This is just a quick post. I’ve been trying to create this slideshow for a while but was having trouble completing it since it would get stuck uploading the photos. Then I had art-a-thon responsibilities so it got pushed aside. I finally had a chance today to see what the problem was and determined it was due to some bad picture files. I deleted them and voilà no more issues.
This summer I participated in Daisy Yellow’s ICAD Challenge where you create art everyday on index cards during June & July. It was my first time participating in the challenge. I enjoyed the challenge and may participate again next year. Though I might get standard sized index cards as an added challenge since the space is smaller and not my preferred size of about 6 x 9.
Below is a slideshow of all the art I created during the challenge. Eventually they will go into the portfolio section.
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Saturday was the last day for NaNoJouMo. I had fun even though some of the prompts stressed me out a bit while I tried to come up with something from either the title, meaning or words of the songs that I didn’t like or care for. I just took it as an extra challenge. I did complete all the prompts and actually like most of my pages. This was the first time I used prompts to art journal. I didn’t like working with prompts. I might be ok with a prompt or two every once in a while but not as an everyday thing. As of now I am not sure if I will participate again next year. Maybe if I do I might not participate everyday. I will just pick & choose which prompts I will do.
Below is a slideshow of all the pages I created for NaNoJoumo. You can also view them in the portfolio section.
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Back in February I started to art journal. What is art journaling? Art journaling is a way of expressing yourself in illustrated form in journals and diaries. It really has no set rules. Which is great because I don’t believe art should have rules. I believe you should be able to express yourself however you like. When I had first looked into art journaling a few years ago I had come across websites that stated art journaling had to be done a certain way and that there were certain rules to follow. Due to this I decided to not art journal but this year when I started to do artist trading cards I was again interested in art journaling. This time when I looked into it I found that the majority of art journalers don’t believe there are rules so I decided to start. You can read more about art journaling at Twelve Squared Creations or you can google art journaling and you will find many pages that talk about it.
I have had fun art journaling these past few months. My first art journals have been about figuring out what I like and don’t like, trying new techniques and trying my hardest to not be a perfectionist. That has been the hardest but it is something that doesn’t go well with art. So if I make a mistake I just keep going instead of tearing the page out and starting over. Despite how a page turns out I always post it. I have also tried not to plan anything. I just sit down at my art table and just do whatever comes to mind or express however I feel.
I completed my first art journal in August. There are a few pages I don’t like at all but there are many I like and a few I love. It has been a great experience and I plan to continue art journaling. Below is a slideshow with all the pages in my first completed art journal which I titled Beginnings. The images are in the order that they are in the journal and not in the order I created them. You can also view the pages in the portfolio section.
I hope you enjoy my art journal.
Art Journal 1 – “Beginnings”
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