Art Journal Every Day with Angelo: I love Mom

Art Journal Every Day with Angelo: I love Mom

I wanted to keep this as playful and “innocent” as my eight-year-old is at this point.  I asked him to draw me something and I just added a few details and scribbled all around it to make it a collaborative effort between us.  Precious!

While majority of my pieces have been solo works, I decided to incorporate Angelo’s artwork and writings in some of the journal entries I’ve created to help keep those bits and pieces of his second grade in school year alive in my own compilation.  I want to keep encouraging him to write and draw like I had been encouraged when I was younger.  He may be no Picasso or Van Gogh, but the fact that he is able to express what is in his heart is enough to make it doubly rewarding to get these special art works from him.

I just got him his own watercolor palette over the weekend so you can expect to see more of our joint entries here in the coming days.  Below is the original painting by Angelo.

I love you, Mom

If you want to see more of my Art Journal, please click here, or you can always choose my Art Journal Every Day page from the list on the top left of the blog page.

I invite you to view the Flickr Group dedicated to this endeavor by clicking here, and be inspired to create your own art journal.  (Artistic talent optional.)

Art Journal Every Day: A productive weekend

I was actually meaning to add the story to this blogpost later, but I am having such a frustrating time trying to put the pictures up online without it looking like it’s all skewed.

It was a productive weekend indeed with three finished entries, and I just realized today that I actually have 14 hearts now.  Halfway through at the end of the month. HA!  I might yet get the 28 done quicker than quick, and move on to the next phase of our Art Journaling sojourn.  Or should I say, MY Art journaling sojourn.

Still on the theme of hearts and love…

Art Journal Every Day: Simply LOVESimply LOVE

LOVE done in simple wordart (via Microsoft Word)and printed in ultra light and fine grey.  Putting a heart in the background was an afterthought, but I think it came out nicely.  I had done it by hand and then filled in the spaces with other tiny hearts.

I’m actually doing a series of this four-letter sheets, one of which was a collaboration between me and my six year old son.

Art Journal Every Day: Love and GratitudeLove & Gratitude

Here is another “template” I’m working on producing varied layouts of which started with the heart and the smaller square frame around it.

I am currently working on another one with a different phrase in the center.  This one simply says “Thanks” rendered in my own handwriting.  I simply drew  lines from the middle frame to the edge of the 8″ x 8″ square and then filled them in with different designs.

At this point of my zentangling adventure, there are certain patterns I’ve grown fond of which you will see in my various works, and some which continue to evolve.  Always, though, there is at least one pattern or design that I try out with each new piece fort he first time.

There is also a conscious effort on my part to try to avoid putting straight squarish patterns next to each other, trying to alternate instead between the round and curved to the straight and defined lines.
Art Journal Every Day: Love as a 6-year-old knows it

Love as a 6-year-old knows it

I am always excited to think up of projects to do with my son, Angelo, and I told him I had this sheet I wanted him to color so I can put it up online again. After he colored in the wordart, I defined the letters using a permanent marker and simply put a border around the frame.

Watching the Oscars while finishing this, one of the acceptance speeches made me gush and I decided it was apt for this particular piece. Around the border I wrote: “You are my dream come true…”

Art Journal Every Day: Love and Crayons

Art Journal Every Day: Love and CrayonsThis started out with scribbling which didn’t quite work for me, so I had to “repair” it by creating something to put on top of the word art I had written. I had to scribble the caption before the crayons because it would’ve been difficult to write over with text or additional drawings.  I think the word art I put on top of it worked quite well, and I’m still thinking of other journaling to add on strips of  kraft paper to be pasted onto the heart.

This makes the third of my heart series for our Art Journal Every Day Project, inspired by Julie Fei-Fan Balzer.

I’ve been raring to use crayons on kraft paper which, much like construction paper which is supposed to be a good medium for the wax to stick to, makes the color float in a more vivid fashion.  I love the way it came together, after which I decided to doodle in black ink to create the background.

The wordart was created using the “Miserable” font in outfline form, then I enclosed it in a square in random fashion and then doodled the background again.  I was torn between coloring in the letter or just leaving it blank, but in the end, my red sharpie pen called out to me.

I’m already getting ready to start the next one, although I am still not positive I will get to my 28 hearts by the end of the month.  Then again, never say never.. right?  Not all the journal entries will involved actual drawing anyway, as I am thinking of doing some hybrid scrapbooking somewhere along the way.

After days and days of not being able to start anything for my art journal project, it’s coming a bit easier now.  I’ve come to accept that art journaling per se does not require all that much journaling because the work is supposed to speak for itself.  The words will come later.

In time.

Art Journal Every Day: To the one who lights up my world and warms my heart

Heart No. 1: To the One who lights up my world and warms my heart Finally.  I struggled for days on end, and here is my first entry for the month of hearts.  It’s a favorite phrase that I use to refer to my honey.

I wanted to be able to create 28 pieces all of the same size and later combine them into one journal for the month of February.  I guess you can say I’m getting more confident because I am no longer confining myself to a 4″ x 6″ postcard.  I am venturing to an actual 8″ x 8″ layout I hope to pull together into a scrapbook.

I had my crayons here on my desk and the highlighters and vari-colored sign pens.  Three shades of green for the background, and two passes of doodled letters to make the whole thing fit nicely into my heart.  I hesitated before deciding I would write randomly and without direction between the letters to fill the spaces instead of leaving it as is.  I like the way it came out.  =)

Happiness on this Valentine’s Day is my first journal entry.

