A Little Art Journaling

I spent another wonderful day this past week with the ladies from Arteast at the Open Studio. It was a beautiful, though cold day, and the sun decided it wanted an art day too, and drew some magnificent shadows on the building where the Open Studio is held. I just had to stop and take a few minutes to marvel at Nature’s masterpiece … and to snap a few photos.

Nature's masterpiece

Nature’s masterpiece

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I am really enjoying my Open Studio days with my artsy friends. It’s so inspiring to see what others are working on, to learn new techniques and to experiment with new tools and mediums.

There were about 9 of us for the Open Studio, but I only captured these ladies on camera.

There were about 9 of us for the Open Studio, but I only captured these lovely ladies on camera.

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This time I decided to work on an art journal page I had started a while back but never completed. I got most of it done while at the OS, then completed it later at home.

This very moment is all there is

This very moment is all there is.

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I have altered an old Time-Life hardcover book to use as my large (8.5″ x 11″) art journal. Here are two other spreads I have completed in this large journal:

Shine Your Light

Shine Your Light

 

shit happens

Even when shit happens, everything is exactly as it should be.

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I have also been doing much smaller spreads in a 4″x6″ hardcover sketchbook:

Title page of my small art journal

Title page of my small art journal

I am not very experienced with art journaling, but am starting to really enjoy it and hope to spend more time playing in this way. It’s so relaxing and creative!

This too shall pass

This too shall pass

It’s also wonderful art therapy and is very helpful for working through feelings! I felt almost compelled to do something to commemorate the shootings on Parliament Hill last year, and the death of Corporal Nathan Cirillo, who was gunned down while on sentry duty at the Canadian War memorial, which is only a 15 minute drive from where I live. It was a sad and, in many ways, a fear-filled day for many of us who live here in Canada. My husband and daughter both work in the area where the shootings took place and so, I filled the anxious hours waiting for them to get home safely that day by creating a page dedicated to that young soldier who lost his life.

Done to commemorate the shooting in Ottawa on Parliament Hill

Done to commemorate the shooting in Ottawa on Parliament Hill on October 22, 2014.

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1 comment to A Little Art Journaling

  • I did the same thing with my ATC pieces…it really is such a great way of dealing with hidden emotions…fun and creative too!!! Love seeing your journal pages…thanks for sharing them!!!