My One Sentence Journal

One sentence journalI’ve been busy drawing letters of the alphabet after joining the Instagram challenge from @handetteredABCs to write the entire alphabet a letter a day this February.  (You can learn more about it at their website here, and jump into my Instagram account and click on any letter you see..)

I jumped in at H and am currently at O.  It’s been a fun journey but I’m in such great company!  I drool over the calligraphers who can create such beauties in literally a stroke of their pen.  I wish I could do that.  I can render lettering but I draw them.  Like most art, it takes practice to improve one’s craft and inspiration hit me last night to start this new journal.

 Just one sentence.  Any other blurbs or write up will have to be elsewhere like here.

Strictly in pen.  I have my art journal for the fancier stuff.

In a small enough size that I can lug it anywhere.  I want to be able to carry it with me easily without lugging a tome.  The page size is also key if I am to do a page without devoting a day to it.  My art journal is always a work in progress because I do the page layouts and then decided on embellishments and then do the actual journaling.  This one is much, much more abbreviated than that.

Should be a notebook I can tear pages off and later pull together into one journal.  I must’ve rendered one line over 20x last night, tearing off the mistakes out.  I will have to grab another one soon. I have these freebies I grabbed from a conference at work from a sponsor which was made of recycled paper.  Perfect.  No expense, and more importantly, the paper takes the ink from the pen with ease.

This is as much to practice my lettering as it is to memorialize words and thoughts that might mean something to me at any given point in time.  Self explanatory.

I have been journaling since I was young, and I still have my handwritten journals  which I began when I arrived in New York almost 18 years ago.  I’m almost done with my first art journal in an altered book, and I’m beginning a new one.  This is both simple and not simple, but it works the same way in giving me a channel of self expression.

In one sentence.

My Altered Book

My Altered BookSo I picked a regular hard bound book — taped it up, and have started painting backgrounds. I’m on my 5th layout, I believe, and I’m hoping to do 3-4 more all throughout the day instead of waiting for the evening to do one or two. (Have to let the previous one dry before beginning the next.) I want to do collage but don’t know how much of that I can put in considering this is already bound. I don’t want to commit the same mistake I did with my art journal which is now bursting from end to end and I’m not even halfway through the composition notebook. (If I do stick with that book, it’ll mean a 3-4 inch compilation later.) But I like the learning I’ve been doing along the way. So now I know what paint to use and how rendering the layout outside the book and then pasting it in actually makes it easier for me for that project.

Good news is, I did bring the layout I was hoping to work with and another I wanted to finish. I want to work on that this lunch time. I was actually hoping I can make it out to the public area in the building across from where I work, sit, just pass the time, like so many people do, but it’s raining cats and dogs outside. My neighbor up on the executive floor is chiding me for never leaving my desk. (And yes, I hardly do.) I really should do that more often. It can be quite a good way to recharge.

And the weekend version of the Wall Street Journal is in — plus today’s papers! I’m almost all caught up with the newspaper collage postcards, provided I don’t fall back any further. I just need to make up one or two days from last week (have to check), and I’m all current again. A cursory skimming of the papers has me all excited because I see a ton of “clippable” and “collage-able” pieces from page to page. (“It is Art Journal Day today, D!” — have to remind myself or else I won’t get anywhere. LOL)

So I’m not touching the postcards today except to do my daily collage, and I’ve already addressed the three cards going out today. I had found this gorgeous pink flamingo postcards (or were they cranes?) which I offered up to the Philippine Postcrossing group and it was taken by one of my new postcard trading friends, Katherine. I like offering the special cards to the kababayans back home first because it makes the postage more worthwhile.

An altered pageWhat’s with the altered book anyway? It’s any book (a ledger, an old school book, notebook, diary, or other printed material) that is used in a way different from the original purpose it was meant to be. Others create paper sculptures out of a book, and others would use the book for a journal by painting over or writing over the original format. I choose to do art over it — or pretend art.. HA! =) I’m getting there, little by little. Today I started with the cover page which I had meant to be my dedication page. I’m still working on it. As I said, getting there.

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: I miss you, Dad

Art Journal Everyday no. 2: Grief Journal - I miss you, DadI am still in grieving.

One of a couple of layouts I had planned to work on as part of Art Journal Every Day was a simple black and white post on GRIEF. I actually worked around the wordart which is printed although it came out as a very convincing stamp.  (Credits to follow.)

I have been doodling leaves and flowers since I was in my teens, so actually drawing this tree came naturally — although part of the trunk looks like a distorted creature with an open mouth.  (Ang babaeng tuod? LOL)  Everything else came very naturally.

This is my second piece and is signed and dated under the wordart.

I miss you, Dad.