Monday, March 5, 2012

Finding Inspiration...

Recently I've been feeling inspired to make some art pages for the art books that I created at my first Artful Journey retreat*. Here is the process of ONE of the pages I was working on, because I've been making quite a few pages, which I'll share in the days to come...

This page is for my small artful journal that I have blogged about before**.  This is how the page began...


I used small scraps of cut papers and torn sheets from a vintage ledger and from a book on stenography. This layout looks a bit too linear for me so I thought a new element was needed...


I liked the look of this bird and the colors that would help to keep the page from being too monochrome, though I love sepia and aged colors. This bird was really anchoring the page, and rather heavily I might add, yet it still felt too linear, too symmetrical, so I tried adding a different bird instead...


This bird felt better for me. He is perched on a dainty branch and he is colorful enough to add some brightness to the page, but not too much brightness. The branch he sits upon seems to be growing organically out of the margin and lends a nice touch of dynamism, since the branch and the scrap of paper are 'growing' out in a diagonal line, which is the most dramatic and active of lines...and I might add is my favorite line to use!

The monochrome look of this page appealed to me but I wanted to soften it with a bit of a wash, so a little bit of white paint and little bit of water were applied, along with some smudging of spray ink around the edges...


I am quite happy with the way this page turned out and almost as happy at the way the other side turned out:


I wanted the other side of the page to somewhat match the tone of colors used on the previous page, so I layered some paint and spray inks on the background, applied rubber stamps of calligraphy text, and stenciled a design with teal inks. I like the overall look of this page, though I do wish I had used a lighter shade of teal for the stencil...oh well! We live and learn!!


Though it's hard to spot, I also added some gold inks using some sequin waste, a whole roll of which belonged to my grandmother. I also added bits of washi tape and a small scrap of paper that the bird came from...

I've been a busy art making bee lately ;)

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I've been internally processing the work I did with my life coach throughout the month of February which I hinted at in these previous posts and it hasn't been easy. I've been reminding myself to go slow and not beat myself up over things that aren't getting done and I'm taking care of myself by making some art just for me. I will write about my experience in the workshop hosted by my life coach soon as I'm finally wrapping my head around some of the discoveries that were made.

One lucky coincidence during this time was finding this great video for finding your purpose. I went through the questions that were posed in this video and found some not-so-surprising themes come up and I've done a little bit of writing to delve into those patterns and their significance in my life, which I will also share with you all soon and don't worry - it's all GOOD! I have to say that working through the questions posed in this video has actually inspired the artwork I've been doing lately, such as the art page I shared here today =-)

I highly recommend watching the video and answering the questions posed in it - it just might inspire you to create something today!

Be sure to stay tuned this week as I share more art pages, as well as the pages created in Orly Avineri's workshop on the weekend. There's lots of juicy art coming up!


* - I'm so excited that the Artful Journey Retreat is returning in 2013!! Maybe I'll see you there?!?
** - You can see the pages for the small art journal here, here, here and here

3 comments:

Kathryn Hansen said...

your pages just keep getting better and better!! I especially love the second one..the design and colors work so well together!! you hit that one out of the park!!

Karen Wallace said...

Love your work. So great to see the pages. Hugs Karen

Cathy {tinniegirl} said...

I'm excited that AAJ is returning too. I'm secretly hoping I might be able to get to it.