On the cover of my Art Journal

Don’t laugh now.  I have started my art journal and have tried to come up with my first “entry” using a 4″ x “6 unlined index card, and what art pens I had handy here on my desk.  So I spent the better part of my lunch hour putting this together, and here it is.

I know I have to work harder at photographing the finished work but I was too excited to really give it all that much attention.

4" x 6" first attempt at Art Journaling I was torn between waiting to get my materials together and just doing it spontaneously, but spontaneity won in the end.  It took me 5 sheets to complete the work, and although I was initially tempted to actually print the title on the page and color over, I thought I’d give it a try doing freehand doodling and then coloring it in.  I used to do a lot of this in a previous life when I did my school work and my greeting cards.

I had very limited pens on hand — and the mommy in me had some crayons that I would occasionally fish out of my purse left over from restaurant visits and coloring sheets that had kept the tyke preoccupied.  I would unload them in my desk drawer from time to time to have something stashed away for those times the little boy was here.

I have been fancying swirls the last couple of weeks and decided to work on that for this layout, principally because they were easy and top of mind.

I did the four-color swirl trim first, then needed to cut it out of the original sheet because I didn’t like how my lettering went.  “ART” came out beautifully the first time, but “JOURNAL EVERYDAY” took three attempts before I was happy.  Within the trim (just above the yellow swirl), I inserted my tag (Pinaynewyorker) and below it, I put the date, then filled in all the other empty spaes with plain black swirls, after which I colored the whole background a watery lavander.

Before “assembling” the different elements, I drew the background in pink and blue around the “JOURNAL EVERYDAY” scribbling, then I pasted the four swirls.  I also chose to do a black border around the paper just by running my chisel-edge marker on the edge of the page and then I pasted the four-color swirl.  Rather than just pasting “ART”, the scrapbooker in me made me pull my staple out and staple the word onto the piece.  I wanted more than just the project name in front and it wasn’t hard for me to come up with “A personal journey” which I printed on a piece of kraft folder in Adler font which I also stapled to the postcard.

I joined the Flickr Group where similar and much better works are displayed and I am almost ashamed to show my work on the same page as the great art I see there!

But Art Journaling, much like blogging, is a very personal thing for me.  I like being with a group that inspires creativity in me and helps me to bring out that part deep inside me which I keep suppressed in the midst of work and motherhood.

Angelo will get such a kick out of seeing “mom’s art”, I am sure.  I actually want to collaborate with him in working on my “suns” which he admired when he saw the first time I worked on my scribblings.  Soon.

Why not join us on this journey?

If you want to see more of my Art Journal, please click here, or you can always choose my Art Journal Every Day page from the list on the top left of the blog page.

I invite you to view the Flickr Group dedicated to this endeavor byclicking here, and be inspired to create your own art journal. (Artistic talent optional.)

Art Journal Every Day

It’s Julie Fie-Fan Balzer’s fault that I’m even attempting this.  Although I am by no means anything or anywhere near the artist that she is, stumbling upon her blog/website and reading up on her “Art Journal Everyday” challenge has inspired me to make an attempt at actually coming up with some idea or other and see what I can produce h at the end of the year.

I can already “hear” the unbelievers asking where will I get the time to do what I intend to do… With very simple ideas and in small steps, I can come up with something.

My first dilemma is what “journal” shall I use?  Do I get a composition notebook and paste my works there?  Do I use a moleskin?  Do I create a scrapbook and if so, what size?  I want to get this right.

Should I take it as a sign that I cannot find the watercolor set I had been saving and caressing all this time, so afraid to actually open the tubes and start using them?  And where did that craypass (oil pastels) set actually end up in after I fished them out of the treasures I had bought in my dear, dear National Bookstore during my last visit in July 2010?  (I will find them.)  I do have my 96-piece Crayola set in my little “locker” in the kitchen.  Plus, there’s the multi-set markers that I keep stashed away in a plastic container.

As of today, I’m leaning towards creating postcard size art journals which I can easily keep handy in my purse to write and doodle on wherever I may be.  The “canvass” would be manageable and not too daunting a size to fill up and complete.  That’s an idea.  But then there’s that question about whether that might actually be too small.  Hmmmm…

I am trying to write and talk a headache away.  My two Aleve tablets need a little help, I think, as my eye is still throbbing.  I am typing away in the dark with my laptop screen blazing in the almost pitch black darkness here in the room.  The little boy is sleeping beside me.

I remember he saw one of my “sun” doodles which he admired and couldn’t quite seem to believe was a work of art by Mom.  He seemed to be incredulous when he asked, “Is that your Art, Mama?”  And the look on his face said it all.

I think I’m pretty much settled on postcard sized art which I can just put on another sheet to complete it if I need more space to work on.  Of course it can never be really final until I see myself actually producing something in this size.  The notebook idea would be appealing were it not constricting in terms of how the journal would look if I did mixed art which is what I think I will be producing more of.  The composition notebook and all those lines would be such a distraction and may eventually become a source of frustration.  Decisions, decisions!

At a few minutes past 10, I would normally get up and grab my blank sheets of paper and make my first attempt, but the headache is killing me.  I think I will call it a night and make up for lost time tomorrow.

Let the journey begin!