Organizing Chaos in Your Art Journal

"Our real discoveries come from chaos,
from going to the place that looks
wrong and stupid and foolish."
Chuck Palahniuk

Grids are endlessly fascinating. I am driven to work in the form of a grid or grid-like structure. It's not always intentional, it's just that I think in that way. A desire for order? Perhaps. Even though the work inside the boxes or circles is chaotic. A grid is a guide, a fence, a map, a path to work within. It appears to provide a constraint, or perhaps the illusion of a constraint.

"Game theory can be defined as the study of
mathematical models of conflict and cooperation
between intelligent rational decision-makers."
Roger B. Myerson

One definition from the American Heritage Dictionary reads, "A pattern of regularly spaced horizontal and vertical lines forming squares on a map, a chart, an aerial photograph, or an optical device, used as a reference for locating points."

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"No organization chart is likely ever to be displayed in a major art museum. What matters is not the chart but the organization. A chart is nothing but an oversimplification which enables people to make sure that they talk about the same things in discussing organization."
Peter Drucker

"In organizations, real power and energy is
generated through relationships.
The patterns of relationships and the
capacities to form them are more important
than tasks, functions, roles, and positions."
Margaret Wheatley

So I've been working in gouache and am almost finished with this A4 {about 8x12" US equiv} Moleskine watercolor journal. Now they are called Art Plus Albums. Nice and spacious for dividing and conquering in teeny tiny grids. Grids of rectangles, grids of circles in what I now think of as "Tiny Museum Style" after the techniques in the workshop.

As watercolor paper goes, this is an odd duck because it's only 200gsm. Anyhow, I have a nice little stack of finished A4's.  Now the bad news - the paper in the last two A4's warps more than it used to, even after taking steps to flatten the pages. It does not take paint as it has in the past. Just feels like I am fighting with the paper more than I should.

One of the benefits of limiting yourself to a small number of paper types - for a particular medium - is that you do not need to recreate the wheel and relearn the ins/outs and characteristics of said paper.  You know what to expect when you open the journal. Knowing your materials {no matter what you use - pens, paints, paper, software & even glitter} is important to the creative process.

PS. You can learn to paint with watercolor or gouache in the playfully fun Tiny Museum WorkshopBeginners welcome!