Around Here: February 2016
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Art Journal Every Day: Single Pages (part two)

from the Balzer Designs Blog: Art Journal Every Day #artjournal #artjournaleveryday

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.  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, use the hashtag #artjournaleveryday so that we can all take a peek.  Even if you're not on social media, you can see everything (from twitter, pinterest, instagram, and facebook) that uses that hashtag here.

Thank you so much for sharing info on how you art journal!  I thought I'd cut and paste a few of the comments from last week's Art Journal Every Day post.  I asked you to tell me whether you journal on loose pages or in a book and whether you do a lot of writing on your pages. Here's what a few of you said (lots of great comments, so take a peek back and read them all if you get a chance):

Ozge Basagac said...

I am working in an altered book. I chose it to beat my blank page anxiety.And this really helped.I don't journal at all but i use few words in big bold letters to express how i feel, what i think.

I rarely write on my art journal pages, and when I do, it's to note some detail of the medium or subject for future reference. I use bound journals, wire-bound mixed media tablets, loose pages, composition books; whatever strikes my fancy at the time.

muriel said...

I usually journal in bound journals but two weeks ago I came upon some sort of old encyclopedia in folders and I thought I'd give it a try as a journal. I find it gives me more freedom and I quite love it. When I decide a page is finished I return it to the folder. I hardly ever write journaling. If I do it will be some sort of title or short comment or I choose a word that I repeat several times on the page.

Tina M. said...

I usually keep a bound sketchbook-Journal in which I draw and color the pages following my urge to doodle and say something to question, to explain things, to remember, and to reference later. I also use loose papers for exercise in mixing colors and abstract painting. Then I fold and stitch these abstract pages like a folio and use the white side as sketchbook-journal.

I have so many journals and I pick whatever I'm feeling like that day. Most of the time I use only watercolors or watercolor crayons/pencils just to make it quick and don't run my working table too know, not all of us are lucky enough to have an art studio where they can leave the painting stuff all over the place and come back later to continue the pages or canvas or just to put things where they belong.

And now, without any further ado, here are the rest of my single pages created with my new Crafter's Workshop stencils!

from the Balzer Designs Blog: Art Journal Every Day #artjournal #artjournaleveryday
from the Balzer Designs Blog: Art Journal Every Day #artjournal #artjournaleveryday
from the Balzer Designs Blog: Art Journal Every Day #artjournal #artjournaleveryday
from the Balzer Designs Blog: Art Journal Every Day #artjournal #artjournaleveryday
from the Balzer Designs Blog: Art Journal Every Day #artjournal #artjournaleveryday
from the Balzer Designs Blog: Art Journal Every Day #artjournal #artjournaleveryday



I find that working on single pages both offers me freedom -- no rules or constraints as far as size, orientation, technique -- and makes me feel uptight -- it feels like it should be "ART" instead of play.  Similarly, there's great privacy in working without a lot of journaling, but I find that I miss the beauty of dense written text.  I suppose that positive/negative thing is the reason that I have to keep creating all kinds of art journal pages.  I never want to get too comfortable.  I always try to push myself to create differently and stretch into uncomfortable places!

How about you?  Do you prefer to do what is familiar?  Or do you like to reach for something new?

Thanks for stopping by!