Updating this blog every day feels somewhat unnatural. For me. But art journaling every day feels like the point of my life. So that, I kept up.
I work in layers. I love it, I love mixed media. I almost feel more satisfied the more diverse materials I end up using. Layers help a lot with the "there's no time!" thing. Ten minutes at the end of the day, make a layer. Usually during an art journaling session I make new layers on many different pages. At some point, the page will feel balanced and resolved, that's when I tend to post a picture. But, it's finished-ness is a total illusion!
And the best is when I am NOT inspired, and i just scribble anything, paint any color, glue any random photos or cutouts or art trash on my desk. Just do anything. I say it's the best because it amazes me how often my uninspired work grows into something meaningful.
This is a "finished" page. I might work on it more in the future, but here it is for now. Gouache, water-soluble graphite, xerox, pen drawing.
Here are some process photos, before I think the page is "resolved."
The journal I'm using is full of old notes from a grad class I took. So I covered it in white gesso, but you can still see some of the writing. By the time I'm done the writing will likely be completely obscured. All I did yesterday was glue down some photos (these are from my honeymoon in West Virginia) and paint some colors in response to those photos. I glued a scrap of paper onto it too. A lot of paper scraps I use are from gift wrap that I designed and screen-printed.
So, each day when I journal, I just kind of visually respond to whatever I've slapped down in days before. It's easy, intuitive, and it feels so healthy to me.
Okay, hopefully I will keep up with the posts through the rest of January!