The trend of having many journals going on all at once seems to be catching up with me too! Although I am still very pleased with my Zequenz 360* books, I have been experimenting with newer page formats and papers too. (And yes I have finally succumbed to the adult coloring book mania too)
The latest journal I have started to use is by Lana. It is a gorgeous spiral bound A4 book with lovely Kraft paper cover.
The pages are a natural white in 150gsm and going by my first page experiment can handle a fair bit of wet media.
This is gong to be my ”Learning Curve ” journal. Find out why and check out my plans for this book here.
There have been a fair number of discussions about ”blank page scare” and ”scared to copy” and ”I want my page to be original but don’t know where to begin” on every art journaling and mixed media forum I am part of. We all face the same fears when starting out.
Mixed media whilst being very liberating can simultaneously be very overwhelming. All those layers, techniques, media, paper types, styles, equipment, used etc etc…….I can spend hours just ‘browsing’ trying to decide on a plan for my page/canvas.
Even though art journaling is about self expression we are infected with the ‘perfectionist’ bug and those gorgeous pages on Pinterest and and Facebook and on other forums just make us want to be able to turn out a masterpieces each time. Overthinking my art is one my biggest hurdles to actually creating. I still have days when I want to make art but the ‘originality’ corner of my brain just wont switch on. I will either keep browsing and end up making nothing or push myself to choose a video to follow and go for it. The end result is often nothing like the tutorial but it serves as loose guide to get me going……but wait! if it looks nothing like the tutorial it becomes an original right? just like that, by default.
When queries related to these fears surface on the forums I usually advise newbies to just follow a video from start to finish if you are struggling. IME the more you do (whether original or ”copied”) the more adept you become at using your media, materials and tools. Its practice no matter how you choose to do it. And practice does make perfect when it comes to art.
In order to be able to do more of these default originals, I am employing one of my new journals as my ”Practice” Journal. Its like those art school books we had, where we did all our practice work, learning, scribbling notes, etc. I have named it ”The learning curve”. In this journal I will link to the video or tutorial I used and explain where my steps/ materials etc were different so other beginners can see how these fears can be overcome. I doesn’t have to tick all those boxes that form the foundation of my art approach (see what mean here), but it will almost always leave me happy with what I created or wiser for the experience. I hope you will enjoy this series as much as I am enjoying making them.
Ta for now!
This past 12 months has been the most challenging time of my life so far. And I know I say this whenever something really big happens, but its almost like the bar is raised with every challenge in my life which really leaves me wondering what the Lord wants me to learn from this…but that’s another blog post altogether.
I have been playing around with mixed media for almost two years now (see my story about how I ‘got into’ mixed media here). Most of the art I have made so far was been made for friends and family and given away. I wanted something for myself now and seeing as did not have the space for a collection of canvasses I decided art journaling was a good way to have a personal collection of my mixed media art. Going back to what I said about challenging times in my life right now, I also needed something that would work as a bit of a pick me up on ‘those’ days!!
A friend sends out a quote for the day each morning to a group of us on WhatsApp and a lot of times those quotes are almost tailored to what my thoughts are or the happening in my life at that moment. So I decided to make some of those quotes the foundation of my journal pages.
Other random thoughts, pages by other journalers I follow online and life experiences form the rest of my journal.
If you have a quote to share please leave me a comment below. This page will also talk about the ‘business’ of art journaling. i.e techniques, supplies, artist I follow etc. Join me on this journey.
Welcome to Creatif Eksperyans!! The name translates into ”Creative” ” Experience”. I hope this blog will inspire you and encourage you to experiment with something creative….no matter what it is. My current ambitions for this blog include Mixed media art, Art Journaling, Sewing, Cake decorating, Paper crafting, Clay modelling and Flower making but who knows what skill I will discover along the way and add to this list.
” Clear a corner of your mind and CREATIVITY will instantly fill it” – Dee Hock