|Artist Trading Card for T-Tuesday swap,|
sent to Julia Dunnit.
"What types of things do you put in your art journal?" The question came from a non-artsy person in a business environment. The question was unexpected, and I wasn't very articulate in my answer. I am one of those folks who seems to think of what I should have said--days later!
I stumbled over my words and didn't express myself very well...I suppose I was trying to relate my answer to the business discussion at hand. But the real answer is that I:
- Take notes
- Jot down quotes
- Paste stuff in
- Whatever makes me Happy!
Art makes me happy, so I try to do a little every day. It's a stress-reliever. It's therapeutic. And it can be made from just about anything, in just about any way that you can think of!
There are many on-line resources for art journal prompts. I am in the second year of The Documented Life Project. (The Journal~2015) The two pages with the theme 'roads' (above) are from my DLP 2015 journal. But you don't have to use prompts...
If you aren't confident in your drawing skills, then what?
First, I think you can become more proficient if you practice! But you can also use lots of items to create collages that make you happy. I especially like quirky, but whatever you like will make it uniquely yours. Make use of YouTube and the many blogs that have great tutorials.
Some of my favorite materials to use in collage: assorted papers, fabric, brown paper bag, stamping, diagrams from old books, security envelope designs, stitching, vintage illustrations and ads.
Not everyone understands the concept of making art 'just for fun.' So if you aren't comfortable about sharing your art with those friends and family members who 'don't get it,' well, you don't have to. Fortunately, there are many supportive artists and bloggers who do 'get it,' and are willing to share their work, process, insights and encouragement!
So if you're looking for some fun with art, some time for yourself, and some inspiration...grab a beverage and join Elizabeth and Bleubeard for T~Tuesday! If you want to join the blog hop, include something beverage-related in your post. There's always time for tea...and Art!