Sunday, January 23, 2011

Art Journaling Check In - Week 3

I am disappointed that I haven't kept up with the Art Journal Every Day. I have spent more time finding images than anything else. That's important, too, but I haven't been putting anything to paper until this weekend. Finally, I was able to spend some time doing some work.

First, I decided to explore a little bit - I went back to my classes with Kelly Kilmer to try to get a handle on myself. JUST DO IT, Jean! That's what I was telling myself. I went ahead and watched a couple of the videos that are included in the class materials and that helped a bit. Then I went ahead and did a couple of pages from the templates she provides. I had limited access to my art papers, so I wasn't as happy with the pages as I would be if I had a full spread of colors and papers to choose from. Generally, I'm happy with the work because at least I did it. That's enough for me today.

I was going to work on some lettering practice, but I couldn't find the book I had on different styles, so I ended up doing some Zentangles. I like doing them, but they certainly take longer than I think they will.  This is the first time I have done any in ink. They look much better with the dark black ink than with pencil shading. Sometimes when you are trying to get a uniform look, the pencil has too many gradations - they are subtle but they don't have the conformity I was looking for.  So here are the two I did.  I'm still working on the second one but I had to stop because my eyes were tired.  I made some mistakes. I think I should just practice the designs for a while before I put them all together to make something.

It was good to create something, even if they aren't as "art-y" as I would like. Practice, practice, practice.  That's what I really need. I get too impatient with myself, so this is good for me.


  1. Glad you found some time to work in your journal! Those zentangles are something I really want to try sometime.

    Keep on keeping on ... your paper pages reminded me of some of my pages:

    Art Journal are the best :D

  2. I love your zentangles to. I have do a few. Your collages are wonderful too. And do have a message for you if you really analyze what they are saying to you. I wanted you to know I do read all of your posts. But I am sorry I fail to leave comments on them all. Some times I just like to read. I am writing more and more on my new blog. But still not communicating as much as I would like too.

    Have a wonderful week.



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