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    Art Journal: Groovy

    “Have patience with everything that remains unsolved in your heart. Try to love the questions themselves, like locked rooms and like books written in a foreign language. Do not now look for the answers. They cannot now be given to you because you could not live them. It is a question of experiencing everything. At present you need to live the question. Perhaps you will gradually, without even noticing it, find yourself experiencing the answer, some distant day.”
    Rainer Maria Rilke

    Pages from the Noticing Journal. This page spread has gone in lots of different directions with a two year gap where it sat with just two photographs. But now I love it! It's groovy! 

    Materials include Golden airbrush {now called high flow} acrylics and fluid acrylics, photographs, washi tape, hand-stitching with metallic embroidery floss, a quote, japanese papers, ephemera, Neocolors. The machine stitching is the back side of the stitching on the reverse of each page.

    The following photos show the pages in March 2012.

    Directly behind the left photograph of the curtain, on the previous page, is a photo that's exactly the same size and in the same location. So I decided to stitch the photos to the page by hand at the same time. That way the stitching makes sense on both pages.

    Yes, that's a sewing machine needle. And no, it didn't make any sense to use it, but this was two years ago and I was too lazy to go upstairs and search for a needle.

    Anyhow, it's good to have another page in the Noticing Journal finished. I think it might be ready to call it DONE after 2.5 years but want to go back through all of the pages and see if there's anything else I'd like to alter. It's bittersweet to come to the end of a long project, isn't it?


    Inktober #08: Making More Messes

    “Your eye must see a composition or an expression
    that life itself offers you, and you must know
    with intuition when to click the camera.”
    Henri Cartier-Bresson

    Late night disorganized alphabets.

    I wasn't going to add water, but then I did. Yesterday I posted the sketched faces so you can see the difference.

    These are my two favorites.

    I think this ink & water thing is getting out of control. Not sure if these blog posts have been interesting or not, but I wanted to share as documentation of the pages I'm doing for the Inktober Challenge. I find that sharing the stuff I do for a particular challenge keeps me focused.

    Trying to decide what to do in November for Art Every Day Month. It's an annual tradition! I am thinking about going through my papers and magazines and cutting and pasting. Art Every Day Month is facilitated by Leah at Creative Every Day. It's a very open challenge to pretty much do any sort of art you want. Each year I try to pick a focus. One year I worked through much of an altered book. Another year I did mandalas. Last year I didn't even finish, but I hope that this year will be more productive.


    Inktober #07: Mandalas and Faces

    "An individual's ability to draw is... the ability to shift to a different-from-ordinary way of processing visual information – to shift from verbal, analytic processing to spatial, global processing."
    Betty Edwards

    Gelly rolls. 

    Gelly rolls.

    Ink and dip pen. I'm really impatient when I draw faces. I like a few of them, but not many. 

    .25 nib rapidograph and ink. 

    Continuing the Inktober Challenge. 


    Tangent № 11: Slow Journaling & Mostly Words

    "If you're going to invent, it means you're going to experiment, and if you're going to experiment, you're going to fail, and if you're going to fail, you have to think long term."
    Jeff Bezos

    J. Herbin Perle Noire ink.

    This Tangent is about creating a page in your journal comprised mostly of words. In the video, I share a technique that I call slow journaling. It is about working slowly and methodically to select your words and then write them down. You can write them with or without the curvy lines. This is a way of writing poetically. Select the words and phrases carefully. Slow journaling helps focus your thoughts. It's documentation in a unique and creative way. It lets you explore a subject. 

    Slow journaling is also the subject of Daily Paper Prompt #27. So now you can see it on video. I'm printing in the video, but of course you can use cursive if that fits your mood.

    Watch the video in the little box or go watch at Vimeo {8 mn}


    Slow journaling helps focus your thoughts. It's documentation in a unique and creative way. It lets you explore a subject. I have done slow journaling with PITT pens, gelly rolls, rapidograph technical pens and a dip pen and ink. As long as the pen writes a smooth line, it will work.

    To learn about how the Art Journaling Tangents & Tactics series works, see the introduction

    Link-Love for Tangent № 10: Slow Journaling

    This week, I invite you to try creating a page comprised mostly of words. Use the slow journaling technique or another wordy idea! Pop back to this post and share your work in the link-love below! Please link to a specific blog post {please, not your home page} or a specific photograph at flickr. You can also share your work on instagram or twitter with hashtag #dyajt.


    Gelatin Printmaking Extravaganza

    "Who dares to teach
    must never cease to learn."
    John Cotton Dana


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    DY Newsletter № Four

    If you signed up for my infrequent newsletter, you should receive number four via email shortly. I never know what to include in the newsletter, so you are welcome to add your thoughts & feedback in the comments section. If you missed it, you can read it at this link. If you haven't registered for the Newsletter and would like get the next one, there's a little sign-up registry on the right side of the blog where it says "Newsletter Sign-Up." 



    Art Journaling 101

    How do you start an art journal? 

     "Art journaling is about the {creative process} of pulling together color, words and images as you wish on a page. Unlike many other forms of art, it is not about the outcome."
    Tammy Garcia

    I've updated my Art Journaling 101 and Art Journal 102 posts!


    Inktober #06: Doodling with High Flow Acrylics

    “Imagination will often carry us to worlds
    that never were, but without it we go nowhere.”
    Carl Sagan

    3x5" index card, acrylics printed on DIY gelatin plate, stitched, doodled with gelly rolls then doodled with high flow acrylics and dip pen. So pretty much everything but the kitchen sink.

    8x8" clairefontaine watercolor paper, high flow acrylics and J. Herbin ink drawn with a rapidograph. I'm not al that thrilled with any of the work I'm sharing in this post, but I want to show you that it doesn't matter. It only matters that I tried stuff. Some of it worked, some didn't. I learned things.

    This is a 25 year old set of rapidographs! About 6 months ago I left ink in them for a few weeks and tried to clean them. So I got replacement nibs for those. Fact: I do not like drawing with a rapidograph on watercolor paper. An upleasant trek. The rapidograph is lovely on smooth paper or acrylics. Here's a better post about high flow in the rapidograph.

    Drawing on photographs from Fujimax {reviewed here} with dip pen and high flow acrylics. Fun drawing surface, very smooth & glossy & squeaky {said the kids}.

    Black paper, high flow acrylics, dip pen. The pink is fluorescent but that's difficuolt to capture in a photograph. And this paper is so horridly horrible for a dip pen. And then I smudged the paint. Multiple times. But it counts!

    Doodling in my Art Doodle Love journal with high flow acrylics and a dip pen. 

    Quasi-inky creations for the Inktober Challenge. Even if it's not ink, I used acrylics "as" ink. It was pure serendipity to find this challenge, because it has suited my October moodiness quite perfectly. 

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