There are so many distractions when you want to make art every day. Life gets in the way so quickly, you hardly notice. I have painted nothing for almost two weeks and we are going house sitting tomorrow for ten days. Oh well!
My current obsession is watercolour. I love how it blends when wet, can be transparent or opaque, and dries in minutes. I love to make the paint watery and then tilt the page in different directions to make runnels on the paper.
The art journal page below is my interpretation of the prompt for the week “Love is in the air”, on Journalling Krazy Island Style. While I have done several courses in art journalling, I joined this course so that I had a ready-made start to the week — a prompt.
What is a ‘prompt’?
It is often helpful to use a prompt from another person or group, as you can start with an idea instead of a blank page. So, what is a prompt? A prompt is an idea or a word or even a technique that is proposed by someone other than you. This lets you explore a topic or technique which is in not your comfort zone. It is surprising how many great pages/paintings have started from a simple prompt.
Where can you get prompts?
Doing a search online for art journal prompts brings up almost 2 000 000 results. Choose the ones that you relate to, and join or bookmark the sites.
One of my favourites which is free to join is: Journal 52
Samie ( Journalgirl.com) wanted us to get out five scraps of fabric, paper or lace that were patterned and that didn’t match each other.
Collaged them on a gessoed page and began to spray inks and make runs of ink, and stencilled inks.
Next morning when I went to work on the page I noticed a bird shape had magically appeared on the left of the page. I enhanced the shape with Derwent Inktense pencils and the page took on its own life.
This morning I sat on the verandah and worked on my journal pages for Life Book 2013, which I am catching up with. I got behind because I’ve been helping Bob with lining the loungeroom walls and ceiling, and I’ve been painting a mural on the cabin/van wall.
I’ve started an ambitious course, Life Book 2013 with Tamara LaPorte online. 52 weekly lessons in art journalling which will be bound into a book at the end of this year. Great fun so far, and challenging me to learn new art techniques each week.