Art Journalling – A Safe Place

After creating Hetty & Dimitri‘s painting I wanted to do art more regularly, but found doing paintings quite intimidating (especially if they’re just ‘for me’, rather than a present). So I decided to get back into my art journal. I neglected art journalling for over a year due to judgements swirling around in my head. Thoughts about not feeling good enough, or not creating ‘pretty’ pages, or other people out there being better than me.

Then I thought to myself that I should really try to work through those negative thoughts, and not let them control me. An art journal (in theory) is the best place to do that. It’s much more of a ‘safe’ place than for example a canvas which leads me to pressure myself into having to create something ‘good’ (whatever that means, I am hyper critical of my own work, I’m sure other artists can relate). I am definitely learning to be more accepting of what I create and to take pleasure and satisfaction from creating in the first place rather than judging myself for creating something that looks rubbish and then punishing myself by feeling badly and not doing more art.

I especially like the whole ‘creating & moving on’ style of working. It’s all about the process and expressing yourself, not about a perfect finished product with not a hair out of place. It’s such a great platform for experimenting with technique, composition, materials, colours etc. Love!

Permission To Be Me
Aesthetically I don’t love this piece, but it is important to me because I was able to accept it and move on from it. The whole theme of the page is about giving myself permission to do and be, and not punishing myself for whatever arbitrary reason. It’s funny, because I am always so scared of negative comments or feedback, but the most negative and critical person to evaluate my art is me!

I started this page back in 2008 (I think ‘worthy’ was a prompt from SuziBlu) when I painted the mice and the house with the girl. There were lots of words scribbled in the empty space and I hated the whole thing! Then the other week I decided to go back to it. I added the background and the stamped words and now I actually really like it. Such a simple addition but it made all the difference to me.

Princess and Her Castle
Not much of a story behind this one. I wanted to draw a whimsical girl and already had the idea in my head for a castle in the background. I initially had a sticker of a rose in the entrance of the castle but I got rid of it because I preferred the darkness/scariness of the black hole. I bought this amazing butterfly stamp which you can see in the background, it’s so pretty.

Just some doodles I did for fun while on the train (which is why some of the lines are anything but smooth!). If you want to learn how to doodle I would highly recommend this video by Marieke Blokland. It’s awesome!

Growing, Learning, Loving
I had been thinking of doing a pencil sketch. I wanted to try a 3/4 face according to the things I had learned in Tam’s portrait class. It’s my first attempt at doing a non-front facing portrait and I found it quite difficult. Also I think I got confused and switched light sources about 4 times throughout drawing so the shading doesn’t necessarily make sense lol. Nevertheless I really do love this page as it was fun, good practice and I can see progress in my technique and I also like the composition.

Girl and a Frog – my very first painting on canvas!!!

Started this on Saturday and finished it yesterday. This is heavily inspired by two lovely ladies, namely Suzi Blu and Miss Wonderful Tam!! Their videos and art have inspired me so much and without them I probably wouldn’t have made this big step of working on canvas! Thank you!

Materials used: Acrylic paints, watersoluble oil pastels, watercolour pencils, water colours, craft papers, foam, rubs ons and probably more but I can’t remember right now!!

You can click each picture for a bigger version.

For my next piece I’ve got this idea of a girl on a swing. I’m so motivated and inspired right now and I’m loving it!

Let me know if you have an art blog/website so I can link you!

Accordion Page (originally posted on Live Journal)

I am so inhibited when it comes to working in my art journal it’s not even funny, but I managed another page. Inspired by Suzi Blu’s prompt to make accordion pages. Had to get out the boyfriend to set the eyelets as I just can’t muster enough force (I think it’s hilarious “honey.. can you whack this with a hammer for me?”)

I went to the FABULOUS store Hobbycraft yesterday and got lots of little things (I’m so art supply obsessed, it’s an addiction!). Stuff I bought that you can see on this page are embossing metal (why is it never possible to attain the same result as in the pictures on the packaging even though I followed the inscructions to the letter????), patterned stamps (they were in the kids section of all places! They’re awesome to create patterned backgrounds with), cheap white paint (£1.49 for 500ml of the stuff!!), and rub on words.