Tuesday, February 5, 2013

What IS an Art Journal, Anyway??

Today is February 5, and it was almost a year ago (Feb 14, Valentine's Day) that I bought my very first art journal. You can read the post about how it began HERE. Ever since then, I've been working on spreads within the journal, using all kinds of interesting mixed media techniques to enhance my art.

I have also spent time reading books about art journals, blogs, and watching youtube videos on the subject. A lot of work is phenomenal. You can tell the artist spent a lot of time and effort on the pages. Then there are others, who simply drop papers here and there, collage them together, add random text, etc. You get the picture. And neither is way is wrong! One thing I've been told lately is that, no matter what the common consensus on what an art journal "is", it is what YOU make it. And that definition works just fine for me :) A journal is, like art, self-expression, and there is no right/wrong way to do that, as long as you are true to yourself!

This spread below has been worked on here and there for months. I added clips of magazines for the buildings, stamped the background sky, added pen work, and the words Repent, plus the sign that says "Time is Short..." I started this a while back, and it was not what it turned out to be :) Art journals are funny that way... you can begin with one thing in your mind, and, over time, the more you add to it, it grows into something else entirely. I love the process!

Here is my latest spread that I just created. I was inspired by the story of Nick Vujicic, a man who was born without limbs but who has a plan for his life from God. It is really beautiful and inspirational. This man has such a joy flowing out from him, and it is so wonderful to see it. You can learn more about him HERE.

11 comments:

Loretta said...

Your artwork is so detailed and beautiful!

sammysgrammy said...

Jen, I would consider your art journal a treasure. This is the language you speak - art. Therefore you write about your thoughts and dreams in your native tongue.

It is totally precious and will be an heirloom for your children and so will the next one and the next one...........

Niki Jackson said...

Glad to hear you are embracing being yourself and enjoying your art journal how you want to. Your spreads look great. Niki x

Solhful said...

I would agree, what a treasure and beautiful heirloom. :)

Faith Caroline said...

You are sooooo talented! I admire all your artwork so much!!!

MYSAVIOR said...

You are awesome, inside and out.

♥♥♥
Sue

AnnMarie aka Vintage Junkie aka NaNa said...

Creating art like you do is a whole other world to me...and I envy your for it...in a good way! Keep creating because I love to see what you have done!

Pam of alwaysartistic said...

Very cool pages! One day I'll get started on mine... Lol I just don't feel inspired right now!

Vicky Williamson said...

Nick Vujicic is truly amazing . . . as is the God he serves. Thanks for blogging about him!

I especially love the top page spread. Awesome art!

Linda Pruitt said...

I am into this type of art, but I use fabrics and mixed media to do art quilts. Never much got into paper.Yours are great!

allmixedup art said...

very nice work!