If you're new to Art Journal Every Day, there is a short introduction here. All of the previous posts can be found archived here. There is a flickr group for sharing right here. Remember, it's just ten minutes of nourishing your creative self every day! No need to finish anything or even like it. If you've done some art journaling this week and you've blogged about it, or put it on flickr, please leave a link in the linky list at the end of this post. Thanks!
I don't think that I have a particular style in which I always art journal. I'm kind of all over the place and maintain several art journals so that I can express myself differently depending on my mood. This past week I worked in my daily journal, did a page in my watercolor travel journal, and experimented in a brand new journal. Today I thought I'd share the latter two pages with you.
Just a quick sketch in the airport. Used a Pitt Pen and my trusty Sakura watercolor set (which comes with a waterbrush). He had an unnaturally high forehead, which I think I managed to capture. I really enjoy doing these quick character sketches. Looking back at them, I can really remember so much about the moment.
This very sad face -- I think I was working something out when I worked on her (art therapy?) -- was done using watersoluble crayons. I know I've mentioned that I'm less interested in "pretty" faces these days and more interested in faces with character -- faces that tell a story. I think she does. And I'm rather pleased that despite the bright colors she still transmits some dark emotions.
Are you an all over the place journaler? Or do you have a single style you usually work in?
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One of the new things we did for this upcoming season of Scrapbook Soup, was to create a project for each episode that built on something from earlier in the episode. It's a great idea, but it had me in a bit of a panic as I had to create all thirteen of those projects while on set! Eeek!
Here are a few of the projects I came up with:
Creating so quickly I found myself falling back on 3 design crutches that I use all the time:
Do you have design crutches you fall back on?
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I get a lof of questions from people about being a full-time artist.
Yes, it's awesome.
No, I don't spend all day painting and playing.
Yes, I do still have to do lots and lots of stuff that I don't want to do.
No, I can't think of another job I'd rather have.
I'm super grateful for this lucky life that allows me to do what I love. But something I have to remember every day is that while I'm an artist, I'm also a business. There's a lot that goes into running a business. Some of it fun, some it boring, but all of it important.
Today I thought I'd share a list of a few of the things that are true for my life as a full-time artist.
Hi, my name is Julie and I'm a workaholic.
Anybody who is self-employed will tell you that they work more, not less, than when they worked for someone else. That said, I like working, even when I hate the tasks, because I love that sense of forward motion -- that I'm getting stuff done. Let's face it, it takes a great deal of discipline to work for yourself. The idea of lying on the couch, watching TV, and eating bon-bons is spectacularly tempting. So to avoid that temptation I tend to fling myself a bit too far in the other direction and work all day long.
The upside of being a workaholic is that I'm quite prolific. The downside is a real lack of a personal life. Something I'm working on right now is finding the right balance. It's an ongoing struggle for me. So thank goodness that...
I have a great team.
I've gotten a number of e-mails and comments from folks who talk about "the Balzer Designs team." This has always made me giggle because I imagine a group of middle-aged men with clipboards, wearing polo shirts with the Balzer Designs logo embroidered on them. Sadly, the Balzer Designs team happens to be a team of one:
Although, I will admit that my Mom answers some most all of the Stencil 101 requests. So maybe a team of two:
Okay, so maybe it's a team of ten or twelve?
I spend most days by myself. In a city of 8 million people, I'm just an anonymous girl sitting high up in a shoebox in the sky. Having people I can call, whom I can talk to, who get "it" -- that's so essential to alleviating stress and making me feel less alone. I suppose if I get really successful I may actually hire a team of people to take some tasks off of the table. But for now, I simply appreciate the fact that I have a team of emotional supporters -- people who are generous with their time, advice, and good sense.
I spend more time on the computer than anywhere else.
I think it's very easy to get sucked into the computer. There's always a long to-do list of computer tasks that must be completed. It's definitely something that I struggle with. That said...
I enforce an "Art Every Day" policy.
There is a real danger of getting lost in the business and forgetting about the art. Some people are able to maintain a discipline about exercising every day. I maintain the discipline of arting every day. It can be a small project like a tag or big project like a 30x30 canvas, but I never want to lose the joy of creating to the daily grind of the business.
When I ran a theatre company I had a single very important rule: every member of the company had to participate in the annual ten-minute play festival. Why? Because I believed that by working on a production each company member would be reminded of why they loved the theatre. It was so easy to lose the love of playwriting or directing when all you did was support the business of the theatre. And sure enough, it worked! Each year at least one member of the company would tell me that participating in the festival had revived his or her spirits!
Keeping this story in mind, I am sure to create art every single day.
For every hour of art I make, I probably spend 3-4 on other tasks. It's not a ratio that I'm happy with, but it's what makes my business go. So, I'm going to live with it for now.
I hope that was a helpful peek into my life as a full-time artist. Thanks for stopping by!
I'm super excited about my new online class "Getting Started with Resists."
Why should you be interested in resists? Well, if you do any sort of layering, resists are key to getting great results. I use resists in virtually every single layered piece of art I create. Resists keep your artwork from looking muddy, create depth, and add design interest.
This online class contains *SIX* technique videos -- each sharing a different kind of resist.
About this class:
To purchase "Getting Started with Resists" for just $15:
To purchase a 12-class pass to all twelve "Getting Started" classes for $165 ($15 discount, or one class FREE):
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