Sunday, August 1, 2010

30 Journals 30 Days


The Dirty Footprints Studio is running a wonderful feature of artist journals via interviews. You can still take part in the continuation of the original project.

Here is my response...

How long have you been Art Journaling?
I've only been art journaling since the start of 2010, when I discovered a Suzi Blu Art Journal lesson on YouTube. I was instantly hooked.

How has Art Journaling impacted, changed, or enhanced your life?
I have found a new way of switching off from the stresses of every day life, an outlet for creativity, and a new joy that comes with making something with your hands (regardless of the success of the finished product). The only negative is that I want to be 'Maken Art' instead of doing the things I should be doing...washing, studying, making dinner.
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What are a few of your favorite Art Journaling materials to use?
Paint. Acrylic and watercolour mostly. I just love the big slabs of colour you can lay down quickly. I also love my new coloured pencils (super soft) and chalk pastel pencils for bright, smudgy colour. I think in my life I wear so much grey and black that when it comes to art journaling I like to use bright colour.

Who are some of your favorite Art Journalers?
Suzi Blu, I just love her style and approach to journalling.
Marisa from Creative Tempo is one of my newly-discovered favourite journalers.
Ingrid from My Peacetree, I love her colour and style.
Claudio Gil who does amazing things with calligraphy.
Celeste from Stone Soup Art has some wonderful journal and other art projects.

What kind words of encouragement would you say to an Art Journal newbie?
Do what you feel. Let your style emerge naturally, don't try to force it, just enjoy the process!

Where can we contact you?
My blog, obviously, see my About page for my email address or leave a comment. (I try to respond to everyone).
Twitter @papier_et_encre

Short bio
I'm 30, I live in Canberra Australia and I work in Communications by day and scribble in my art journal by night. I set myself a New Year's Resolution this year to take an art class. This is one resolution that I've managed to stick to. I took two art classes so far this year (Suzi Blu's online art school, and Creative Drawing at the Australian National University). In addition I've joined up to a bunch of art projects, including the Art House Co-op / Brooklyn Art Library's Sketchbook Project 2011.
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