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2007 | Evolution

That's when I started this art craziness.

The blog started mid-2008, but the art started before that. I thought  I might share some of my early stuff, I think by this time I'd left my job as a quantitative analyst and was just starting to play around. I started with doodling during my kids' activities (like swimming lessons, gymnastics, the little kid stuff) and doing artist trading cards.

I dug through my digital photos from 2007 and here's what I found!

One of my first ATCs, messy drippy silver paint marker with watercolor on top.

I remember writing these on an airplane.

One of my first art journal pages. Scrapbook paper, maps, found ephemera, gesso, neocolors, writing in black pen.

One of my earliest doodles. I used some sort of template to draw the circles in green marker and then colored them with patterns. Gellyrolls, pitt brush pens, microns.

A massive rainbow collage on posterboard, you can kind of see the red fading into orange and blue and green and purple at the top, like a sunburst.

Torn paper wavy collage ATC.

A woven ATC. Instructions here.

ATC. Colored pencil on black cardstock. This is a pattern I have been drawing since high school. I remember a poster-sized drawing I did in 10th or 11th grade with layers of triangles with different patterns on each. After graduating college with a degree in Accounting, I didn't do much of any art for 20 years! And then it all started coming back to me, my love of art. 

Go back 5 years into your bag of artsy goodness.
What do you see?
How did your art evolve?
What is changing at this very moment?

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Reader Comments (6)

5 years ago, my main thing was still cross-stitch. I only found art journaling in 2010, and began my journey back to the arty me of my past. I was crazy about pencil drawing, sculpting in plaster of paris, and visual journaling (as I knew it then) when I was younger, but gave it all up when I grew up (somewhere along the line I developed the belief art wasn't for grown ups). I am totally blown away by the art journal page you said was one of your first... that is so layered for a beginner! Well impressed!

12.10.2012 | Unregistered CommenterCarin

Thanks for the stroll down your memory lane! After I read your blog post, I looked long and hard for my "Deck of Me" album that I made in 2007, which was 52 ATCs following prompts artist Emily Falconbridge posted on her blog back then. I just a few weeks ago stumbled upon those old blog posts again!

Other than that, I was primarily a scrapbooker, which is still the case, as I have only been doing my art journal since April. I can tell you that I was really into chipboard back then for some reason. However, "digital pictures" of my projects from exactly five years ago don't exist. Prior to August 2007, I often scanned projects and posted them at an online gallery I still frequent. But then my scanner died, so I only posted my occasional digital layouts until March 2009, when I received my first digital camera and my new scanner as birthday gifts. I don't have too many digital pictures from before last year, actually. I did, but my husband and I shared a computer until August of last year, and he would always delete my photos when he felt the computer was running too slow. He also deleted all of them once I moved on to this computer. If I keep five years worth of digital photos on this computer, I'm probably going to need an external hard drive. And that's not an investment I am making anytime soon.

12.10.2012 | Unregistered CommenterEllen

I still have an art journal from my time at college. It's full of the craziest stuff from all my courses and I really should dig it out of storage and have a good look through it. I was passionate about drawing and kept a journal of doodles and designs I would do at work when it was quiet. After my daughter was born, I couldn't devote the time to drawing so I started making jewellery and it's only within the last year I have got back into drawing and doodling again and even MORE recently, I've started the whole art journal thing.

I've enjoyed your trip down memory lane with your images. It must have been fun to look at all your old works again.

12.10.2012 | Unregistered CommenterAlison

What an adventure! I do more doodling now than before. But it really hasn't changed much. I'm in my 20s, so I haven't had as much time to change and develop my art talents. But I have kept a journal since I was 4 or 5 (my mom wrote my first entry), and I have always glued things in (even if it wasn't "artfully" presented).

12.10.2012 | Unregistered CommenterStargirl

This is fun to see and a really great process for everyone to do with their own work. I did this a couple of years ago (relating to drawing faces) and it was encouraging to see how my skills and "style" had progressed and now I want to go back and post my first journal page in my own blog!

It's interesting to see your evolution - all of the things I think of as YOU, as Daisy Yellow - the vivid colors, the patterns and geometry - are all there from the beginning. Thank you for sharing your evolution - can't wait to see where it all goes from here (I'm hoping to see some of your designs as fabric - hint hint).

12.11.2012 | Unregistered CommenterJeannine

Love your pics and your delivery! Thanks Tammy! To answer your question....sort of....I am absolutely way happier now as I've listened to my creative voice and allowed myself to indulge in it. Amazing the things in life we figure out as we are focused on a completely unrelated task! Love stopping by here, your site is so creatively expressive and encouraging :)

12.18.2012 | Unregistered CommenterEden

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