Lately I have been really into collaborating with other artists through art journaling. I approached Amy Maricle of Mindful Art Studio to work on one together and luckily she agreed!
I am actually rather scattered and busy at the moment because I am in the final weeks of completing all the work for my first gallery show. Art journaling is core to my painting process, though, and I am still doing lots of it. I have noticed that I use the process of art journaling as a warm up space for my painting. Usually when I start a studio session, I just start doing anything at all into my various books and journals. It doesn't take long until I bring it onto canvases, too.
Also, when I'm ready to stop working on a painting for the day, I often have some extra paint. So I just go ahead and put that paint down into my journals to build upon later.
Here are the bottom layers of my collaboration with Amy! I am going to mail this little accordion book to her so she can work into it, so these pages will look different next time you see them.
Amy has also started a small accordion book that I will be receiving in the mail soon. Read about Amy's take on this process on her blog.
I added some xeroxed drawings I had around, and also some pages from an old book about quilts, which I painted over.
I can't get enough of these little Moleskine accordion books! Definitely give those a try if you haven't before!
Amy cut lots of circles into her journal (you can see it on her Instagram.) I had fun cutting into mine, too. Especially because once I glued so much onto the pages it affected how the book folds. I cut the crazy parts off so that I could close the book nicely.