Abstract Imagery & Symbolism in Art Journals

Abstract Imagery & Symbolism in Art Journals

The patterns, materials, images, words, colors & ephemera that you choose to utilize on your pages may convey concepts that you might not be able to put into words. I find that if I allow myself to follow a hunch, an inkling, intuition instead of forcing a particular result, I wind up with pages that I find more intriguing. I like to go back and look at older pages and find stories that I'd missed. I don't think it's magic or other-worldly or anything like that, but themes often emerge while I am working on a page. Maybe not until the last collage element, when a word from an earlier layer appears adjacent to an image... or when I flip through a journal years later! The individual elements or the composition might make sense on a deeper level.

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Nano Lessons: Write Any Story

Nano Lessons: Write Any Story

When my daughters and I decided to participate in NaNoWriMo {National Novel Writing Month, annually in November} it was an easy decision... Iā€™d write the book about dogs! But. Well. The day before the challenge was to begin, I made an abrupt decision to write a story about this world where dreams can be altered. The main character is a dream psychotherapist named Julie.

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Waiting for Acrylics to Dry

Waiting for Acrylics to Dry

Drying time is represented by this precise formula:

ā’¹ = š“›^3Ɨ[1.5Ć·(2-ā„)+1/ā„‰+ā„—(ā™«Ć·Ļæ)]
ā’¹=Drying time
š“›=Layers of paint
ā„=Humidity
ā„‰= Temperature in Fahrenheit
ā™« = Time signature of background music
ā„— = Elapsed level of patience
Ļæ = Daylight Savings Time adjustment factor

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Mixed Media Art Journaling Tutorials Galore

Mixed Media Art Journaling Tutorials Galore

Welcome to Art Journal Tangents, a series of video techniques, tutorials & creative prompts to kick-start your art journal pages! However you want to define art journaling, it's definitely an art form that is loose & unstructured. The goal is to work|play in your journal rather than to focus on the perfect end result.

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