Look at this "square" journal I found at the Dollar Store last week! I thought it would look great with some of my squares on top so I glued some down on it last nite. Here's an idea for those of you who don't wanna do squares because you don't know "what in the world you can do with them". LOL.
Here's a look at the inside. Oh, I just love fun dollar store finds!
P.S. I updated my "1000 squares" site this weekend and put up a few new cool links. Have a great day now everyone! xo Lia
Hello Friends, I've been wanting to participate in the "Getting to know you" Q/A's over at Create a Connection. If you want to participate, then go grab the questions over at CaC and post to your blog. Let me know too, if you'd like, so I can go look! (I also used these as a prompt in my journal below, but that was my own thing so don't think you have to do that to particpate). I know lots of people enjoy this weekly exercise. I hope to do it more often as well.
1. What is your favorite word? Marvelous! (pronounced "mah-velous").
2. What is your least favorite word? "folks"
3. What turns you on creatively, spiritually or emotionally? pretty much everything and anything.
4. What turns you off? negative people
5. What is your favorite curse word? "flippin", I say that alot...my friends laugh...I count it as a curse word because it sounds like one when I say it...
6. What sound or noise do you love? My daughter singing softly and kids giggling.
7. What sound or noise do you hate? phones and when the tivo remote goes, "bump" and I can't fast forward through a commercial.
8. What profession other than your own would you like to attempt? Social worker, oh, yeah, I have two teenagers. scratch that, there isn't anything I haven't done..(ad lib from my journal here...)
9. What profession would you not like to do? anything that requires heavy lifting (bad back. L-5, which one are you?)
10. If Heaven exists (I believe it does, I add here), what would you like to hear God say when you arrive at the Pearly Gates?
The Art room is on your right, your Daddy is waiting for you there....
This page is from my sketchbook journal. I posted a "day in the life" challenge in my "squareworld" group.
I thought I should confess to you all that I keep alot of different journals at once. Don't think it's you if you can't keep up with me at times because I'm kinda scattered. LOL. But many of my blog sistas tell me that is what they like about me. smile.
I really want to help others get started on their art journals and provide inspiring links. The best advice I suppose I can give is to go with what works for YOU and just get started! Don't tell me that's "the hardest part". Don't think it's any easier for me. You just have to silence the critique and start something. Let go of your "rules". It's taken me alot of years to embrace my own rhythym. I used to make myself stay in one journal, but then I wouldn't work on it everyday. After I turned 40, I decided that I was going to throw out my "rules" and "self-limitations" and just go with the flow. That led to different journals for different things....
I keep the following journals. Now, I think I did share pics of them somewhere on a previous post. On this one I'll go more in depth on what's in them. Believe it or not, I do keep them straight...I kind of have a method to my madness. Blogging has kinda helped me be more aware of what I do, what works and what doesn't. So has journalling in these books~
1. I keep a specific kind of spiral bound dollar bin journal for my art ideas and resources. I get them at Michaels craft store. I have filled the green one and am now starting the flowery one. I bought another like it because the cover is really sturdy and I like the size. I jot lots of ideas in there and sometime glue stuff in. I've heard lots of artists like to keep a notebook. I guess everyone is different. Sometimes I sketch things out, sometimes I don't. Sometimes I just like to jump in with a project.
2. After being introduced to the wonderful Moleskine journal via flickr, I just "had to have one". I keep this in my purse. I highly recommend these little journals. You can sketch, collage, write, whatever in these precious hard bound journals. They have an elastic closure too so pages don't get messed up. I get mine at the local bookstore chain. My daughter bought me my "first one" for my birthday last year. A few times last year I journaled in it while travelling. (you can take this to work and journal at your lunch hour)!
3. I also keep a sketchbook journal. The cheaper drawing paper kind. I think 3 dollars or so at craft store. (this is the one that I did the saturday challenge in on the top of this post). I like the flip top kind. I started this one after my sis told me to keep collage journal entries for ideas and inspiration. It's kind of like my art journal without paint, just cut papers. I write around and sometimes on top of the papers. Just random minutia. Things that inspire me on a particular day. I tend to use papers I really like in this one.
4. I also keep "painted" art journals. These are my "FUN" journals. I've used anything from the black marble composition books the kids have to junk mail catalogs. I paint the pages with gesso FIRST. This will give them some body and they can take the paint. I also use paint pens in this and just have fun. Sometimes I use my painted journals to answer journal prompts for memes and such that I see online. You really can do whatever you like. I do paint 3 or 4 double paged layouts at a time so there will be pages ready when I want to make an entry. I painted some with leftover paint from doing the canvas art this weekend. If you are working on something else, you can always pull out your art journal and scrape some paint on a few pages at the same time. I usually put some wax paper in between while they are drying. (I have a tutorial somewhere on my computer that I did for my niece this past summer when she wanted to start one). I will locate it and post it in my next art journal entry.
So, although I am not big on "labels", I guess I kinda have journal ADD. Oh, and did I mention that I also keep a writing journal for regular junk. Ahem. Ok, I think I have overwhelmed you enough....Hope you can find one or two or three kinda journals that work for you and get started. Just dig in, no rules. If you don't like something, just rip it out. If you want to share what you do for your journals, leave it in the comments so I can see. I always like to hear how others journal as well.
Hope you have a creative, colorful, wonderful day! Relish each moment. Collect memories for your journals. You'll be glad you did. Just a little each day and before you know it, it (they) fills up! Then you can find a nice container to put them in. xoxoxoxox Lia