Friday, October 30, 2015

Journal Portfolio

So I got to thinking that it would be really neat to have a journal portfolio. I picked out the ones that I am still working in and ones that I have finished. It's pretty similar to a blog post version of my ever popular video series on YouTube "Journal Ideas". You can check them out HERE.

So take a look at my new Journal Portfolio.

   1. Current Sketchbook

   Perfect for small quick sketches to have ready for my art journal.

    2. Writing Journal

    I really just use this as a smash book but with a lot of writing.

    3. The lovely 2015 DLP Planner

   This baby is like the liget art journal for me right now. I'm mad about it right now!

   4. Monthly Challenge Journal made from a cereal box.

   I finally made another ceral box journal set aside just for monthly challenges. Looking forward to this!

   5. My Style Journal

This journal really served it's purpose to help me find my style! Full  from front to back and I am so proud from front to back.

   6. Mini Technique Journal

I picked up this little number from an antique store and decided to create all things mini in this journal.

    7. Out West Journal

To this day I still think about our trips out west and I am so glad I wrote about every day in this journal. It sure was a lifesaver when days on the road needed a bit of entertaining!

    8. Watercolor Journal

I've been slightly obsessed with watercolors here lately and all the different things you can do with it. I enjoy a simply one subject against a white background right now but, this journal is just to practice with my latest obsession.

So there is my current Journal Portfolio. Many more are still to come for this journal lover. Let me know which one is your favorite. 

May God Bless You and May You Bless Him!

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Monday, October 26, 2015

Inspiration Stations

If you haven't heard of Inspiration Station created by Jennibellie, you have got to check it out whenever you are in an art funk.

Basically it is a free class offered by Jennibellie on her Journal Workshop free Ning Site. In the class she teaches you how to create an inspiration station as well as an inspiration station journal.

As you can see below, I've made three over the past couple of years and each one has helped me get out of a non-inspirational time in my life.

So this is my newest one here below and by far my favorite.
It truly is a snipit of what inspires me right now as an artist.
Whereas the other ones, even though I like them very much, I think I just slapped things in the book not really knowing what inspires me. 

This journal I truly took time to figure out what really inspires me and each collaged piece is perfect eye candy and makes me want to create something the moment I flip through it.

This is the back page and from what you can see on the back, as far as the journaling, are quotes from famous artists that really inspire me to create. I wrote several quotes throughout my whole inspiration station journal. They truly do help because quotes don't usually inspire me but voices from famous artists give me goosebumps sometimes.

This is the first page on my inspiration station below. My main peice of interest right now is the under paper. I truly cannot get enough of it. 

Before I even folded this journal together I just took a large sheet of newsprint and collaged underpaper all over the sheet in an interesting way. This way, as you will see in Jennibellie's video when she teaches you how to make your journal, when the pages are folded and put together the layout it more of a surprise and I like that.

This is page two or more over page spread number two. After I added several different pieces of underpaper to the page and folded my inspiration station journal together I just started adding different elements. I used scrap papers with pretty paint details, more under paper of course, book images, quotes and even a book mark from fabric scraps.

Close view of page spread number two.

So on page spread number three I had a pocket, which you will see being made in Jennibellie's class, and I stuffed several things like mail art and photos of my own work. I tied a ribbons on them and added a few embellishments to make these little pocket pieces shine.

Closer view of pocket pieces on page spread number three.

Going back to page spread number one, I had pocket pieces in there as well.

Close up of pcoket pieces in page spread number one.

So check out a few more close ups on my inspiration station journal's pages.  

This journal really has helped me get out of my funk. In all honesty I really wasn't in a funk as we all know art funk's go. I was just really tired and had to take a little artistic pampering. I turned the florescent lights off in my studio and left all the warm lights on while it got dark outside. It was quiet and no one was coming in to the gallery so I was all by myself. 

Artists sometimes have to hide away and get even more comfortable in creating. That's what I had to do last week and it felt so good to just slow down. 

Check out Jennibellie's Free Class Inspiration Station HERE
I know you will get a lot out of it.

God Bless You and May You Bless God!

Friday, October 23, 2015

Inspiration and Rearranging

So like I mentioned before in earlier posts, filming and editing my workshop wore me out and I grew very weary of creativity. I was so stressed and tired that getting back into my studio again to create something else again suddenly made me feel very exhausted. So I did something else that helped me get back into my creative mojo, reorganize my studio and create another Inspiration Station.

I need everything out beside me while I create. So I took pieces of cardboard and divided up my little storage trays, caddies and boxes even more to stuff more supplies into them in a more organized way. I always want things to have a specific slot and it to fit perfectly. My favorite stamps are standing up in the back of the blue paisley tray there and my pencils are out and ready to go. Everything is right where I need it.

Organizing my supplies helps me see what I have and sometimes gets me thinking in how I can use them differently. Cleaning spaces up makes me want to get them messy again.

And sure enough I did. At Rocky Mount Center for the Arts where I work, we had an Artisan and Harvest Tour in our county where visitors can tour artists studios that were placed on a map that people can travel to. RMCA had the chance to be apart of that and my studio was open to the public. We had all of our artists in RMCA come and work in their studios as guests came and watched us work. Way to much fun and this is the result of event. A messy desk and display desk of my work.

But afterwards, I just had to spread out on the floor. Here I whipped out Jenibellie's Inspiration Station Class, and I had to take a little bit of time for me. As much as I hated really doing that I knew it's what I needed. Every time I create something I feel like I have to share it or blog about it. I feel like that is the only way an artist can become noticed is if content is shared every day or as much as possible.

But I took this time to really study where I stand as an artist right now and because of this moment I allowed myself I've got several new projects swooping around in my head. So even though its tough to stop and do for yourself sometimes...DO IT, because something inspirational might happen that you wouldn't have noticed had you been on overdrive.

I even had time to go outside last week and pick up a few items from God's beautiful earth. Just below one of our Bradford Pear trees beside our house was an abandoned birds nest and I took it to my studio in a basket and set it up in my studio window. I was beyond happy to find such a treasure. Then I thought how perfect to put this plastic bird inside on the nest.

I wouldn't have found this nest had I not slowed down.

I'm so happy with my little window of curiosities, theres also a sweet memory to every piece.

So after I worked on the floor for a while I realized that I have to spread my furniture out in my studio. So I pushed my white door desk up against my desert wall, which has a perfect view of it by the way hahaha! Then I brought in another table from my classroom to add more working space in my room.

I'm even loving the bit of inspiration on my wall too, I've been wanting to do that for a while now.

So now, if ever I wanted to spread out on the floor again, it's super easy now.

So I've taken a break, rearranged and organized my studio, made another inspiration station and I'm ready for work. Ahhh this is a good feeling. It feels almost like spring cleaning. So if you are in that funk like I was, take some time off, rearrange things, don't share everything, keep things to yourself, spread out on the floor, hide away and turn the florescent lights off (if you have any) and drown yourself in warm yellow light. That sure did help me. 
Do for yourself and enjoy being with yourself as well.

May God Bless You and May You Bless God!