Thursday, 27 March 2008

A couple of journal pages I did recently

It is pouring rain here and I find it very calming and restful. I'm also thinking, "Thank God, I mowed the lawn yesterday!" For my birthday, Mum and Dad bought me a brand new lawnmower so I tried it out yesterday and I love it! I've called it 'Herc' as it's a Hercules (Masport) brand. I know....not very creative, is it? lol

Anyhoo, I thought I'd share a couple more pages with you from my Life Book (Art Journal). The thing I love most about art journaling is that I can give myself permission to do crappy art though 'crappy' is probably not the right word. 'Messy art' may be more a more fitting term. On a You Tube video I watched recently, the mixed media artist said that being fast and messy is a way of being creative because you're not allowing time for the left brain (linear thinking mind) to step in and 'organise' the page. I have always found it difficult to loosen up artistically because I mostly paint realism so that generally means....detail, detail and more detail. With my journal pages I can just be messy without constraints and it really is a liberating process. Of course, I can still see I need to 'let go' a lot more in my pages but I'm getting there.

My Power Animal


Journal a flower


These pages are assignments from a SuziBlu. I discovered SuziBlu via a mixed media art blog and have watched several of her You Tube videos. I feel so inspired by her quirky and fun nature.

There are so many wonderful mixed media art blogs that I have found and loved that I will be adding some links to the right-hand column of this blog soon. Maybe they will inspire you too.

15 comments:

  1. I would have to say that your journal pages do indeed have a different look from your realism stuff, but none-the-less,have an air of perfection and professionalism about them (a standard you would expect from someone as talented as yourself)! I love that word "crappy"...you make me giggle at the thought!!! LOL

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  2. Your journal pages are great! I especially like the Wolf Clan page. Very vibrant and rich looking. Then the flowers have such a delicate look. You definitely have the talent to do whatever style you choose.

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  3. Thanks, Julie....I clarified what I meant by the word 'crappy' just in case someone takes it the wrong way. lol

    Thank you, Janet. :)

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  4. I like your flower page - bright colors and the way they are designed across the page is quite pleasing.

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  5. Very beautiful posts. Kisses.

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  6. Way to go Serena! Mess it up and slap on some paint! Your pages are beautiful!

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  7. Serena I absolutely love these. Your blog always inspires me, now I wish I was keeping up with a sketchbook like i used to.

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  8. Hi Serena, I love your artwork! Whether it is a canvas or a journal page it sings! You are so talented! Thank you for all your kind words and support during this hard time for me, I will try and pay it forward too!

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  9. I can't thank you all enough for visiting and leaving such great comments for me. It truly makes my day. A heartfelt Thank You ~ :)

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  10. Well done on the journal pages Serena. I know all to well how precise you are with all you do, but in time you will loosen up and see that it's okay to be "messy" if you want to be... ;o). Okay, not messy, but relaxed for sure. Each page you should see more of a transition from precise to relaxed, just go with it and see where it takes you...Ro

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  11. Thanks for the encouragement, Ro ~ :)

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  12. I love your journal and I also love your detailed work...always room for many ways of fulfilment I'd say! Those frangipani flowers are beautiful.

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  13. These are beautiful and that bottom one!!! wow.

    I read your comment on altered art.

    I think what I like best though, are these type of journal pages...

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  14. oh....just saw this bald eagle on your side bar!!!! Incredible....

    I'm in awe.

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