Do you like your name? Why or why not?
Write an acrostic using your name. Write a quality about yourself for each letter.
What name would you give yourself?
When I hear my name spoken, I feel...
"Use what you have!" That's my motto for this year. I like reusing or re-purposing items I have accumulated over time. Since I started my art journaling journey a couple years ago, I notice things. I notice patterns. I ask friends and strangers for things they normally would throw away. One day I was buying a used typewriter from my friend's daughter. I saw cardboard "windows" on the coffee table. I wondered out loud if I could have them for my art projects, so they gave me some.
Today, I decided to finally use one as a stencil.
Another thing that usually happens when I create a background, I pay attention to what's already on the page. Come along and see what inspired me.
I wanted a bigger version of the bird on my page. My options were to sketch one, not my strong suit or to scan and copy, then cut and paste. I went with option two.
Before releasing the water color, I paused to go make the copy and print it out. (Tip: If you have an inkjet printer, the ink will run or smudge if it gets wet. Laser printers and copy machines use toner, so then the image won't smear when applying wet mediums like paint or a water based glue.) I have an inkjet printer, so I used what I had and was careful to keep the image as dry as possible.
Below are the painted squares, before I added the bird. (Note about copyright: You can use magazine images and book images for personal use only. If I was making an art piece to sell, I feel I would need permission to use the bird. But since this is for my own personal journal, I feel free to use it for this purpose. Some artists keep a record of their sources to give credit where credit is due, and I recommend the practice if you think you will sell your art someday.)
With my branch in place, I glued the bird down with a glue stick. Then outlined the bird and branch with black paint pen. Turning the black ink pad over I smudged it randomly all over the page to give it a distressed look.
What do you like about yourself?
Are you thankful for those qualities?