As part of my ongoing pursuit of all things creative I have joined an online art journalling group. It’s called “Get Messy” and is run by the lovely Caylee and Lauren. Art journalling is probably one of the few art mediums / creative endeavours I’ve never tried. I’ve done a bit of scrapbooking over the years, collages recently and I love working with mixed media. So this seemed like the perfect combination of all three. And from what I’ve seen over at Instagram and Pinterest, I’m absolutely fascinated by it as a visual way of expressing my life and my thoughts. I’ve always kept a journal of sorts and have often scribbled little pictures and fancy writing to pretty things up. Art journalling takes it one step further.
I’ve also joined the Tinkerlab group this year and they have a great daily sketching challenge #tinkersketch which I’ve really enjoyed. I started well, doing my sketches every day, sharing them with the world (which by the way is a tough thing to do), enjoying the prompts. I particularly like this because I love the practice of daily drawing. It improves you. Like anything, you get better with practice. And I find I can quickly slot myself into the space needed for a quick sketch.
Art journalling on the other hand requires a bit more thought and time. So I’ve managed this week to put a bit of time aside just for my journalling. Having an area set up ready to go is helpful. As I said before art journalling is like a cross between collage, mixed media and scrapbooking – all things I really love to do. So I have plenty of supplies on hand and I am lucky enough to have a dedicated space to work from. But it was the prompts that had me a bit stuck, so for my first pages I’ve just done my own thing. Season One is ‘love’. What a great theme, and very easy to work with. So for these pages I thought about what love means to me.
As I grow older I am coming to realise that it’s the little things in life that really matter and count. The memories you create with your family. The minutiae of daily life. This is the stuff that really means the most to me and in time will become the big stuff. My other loves are travel, artwork, crafts and the colour pink.
So here are my first ever art journalling pages.
I hope my skills improve as I go. However, I’m really happy to just enjoy the process as well. I have many ideas swishing around in my head and will go back to the prompts again to have a bit of a rethink.
I will go back to the prompts again now that I feel a bit more comfortable and confident with the process. I won’t always share my work as I think I’ll probably delve a bit deep and keep some of it private.
Would you like to join in? You can head over here to sign up. I highly recommend it.