Well, for the past several months, I have been encouraging everyone who will listen to me to motivate themselves creatively by trying new things, jumping into unfamiliar water, looking potential failure in the eye and laughing. So I had to put my money where my mouth is . . .
Last week I actually took out all of the paints, brushes, markers and stamps I had been collecting for a ‘creative rainy day’ and started to play. I didn’t know what I was going to do, where I was going to go, or how this was going to end up.
FIRST STEP: I painted gesso on my notebook page with a sponge brush. Easy enough.
THEN: I dropped cheap acrylic color onto the page and moved it around with an old, plastic Dunkin’ Donuts Reward Card!
FINALLY: I just played. I drew a bluebird and colored it. I overlayed colored and white tissue paper and affixed it with Mod Podge. I found and printed a kidney and washed watercolors over it. I rubber stamped some words. I “printed” with an old plastic canvas. I drew borders. I used an old Facebook post as my “journaling.”
Now, this is just my first attempt at Art Journaling, but the first step is the most difficult for me. Let’s face it, it ain’t going to win a prize at the local art fair, but taking the first step was fun and exciting and I can’t wait to continue doing more.
Come and play with me. Show me your stuff. Let’s play and create together. Want to carve out a day and time? xoxom