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    Art Journal Test Run

    "I tamed my personal art demon –
    the tendency to think about painting
    rather than actually painting
    – by throwing the stuff on the blank paper
    and telling myself
    I didn't care about the end result.
    I believed it and was saved."
    ~Rich Hawk

    We're not vying for a spot at the Smithsonian next to Archie Bunker's chair. We're just trying to have some fun. There are zillions of tutorials, videos, examples, photos of work in progress on the web and in books. Pick one thing, do a little research, then play.

    A test page is a loose art journal page where you play around with a technique. You may or may not keep the page... it's a way to trick your inner perfectionist and become an art journalist.

    Try the techniques that look interesting. Experiment. As Dawn of D'Blogala suggested in Just Be You, "Look at others’ pages and ask yourself WHAT it is you like about their pages."

    Do you like the vivid color or do you prefer pale neutrals? Lots of images or just a few? Do you like the typography, the way the letters are drawn? So carry that to your next step. If you like the way a photo was used, research ways to use/alter photos in art journals and start playing. Point a to point b to point....


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    Reader Comments (2)

    Thank you for the inspiration to just begin today! not just think about it... I've tried art journaling and I get really overwhelmedby it, for some reason. Thesearegreat links. I'm just going to "jump in" again...

    05.7.2010 | Unregistered CommenterErin Leigh

    I love this. Thanks - also for your wonderful advice to my question in a previous post. As of last weekend, I am the proud new owner of a Strathmore sketchbook, one Pitt pen, and one Pigma Micron!

    05.11.2010 | Unregistered CommenterBookishIma

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