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.
- 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?
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