This is Roc, my sock masterpiece.
The art journal pages I’ve posted so far have been mostly about collage/mixed media. Sometimes that’s impractical, like during faculty meetings. The one above was done during a week of in-service training and includes notes from the various speakers. The top left speech bubble was obviously made during a meeting with the school’s security staff.
Below is another work related page. It probably grew organically but the caption idea came after a budget cut announcement. No need to have worried though. I made it to retirement.
This is my conure, Pepper. Like my cat, she’s very photogenic and lends her image to a lot of artwork. The one below was an experiment with my grandchildren’s watercolor crayons. It looks elementary like the medium I was using. I think the texture of the paper was too pronounced.
Here’s an acrylic painting of her from a previous post. What a dignified profile!
According to glued in label on Page 16 above, 2015 was the year we got the coffee grinder and started buying whole beans. This has led to a serious caffeine habit that involves keeping about a dozen flavors on hand, including B-52 and Winter Wonderland.
Page 17 commemorates going to see The Nativity Story. Great movie!
Page 27 was done on paper cut to fit an 8.5 x 5.5 ring binder. I discovered that this was a convenient thing to do because I could keep pages in my organizer and work on them when away from the desk. Later I used the idea to create a class journal. Students would get the papers, do the art and add it to a binder that we kept in the classroom. They filled two of them before I retired. Now I have some excellent art work to remember them by.
I think these are my best Christmas pages. They were all done in 2013. The red and green leaf in the one above has a story which I will share in a future post.
The Christmas tree on Page 25 was taken from the inside of a Christmas card. Thought I’d better specify that since my signature is right below it.
Page 20 is looking forward to the New year with the bold question mark over the 2014.
The left side of this one is a Christmas card that is glued to the inside front cover of the journal. It served as a pocket for keeping up with things that might be used later.
This post (and the next 2) will feature art journal pages from Christmases past. This is to continue the theme of using the journal to commemorate special occasions.
These pages are all from 2009. In addition to the usual doodles, drawing, and collage, these have a lot of writing, including lists and notes, etc.
Cats are wonderful models because they mostly ignore you and remain as they are when you walk up with a camera or sketch book. Meeps is my daughter’s cat that came to live with me when she moved across the country. I was reluctant to take him at first because we’d just lost an elderly cat and I didn’t want to get involved with another so soon. However, he quickly stole my heart and has been a great source of ideas for artwork. Like a born model he tends to pick sitting areas with great lighting.
This painting is from a previous post.
In a recent post on art journaling I wrote about the satisfaction of using an art journal to preserve memorabilia from special occasions. Here are two more pages that feature birthdays. They include party napkins, decorations, and wrapping paper as well as some random stuff that I put in either for symbolic purposes or just because I felt like it. Art journaling is basically an intuitive thing. For me that is. If I put too much planning into it, it becomes work and not so much fun.
The portrait above is of my son. I was interested in trying to capture the effect of the light reflected onto his face from the computer screen. If I’d known it was going to turn out so well, I would have picked out a better piece of paper for it. These six drawings were all done in a tiny sketch book I bought because it was pocket/purse sized. I’m always looking for compact art supplies that can be carried with me when I’m out. This one was for doing small studies like the ones below. However, these types of sketchbooks tend to get beat up from carrying them around, so after I did the portrait of Wyatt I retired it early for fear that something would happen to that particular drawing.
The reason these are different colors is because I scanned some of them and photographed the others. The gray ones were scanned into the computer. The others were photographed in front of a window that brings in light reflected from a red brick wall outside. Thus the slight pink tinge.
I usually don’t record dreams but the little creature above was so interesting I didn’t want to forget it, so I drew it first thing in the morning. My version of Surrealism.
In a previous post about art journaling, I mentioned using the journal as a way to organize and display ephemera from special occasions. It can also be used to collect random visual bits that punctuate our days such as mail, stickers, photos, clippings, quotes, labels, ticket stubs, found lettering and, as seen in the page above, interesting trivia.
The brown clipping at the bottom is from Coffee News®. In case your screen is too small to read it, it’s about a man who has a hobby of collecting “wild and wacky” news from around the world. He puts them into recycled logbooks. I loved this particular story, because I collect that type of thing as well. Instead of logbooks, I fill art journals and altered books with interesting stories and anecdotes from all kinds of articles and news letters, etc.
As you can see in the page below, Coffee News® is one of my favorites sources for this kind of material.
I tried to integrate the clippings into the overall composition by overlapping them with the circular shapes. This was done with colored pencils. The cat on the bottom one was drawn in as well. Drawing into a random composition like this helps to unify it.