I don't know about you, but I was having a hard time finding the "PERFECT" art journal. I have amassed quite a collection of books. Moleskine, Strathmore, Canson, dollar store notebooks, a financial ledger, even a composition notebook. Nothing was striking that chord with me. You know the one. It sings to you, "I'm the one you've been looking for."
If I found paper that I loved, the size was not right, the ones that were the right size didn't have the right paper. SIGH...
Well, my search is over. (At least for this particular art journal.) A well meaning secretary at work ordered new calendars for the office and she ordered one for me that I really don't like, but the dates are all in there, so I am using it. Which left my old calendar up for recycle... And I did recycle. I took it home and painted the first couple of pages. And waited to see if it would stand up to the paint. It did!
I am finally taking my art journal to a new level. For me anyway.
I signed up for Tam's Art Heart and Healing workshop. She's offered this free class. It's
Tam is a sweet, adorable person. Being English, she has an accent to me. Which I find magical and delightful. She shares her methods, and teaches. She actually shares her knowledge. I painted this girl because I watched her videos from Week 1. YES, I said Week 1. She uses a combination of paints and watercolor crayons. I just used paints. I went with what I was feeling.
My page is still in process. I painted this last night. I didn't start until 9pm. I finally washed my paint brushes and went to bed around midnight.
You can't tell, but the purpley background has an iridescent medium layered on top. It sparkles. I love it.
Now being the engineer, I can't leave without letting you know that I see MANY areas for improvement here. BUT, I am okay with that. GASP. As hard as it is to believe, I am learning to embrace my works AS-IS.
I too am a work in process.