Writing and painting in a journal...and setting goals.

Lately, I have not had time for complicated art projects so after staring at the blank pages in art journals, I am completing a few more pages here and there.

Italy dream journal page

In this particular journal, a Strathmore Mixed Media Visual Journal,  I started by writing goals for 2018. Sometimes, when I begin writing, my intentions become clearer.  I knew that I would be collaging over my writing and not much would show by the time the page was done. That's exactly the way I wanted it. No one needs to see my goals. A bit of my handwriting is barely visible in the bottom left-hand corner.

I have been to Italy three times: 2006, 2008, and 2010. When I saw the magazine cutout I had kept of a canal scene in Venice, I was inspired to compose a travel page of sorts.

I found old maps, airline tickets, travel pamphlets, and started glueing everything on the page..

Then I smudged brighter colours (aqua and lime green acrylics) over the lines to tie everything  together. Remember, it needn't be pretty.  The goal here is to get art out of the system quickly, in about an hour.

Finally, I coated the girl and the flowers with gesso so that I could add my own touch of paint over them.

This was another satisfying project on a cold winter's day. Give it a try. You only need very limited art supplies. You can even repurpose an old book rather than buy an art journal.

Please drop me a line and let me know how it went.

(Image in header by Anna Kolosyuk at unsplash.com)

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