Again, where did I come up with these ideas? I thought I would share a few pics along the way as I art journal pie charts.
Week Three Faceless Beauty bled through onto Week 4, I decided to Gesso over it.
My art supplies are pretty cheap. These watercolors were about twelve bucks from Walmart. My acrylic paints-I think there were twelve or twenty in a box-was seven dollars as a clearance item at Walmart. I have crayons, markers, all bought over the years. There is nothing expensive in my mixed media toolkit.
Did you get a huge catalog from Ikea? It’s a great resource to use as your plotter between pages, to mix paint on, dab the water off your paint brush. Any big catalog would do!
As the week progressed, I realized I didn’t need to make a pie chart of any particular thing, like how much carb/protein/fat I ate all day, or a breakdown of the different types of red wine that we drink. Pie Charts can be simple circles to fill in with design.
This was just kind of a random, doodling kind of week. I guess that is what art journaling is about.
This is the third week of January. We’ve had snow, bitter cold, winds..and today? A high of 43 F. Feels like summer. Okay, I’m stretching it a bit. It’s time for Art Journal Week Three. My prompt was: beauty.
Week Three Prompt Beauty
Who came up with these prompts? (Me.) What was I thinking when I wrote down beauty as a week challenge to art journal beauty?
Start with a Face
When I thought of beauty, I first thought of the quote “beauty is in the eye of the beholder” and then I thought of an attractive person-a female. I decided to draw a face. When I painted the face in, choosing white color, I paused. I was going to dabble and doodle all over the face, but decided to leave it blank.
Your Idea of Beauty
Later in the week, I decided to add pictures to demonstrate what a different point of view would find beautiful. A hot sports car. The Mona Lisa. A field of tulips. Everyone has a different vision of beauty. A mother holding a newborn. A trickling stream in the woods. The Milky Way.
I looked for a few quotes on beauty to add to the page. This one resonated with me.
Week Three Wrap
How did I think week three went? Eh, okay from a creativity viewpoint. The page seems a bit unfinished. I’m going to leave it for now, let it percolate. Onto Week Four!
I’ve been pretty fascinated with bullet journals. I’ve “pinned” many pages on my Pinterest account.
Although very interesting, they seem like too much work for me.
When my little pen landed on “bullet journal” I pondered what to create for one week.
Since I have been reading much more this year, I decided to go with “Books to Read” on the right. I listed my all time favorite books on the left.
That still left the lower left quadrant. What to list?
Since I am a podcast junkie, I decided to list my favorite podcasts in January, then revisit my page in December and list my favorites, to see if there is any overlap. Sometimes my podcast attention span changes rapidly, so it will be fun to see what topics I have migrated to eleven months later.
Happy Birthday to Me! I turn 52 this year. There are 52 weeks in the year, so you know what is coming…some sort of weekly challenge!
Art Journal Challenge
What to do? Something different each week? I turned to an art journal challenge. I’ve been dabbling in smash books the last few years. Smash books are free form scrap books, full of paper, pictures, other remembrances and souvenirs. I made one for both our New Zealand vacation and my CO-GAP bike ride last year. It was fun to create.
The original idea was to use a different type of art media each week, but I realized I needed some ideas to create with the different form of media.
Create a new art journal page based on prompts each week
I randomly created these prompts.
The plan is to just grab a pencil, close my eyes, and stab a prompt, that will be the prompt for the week. One week gives you plenty of time to work on the spread.
It’s My Birthday So I will Cheat
Except for Week One. Week One is my birthday week, so the prompt is “birthday cake”.