I was up until three a.m. last night working on this collage. Some personal things have been going on, and I’ve been working through my feelings about them in my art journal, resulting in some intensely personal pages. This page in particular means a lot to me. I cried when I finished it, honestly.
I have decided that I will do something in my art journal every day in June. It doesn’t have to be a complete page every day, but I’m going to do something in my art journal every day, even if it’s just writing down quotes or gessoing pages. I don’t want my art journaling to become a chore, but I do want to keep it up once I start back to school, and the easiest way to make sure I keep it up when I have more responsibility is to go ahead and make it a habit now while I’ve got more free time.
I’ll post pictures of my favorite pages, of course, but I won’t necessarily post everything. Last night, for example, I did a journal page based on the quote, “She stood in the storm, and when the wind did not blow her way, she adjusted her sails.” But unfortunately, I tried to paint waves on my background and it turned into a blue green mess at the bottom of my page, so I painted over it. And then I tried to stencil the quote onto the page and screwed up the spacing, so I really don’t like the way it turned out at all.
Tonight, I just did a couple of pretty red backgrounds and put in postcards I bought when I went out of town a couple weeks ago and did some journaling. I have the feeling my pages will be better and more elaborate on my off days than on the days I work.
I find the response that my journal pages are getting here and on Tumblr gratifying and surprising. I’ve always liked doing art projects and things, ever since I was a kid, but I never thought that I was particularly good at any of them. I’m flattered that people seem to like my journal pages.
I’m so extremely proud of this journal page that I couldn’t wait to post it. It’s a quote from the A Fine Frenzy song I posted earlier, and I made a little cardstock envelope and wrote the lyrics down and put them in it.
I tried another new technique for doing backgrounds. I painted the page and then spritzed it with water. But unfortunately, this kind of ruined the bottoms of all the pages in my journal. Including the ones I’ve already worked on, so the rest of my things look kind of shabby at the bottom. Oh well.
This page is sideways because I couldn’t really get the whole page at once, haha. It’s just a collage and some journaling on top of that.
Another sideways page, ha. A summery page with a quote from an Eric Church song: “Funny how a melody sounds like a memory…”
This is one of my “face your fears” pages.
I also did another collage with journaling on top of it, but I forgot to take a picture of it.