Art journaling is a fantastic way to explore, let loose, breath and relax into your creating process. If you are anything like me, I hold my art creations close to my heart. They become precious and an extension of my identity.
Art journaling has been a creating tool of release that allows me the freedom to be okay with creating something just for me. No worries, no strings, no fears or judgment.
Journaling for Stress Relief…
Using composition books, stripes of magazine pages, and imagination to create in a fun, relaxing, and non-judgemental way.
Technique video: Create an easy abstract background in your art journal by using strips of magazine pages.
Create an abstract focal point in your art journal using the magazine strip technique and blocking out images technique. Acrylic, gesso, charcoal, and stencils.
More Journaling Videos: “One Emotion ~ One Page”
The One Emotion ~ One Page Series was an adventure of creating one journal page at a time based on an emotion provided by our Facebook creative artist community. Join in the adventure, create an art journal page using the following emotions. There is no time restraints. Create when you want.
This art Journal page was created with collage, acrylic, modeling paste and stenciling. The female portrait was drawn with vine charcoal, acrylic, and Golden fluid acrylic-Sepia.
I found the word catharsis with a Greek meaning to clean or purge. Over the last year, I have found myself caught up in the hate of this world. Kindness was lost on me. Not that I was better than others but that I just didn't want to be bothered.
I'm not against change, but I was confused why things were happening in this world and in the country I live in. Changes that I completely disagreed with. I had to consciously tell myself...try to practice the golden rule.
That golden rule use to be easy for me. Something soured me to its power, and I stood behind my brick wall of indifference. Partly afraid to comment for fear of retaliation and partly because I couldn't see what difference my opinion would make.
I have been slowly purging the hate from my heart. If I practice kindness and do not let hate get a foot hold, kindness will become infectious. A good cleansing that needs to start with me.
This art Journal page includes collage, acrylic, stenciling, red pencil, and gesso.
What isn't funnier than a long legged giraffe in her little red wagon? Meet Harriet. She really got tired of crossing the planes in the dry heat, and she could already see the varicose veins starting; to think she was only 10. She kept to herself most days while all the other ladies fancied the strutting mates on their daily walk to the watering hole.
One day, she saw a red flash in the bush about a mile from the human lodge that her family lived near. Later that evening she checked it out, it was a child's wagon with really big wheels in the back. It was cumbersome for Harriet, but she was able to get her spindly legs tucked in and off she rolled.
With neck stretched high, Harriet breezed by the herd and made it first to the watering hole. From that day on Harriet and her red wagon were inseparable. She was gloriously happy and lived to be 30.
One Emotion One Page Project: This mixed media journal page was created with ephemera, acrylic, stenciling, Distressed Stains-Ranger, gesso, Washi tape, ink, red pencil and Stabilo-All pencil.
Jubilant, can't say I use that word much. I remember being close once, it was during Mardi Gras. Of course, I will have to confess, it was most likely the belly jello shots.
One Emotion One Page Project: This mixed media journal page was created with acrylic, charcoal, collage, stencil work and ink.
It was difficult to create art related to the word disgust. It is such a strong emotion like hate. I struggled for weeks thinking of things like vomit, poo, decaying objects. I just could picture painting art that was disgusting.
So, I decided to look internally. What personal situations bring on disgust. And I realized how disgusted I was with addition; the addiction of drugs that affect my family and friends. It is a battle of the physical as well as addictive conditions.
It is not the person that disgusts me. It is addiction!
A cruel temporary relief for emotional and physical pain that can tear apart entire relationships. Changing the character of a kind person to one of anger, hate, and indifference. A trap in a box that has an exit but, an exit that is terrifying to take.