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AJED Blogiversary Archive Pick: Looking Back + More!

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Today I've got an Art Journal Every Day blast from the past with an addendum.  Last week I shared Sue's pick: the beginning of the whole Art Journal Every Day thing here on this blog.  This week I thought I'd share a look at how my art journaling has evolved over the years.  I think all those ten minute bursts have really helped me to grow!

The original post is from November 8, 2013 and I (1) added more recent pages and (2) added some additional thoughts at the end.  Enjoy!

My art journaling style has evolved over time.  Today I thought I'd share a quick overview of my art journal journey.  The change wasn't sudden or drastic, but rather something that happened slowly over time as I continued to work on my art journals each and every day -- and it really wasn't until 2009 that I really got into art journaling every single day.

August 2007

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August 2008

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November 2009

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January 2010

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September 2011

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April 2012

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April 2013

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August 2014

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April 2015

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May 2016

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Looking back I'm trying to see if I can learn anything from this quick overview.

  • I've clearly always had a thing for people.  Most of my journal pages feature a face or two.  
  • I can see how very scrapbook-y my early art journal pages are.  This makes total sense since that was my main hobby at the time.
  • My early daily journal pages are kind of a hot mess.  Nothing is cohesive in any way -- it's just a lof of stuff -- but I love them nonetheless!
  • Lettering is clearly something I've been fooling around with for years.
  • I like to journal. If anything, I'm an over-journaler.  It's hard to find pages that don't have a lot of text on them.
  • Stamps -- especially hand carved stamps -- start to figure in most art journal pages after 2010.
  • I find it fascinating how many of these pages feature yellow.  It's not a color I would ever list among my faves, but there it is on every single one of these pages.  Weird.
  • I am not surprised to see all the red on these pages.  I love the impact that red has.  
  • It's interesting to see how I moved from watercolor to acrylic.  It wasn't long ago that I was strictly watercolor in my art journals and now I almost exclusively use acrylic.  Who knows what I'll be doing in another year?!
  • I like a crowded page.  That's clearly a personal style thing.  I don't see a lot of white space on any of these pages!
  • As you can see, I experimented with a lot of sizes and shapes and types of journals.  I'm really happy with my current size and I think I'll stick with it for a while.
  • The two pages from 2015 and 2016 are particularly striking as a pair.  In many ways they're the same page -- a very similar figure, a floral element glued on.  But the 2016 version feels a little slicker and more sophisticated.  You know, it's difficult to see growth in the every day.  But, there's the photographic evidence!
  • I clearly figured out that Permapaque markers were a great art journaling tool around 2013/2014.  You'd be hard pressed to find a single page after that that doesn't have a Permapaque mark somewhere on it! 
  • Over time, as my confidence has grown in my own abilities to draw, I use fewer and fewer borrowed magazine images.  I needed them for a long time.  And painting over them (as in the 2013 page) really helped me to learn how to draw more realistically.
  • I don't really think of myself as a girly girl, but perhaps I am?  Most of these art journal pages feature flowers as a motif.

Have you ever taken a look back at your art journal journey?  What did you learn about yourself?

Thanks for stopping by!

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