Monday, December 30, 2013

Bring On the New Year!

This year has been a doozy, but yay!!! It's over :)

Looking forward to a wonderful and blessed New Year with no limits. I hope each and every one of you feels equally as optimistic about your New Year! Please enjoy the picture above that I created in my journal, and my Christmas gift to myself below is my new Inkoos :)

#inkoos #artjournal #artjournaling

Happy New Year!!!

Sunday, December 22, 2013

Visual Contemplation

I usually am a very careful artist. Not so much with staying in the lines, per se, but I like my pieces to look great visually. Not that they always do, mind you, but I try.

With art journaling (or visual journaling) it's about the process, not the end result. I've read that statement, in one form or another, so very much these last 2 years, both in books and here on line. And I still have an issue with it, lol, but that's a story for another day.

Tonight I had a lot on my mind. There's a big decision that I need to start addressing more seriously, and in so doing, I need to accept that it is a decision to begin with. In other words, I need to stop avoiding it and acknowledge it. This quickly done journal page is a step in the right direction... right?

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

IF: "Spirit"

Here is this week's creation for Illustration Friday. Inspiration taken from 2 Corinthians 3:17.


I don't know much about depression. I do know that so many people these days have a diagnosis with this or that, but that is a post for another day.

I know that depression is a real problem, and many people are truly affected by it. I am curious if it a steady, consistent situation, or if there are highs and lows. In other words, are there people who are depressed, but can feel happy sometimes? Or are they always down?

The art above is a journal page I've begun based on Tammy Garcia's I'm utilizing the colors of orange and yellow, and creating patterns and doodles with them. Art is theraputic, and it's nice to take a little time each day, if possible, to do something creative.

Do you know someone who may be suffering from depression? Pray for them. But do something nice for them, as well. Maybe create a little art for them. Or, better yet? Take some time out, grab a journal and some materials (markers, pencils, etc.) and go create a little art WITH them. Take the time to let them know you care, that you're praying for them, and that God loves them. Let the Lord use you :)

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

IF: Pattern

There are many ways to interpret a single word. Inevitably, a word will mean many different things to each person. Illustration Friday is a great, creative site that encourages artists from all over, regardless of talent, to take a word that is provided each Friday and interpret it as they will= through art.

This week's word is Pattern, and my illustration is indicative of a young girl who, despite her best intentions, keeps winding up in the same proverbial pattern of behavior. We've all been there, and can each relate on some level or another. The design in the background of the illustration is one of Tim Holt'z Blueprint stamps, which I stamped repeatedly in several different directions. My brother ordered me these stamps for Christmas and I am already loving the ideas of what I can create with them.

Where are you today in your emotional lives? Do you feel that you keep "falling into" the same patterns? Is that a good thing, or not? What can you create today to portray how YOU feel?

Saturday, December 7, 2013