Friday, December 4, 2009

More in my favorite journal...

I am into the journal thing these days...and I actually do better when I have detached pages and put them in but so far I have enjoyed working in my favorite journal with these pages. In the page spread above I colored the face with copics and painted the flowers with dabs of acrylic. When it dried the face was very flat looking so I painted over her with gloss ModgePodge which, by the way, I LOVE! So now it all looks as if it was all painted with acrylics. And below, as you see I have a bit of Pam Carriker flair. Her journal pages are really nice and I enjoyed her class on Shades of Grey. I turned the writing backwards because I was whining a bit so I did not want to subject you to that. If you are interested feel free to read it backwards! :)


This page below (and above) was sprayed with my copics air compressor sprayer (man, so ever love that toy!) with a stencil and I used stamps for the Scripture. The two girls are transferred with Sheer Heaven which is the transfer that works best for me most of the time. I really have a love- hate relationship with transfers! Apollo Transparency paper with inkjet printer and Golden gel mat medium works pretty well also...sometimes...
The page below has a pocket as you can see with some spray painted tags that I painted in the red shed the other day. The weather is cooler so I can spray again. The tags come in a bundle from Office Depot. I just made a little pocket for the tags. The girl is drawn with copics and the lettering is a calligraphic lettering called Blackletter. I think it can an an interesting element to a journal page. I am thinking about offering a little online class on it in the new year. Surprisingly it is very easy with no prior calligraphy knowledge required. Kids can do it. This page probably needs a little more but I will come back to it.
And below are the tags. Some are better than others but most of all--it was fun. Isn't that the main purpose of our creativity anyway?? I have to keep reminding myself of that. Well, with that in mind, have any of you ever read The War of Art? Our son, Zach, the Renaissance man, had read this book a while back and thought it would be interesting for me---and it was. I am not necessarily recommending this book but I think, at least for me, it held some truths about the resistance we all experience as artists. I had some trouble with the book, the Artist Way. I guess because I was just lazy and wasn't faithful in completing the morning pages but I might try it again because so many people have had their artistic lives changed by this book. I guess for me, and this is just me, if I was going to spend that much time on morning pages I should be reading my Bible and meditating on God's Word as my morning pages. Again, that's just me. And whose to say I can't do both? Lazy again... I know saying that is not PC these days... but actually I am PC... I'm Pursuing Christ.

17 comments:

CelticWoman said...

glorious journal pages, Sandi

Julie Bagamary said...

These are wonderful!!

Mary said...

Martha you need to keep doing journal pages - they are really fantastic!! The colors, images, writing it all works so good together.

Have you seen the book "The Creative Call" it's written along the same lines as "The Artists Way" but with scripture included. Keeping God the focus.

I love PC - pursing Christ!! :)
Me too!!

Oh, the tags are yummy!!

Jane Farr said...

I do the morning pages after I've taken time to read my bible and pray. My morning pages are a place to "work it out" before I head to my drawing table. The "it" varies. Sometimes "it" is my walk with Christ, prayers for others, personal struggles, art dreams, etc. Many times it's whining about writing 3 pages! :-) Great journaling Martha!

jgr said...

Martha, all of these are gorgeous! I really love doing the morning pages, I don't always keep up with them but when I do - I can see a difference in my creative energy.

lori vliegen said...

you're such a creative, busy bee!! your journal pages are magnificent.....and i'm LOVING all of those tags!! they are fantastic....and worth breathing in all of those obnoxious spray paint fumes (but don't tell chauncey i said that!! hee hee). hugs, :))

Artistic Accents by Darla said...

So fantastic and amazing!!! I could spend hours in your studio just browsing past work and watching you create new!
What time should I be there? :)
Hugs,
darla

PaperPumpkin said...

I just LOVE your journal pages, Martha. You are so talented. Your poppies make me happy, happy, happy. :D

Eden said...

Martha, So much to comment on here with your post! You are getting really good with your faces, Adore them (freckles et al, especilly with freckles!) Did I hear you mention another online class! Sounds really really intriguing!

You sound so disciplined and when I do my morning pages (sometimes I'm more disciplined than other times) but that's when I speak to God. Good luck with all you have going on! Lovely work here :D

Jo Miller said...

Love the PC comment. I'm going to use that if okay with you. Who knew that I am trying to stay PC every day.

I always look forward to your post. They are always fun and inspiring.

An Altered Wonderland said...

your journal pages are just lovely

LeeAnn@Encouragement Is Contagious said...

Martha, your journal is beautiful. I really want to become a better artist. I've loved creating since a child but was always told growing up, that art should be secondary or my hobby and shouldn't be my main focus. I feel I haven't given it the time over the years that I would have liked to. Now, my children are raised, and I want to form some good habits in practicing what I love so much.

My question for you is, how much time do you set aside each day to be creative with your art? I believe this is your profession, so maybe you work at it many hours a day?? I would love to know. You amaze me with the paintings and calligraphy that you produce.

Thank you,

Lee Ann

loVe2cre8 said...

Hi Martha, one of my favourite passages is in Exodus 35:4 through to Exodus 37. It gives tremendous validation to artists of all kinds - woodworkers, spinners, dyers, embroiderers, jewelers, etc. That might be a fitting place to start (continue) your meditations.

I always enjoy looking at your lovely work. It is an inspiration.

Elizabeth said...

Wonderful pages as always, Martha!!!
Hugs!
Elizabeth

Beverly Ash Gilbert said...

Oh if my journal pages looked like yours - I would frame each one!

Such beautiful colors, images and words melding together.

Katy said...

Martha, your journal pages are wonderful! PLEASE keeping sharing them!

And I second Mary's recommendation! You need to check out The Creative Call by Janice Elsheimer.

Lisa Holtzman said...

WOW!! I missed one week and look what you've done! I LOVE your journal pages, oh and the pocket with the tags and the photoshop art pieces, and and and. I love seeing your art and reading your blog.

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