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.
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.
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.
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.
Special occasions have a way of generating ephemera that either gets thrown in the trash or stashed away in boxes never again to see daylight. Art journaling is good for people who like to keep things like that. If it’s in a journal, it’s organized into a display that will more likely be seen than if it were packed up in a box or a file folder. The page above is about my recent birthday. It contains scraps of wrapping paper, cards and envelopes, etc., all collaged together and decorated with colored markers.
The one below has some leftovers from Valentine’s Day mixed in with gift labels and decorations from a couple of other occasions. Someone apparently celebrated with breakfast at McDonald’s on at least one of them.
Surrealism is an art movement of the early twentieth century that has continued unabated in popularity to this day. Route 1 Ellisville ismy nod to Surrealism.
Like Erthling in the previous post, Route 1 Ellisville is a form of altered art in which photos are transformed to create a new work. This one has three photos – the house, the sun disc and the car. Drawn lines radiate out from the sun to create rays and a road that unify the composition and provide an imaginary setting for the house and car. I filled in the rays and the road, extended the building, and added cast shadows to the ground with colored pencils. I also used colored pencils to alter the colors in the sun and add shadows and highlights to the car and the house. This helped to integrate the objects more fully with the background. Finally, I used white paint to add the stripes on the road and the vanity tag on the car.