I collaged these flaps with pieces of my printed papers too.
(The image is collaged on a flap.
The text on the flap is in golden letters
but somehow my printer/scanner didn't get it right...
Behind the flap is some secret journaling.)
(With the backgrounds I created on pieces of cardstock,
while watching the video's, I created some cute houses..)
The butterfly wings on this last page come from a great book I found at a big booksale. The book was all about butterflies with lots of images, perfect for my collages. So be prepared for some more butterfly inspired pages!
...to all of you!!
I had a tough year last year...so I feel like this year will be my year...Iwill try to leave all the bad memories behind and start living again! Ok..easier said than done...but I'm going to give it a try.
...because there is something down there that you are supposed to find.
Skip the blabla about...'here I am again' and 'is it really almost two month since I did a blogpost?'..
No blabla about blogging once a month or once a week....or about getting things done...
I bumped into this quote on Pinterest a while ago and this is more the way I feel now:
Which also means I'm hanging on to my art journaling...
Having two jobs, three kids, a dog and a household...I got a lot of balls to hold up in the air! But I'm getting pretty good in this juggling thing..so now and then I try to sneak in a ball named 'art journaling'...
I started a new 'Teesha Moore-style' journal, cutting up a big sized piece of watercolourpaper and simply binding it with a thread. I feel these journals work the best for me, having different sized pages.
Here is the first page..I even thought of making a 'before' and 'after' picture for you!
This is the page with only a painted background and the collage:
And the finished page:
I have the beginning of the next page also for you...
A lot of penwork still to be done...I hope to get back soon with the final result!