Work in Progress: Art Journal Every Day

Journal backgrounds

I’ve been working on add-ons to my altered book as part of my Art Journal Every Day project.  I picked up some discarded Filofax grid pages (remember that time that we didn’t have PDAs to get us organized and we actually had physical notebook planners?) and some rolodex blanks (another item practically rendered obsolete by technolody) and spray painted them.

Journal backgrounds

As you can see, I had a whole lot of fun working with my four ink sprays and a small water spritzer. (I bought one of those travel kits from the dollar store and had a handy fine mister for cologne in the set which I used for the water..)  I like the way the water plays with the sprayed ink and then makes it into something totally fantastic! I will use these sheets as journaling blocks which I will paste on the. Relic painted pages.

Of course I know I should’ve taken a picture before I started journaling on the page but I’m holding off on showing the journaled page until I can find an acceptable smudging app or software.

Meanwhile, below is another multi-page layout I’m doing of the lyrics of a favorite song of mine, “Your Heart Today”.  More coming as it progresses…

Work in progress: Art Journal Every Day

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Art Journal Every Day: A Day at a time

It has been a while since I have been active in working on my art journal and my altered book.  I like seeing the progress.  It helps me to think that I’m moving forward again and no longer “stuck”.
Art Journal Every Day - trying to get on with the art journaling using my altered book

I can’t believe a whole year had passed with no activity.  I thought I’d never go back to it.  I had tried to start with the Art Journal Every Day (inspired by Julie Fei-Fan Balzer) during the first part of 2013, but it didn’t go beyond the first two or three pages.  (I can’t even find the sketch book I had begun.)  This time around, I’m committing to finishing this project to the last page and hopefully starting a new one before the year ends.

Journaling is my release.  It helps me connect to my thoughts in a way that allows me to go back and reflect after time has passed.  It helps me to memorialize the feelings and thoughts of my day.

I had started this page out as a multi-page layout to spell “HOPE”.  It is one of multi-page layouts in the book and I’ve been doing one day per spread.  The spread, which, like the “H” one comes out as a measly 4×4 approximately.  Another day or two more and I’ll post a more detailed multi-page entry here.  For now, here’s a sneak peek.

Celebrate Life through Art Journaling

UntitledI often find myself drooling over Art journal entries done by others, more so since I find myself doing more actual journaling than art. But I am learning to let my creative energy loose and hoping that words will figure less and I will be more visual.

I want my colors and doodles to speak the emotions I feel, or to help me remember the feelings when I leaf through my book.

I’m not quite finished with the entries for this layout yet, so I’m just focusing on one part of the page speaking about “Celebrating Life”.

I kept leafing through my altered book’s pages last night, and an idea hit me minutes to midnight which made me grab one of the many signpens in my bag. I am doing the lyrics of a song I listen to over and over again these days, and I scribbled the phrases in the bare pages of maybe 4 layouts. I colored in one before I finally turned out which came out pretty well. It’s a whole new process because I’m letting the ink bleed through, after which I will “cover” the reverse side with color.


I’m not too worried that I am not working in sequence.  The book, after all, need only make sense to me.  I brought the book home last night and left it there, and I’m looking forward to doing some work on it even as we go on a long weekend to Atlantic City.  (Thanks to Martin Luther King, Jr.!)

Another way for us to celebrate life.. for me to celebrate life.. =)

Back to my altered book

My Altered Book resurrectedI started this project in September 2012 with the goal in mind of preparing an altered book I could journal on later. It was supposed to be my “happiness” project where I was going to put together happiness quotes for personal inspiration. I worked on it continuously for the second half of 2012 until the holidays came and it found a place in one of my bins where it’s been for most of 2013.

I fished it out yesterday and started writing in it.

I was almost tempted to start another journal until I remembered this one. Most of it’s pages are done in acrylic paint because this was way before I discovered Alcohol Ink and Distress Ink Pad and Tim Holtz. It should be fun experimenting with the techniques I have learned since then. 

A lot has changed since I started the journal and I still have around 15 layouts to do, but I am all psyched to start the writing and embellishing part.  While my state of mind (and state of heart) at the time I started this journal compared to now that I’m picking it up again are worlds apart, the fact that  I hope to get to a better and happier place remains the same.

I’m hoping it will help me get back to Julie Fei-Fan Balzer’s Art Journal Every Day project as well.  I actually participated in 2012 and had a whole section/page going on my other blog, but the new version of my personal blog Pinay New Yorker has it hidden for now. 

Getting there!

Trying to stir the creativity within

Trying to stir up the creative juices againI’m trying to jumpstart my creativity again. These days, I see my tools and my supplies and all I can think of is “putting them away”. Packing them up. Hiding them from sight.

I’m hoping Instagram will help inspire me.  Look for me there as GOTHAMCHICK.  

I’m trying to grab inspiration from my artistic muses like Julie Fei-Fan Balzer.  Maybe I’ll even start art journaling again.  Julie is such an inspiration to me not just as an artist but as a person.  She has gotten to a very good place where I hope to find myself in as well soon.

The shop has been on vacation. I’m trying to push myself to start again.  I have so many things I can create with right now I don’t even have to buy any additional supplies to start anew.  Oh, okay — have to get with the packaging again.  I had started with handmade boxes but now realize that perhaps regular boxes are the way to go.  It took me so much time and effort to create the packaging that it robbed me of time to create.  More on that later.

I want to be able to sort my things and get rid of those things I don’t need.  I have taken to getting rid of five things at any given time, whether I’m ruffling through the contents of my purse (Are you like me who keeps every receipt thinking they might be good for something like a refund later?)

I want to get organized.

Let’s see where the weekend leads me.  I wanted to at least open my altered book and either start a new entry or just get to the pages I’ve already created and start writing on them.  That might get me started.

Welcoming 2014

2014And so 2014 is here.

I didn’t realize that my last post here was written just before my world literally came to a halt.  I am still having trouble jumpstarting things and writing here now is such an effort.  I have to find my balance again.  There is often too much pain and anger crowding my heart these days that I have to force myself to create anything or even touch the things that are my source of inspiration.

I am trying to stock up on hope and be optimistic for 2014.  I was hopeful and optimistic about 2013 last year but it turned out to be even worse than 2012.  But it’s done.  2014 is here.  So let’s wait and see.