I’ve been keeping an art journal for about 18 months now. I love working with mixed media. I never really considered myself much of an Artist. I’m more of an artist. Art is something I do for me. I have fun with it. I play with glue, colors, images, etc. My favorite artist Bob Ross said, “There are no mistakes. Only happy accidents.” My art is full of these happy accidents as you will see. When I write fiction or poetry, my inner critic loves to stick her nose in and make rude comments. When I make art, she is quiet. I guess it’s because I admit to being a writer and a poet, but not an artist.
** In the video, you’ll see me using Mod Podge (my favorite!) to attach pieces of dyed paper towels. For those wondering how I got the wonderful colors on the paper towels – it was a happy accident! When I dyed eggs with my kids at Easter, we used shaving cream and food coloring. These were the paper towels we used to wipe the excess “mess” from the eggs. I thought the paper towels had such pretty swirls of color, I had to save them. I’m glad I did!
…was a quiet day at my house. I was exhilarated that I was able to complete NaPoWriMo and took a moment to sit back and reflect on some of what I’d written. I began asking myself, “What next?”
My question was answered when I went to the mailbox that afternoon. My next project had arrived.
I was surprised to see how small the sketchbook actually is. It’s smaller than the books I’ve used as art journals before. I set the sketchbook on my table and left it there. And it’s been there taunting me ever since, daring me to mark it up. But mark it up, I will! And I will document this journey into my “art” here. Buckle up – it’s going to be another roller coaster ride!
I confess. I am now addicted to art journaling. I love playing with all sorts of materials with no rules and no one to care what my art looks like but me.
Since I had my art supplies out tonight anyway, I decided it was time to experiment with pi in watercolors. I may actually paint pi sometime, but I liked making pi from the tubes for now. I also wanted to capture the creation this time with some of the clutter on my workspace (kitchen table).
As a teacher, I have a rather large stash of stickers. I have found that even high school students like to get their work returned with stickers on it.
Today I was already playing in my art journal when I thought of using my hippie throwback stickers for today’s 365 project.
Have some peace!