Art Journal? Do you?

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Jun 302015
 
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Well, now I do!   🙂

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I have just purchased my first art journal !

Somehow I’ve picked up the bug of Art Journaling. I ran across a video of someone creating a ‘mixed media’ journal page or piece of artwork about a year ago. It really piqued my interest and I was amazed by her talent. And she made it look soooooooooo easy! And it wasn’t mixed media like I thought of it – it was different than what I thought of – and I like it (a lot!)

However, I didn’t pursue it at that time, in fact, I forgot all about it.

More recently though I bumped into some other videos and blogs about ‘art journaling’ – mixed media – and again – so intrigued!

So what exactly is goes in an Art Journal?

Well, it seems it can be many different things. It can be a journal of artwork – a premade empty book that one fills. Or it can be a binding of pages that you make. It can be an actual ‘journal’ of sorts meaning you fill it with art that follows what is going on in your life, events, feelings, etc. You can write in it. Or not. Or it can just be randon artwork.

Art Journaling, Mixed Media

Mixed media can range from paint and markers to markers and crayons and paint to paper, glue, paint, fabric…..you can draw, paint, stamp, glue, cut, spray, drip, etc etc. I think what I am learning is that there are no rules.

That can be altogether freeing and terrifying!  (blank page phobia meet too many options freakout)

the only real ‘rules’ that I am trying to understand aren’t really rules – it’s more like properties. What mixes with what, what can you layer without smearing/sealing, what turns to mud while others don’t mix, what can act as a resist, etc . And then, how to use all of that, not to avoid necessarily, but also to create…to blend or fade or resist completely.

I’ve only competed a couple of pages and they weren’t themed going in, they just kind of evolved. And I’m OBVIOUSLY still learning, but I’m pretty happy with the outcome so far.  My plan is to begin doing some pages based on quotes and maybe also start a book that incorporates actual journaling ala Aaron at ImperfectImpulses.

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Each of these ‘layouts’ is two pages but I ran the work sort of across the page and in the photo you can hardly tell that it’s two pages. 🙂

The book itself is fairly small – maybe 5×7 when closed.  . . . ?  I’ll show the outside in a later post.

So tell me – are you into art journaling? Mixed media artwork?  Let me know, I’d love to see what you’re doing!

Mid life crisis?

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Jun 152015
 
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Tick-tock, tick-tock….

It sounds cliche – but it is so true – life goes by SO fast.  Even when we think it’s dragging on — maybe because we’re waiting on something or we’re enveloped in some monotony or tedious task……..eventually we get to those points where we look back and go “holy cow, five years in the blink on an eye!”.

I have that recurring feeling lately as I realize we’ve been in our ‘new’ house for four years now. FOUR years.

Huh? Really?

And ummmm, HOW? How is it the time has gone SO fast?????

Do you ever have these little questions pop up — like:

It’s Monday again already ?

Laundry needs done? Didn’t I just do that?

High school classes? Seems like I just sent him off to elementary school – Where did the time go?

How did she (or he) (or they) get so big?

How did I get to be “xyz” years old? (48 this summer)

Do you ever think back to the ideas you had when you were 5, or 10, or 16 or 20?

Are you where you thought you’d be?

That’s not even what I find myself wondering…what  I’m wondering lately is more like “what HAPPENED to the things I used to love?”  

I mean, I know what happened – life happened, I made choices, I had children, I poured my heart and soul into them (and still do and will and don’t even want that to change!) –  I did what I needed to do at times – for me, for my family. and I’m ok with that.

I wish I had done some things differently….that I hadn’t squandered so much of my youth…..I did some things great, some things not so great…I’ve made good choices and bad choices, and really really bad choices…..but I’m in a good place. I’m blessed and I’m thankful.

And I’m ready to revisit some of the things I’ve let go along the way. I’m ready to begin thinking and planning about the next set of choices, the next set of years that are going to go whizzing by……AND I’m SUPER excited!

I look at some of the choices I’ve made in the past year and I think – wow, this must be why people get accused of ‘mid life crisis’ — But nope, it’s not. It’s an awakening. It’s another chapter.  It’s a natural progression I think – especially when you’ve raised children. There is a lot of focus on them and then you get to this point where – ahhhh. look at that – a free afternoon….a free evening. I’m not an empty nester yet — but I’m starting to feel like there may be this really fun mix of empty nest/mid-life quasi-do-over/next chapter coming.

Tell me I’m not alone! Has anyone else gone through this? Or approaching this? Can anyone relate?  🙂

Oh and just so you know – I didn’t buy a sports car – I bought this instead
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This is “Atomic Caesium”  or Casey for short 🙂

She’s our newest addition and we are so incredibly excited to have her!

Horses are one of those things that I have loved all my life – having been blessed to own my own as a teenager into early adulthood and also to make a living with horses as a first career.

I’m so excited to revisit this and will share more as we go along!