|Yet another grid.|
I haven't shared any art journal pages with you lately, mainly because I haven't been creating many. When I posted my last page, I mentioned that I was feeling rather dissatisfied with the pages that I was creating. But apparently I wasn't as dissatisfied as I thought, for not long after completing that art journal I began to want to start another one. The problem was finding the right notebook....
I wanted a spiral bound notebook this time so that it would lay completely flat and pages could be removed easily to prevent the book from bulging open with the addition of collage. I also wanted something very cheap, and possibly with brown paper. Finally, I found what I was looking for at Michaels. It was called a "Papier Mache Journal", had brown paper, and was spiral bound. It was a bit smaller than I wanted and the spiral binding was inferior (when open, the front and back covers don't align properly, for example), but it would do.
I work very slowly, so I only have three complete page spreads since I began this journal at the beginning of September. The first page spread (shown above) is yet another grid. I have a thing about grids lately, and I don't know why - I just love creating them. Speaking of grids, iHanna had a great art journal page of grids and lines on her blog lately; I love the look of order and disorder, although her colours are very different from the ones I would choose.
|A mess of words.|
The second page spread was especially fun and easy to do. I felt like I was back in elementary school cutting out words and gluing them on the page. Some of the quirky combinations of words on the page amuse me: "changing world" next to "nothing changes", and "lust" next to "surrender", for example. The pages still have a few holes in them (I was running out of magazines to look through), so there's still room for a few more words.
|Odds and ends: silhouette, collage, Celtic knotwork, and more.|
Finally, this last page spread is rather eclectic collection of elements: a messy painted background, collage, doodles, a silhouette, and Celtic knotwork. I'm not sure if I entirely like this page yet; perhaps it is not quite finished. Maybe I should add some lettering, or more paint? Or just leave it as it is?
I have at least three more page spreads that are currently in progress, although it will probably take another month or more before I finish them.
Do you keep an art journal? If so, what kind of pages do you create in it?