Day 6. I have been doing some art journaling lately, experimenting with a lot of background techniques, which is fun. It’s an adventure since you don’t know how it will turn out. Art is very forgiving so usually everything turns out okay in the end.
In the two pictures below, I wet my heavy duty journal paper thoroughly with water. Then I used very diluted acrylic paints and dripped them on the water-logged paper. The paints spread in a nice, sometimes subtle way. You can use any craft paints or finer art paints as long as they can be diluted with water. Watercolor paints would work well if you want a more soft and subtle background.
This is another version on my freebie art tutorial Star Angel. You can get that video tutorial HERE.
In the picture above, you can really see the background variations. Lots of fun. 🙂
The one above is a faux crinkled leather background. I used medium spread liberally across the paper, and then I glued tissue paper over it. It’s important to crinkle the tissue paper into a ball in your hand, and then spread out the wrinkled paper on the medium. Let dry thoroughly, and paint whatever colors you like. I used some raw umber on my fingertip to brush over the ridges as a last coat to make the creasing more dramatic.
Art journal page with glued paper background.
Fantasy flowers painted on top of decorative paper, which was glued down in my journal.
Just for fun! Grow wild and free. Hell yeah!!!
What are you working on today?
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…because Life happens NOW!
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First snow is not really relevant since we’re coming up on Memorial Day weekend, but First Snow is what happened when I created this grunge art journal spread. I made a video of it that you can watch. I added so many layers that it got really interesting, (almost a page ready to be cut up for some other project.) But I think I saved it. Judge for yourself.
It’s not too late to join my current mixed media / art journaling ecourse titled Art Journaling Journey. We are coming up on week three, but the course will be perennial so you can work at your own pace. I would love to see you there!
Art journaling is a true of journey of exploration outside and inside. It never gets old, but it can get weird sometimes, but life is weird sometimes too. Here are a couple of recent art journal spreads.
“What fires you up?” I asked a friend of mine, and she said she didn’t know. I have encountered that many times on my path and I find it sad.
Are we as people so programmed, so CONVINCED there is no other way than to stay in the fold where education or happenstance landed us in life. We have to think about 401Ks, retirement funds, insurance, and basically manage our lives to a point where there is no memory of what we would like to do instead of working 9-5. Don’t take me wrong; many people like their jobs, so there is nothing wrong with that. We have to do something to be productive in life. However, there is a lot of drugs and alcohol to deafen the pain inside that comes from living a “canned” life. We are not here to be victims!
I used to do psychic readings and saw that problem A LOT, the pain of conforming to society. I would point it out, but I also knew that the person would never DARE to step out of the box. To me, that is utterly sad. All of the reasons I described above, the need for control and security in life override any soul urges. Those soul cries are squashed down and ignored to the detriment of our health and happiness.
One way to get deeper in touch with your soul is through art. Anyone who has liked to dabble with crayons or paints as a child is closer to accepting that fact, but anyone who has never tried making art is also capable of creating art that brings up the needs of the soul. It’s is a therapy as well as a joy!
Art can free you to look objectively at what lies underneath, gain a greater understanding, and inspire you to start follow those urges inside that truly make a difference in life. I KNOW that art is a great bridge between the humdrum and soul destroying to an awakened state of understanding. If you follow that path, you have the chance to liberate yourself and truly live from your own inner wisdom, create the life that you really want to live.
Even if you’re clueless as to what that would be like, it’s time to start somewhere, to explore the possibilities of who your are and what your unique gifts to the world are.
I have created a mixed media art journaling course, Art Journaling Journey, that helps to open up your creative side, and hopefully inspire you to continue to express through art. At the least you will have some answers of what is going on and where to head next.
My claim is: everyone is an artist.
You might not be called to work as an artist, but art is still a wonderful tool with which to excavate your soul needs.
If you want to know more, please click on the link. I have an early bird price going until February 23, and the course starts on March 1 and goes for four weeks. Art Journaling Journey.
You never truly know yourself because of layers. Sure you’ve heard it before. Like with an onion you peel off one layer and find there’s another one underneath, shiny and glistening and mocking somehow. But, an onion does not worry about its layers!
At the core we are all one, but if we look at the “baggage” there are any number of variations of bullshit that we think is important. Let’s excavate and release! But….
I don’t think it works that way. You can work with layers, but where you end up is not perfection. You can never get to the bottom of the layers, but you can experience the river of perfection that keeps you alive. Forget about the layers; they lead nowhere.
Here’s a painting / mixed media I just finished. It’s a good example of putting ON the layers instead of taking them off.
Broken Dreams 12×12″ mixed media
I started out with no idea at all. I sprayed some paint on the canvas , rubbed it around, and let it dry. Added some more layers, but I couldn’t see a picture emerging at all, so I glued on some papers (the only one showing now is the crinkly tissue paper in the corner.) The papers led to nowhere, so I decided to just paint a face. Faces are always tricky because you never quite end up where you plan to end up. They take on a life of their own.
This one ended up with a slightly disdainful expression, but also with lots of inner power, so I accepted her. Then I couldn’t get anything to stick on the right side. I painted birds, leaves, a big flower. They all looked wrong, so I scraped some paint over the whole and buried them. All the layers add energy to the painting, so nothing is lost.
I have been into square shapes lately, so I added some of those. At that time I had some dreams broken in my life so I “saw” them there. I had to add a solution so there is an exiting square in the corner that says Let Go.
The art didn’t turn out like anything I envisioned, but I allowed it to emerge. These kinds of paintings are tricky. I never know if I like them or not.
The point is: With every stroke of the brush, or any addition of paper, I altered the course of this piece of art. I didn’t know if it would work, but I could only move forward until I felt it was done, but far from perfect. I had to accept it.
It is what it is.
What does that have to do with layers in life? How can you know what will emerge as you remove layers? Is it even possible? Aha moments can come, and they often do, but what do they change? On a good day, we might walk in a different direction and leave something behind that burdened us. That is all good.
But, basically, isn’t it enough to accept ourselves exactly as we are today? Trust that you are enough. Connect with your inner flow and just “BE YOU?” When you do, something good emerges, the authenticity and power of who you are, layers and all. Who gives a shit about layers? Maybe psychoanalysts do, but I say, go for it, warts and all! Be authentic.
Be your frigging AWESOME self, right now. I have stopped trying to change or fix myself and there’s a lot of peace in that.
P.S. I often look at my paintings and think aliens painted them. When we allow flow, something much greater than the little self (shrouded in layers) comes out to play. It is a path of mystery and curiosity. If you want to try some art journaling, please sign up for my art newsletter for a primer and a mixed media tutorial. CLICK HERE.