If I love art journaling, does that make me a journalist? Is there a special name for someone who combines their artistic experiments and random thoughts in a journal? Jane Davenport coined the terms Artomology and Artomologist. Mostly I love art, but I also love to write. Sometimes I get so busy doing art that I forget to post to my blog. And sometimes I get immersed in writing and forget to paint.
Glancing through my newest journal, I realized I was waaay behind in posts. So, here are a bunch of photos of what I have been doing over the last few weeks. Topping of the list of what I have been doing lately is that I took a great course at the Ink Pad with Julie Balzer. (Here's the link to my blogpost and photos of the art I made in the all-day workshop.) So many people in the class loved printing with Gelli Plates that I broke down and bought one. I didn't go all "cray-cray" as Julie would say...I just got a little one for about 10 bucks. I have been playing with it with mixed results. Mostly the prints are sloppy because I am sloppy. Kind people say I have a loose hand, and I deeply admire people with great control and the ability to make fine, detailed paintings and drawings. But, in the spirit of embracing my own skills, I need to let go of the need for control and perfection and roll with my sloppy side.
These journal pages use a lot of Artistcellar stencils, especially Jane Davenport's faces, some of my favorite Julie Fei-Fan Balzer stamps, markers, inks, acrylic paint, newsprint and paper scraps. The group of ATCs were made using the Ink Pad's exclusive NYC stencils, designed by Michelle Ward.
|I created a little pocket to tuck in small items that I want to be sure to use in future journal pages.|
|Experiments with deli prints, stencils and stamps|
|Experiments (on left) with tweaking my handwriting, and (on right) with layering deli paper and gelli prints|
|ATCs created with layering gelli prints, acrylic paint, papers and |
Michelle Ward's NYC stencils, exclusive to The Ink Pad
|Collage of candle packaging and Artistcellar's small and large chakra stencils|
|Unfinished journal pages. Orange tabs of deli paper were added to |
handmade journal for strength and stability.
|Journal collage with random thoughts and random elements|
|Experimental page using Jane Davenport's tilted up stencil, Artistcellar |
pocket stencil flower, chalk, white pen and washi tape on black cardstock
|Experimental page with stamped eyes, Jane Davenport face stencil, |
Julie Fei-Fan Balzer stamps and random thoughts