Thursday, 5 February 2009

My longest Unfinished Art Journal Page

I started this page so long ago that I don't have earlier scans of it. But I don't think you will need them, it is very basic in the techniques department.

I began these pages over 6 months ago. First I drew the goat, isn't he a cutie? His photo was on a card someone gave me. 
Later came the bird in the hand. Then I started doodling with my Staedtler triplus fineliners, thinking that I would fill up the page with doodles. But I soon lost interest and when I tried to gesso over the top it ended up all smudgie (the pens aren't waterproof).

The pages languished for months and months. I looked at them again a week or so ago and thought "I just want to write on those pages." Somehow I judged that as not 'good enough' and tried to think of a better idea.

What is wrong with just writing? It's a journal for Pete's sake (who is Pete anyway?) 
I might write in more of my pages.

The writing is really cool in these pages. It is a quote from Pema Chodron out of her book "When Things Fall Apart". Highly recommended.


I am wanting to finish off my art journal. I have about 13 pages to finish up, and one that isn't started.  I am ready to try a larger size.  I want to start a new journal with my class next week. Woowee!

6 comments:

PJ's talking2.... said...

How CAN it be a journal, if you or somebody doesn't write in it? :) Guess then it's an art journal? I'm sooo confused. and who is Pete?
I love this spread, especially the goat, looks like a hairy Lama to me. Have a great day. ~PJ

The Gypsy said...

I like the honest humanity of it, anyway, writing is also an art.

~Barb~ said...

That's one thing I've had to let go of...any and all preconceived notions of what is right or wrong in MY journal. It can be all art, all magazine clippings, all words (written or clipped), all painted, all markers or gel pens, all doodles, all drawings, all writing out my feelings, or a huge-fantasmagoric-superific conglomeration of all of the above.

It's your space...do what you feel like doing. This is a beautiful testament to doing just that.

Peace & Love,
~Barb~

Renee said...

I love Pema's writings, I have a quote I carry around, but I'm too lazy to go get it.

Something about us all going out to sea in a leaky boat and no one comes out alive so enjoy the ride.

xoxo

Good luck with your classes next week.

Love Renee

Sydney said...

I love it, and I especially love the bird perched on the outstretched hand. i probably missed it in a back post while I've been gone 3 out of the last 5 weeks, but what class will you be taking???

Zom said...

Hi Sydney
I am teaching a class on Art Journaling, starts Wednesday.