Art journaling is a no-expiration date coupon to ignore the rules

Art journaling is a no-expiration date coupon to ignore the rules

Art journaling is like a no-expiration date coupon to ignore the rules & graphic design principles that you are not in the mood to follow. 

When I am working in my journals, I have no illusion or goal of making anything beautiful. And I wind up where I wind up. I am making something that speaks to ME. I use colors that I like. I use images that are quirky or somehow resonate with my mind. I create the pages that I want to look at in the future. So on each page there are usually little pockets {not literally pockets but rather regions} of compositions rather than one larger composition. I do try to have some sort of visual balance - not symmetry - just balance to my eyes.

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Art Journal: Equivalent of Almost

Art Journal: Equivalent of Almost

On these pages from the turquoise altered book, you'll find acrylics, Neocolors, machine stitching, washi tape, found papers, magazine images, an address label and even an index card {left side, stitched collage}. You might want to think of an art journal as a holding place for color & texture & words & exploration. That exploration might be with art materials {like, following your mood} or it might be with words or thoughts or analysis. Admittedly, I do not get all doom & gloom in my journal very often, so when I vent I often cover it up with paint or in this case, tearing some of it out altogether. I want to get it out, but I don't want to re-live it every time I open my journal, if that makes sense. We all use our journals differently, right?

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Floating mandala pie chart circle starbursts in india ink & acrylic

Floating mandala pie chart circle starbursts in india ink & acrylic

What do you see? Starbursts? Economics textbooks? Pinwheels? Not sure if I like the whirling pie charts on the white background - like they are floating - or jacketed | enveloped | surrounded - like they are planted firmly on the ground?  Or maybe they are they bouncing around the universe? I'll leave the interpretation up to you.

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