The Depth in Your Pages

Color, texture and imagery allow us to explore deep concepts that we may not be able to enunciate | express |convey |communicate with words.

Working with acrylics and stitching in The Red Book, an altered book art journal.

Working with acrylics and stitching in The Red Book, an altered book art journal.

When you finish your next page, play devil's advocate. Turn the page upside down. Squint. Look at it in a mirror. Take a photo and use Photoshop to transform it into black & white. Or print it on your laser printer and do a packing tape transfer onto another page.

Do something that allows you to SEE it with fresh eyes.

Now find something intriguing to dwell on, to spark the next page, to build on. What will it be? Do you want to try something again? Try the inverse of that something? Change the order? Add a layer? Aren't you curious about what will happen?

This page started with the concept of "home" and wound up with a lot of funky, psychedelic triangles. Fascination and curiosity continues to drive the work in my art journals. Drives me to keep trying, keep asking questions, keep turning the page.

My new art journaling workshop Novel Approach is open for registration! It's all about acrylics, altered books & experimentation.

Layer Cake Art Journal Tutorial Revisited

Layer Cake Art Journal Tutorial Revisited

Fiber paste is one of the mediums that you can use to add texture or dimension to your mixed media work. You can apply it with a palette knife, your fingers, a brush or a plastic card. When wet, it feels like wet sand and when dry, it looks and feels like rough cement or a weathered adobe wall. Golden categorizes fiber paste as an "effects paste" which can give the appearance of handmade paper if used in a thin layer.

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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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