Hello creative friend! I've been thinking about adding another blog post for some time, however since I am new to blogging I am still trying to figure out what to say, what to share and how often. I also struggle with finding time to do my art, much less keep a blog. But starting and keeping a blog is my 2014 resolution. I do not know how people find time to pursue artistic endeavors and work a full time job. I know I struggle with it. However, I plan on trying to commit to art journaling a little each day, even if for 10-15 minutes and post to my blog every week to talk about what I've been working on that week. Yikes! I am hoping that committing to art journaling daily will help me to accomplish more in my art and have something to talk about on my blog at the end of the week. And committing to blogging every week will help me to commit more, of what little bit of free time I have, to art journaling so I will have something to talk about each week to post.
As I have mentioned before, I have painted and drawn off and on throughout my life. But have always wanted to just play, experiment and have fun with art. However, all I knew before involved expensive paints and canvases and not conducive to playing and experimenting. Or at least without it costing a fortune. A friend introduced me to scrapbooking about 15 years ago. Approximately 3 years ago I found a program on television about scrapbooking. Julie Fei-Fan Balzer was a regular guest on the show and I loved her creative style. So I looked her up online, if you haven't checker her out, her website is here: http://www.balzerdesigns.typepad.com/. I saw where she talked about something called art journaling and encouraging people to do it every day. I had never heard of art journaling before and after reading her posts realized that this is what I had been searching for my whole life. Some place where I can experiment and play and express myself through art. I got a journal and some art supplied and jumped right in, I was hooked.
I struggled at first with what to journal, how to journal and ideas for journaling. So in my quest to learn more about art journaling and searching for everything I could find on the subject - books, videos and online classes, I came across a year long art journaling class called Life Book so I signed up for Life Book 2013 and have been loving the journey. I have been learning a lot about myself and my art over the past year and have signed up again for Life Book 2014. If you have never heard of Life Book or checked it out, I would advise you do, especially if you want to learn new things, experiment with new techniques and grow as an artist. The website is located here: http://willowing.ning.com/ and I highly recommend it. It is well worth the price.
I have been catching up with finishing out Life Book 2013 lessons and getting started with Life Book 2014. Today I have decided to share more of my favorite pages from Life Book 2013 and talk a bit about what I have learned from each.
Well I hope you enjoyed seeing what I have been up to lately. I do have a couple of new Life Book 2014 pages completed, but will share those at another time. I also have other journal pages I have created myself using some of the techniques I have learned from participating in Life Book classes, viewing online videos and reading books I've purchased on art journaling that I will share at another time. I have also starting keeping an art journaling idea book that I carry with me everywhere and when inspiration strikes me I write it down. It is getting filled up with lots of great ideas that I can't wait to try and share. I also have a page in mind, one of those inspirations that stuck me in the middle of the night when I couldn't sleep, that I want to do a video on, so that will be coming soon. Let me know what you think and share what you have learned from either online classes you've taken, videos you've seen or books you've read. I feel that learning from others helps you find what you like and what you don't like, by way of techniques, materials, colors and styles, and helps you learn more about yourself, your art and helps you in creating your own style. Until next week, happy art journaling.