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from sketchbook to art journal

When I started using sketchbooks, I used the hardbound covers. I remember a number of my art teachers telling us to always keep a sketchbook and that it was a good habit to get into–and so I did. I brought it everywhere with me and I mean everywhere. I sketched and wrote notes on it.

doodle paint on sketchbook cover

doodle paint on sketchbook cover

I replaced my sketchbook every couple of years however I noticed the binding was beat up by the time I filled it. To make the binding last longer I decided to glue fabric on it.

It was the beginning of something else (circa 1995).

glued fabric and painted on sketchbook cover

glued fabric and painted on sketchbook cover

For several years my sketchbooks were used for drawing and writing. When I traveled I also used it as a travel journal, and eventually started gluing ephemera.

I think I initially saw the term “art journaling” online around 2007. When I realized my sketchbooks are art journals. I fell in love with the name “art journal”–it opened up a whole new direction and gave me license to do anything and everything in my art journals.

So now my art journals are so much more as you can see on these front and back covers.

mixed media on front cover

mixed media on front cover

mixed media on back cover

mixed media on back cover

 

By on November 20, 2013 in 30 day challenge Nov. 2013!, Art, Art Journals, creative journey

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taking a photography class

Last spring I took a class on how to use my DLSR and I am so glad I did. Now I am not so overwhelmed with all the “bells and whistles” of my camera. I am an amateur at best but I do enjoy taking photos. I find I have more control and more confidence in using my camera.

Now, I take my camera with me more often. Last month I was at a local market (The Rood Cellar) and saw this floral display–I wanted to share the eye candy of the fall colours displayed.

Enjoy!

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By on November 18, 2013 in 30 day challenge Nov. 2013!, Art, creative journey, Photographs

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making it

I’ve been creating art for a long time and have always thought that I needed to “make it”. At the time I thought that’s how one becomes successful…but now I ask, by who’s definition?

I had wished and hoped that I would “make it” because I thought my art was significant and had relevance. I realized my art wasn’t relative in the mainstream fashion (whatever and by whomever dictates what good art is). My other thought was that I was not measuring up by someone else’s definition and so I kept comparing myself to others–that was my mistake.

Now I ask myself the question, have I failed? NO, because after a number of years of growing, learning, and living–being where I am is right and I do not need to be more than what I am capable of. I believe, the belief in self and the confidence of knowing who you are and your capabilities goes a long way than someone else saying how “good you are” or measuring one’s capabilities by popular standards.

Believing in one’s self validates who you are, what you are, and that whatever need to happen will come when the time is right. Life has an interesting way of directing one’s journey. I believe I have something to say and by creating and sharing my art, I am saying my piece.

This I know, I love creating and love what I create. It is all part of me. I appreciate and thank everyone who love what I create.

By on November 16, 2013 in 30 day challenge Nov. 2013!, creative journey

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working on my website

I continually work on my website to make it mine and it is taking a lot longer than I like (the learning curve is huge). Still it’s similar to creating a painting. Today I decided that my header needed to be tweaked. So I scanned a handwritten text to put on top of a background (a photograph of a painting).

handwritten text with acrylic paint

handwritten text with acrylic paint

Once I put the text and the background together, I wanted to hi-lite the black text so I made a white copy of the same text and inserted it behind the black text.

logo-NEWI like this much better. I’ll be cleaning it up as I go along.

By on November 13, 2013 in 30 day challenge Nov. 2013!, Art, creative journey

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day 12…

Okay. Yes I’m here blogging but honestly…I am not so ready or prepared or wanting to blog today. My mind is full of half-form plans, fantasies, dreams, and a huge dash of reality! So I think I will post this as is (and I AM OKAY with that), add a photo (I do love visuals) and I am taking the rest of the day off.

sunrise mar07

By on November 12, 2013 in 30 day challenge Nov. 2013!, creative journey, Photographs

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in the pursuit of living a creative life

As I travel this road to fulfill my dream of living a creative life and doing what I love. I know where I want to be and the road is long and I’m okay with that. It is taking me longer than I thought. I know myself to be a plodder and others may say I’m pokey however I am persistent and I do keep trying.

I’ve had a motto I have lived by since I was a little girl, “try, try ’til you succeed”. I can’t remember where I heard that but it is a favourite of mine. So where am I at in getting to my dream? Well, in October I registered on The Blog Class by Jones Design Company to improve and get my presence on-line in all ways; at this moment, I am on my eighth day of my blogging challenge; I have an art show on Sunday November 10th; then there are personal challenges and, I have not worked since mid-July. Through the years I’ve tried to fulfill my dream but life happens and I just keep trying.

So here I am.  I have time to concentrate on my dream.

dream

writing on the beach

By on November 8, 2013 in 30 day challenge Nov. 2013!, Art, creative journey, Photographs

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do what you love

It makes a happier you.  I find it so true for me.

Doing what you love gives you that feel good feeling; and I believe it is infectious–it’s a good thing.  We need “feel good” shots daily–makes us a better person, makes for a better day and who knows it can touch others in a good way.

Doing what I love gives me joy.  Try it.

a journal page

a journal page

By on November 4, 2013 in 30 day challenge Nov. 2013!, Art, Art Journals, creative journey

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handmade art journals

I am making art journals because I have so much paper!  I have had these paper from printmaking and watercolour painting days.  I’ve collected and moved this stash for about 15+years and I didn’t want to destroy or trash them.  Then I saw all these handmade art journals by way of blogs and YouTube tutorials (Teesha Moore, Donna Downey and  CraftyLoops).   I thought…That’s it! I am going to make upcycled handmade art journals using my inked and paint splattered paper.

This was the beginning of a new project and I love it. It solved my dilemma of what to do with my stash.  Yes they do have artwork on them but they are wonderful paper (paper size is 22″x30″ and are of BFK Rives, Arches, Stonehenge to name a few).  So I have torn these paper to a couple of journal sizes (9″x6″ and 8″x5″).  Each one is covered with a gessoed canvas, and used a pamphlet stitch with a signature of 20 9”x6” pages (40 pages front and back) acid free printmaking and watercolour papers.

Yes the pages are a mixture of blank and painted pages but it is so fun to play.  I have found that blank pages can be intimidating and frightening to mar all that whiteness!  I found that seeing the colours throughout my handmade art journal made it easier for me to fill the pages with mixed-media.  I glue, collage, gesso, paint, doodle, draw and play in my art journal.

almost done, button enclosure to be sewn on right hand side of the canvas cover

almost done, button enclosure to be sewn on right hand side of the canvas cover

some of my paper stash, paint splatter and all. Transformed art journals.

some of my paper stash, paint splatter and all

transformed paper stash

transformed paper stash

transformed art journals

transformed art journals

By on November 2, 2013 in 30 day challenge Nov. 2013!, Art Journals, creative journey

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