Saturday, January 28, 2012

Latest Smash Book

This is the page I started at the Art Journal group Sunday  - I tweaked it a bit, and am really happy with it.    The pics I grabbed from Artful Blogging (a Somerset magazine that is pure eye-candy), and most of the bits and bobs are from Treasured Memories

Some vintage bits are the blue sequins and the silk-covered snaps (bottom right corner), both of which I scored on Etsy.    Hope you're enjoying whatever creative thing you're working on!

Monday, January 23, 2012

WHY art journal?

We had such a fun time at the Art Journal Circle yesterday - some people had yet to start a page, and some brought art journals they had made already.    As we shared and talked a bit about about why we art journal, I was reminded of this page from Julie Balzer - here's the short version

  • I art journal as a way of experimenting with ideas and techniques.
  • I art journal as a method of memory keeping.
  • I art journal to express my feelings.
  • I art journal to process my feelings.
  • I art journal to make pretty art.
  • I art journal to use up leftover supplies.
  • I art journal to allow myself to fail.
  • I art journal to use up all of my bad ideas.
  • I art journal to learn about myself.
......this commenter is giving away her cards and making her scrapbook pages for her family.  And that gives them purpose because they're "for someone."  Please don't ever forget that you are someone too.
And making something just for you should be reason enough to create.
If no one ever sees my art journal but me, that's fine.  Because the most important reason that I art journal is because I enjoy it. - Julie Fei-fan Balzer

As your eye candy for the post, here's a fave page from Julie (not mine!  Julie Balzer's):

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Art Journal Circle for Chinese New Year

Sorry I've been so quiet on the blog, but Chinese New Year is  BIG deal at our house.   Not particularly for the superstitious part, but because we give a big dinner party every year.    This year it will coincide with an Art Journal Circle meeting, which is fun!   Please come by this Sunday (the 22nd) if you're nearby, for meeting other creative folks and working in our journals.  I'll talk a bit about how to work with your natural handwriting to make it look interesting and expressive.

Sunday, January 8, 2012

Easy Word Cloud Fun!

A new site called Tagxedo will make word clouds from your website, twitter feed, whatever, in just moments!   For free!!   It doesn't get much better than that.   There's tons of shapes, color themes, etc to choose from - here's one I made in literally a minute or two.

Hope your day is creative and fun!