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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?
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.
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!
However, instead of stamping...
Another face created by reductive painting!
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!
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!
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