A much easier prompt! This was Art Journal Challenge Week Eleven. Whee! Travel!
I used a few different tecniques on this page. I had previously painted one side green. Most of the images were cut and pasted from various sources. I used a stencil, added some words on places I want to travel to soon.
Where I Want to Travel To
Grenada in October
Savannah sometime this year? We have friends there and Savannah is rich in history that we’ve only scratched this surface of. They have fantastic food there too.
Napa Somehow I don’t think I could convince the Hubs to a Grenada, Savannah, and Napa all in the same year. Napa 2019!
The Tour Divide-well I doubt this would ever happen, but never say never. Bike from Banff, Canada, to Mexico.
My Biking tour of the Ohio to Erie Trail from Cinti to Cleveland. Or vice versa, I haven’t decided yet.
As so far, I start out strong. I’m really stoked about the challenge, then I tend to lose steam. Same with this week.
My painting is clumsy and amateuristic. I have this vision of what I want to create, but that is not what goes down on the paper. I think with the next challenge I am going to mix it up with a bunch more of “mixed media”.
I started out pretty strong with this, but faltered midweek. Work has been a horrible strain lately, and I come home exhausted and don’t want to do anything but watch TV. I haven’t been feeling too creative.
When I touched the prompt “color” I thought of the Pantone Color of the Year Ultraviolet. But I cheated and printed it out via the printer. I did use my acrylic paint, watercolor, a few pieces of paper, and used my stencils a bit.
I made a cool background to start with, but quickly discovered writing long hand on the page wasn’t going to stand out. My handwriting is not the greatest.
I went back to printing out quotes. I was amused to see I had picked the same quote twice from different parts of my Pinterest page. I guess I need to put that book down and stop re-reading that same chapter.
I seem to have a theme on this quotes week about letting go and moving forward. I’ve been struggling with this for a year now. It’s been one year since I stopped running. I do want to move on. I’ve been trying to re-invent myself and find out “who” I am exactly since I am no longer a runner. I don’t know yet.
Overall I liked the look of my page. I used acrylic paint, watercolors, stamps to create my Week 8 Challenge. Week 8 of 52 gone already! Is it spring yet?
I couldn’t get my limited artistic abilities around this. I couldn’t draw the cool fire tower that I envisioned. I was tired after work and didn’t feel like working on it. I also wasn’t too interested in doodling a bit in moments before work. I kind of shot myself in the foot.
How Not to Fail
There are no rules to this challenge. I made this up! So, if the prompt doesn’t give me some creative ideas in the first day or two of the week, I’m either going to 1) chuck it and just doodle something for the week 2) choose another prompt or maybe 3) Pick a random “wreck this journal” prompt off Pinterest and have at it.
This is something I can get my head around! Let’s art journal about numbers!
A co-worker mentioned “angel numbers” during this week. Since I’ve been thinking about numbers,I perked right up. Apparently, when you see a random “pattern” of numbers, that could be the angels sending you a message. That’s pretty cool.
Three is a Magic Number
Who Could Forget “Three is a Magic Number” from Schoolhouse Rocks?
Art Journal Challenge Numbers
“Every triangle has three corners, every triangle has three sides
No more, no less, you don’t have to guess
When it’s three, you can see
It’s a magic number”
It Goes to Eleven
There is the iconic “This is Spinal Tap” movie, where Nigel explains their special speakers; they go to eleven.
I’ve had fun with “numbers” this week. Special numbers popped into my head-Route 66, 9-11, Cloud Nine, the Magic Eight Ball, even the Poop Emoji. Oops, don’t forget the Special Pi Number that makes up the border!
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.