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Concurrent Projects

"It is a paradoxical but profoundly true
and important principle of life
that the most likely way to reach a goal
is to be aiming not at that goal itself
but at some more ambitious goal beyond it."
~Arnold Toynbee

Doodles by the pool, in the waiting room, waiting for a friend.

9x12" loose art journal page almost finished.

Slow journaling while the kids are drawing cartoons + fairies on a Sunday morning.

It surprises me that I work in multiple journals and projects at the same time. Not at the exact same time, but, for example, I have a 6x8" strathmore journal in my purse for doodling, a basket of loose art journal pages yet to be journaled, several books I'm altering, watercolor doodles in process, an embroidery project. And I'm actively making progress on all of these projects, working where and when I can, always adding more ideas to the mix as others are finished or phased out. 

So I'm curious...

  • Do you ever have more than one active creative project going at the same time?
  • Does it bother you?
  • How do you decide which to do and when?
  • Do you leave a lot of art journal pages un-journaled (i.e. no writing)?
  • Do you create more than piece of art (whatever your art may be) at a time (i.e. a bunch of pages on the workspace at the same time, all at the same point in progress)?
  • Do you use different sizes of paper for the same type of art, or generally match the art to the paper?

And always, a pile of laundry, bills to pay, Fringe on TIVO. C'est la vie.


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Reader Comments (5)

Love these doodles + FREE course. Thanks for the heads up! erin

05.12.2010 | Unregistered CommenterErin Leigh

I just wanted to say thanks for all the great links yours and others.. You work inspired me to do some wanna be zentagle style doodling.. Love the style and inspiration!

05.12.2010 | Unregistered CommenterHeather

Oh I meant to answer some of the questions!

I have a collage journal , purely collage practice ( from a class I am taking) , Art Journal, doodle journal that I take with me in my purse and a mini journal made out of a card that I put together. I decide based either on the time I have to put into it at the time and by mood.. the mini journal is to add creative ideas and projects ,just to get the ideas out of my head onto paper.. They all provide different creative experiences for me..
I probably have a majority in the art journal , with journaling , in the collage one I am just filling it with collage and then going to journal or not! I have not done any art on loose pages ( this is all fairly new to me!)

It does not bother me to have multiple creative projects going on at the same time, though I do have to admit sometimes I would just like to create all day.. It's nice so if I do not fill like doing one thing I can grab another and still get my creativity on!


05.12.2010 | Unregistered CommenterHeather

i usually have a few pages in progress at the same time, but i try to keep the actual projects down to a minimum for cleanliness sake. so my art journal has five pages that i'm working on, but they're all in one place. i like it cuz i can hop over to whichever page inspires me at any given moment.

i wish i could leave art journal pages with just art! for some reason, i feel like it's pointless without the words, and always "ruin" my backgrounds with words. they come out nice, but i still wish i'd have the courage to leave something just plain art....

the size paper really depends on the piece of art, though right now everything is on the same size-the size of my journalling book-for practicality purposes. that's another reason i have more than one page in progress at the same time-i don't consider it done until the page is full, and have pretty big pages!

05.17.2010 | Unregistered Commenterlittle sheep

Erin, Thank you for saying hello! Let me know if you try the e-course.

Heather, I really like the idea of maintaining a creative idea journal. I keep these crazy ideas in my head! For big projects, I might do some research and develop notes. I've not yet done a themed journal, but I really think it would be fun.

Little Sheep, You've described the dilemma so well. I am scared of "ruining" my lovely art backgrounds with handwritten words, and the process is my thing, so it's easy to leave them blank. You could try using quotes to give yourself the feeling of finishing a page without truly writing. And another idea is to write first in little areas and add color. I need to do that again. I get so much from painting and playing that I don't always need to get words on paper.

P. S. Zntangles are a brand, where you purchase kits or instructions or something and use their formats and patterns to develop a certain style of doodles. I don't go for that, I go for developing your own patterns and shapes and words and having fun. You truly don't need a kit. Or a class. There are patterns all around us, in nature, in architecture, in fabric...

~ Tammy

05.18.2010 | Registered Commentergypsy

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