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Art Journal Challenge Week Twenty Five Favorite Book Character

Favorite Book Character

Favorite Book Character Art Journal Challenge

Anne of Green Gables

My favorite book character is…Anne with an E of course! Anne Shirley, or “Anne of Green Gables” as she is more popularly known.

I didn’t read the Anne books until college. It was love at first site with Anne, with her “race that knows Joseph”.  There is quite a collection of porcelain dogs in my household. (Both L.M. Montgomery and Anne owned Gog and Magog.)

Dog Collection

Lucy Maud Montgomery

I’ve read all of Lucy Maud Montgomery’s “selected”  journals. Her life, compared to her character, Anne, was a rough one. Her husband suffered from depression and maybe was bi-polar. Mrs. Montgomery seemed to mainly support the family and had many health issues of her own. I believe I have read most of her fiction books. If you like Anne of Green Gables, you might also enjoy the Emily of New Moon series.

japan anne

Favorite book

My favorite book is Anne’s House of Dreams, although a bit sad. This is the book where she and Gilbert get married and start their life together.

Favorite secondary character

It’s Anne’s youngest daughter, Rilla, and her story of growing up in the WWI years. Her book is called “Rilla of Ingleside”. I just acquired a new book called “Readying Rilla” which is Montgomery’s manuscript of Rilla and the editing and changes that went into the manuscript.

What about the Art Journal Page?

I was so busy with Anne, the page became secondary! Most of this week was printed pics and a little stamping.

Art Journal Challenge Favorite Book Character

Art Journal Challenge Favorite Book Character

Art Journal Challenge Favorite Book Character

This was a fun week. I’ve now retrieved all my “Anne” books for another re-read!

Art Journal Challenge Week Twenty Four Copy Something Famous

Art Journal Challenge Week 24 Copy Something Famous

No Love

I didn’t have any love for “Copy Something Famous”.  I even went looking for other journal prompts. But I circled back to it. Of course I thought of copying the Mona Lisa. Then I thought about there was this dog image..Google makes it incredibly easy to google “famous dog” and boom! there he was! The Blue Dog!

 

Copy Something Famous

 

Art Journal Challenge Week 24 Copy Something Famous

Blue Dog

In the early 1990s Rodrigue’s  Blue Dog Series, based on the French-Cajun loup-garou legend, catapulted him to worldwide fame.  The Blue Dog was made popular by Absolut Vodka in 1992.

Art Journal Challenge Week 24 Copy Something Famous

You know what? It was really interesting to learn about George Rodrigue, and the origins of the Blue Dog Series. I might need a Blue Dog Poster or Print for my home office…

Art Journal Challenge Week 24 Copy Something Famous

I decided I didn’t need to fill in all the space around my blue dog. Or make bunches of said puppy.

Art Journal Challenge Week 24 Copy Something Famous

I enjoyed making my own version of the famous blue dog. Onto Week Twenty-Five!

Art Journal Challenge Week 23 Water

Art Journal Challenge Week 23 Water

I went blue at first. Water is blue, right?

It’s blue in New Zealand!

 

Art Journal Challenge Water

Not very inspired this week. I liked the blues that I started with. When I added the magazines cut out, I think the spread went to crap.

Art Journal Challenge Water

No time to recover, just time to move on to a new week and new challenge!

Art Journal Challenge Water

I can at least say I did it!

Art Journal Challenge Water

Art Journal Challenge Week Twenty Two Daffodils

 

 

 

Art Journal Challenge Week 22 DaffodilsThis looks like something a six year old would create.

Art Journal Challenge Week 22 Daffodils

Then I thought about it. It’s my damn art journal. Who cares what it looks like?

Art Journal Challenge Week 22 Daffodils

What I am enjoying about this weekly challenge is that I am noting the week. 22 weeks into year 2018 already. It’s a good way to acknowledge the time change.

I’ve kept up with the challenge halfway through the year. Onto Week 23!

Art Journal Challenge Week Twenty One Triptych

 

Art Journal Challenge Week Twenty One Triptych

Art Journal Challenge Week Twentyone Triptych

 

The usual definition of a triptych looks like this:

a picture or relief carving on three panels, typically hinged together side by side and used as an altarpiece.

 

My Definition of a Triptych

Since I was going on a “trip” I decided my triptych would be a mixed media page about my journey. Maybe it will be in three pieces. I doubt it.  I’m sure it’s going to be messy and disorganized and wild.

Art Journal Challenge Week Twentyone Triptych

I made it through the state of Ohio! I collected some ephemera along the way, but not as much as I thought I would.

Art Journal Challenge Week Twentyone Triptych

Art Journal Challenge Week Twentyone Triptych

I supplemented with pictures taken along the way.

Voila, my triptych of my Ohio to Erie Trail trip!

Art Journal Challenge Week Twenty Mystery

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Art Journal Challenge Mystery

Ha! It’s a mystery I got this done at all!

art journal challenge week twenty mystery

I’ve been crazy busy in my “spare time” trying to plant a garden, clean house, and get organized for my 326 mile bike ride next week.  I just realized I might want to have a light with me, now I have to go scramble and look for that.

art journal challenge week twenty mystery

 

Mystery Hack

Most of this page came from a previously made mixed media in a “junk journal” aka an old Judy Bolton mystery book. This image immediately came to mind, and since “there are no rules” in

art journal challenge week twenty mystery

my mixed media challenge, I pasted them into the “52 in 52” Art Journal. A few more doodles, and voila, Mystery Challenge completed! Whew!

Yes, I am going to art journal on my bike ride next week! Stay tuned!

Art Journal Challenge Week Nineteen Tree Graffiti

art journal challenge tree graffiti

 

I have a odd little side hobby of photographing tree graffiti. This started on trail runs years ago. I would ponder, whatever happened to MW and CJ? Do they still love each other? Are they together? Do they remember their time in the park, and carving initials on trees?

art journal challenge tree graffiti

Tree Graffiti is Wrong!

I do not condone carving anything into trees. It is one way to kill a tree faster! Please don’t do this! That being said, what is done is done. I wasn’t the person who long ago carved a word, initials, or a heart into a tree.

art journal challenge tree graffiti

Historical Tree Graffiti

A British student has been studying and tracing military tree graffiti, sometimes being able to trace the graffiti back to the soldier and family.

Another cool story from tree graffiti in a Dutch Village to a family in Toronto.

Arborglyphs are tree carvings. The Basque sheepherders in Nevada carved ornate pictures into the aspen trees. Here is a link to those stories, pretty cool!

Supplies Used

Since I realized I didn’t like unused white space, I first painted the page green. Then I doodled in my tree trunks, with my initials and true love “carved” onto the page. Perusing my little art journal folder, I found some actual pieces of tree bark (foraged from the ground, not peeled off the tree!) and glued those in.  I  printed out some of my tree graffiti pics. I got the idea to make a raised “carving” on my actual tree graffiti page. This was done with Elmer’s Glue and paint. Which didn’t work! art journal challenge tree graffiti I then smeared it into a square and added more graffiti on the top.

My printed tree graffiti pics are a bit dark, which doesn’t show too well when I took a photo of the finished challenge, but I am happy with the way this week turned out.

art journal challenge tree graffiti