Couldn't resist adding this last art journal piccy! Fancied doing some more doodling in front of Game of Thrones (so good) - will quickly add it into the Paperartsy blog, they have a doodle theme going on and it finishes tomorrow evening.........
........hand made stencil for the rectangular blocks and hand-drawn doodles everywhere else, think I'm rather enjoying this doodling malarkey!
Well I'm so happy with my little art journal page today, it's actually an old diary that I was given but never used. After perusing the internet at the end of last year and finding that lots of people art journal in books, I thought it would be a great idea to do this myself.... I went through my cupboards and found a garden diary, it only had limited writing in it, mainly just lines, presumably for noting down ideas for the garden - well, apart from crafting, gardening is also a passion but I was just too excited about the idea of painting over all the pages and so seeing as it happened to be December, I thought, perfect timing, I can start an art diary next year.... a bit of journalling about what's going on in my week but mainly art.... Well, I've found that if you paint in an old book..... that you haven't paid for ........... you are a bit more relaxed about the art you create - not surprising I guess. It has been a bit arduous to keep up with writing a little something for everyday of the year but sometimes I create pages that I really like, including the one below.....
...it was just fun and I loove the two little bears, that was the free stamp with the January edition of the Craft Stamper. The background was a cling-film technique from MixedMediaMorsels by Cat Hand, then some stencilling. I've also been practising a bit of doodling, so I doodled the trees from scraps I had and doodled a matching border.
When I saw some pictures on a wildlife pamphlet I thought, I've got to put them in my art journal..but in what context....?
So after seeing that the theme over at the Paperartsy blog is doodles, and I still need some practise at that, I thought that this would be a good opportunity!
I painted the page with black dylusions paint....just because I was using it up from my sponge on a previous page and then thought, that looks cool, lets just cover the whole page in black! Well, once the cat pages were stuck down, my doodling needed to be done in white...mm...well I only have a white sharpie and it is very good but it did prove difficult trying anything that needed a fine line, maybe next time I do it I will use my black pens!
The doodling is supposed to look like the cats manes but probably looks a bit more like leaves.... got a bit carried away with the eyes, not sure that the cats would have been too impressed with that bit but I couldn't help myself!
I'm really loving the Craft Barn's Alphabet Challenge. I love that it has a theme, that all my pictures are in one book, that you are only limited by your imagination, as we will be going through every letter in the alphabet of course and so, every word is available for us to use.
Some weeks I'm happy with my page and other weeks...not so....this week happens to be a not so happy week! Not loving the blue paint I added behind the blue spots.
Anyway, I thought I would try out some Aboriginal art inspired by some pictures I saw on the internet, my version of a sun blazing over Ayers Rock....thinking about it now I should have used more orange colours for the rock, to make things a bit more realistic but I had the pink/red tissue paper to hand and went with that. Making the dots was quite relaxing, much like doodling I guess.
I have to say that I'm struggling a bit to find time to craft at the moment - the garden is competing big time, especially last week and all the glorious weather, I was almost sleeping out there. Well, I was determined not to miss one single letter for the Craft Barn Alphabet Challenge and so finally, here is my picture..... ...... wouldn't it be lovely to say that my garden was filled with flowers so vibrant! I do have a gorgeous path that wiggles down to the bottom of the garden though, so maybe subconsciously that's where the inspiration came from?
Funnily enough, I realised that the main colours that I felt drawn to use - Paperartsy Limelight, Orchid and Caribbean Sea - were the same colours that I had used for Sam the Snail, (the previous letter) - I guess we all have colour combinations that 'sing to the soul'!