Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Flickr inspiration part 4

Originally uploaded by lessherger
This page by Leslie of Comfortable Shoes Studio is one of her older work, and she's posted it on Flickr because I was curious. ;)

What I like about it is the every day life stuff going on with newspaper clippings and journaling as well as a sketch in colour.

Be sure to check out Leslie's blog linked above, her Flickr page and if you're interested in Art Journaling or sketchbooking (is that even a word? I suppose it should be 'keeping a sketchbook'), come and have a look at Artjournaling Ning, a great Art Journaling community Leslie set up!

Flickr Inspiration part 3

Sketchbook, May 1988
Originally uploaded by Peter Fitz
So many different images on this spread, so many things to look at and read, and yet it does not feel overwhelming. I think it's the use of only three colours.

Check out Peter Friz' Flickr page for more!

Flickr Inspiration part 2

Really love the drawing, and how the text seems to belong on the page.
Simon Massey di Vallaza's sketchbooks are full of amazing stuff like this!

Flickr Inspiration part 1

Sketchbook Vol 3
Originally uploaded by Dennis Raines
Here is one of the great Art Journals or Sketchbooks I stumbled upon on Flickr. I really like the combination of text and images, keeping notes and ideas right there on the page.

If you would like to see more, please check out Dennis Raines' flickr page.

Sunday, April 25, 2010

Way to go

My poor Art Journal. It has not had the attention it deserves lately. I just can't get into Art Journaling mode, or maybe the problem lies with what I think is Art Journaling mode.

Up until now, I do not grab my Art Journal like I used to my written journals. I don't use it as a 'need to get this out of my system' kind of journal. I do the backgrounds, try a technique or some kind of image, write a little here and there, and then that's it. And I tend to think 'Oh yeah, I read this cool book last week so I have to Art Journal about that....' and then when I do, I'm just not feeling it...

The other day, I started to think about what I like. I know what I don't like, that list is easy enough, but what I do like is a lot more difficult to put into words.
Did you ever watch Charmed? Their Book of Shadows is amazing. Same goes for Supernatural when they have a peek into their father's journal. LOVE that journal!(Go here, then click on the journal that's been tossed in the back of the car. You can flick through it.) The other week I watched a documentary with the lovely title The complete history of my sexual failures, about this man who tries to interview all his past girlfriends to see where he messed up. Tries being the keyword here because most woman were not interested at all and truth be told, I could not blame them. But what I did really like about the documentary was the fact that he kept a notebook with ideas, names, the interviews, all kinds of stuff...

I guess what I'm trying to say is that what I like is more journaling-mixed-with-images than images-mixed-with-journaling. And maybe that's where I'm going 'wrong' with my own Art Journals, that's why it doesn't feel so much 'me' right now.

Of course, since I've started my current Art Journal I need to finish it first before I can start a new one (you can take the girl out of Holland but you can't take Holland out of the girl....) but that gives me time to think about where to go from here. Do I buy a new journal (naaahhh...), do I make a new one and if I decide to do that, what kind of materials will I use? I'm leaning towards a mix of papers I can grunge up a bit, or maybe finally cutting up that huge (sturdy)paper bag I've been keeping in my cupboard for months and months 'just in case I need it'.

For now the new way to go is mostly in my head, but when I'm ready, I'll be sure to share the new found Art Journal love.

Sunday, April 4, 2010

One set of Paper Beads

Four different pieces.

The second necklace with the blue beads has already been sold, but for other necklaces and the set of bracelets, please visit Timeless on Artfire.

Friday, April 2, 2010

So how about Fake Journal Month

Yeah. How about it.

Let's just quickly explain what Fake Journal Month is. The idea is that during FJM you keep a journal that is not 'your own'. You keep a journal as if you're someone else, living or dead or made up completely. Or you use techniques or materials you would normally not use. For a whole month, do something completely different to what you normally do in your Art Journal.

I really liked the idea, but at this moment in time, it seems to constricting. I joined March Art Journal Challenge at the Artjournaling Ning (did I mention I'm an Admin there now? No? Well I am and sooo happy and proud!) and fell behind due to personal circumstances. I still have a fair amount of prompts to go, will try and somehow get them in my Art Journal. More than likely not within the next two weeks, but one every now and again. I don't want to rush myself, the prompts are too good to rush them.

To now take on yet another daily Art Journal thing would be too much, unfortunately. And if I wanted to really join the Fake Journal-community it would take away from my time on the Artjournaling Ning, and I've learned in the past that spreading myself too thin does not work.

One thing I do want to do is set aside a journal for doing faces. I've never learned how to do them properly, but want to practise and see how far I get with pointers I picked up from watching others do faces on Youtube. I suppose I could have turned that into a Fake Journal-thing, but then I'd still have to do a face a day and I just don't have the time to do that right now. I hope to be showing some faces here soon!