Thursday, January 31, 2013

Busy Making Art!

     This month has gone by faster than I thought! I have tried to keep up with my pledge to myself to create more art. If I wasn't creating spreads/backgrounds in my art journal, I was sketching in my "throwaway" sketchbook (I call it that because I plan on throwing away these sketches - though I probably won't! It takes the anxiety off of me to create something perfect), or I was creating a homemade art journal and mini art journals.
     I'm trying to participate in some workshops and art challenges. I joined Life Book 2013 over at and I'm having fun. I enjoy seeing everyone's art work, so inspirational. I love that it lasts all year long! I was also blessed to win a place in one of Rachelle Panagarry's art workshops - Journal Candy! I've been enjoying working on the projects she has in the workshop. I'm still in the process of creating the projects in both workshops so I will be showing my work in future posts. Both offer great videos and PDFs to help you with your creative process. I've watched the videos more than once just to get my mojo flowing. It's a lot of fun and gets you creating for sure. If you're interested in taking some online workshops I highly recommend both.
     Since rediscovering making art again and keeping an art journal (& sketch journal) I've been on the search for "the perfect" journal. Does it exist?  I search online, I read reviews and I shop at various art/craft stores touching them, opening them, wondering if I'll like them or will I purchase a journal only to hate it and then abandon it for another I think might be "the one"? On youtube there are lots of video tuts on making your own journal but they intimidated me with the process or the expense. It looked too complicated for me or the materials too expensive. So I abandoned any thoughts of attempting making those journals but did attempt some that were made from recycled greeting cards, or Dos-a-Dos (Jennibellie) or an easy, easy 16-pages journal (Teesha Moore) - these were simple enough for me to make.
     Thank goodness I stumbled upon Effy Wilds journal making tutorials. I watched them through her website under bookbinding 101 and was hooked. I didn't feel intimidated by the process and the materials weren't expensive at all - I realized I had almost everything already! I decided to give it a try and I created my first handmade journal! I was surprised at how easy it was and I loved the fact that Effy stressed NOT getting stressed over it being perfect. She just wants everyone to be able to have an art journal with the paper we like and in the size we're comfortable with. I had so much fun making it that I decided to make a couple of mini art journals with the materials I had left over. It's so simple, anyone can do this! I will never buy another art journal again!! Go over to Effy's ning site and have a look, you won't regret it!!
     This is longer than I thought it would be so one last thing ---> 29 Faces in February. An art challenge I joined in before and am excited to participate in again. Whew!! I hope I can  keep up!! If you want to join there is a FB page and a website "29 Faces" - come play with us!

Thanks for reading!! Happy creating to you!! xxoo
Art journal closed - will be decorating the cover & adding closure
Art journal - decorating cover soon
Mini art journal
Journal Candy Wk 1


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