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Art Journal Every Day: August into September 2018

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. 

I'm delighted to be sharing some pages from August & September of last year.  It has been long enough since I created them, that I don't really remember creating them.  The main question in my mind is: Have I grown and changed in the (almost) year since I created them or am I in the same creative space?

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This page was created using a technique I use all the time: reductive painting. It's a technique I demonstrate extensively in my Gelli Journals class.

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I love to use pattern stamps to fill empty space in my journal.  It's like a super easy version of doodling!

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One of the things that I've realized in a decade or so of art journaling, is that I really like knowing the date.  I used to be subtle about what month it was, but looking back through my journals, I much prefer seeing the bold month titles!

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This face was also created using that reductive painting method.

However, instead of stamping...

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...I filled the empty space on the page with pieces of washi tape!

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Another face created by reductive painting!

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I recycle all of my old prints, messed up art projects, samples, mistakes, and experiments into my Junque Journals -- all of that "garbage" gets bound into an art journal.  Sometimes I cover the old artwork completely.  Or sometimes, as in the case of this page, I let just a little bit shine through.  That purple daisy is from an early Balzer Designs release with The Crafter's Workshop (probably 5 years ago at least).  And now I've incorporated it into this face in my art journal!  For me, my Junque Journals are a perfect solution for (a) never facing a blank page, (b) creating layered art work with less work, and (c) neither throwing away nor hoarding old art projects, but rather putting them to good use!

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I used a marker to color portions of this stamped design and I think it really makes it pop off the page!

So, let's get back to my question from the beginning of this post.  Looking at these pages, I am slightly sad to say that I feel like I'm in the same creative space.  And that's disappointing.  I like these pages.  I like these techniques.  But I hope that I am always growing and evolving and improving.  Staying stagnant feels like a little bit of a failure.  On the other hand, moments of reflection -- like this one -- are motivation to push towards change.  I think I'll take out my journal today and see what I can do to push myself!

I hope you will too!

Thanks for stopping by!

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