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Wednesday
Jan142015

Prompt60 #13

"The scientist does not study nature because it is useful;
he studies it because he delights in it, and he delights
in it because it is beautiful."
Henri Poincare

Lucky 13.

This is an anything goes sort of prompt. Search through your assortment of random papers, including junk mail, notes to yourself about books to read, swatches of wallpaper, playing cards, stickers, clothing tags, handwritten notes, doodles, etc. and attach them to your next few pages.

In this particular journal, I work on a few page spreads at the same time, so that I can pick and choose where I'll put a particular item. But I try to work fast, because I have more fun when I don't analyze what I'm doing! 

Included on these pages? Papers I've painted, clippings from magazines {including Flow}, japanese paper, washi tape, ticket stubs, stamps, a tarot card, gouache paint on black paper, stamped index cards, a photograph taken with a toy camera called a Fujifilm Instax Mini {reviewed here} which is kind of like a polaroid. The subject of the photo is of another page in this journal, another reference to those mirrors where the same image is repeated to infinity. Maybe that's like drawing your hand while you are drawing your hand. Or putting a photo of your fridge on your fridge.

Something to remember. Art journaling does not need to be complicated to be worthwhile. It's as simple as gathering a stack of papers that make you think or smile. Get out a journal, a roll or two of washi tape and a stapler and watch reruns of The Big Bang Theory. It's good for you.

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Monday
Jan122015

Prompt60 #12

Here's another fun way to get words onto your journal pages. Use alphabet stamps, stencils or stickers to "write" your words. You can stamp directly on the page or stamp on a separate piece of paper or index card and then attach that to your page with staples or washi tape.

Here's a playful page from 2008 where I used a plastic card to create lines to target my alphabet stamping. The lines always "draw" me in and inspire words.

Above, the back cover of a children's book I altered in 2010, where I used a stencil to write the word ELUSIVE and then alphabet stamps to journal my thoughts. The words at the lower part read, "There's still so much I wish I could understand." And that's still true today. I guess we all feel like that sometimes.

I stamped a bunch of index cards this week while I was testing my ink pads to see which ones still worked. I purchased this set several years ago but I don't know the brand. I've found some cool large alphabet stamps in Traci Bunkers' shop. 

Word-related things that you could add to your page: thoughts, random words, poetry, definitions, rhymes, flash fiction, monologue, dialogue or a joke to a page in your journal. This would also be a fun way to document the name of a plant or label a drawing or diagram.

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Monday
Jan122015

All About Neocolor II Wax Crayons

These intensely saturated art materials are beloved by art journalists far & wide. Neocolors can be blended with fingers, used to sketch, smeared and dissolved with a brush or used to paint like watercolors. There are 126 Neocolor II Water-Soluble Wax Crayons, and they are bunches of fun. 

The background for this simple journal page was scribbled with Neocolor IIs and painted with water for a dreamy look.

Here are some examples made with Caran d'Ache Neocolor II wax crayons, index cards & water. The first four are 3x5" lined white index cards. The last three are 3x5" index card dividers {like manilla folder paper}. These cards do not provide the perfect substrate for mark-making and -{that}- is what makes for fun + free experimentation. 

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Saturday
Jan102015

Prompt60 #11

You can do this one as a writing prompt or an art prompt. Or combine the two in an inventive way. 

Writing prompt: Write flash fiction to describe the history of these old paintings.

Art prompt: Paint some abstract shapes that one might find on the reverse of these canvases.

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Saturday
Jan102015

Prompt60 #10

Dots with high flow acrylic paint.

Dots with gouache.


Blobs with gouache.

Brush marks with watercolor, changing colors ever so slightly.

Today's prompt is all about little tiny marks. What do you call these? A spot, circle, round shape, blot, blob, fleck, raindrop, tear drop, droplet, polka dot, point, mark, blotch, speck, particle, teeny tiny mark, dab, atom? Or perhaps translate that concept into your favorite language. Whatever you call them... make a bunch of dottical marks on a loose piece of paper or a page in your journal. This could also be a background for collage.

You could make repeating patterns, test different brushes to see the type of blots they make, or make dots with a variety of pens. 

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Saturday
Jan102015

Imperfect

Your art journals {your pages} are yours. You make all of the choices. Each choice takes you in a different direction. Yet there is no right or wrong direction. Just keep moving forward.