Tuesday, 9 May 2017

"Wanderlust" journal - APRIL

I find it harder and harder to be inspired by anything from the Wanderlust class. I'm still following the weekly classes but I feel they don't "ignite" anything. I haven't felt so uninspired in quite some time...

I've been doing art journalling for a while so I'm no beginner. I know how to start a page and I know there are rules and I know these rules can be broken. Maybe that's the problem - I've already defined (and re-defined) myself in art journalling. I know what works for me and what not. And so far, most of the classes were outside of my box. Not outside of my comfort zone. No! I'm up for trying new things - but within my rules, my boundaries. I'm not sure if I'm expressing my feelings clearly...

So, without further ado, here are my weekly pages:

One of the classes was about minibooks - I tried to make one, forced myself to make one, but it remains unfinished. I'm waiting if it "speaks" to me - I don't give up on it yet and might finish it one day...

I finished first of the three traveller's notebook inserts I'd devoted for this class. There is a flip-through on my Instagram (if you're interested).

Tuesday, 2 May 2017

ART MARKS - part TWO / 30 day challenge

Rae Missigman was hosting Part Two of her ART MARKS 30 day challenge. I totally enjoyed Part One (you can see it here), so I jumped in without hesitation.

Once again, I made a small journal using regular cardstock and bookpaper. I added some paint here and there on the pages to have something to kick-start my creativity each day.

This time, I was much busier with my "normal" life so I didn't usually have time to do one prompt every day. Most of the times, I did two pages at once.

In Part One, I used word stickers to decorate my pages. Here, I used random phrases from a book I was destashing.

Day 1 - Clustered / Day 2 - Repeating

Day 3 - Layered / Day 4 - Stacked

Day 5 - Round / Day 6 - Black and White

Day 7 - Arrow like / Day 8 - Filled

Day 9 - X'd / Day 10 - Horizontal

Day 11 - Just One / Day 12 - Erased

Day 13 - Sketched / Day 14 - Vertical

Day 15 - Transparent / Day 16 - Half

Day 17 - Pinpoint / Day 18 - Striped

Day 19 - Encircled / Day 20 - Covered

Day 21 - Parallel / Day 22 - Spiral

Day 23 - Numerous / Day 24 - Squared

Day 25 - Odd / Day 26 - Even

Day 27 - Connected / Day 28 - Dotted

Day 29 - Inside / Day 30 - Numbered

I must admit that this time, due to my busy schedule, I found it harder to focus on the creative process. Often, I didn't follow the prompts and just created something that was on my mind. Also, I sometimes felt like I was repeating myself - there are some similar pages in Part one. But... who cares?

There are flip-throughs on my Instagram - 1st half and 2nd half. I would like to thank you for all the kind comments and {hearts} you gave my photos.

Sunday, 9 April 2017

PaperArtsy Topic 5 - Blue and Ochre

The newest PaperArtsy topic is Blue and Ochre. I made a very colourful page inspired by this blog post:

I started with a collage of torn deli paper. I sprinkled two sheets of deli paper with Infusions - one with Royal Blood and the other with Golden Sands. I tore the paper into pieces and glued them randomly over my page.

Then I added a bit of Fresco paints - Blueberry, Smurf and Butternut.

Finally, I stamped some flowers and other flowery shapes (from Tracy Scott's stamp sets ETS06 and ETS07 - I will put a link here once I find them in the shop) on white cardstock, cut them out and coloured them in.

... six episodes of Broadchurch later... Geez, this is supposed to be therapeutic? I've always hated colouring books...

To finish it off, I added a quote from Emma's set EEG17.


PaperArtsy Topic 4 - Doors, Windows and Architecture

The 4th PaperArtsy topic was Doors, Windows and Architecture.

I was suffering from a lack of time and inspiration so I was only working on a couple of unfinished backgrounds. First, I made this page:

I didn't submit it because I didn't like it much.

The other background I finished was this:

Oh well... I really need some room to breathe and restart...


Friday, 31 March 2017

Wanderlust 2017: MARCH

Here are the March pages in my "Wanderlust journal":

live Facebook adventure*

This month, there were some pages I liked very much. I'm also in love with the traveller's notebook format of my journal.

(*) The last page was done during the Facebook live event. I'm not a fan of random prompts in random order so I was very happy when one of the last prompts was "to cover the page with paint" and I could hide the sequence of prompts that didn't really work together.

Three months into the Wanderlust classes... and I'm still not sure whether I like them or not. I'm not happy about the format, teachers, classes, the overall pace... Not that it's bad or anything, but it's not just my thing, I suppose. I find it very hard to be inspired, so I'm just doing my page a week(end). I've established this weekly crafting "ritual" when I'm painting on Saturday afternoons/evenings and that works for me.

Wednesday, 8 March 2017

PaperArtsy 2017 Topic 3: Paint with Infusions

The newest PaperArtsy topic is Paint with Infusions. I'm so in love with the Infusions powders. I love their versatility and their vibrancy. I can't wait to get my hands on the new colours.

For this challenge, I made this journal page:

I used the Infusions to create a subtle background. Then I stamped some other elements to the background using Lin Brown's stamp sets (ELB29 and ELB30) and acrylic paints.

I cut the backgrounds a bit smaller than the size of the page to create a border.

Finally, I stamped the leaves (also from Lin Brown's ELB29) on grey cardstock  cut them out and glued them to the page.

Monday, 27 February 2017

Wanderlust 2017: FEBRUARY

Here are the February pages in my Wanderlust journal.

Some pages were inspired by the videos, other were following a prompt from one of the many "activities" posted on the Wanderlust class webpage.

[Warning: rant ahead]
The first class of the month was about breaking the page, and that there was no need to complete the page. Don't get me wrong, I have a few journals with backgrounds in various stages of progress but I'm not enjoying the process of putting one element on a page and then moving on to scribble something on another page and then adding some paint to another. I don't enjoy doing this. I have no problems facing a blank page - I have several quick techniques to deal with breaking a page and I don't need to do this on purpose, just for the sake of doing it. I don't think I need to waste my creative time on this. Moreover, sometimes I find it distracting to face a page that has something on it that I'm not happy about at that particular moment. Sitting down for 10 minutes a day to add random things to random pages all around my journal is a waste of time for me. I'm sure each and every one of us has a different approach to art, this is not mine. But, because it was that week's lesson, I did it. And had to face the unfinished pages in the weeks to come. Not my cup of tea. [end of rant]

inspired by Amanda Grace's class "The Love Letter"

 inspired by Clair Bremner's class

 Prompt: "This month was… (insert at least six nouns)"

inspired by Guest Activity from Eliza - Quotes

The navigation in the Classroom gets more difficult for me as more and more posts are added - especially in the "Activities" section - some post are updated with fortnightly/monthly prompts, new ones are appearing. I need to be watching for when the post was last modified, which is annoying.

But I'm enjoying the format of my journal. I will be continuing in it - with or without the Wanderlust classes.