Monday, August 18, 2014

art journaling?

Hello bloggie friends!

This week's Scrap Gals podcast is all about Art Journaling. Art Journaling? Surprising...I know! There is a story behind this topic and here it is....

A couple years ago, I started following a wonderful artist named Lori Vliegen who specializes in hand lettering. I thought, "Hmmm...I could probably do that." but as with most things creative, I never took the time to explore it although I continued to read her blog and pin her work which is wonderful!!

Then recently, I visited the blog of Susan Branch, one of my favorite artists. I knew she had a blog because I had read it several times but this time was different. This time when I started reading it, I couldn't stop! I literally read her entire blog in about two weeks. It is captivating. She is captivating. I wanted to be captivating. Reading her blog made me want to be an artist. Like a real "paint on the paper" artist. Her books are all written completely by hand with her paintings making the pages come to life.

Of course becoming an artist seemed very daunting to me because I really do not draw very well and I knew nothing about watercolors or the style of art that Susan Branch does. But as I read her stories of sitting in her studio in the early morning hours painting, I had a hankering to do the same! I wanted to start with a blank piece of paper and finish with something that would make someone's heartstrings go zing! I gave myself a little pep talk and said, "You can do this - you can create art!"

I began to ponder about what I could do that would be fairly easy. What did I already know how to do that could be called "art?" Light bulb moment!! Hand lettering!! I've always been interested in calligraphy and hand lettering and Lori Vliegen's adorable art journals immediately came to mind and I knew she worked in a style I could try to duplicate. I decided to really work at it and learn how to do hand lettering. The idea continued to blossom until I bought a mixed media pad of paper and I was on my way!
One of the things I love about Tiffany is that she is game for most anything I want to do so she caught some of my enthusiasm, bought the same pad of paper and we both made several attempts at making pages...some we love and some we just tolerate.

After much trial and error, I found that I could write in a style similar to the hand lettering I love by using a Zig Calligraphy pen and then cleaning up the outer edges with a Micron marker (01, 03 or 05). I looked at lettering I love to show me exactly where the thick part of the letter went and then it just clicked in my head and know I now.
I always start with one big word and make a page based on that word. Here's the start of a new page...this is all I've done to it so far but I want it to talk about how this has changed my life. I am so excited about it and think about it morning, noon and night!

All the pages for my journal will be horizontal like the one above. I intended to share several today but I went on a quick trip to my friend's cabin in the mountains tonight and forgot about this blog post so I promise to post them Wednesday when I return. Meanwhile, here's a page I did for our little friend named Lilly. I love this so much I might not give it away. This is how I want my art journal to look...just an experimentation into drawing, lettering and painting. I want there to be lots of wonderful quotes and thoughtful journaling...
I made some mistakes on this but I don't even mind - it kind of adds to the homemade feel of it. I penciled in the flower after looking for one online. Then I drew the lines with a Micron marker and attempted to paint it and goofed a bit on that because I didn't allow dry time but again, I don't mind. It was a lesson learned. I just got a library book on watercolors and I've already learned a lot by reading it!

It's all a growing process...something new and different. I've been experimenting with hand lettering using pencil only and I tried filling it in afterward instead of starting with a calligraphy pen. I'll be sharing more about that later this week. I promise I have loads to share but this is enough for now and it's 12:33 am here in the mountains and my friend is asleep so I will say goodnight and I hope you enjoy this week's show and my little venture into the world of Art Journaling.


Leanne said...

Just beautiful! I've been a little scared to try this, but maybe I should just bite the bullet and give it a go!! Thx for the inspiration..x

Jann Gray said...

Tracie...I love your hand lettering...AND I love your adventuresome spirit as you pursue this new aspect of your journaling! You ARE an artist...absolutely an artist! Love it!

Linda P said...

I can see that pic on a scrap book page about your new journey into art! Actually my first thought was 3x4 card because my 2014 album is project life. So scan it before you give it away!! I love the pic is great! Can't wait to hear more about your art journal :)

Teddi said...

i LOVE susan branch! gave my friend the book about friends a few years ago. i own her days book, but i'm afraid to write in it, & mess it up. isn't that silly? i need to use it, as well as the scrapbook papers, stickers, & album i bought many moons ago. they're just so pretty.