Tuesday, July 27, 2010

And now for something completely different

For the past few weeks I have been in total art journaling mode. I love art journaling and I love working on books. But I'm nothing if not fickle and I really needed to do something different yesterday night. Since I cleared my table it was easy to pick up something else and I decided to do some work on a sheet of paper. I got out my big drawing board, taped some thick acrylic paint paper to it and got to...PLAY! Yay!

My, did I have a good time making this! I felt like a kid in an art supply store! ;-) My only challenge in this one was not to use any realistic pictures and just do something more abstract.
The size of this piece is 32 x 41 cm (12 1/2 by 16 1/8 inch) and the paper is cold pressed 400 g/m2 ( 190 lbs). It is absolutely beautiful paper and I was lucky to get it on sale a while ago.
I used just about every art supply at hand, from gouache to acrylics, from mechanical pencil to artist's brushpens, foam stamps (I love my foamstamps) and even some scrapbook embellishments.

It also got me thinking about something I've been wanting to try for a while and may have succeeded at with this piece and that is to get the art journaling out of the art journal. What I mean by this is to make art on different substrates that is still art journaling. I think I like to call it journal art ;-) This piece of course is all about play and the making of art because I love it and for no other reason. That's why it says on the bottom right "Just for the love of it" and that's the title I have given to this piece as well.

Now especially for those who were in awe of my beautifully cleaned work table and studio:

The beautiful cleaned up look lasted for a whole sixty minutes and that was only because I had to make dinner. Otherwise it would have lasted for about sixty seconds! As one creative person once said somewhere on the internet:  "I cannot be creative and tidy at the same time". Ain't that the truth! ;-)