I finally figured out what my art journal is and what it isn't.
It's a spot for me to try different techniques. Not everyone will be a hit -- I expect plenty of misses, in fact, but hope to learn from every one of them.
I will try techniques I see in online videos and put my own spin to them, like this "one color" challenge.
I will play with various media. Collage, gouache, acrylic, watercolor pencil, gelli printing, and painted deli paper are all fair game. And probably others, I just haven't committed to them yet.
I will try to duplicate things in paint that I have done as collage. (In this case with bad results -- that's a VERY wonky Eiffel Tower on the left. I can do better. I will do better.)
I will work on drawing and painting.. I'll try original things and also work from previously drawn images (like this one, from a Christmas card)...
Or, I'll base my drawing on a photo. But I will try to make them more or less my own.
I will express my passion for places, people and things I love with my art.
Sometimes I'll use it (as my friend Kate does hers) to show a technique or have a guide for her colors. I had tremendous fun testing out the watercolor pencils to see what they really looked like!
And sometimes it will be very personal -- more than an art practice book but a real journal.
I will not be afraid to show it to people, even when I am unsure of their reaction. Is Lady Mary Crawley afraid of anyone's reaction (apart from the misfortunate incident of Mr. Pamook)? I need to bring out my inner Lady Mary!
And always, I promise myself to allow myself to fail and celebrate when I succeed!
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