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I definitely go through phases in my art journal. A lot of times I use certain colors or certain tools because they happen to be on my desk. I tend not to clean up my work surface until it's completely impossible to find anything or get anything done. I'm a super messy worker! Eeek! Towards that end, looking at these pages, I can tell I was carving stamps for my online stamp carving class on designing patterns.
How can I tell that?
Well, take a look at these pages and you'll pretty quickly see how:
Yep. That left side page is pretty much covered in hand carved stamps. And I looooooove the way they look all stamped together. (Remember when I said yesterday that printing was 70% of the art to me?!)
The right side is one of my hand cut lace pages. You can watch a video on how to make your own page like this here.
You can see the back side of that lace page along with another page featuring stamping.
The large white design is a Balzer Designs stencil. The tag features a hand carved stamp I designed for class. A lot of people ask me what I do with my stamped tags. Well, here's your answer! :)
Do you see how the nose is taped on (red tape)? Well, this is another example of a messy desk. That nose shape was a mask I used when monoprinting. I found it sitting on my desk and taped it into my journal and the rest of the face sort up sprung up around it.
You can see the evidence of more stamp play in these next two detail photos:
I think a messy desk is actually helpful to my artistic process. I like that my journal reflects what's going on in my life -- not just because of the text, but also because of the supplies I use on the pages. I can usually open up any page in my journal and look at the art supplies being used and tell you what other projects I must have been working on at the time! I think it's proof that my art journal is simply an extension of me at the moment.
What do you think? Are you a messy desk creator?
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