I’ve been meaning to write here a while but as always, life has intervened. There are just too many things to do, and sometimes chronicling a step-by-step entry — more so on a multi-page layout like this one — can be quite the challenge. But I try.
I’ve been rather good with the art journaling this last couple of weeks. Maybe because I’ve needed the “release”, so to speak, with so many things happening in my life of late. It’s given me an anchor of sorts, allowing me to keep my feelings and thoughts grounded, and also giving me a quicker and more graphic way to jot down happenings of note — or even passing feelings that come upon me in the course of the day. As I write this, though, I haven’t touched the journal for almost a week, and there is some catching up to do.
If you’ve seen my Art Journal Every Day posts on my Flickr account, you’ll find that I have moved from two previous attempts at art journaling to my altered book which is where these pages are.
I had finished these pages waaaay ahead and am finally art journaling this multi-page spread. I think I’m maybe a few weeks ahead, and I am already excited to finish this book and start the next altered book. It’s a work in progress. My first entries in this book were from 2013, and being that I journal in stops and starts, it has all of 2014 in its pages (which isn’t really all that much), but 2015 will have to “jump” to another book at some point in time.
Just to share the process I followed, I counted the approximate number of pages I would need, added 6 (for three spreads) and found the middle page of that whole set.
I started from the middle and began coloring the center most layout first and doodled the first spread and cut. It’s important that you cut so that you can work around the layers as you go. You’ll see that I cut around the designs, but I did not finish each layer beyond the “outline” of the flower on that particular page. Most of the tinier details actually came much later, and some will be added as I go along, journaling on the back or hidden pages. I’m not even half way through this entire layout yet, but I’m so excited with how it will come out later.
I’m just putting in random entries without worrying about anything beyond not writing beyond the “lines” so that I can keep it “within” the particular design of the page I’m writing on.
There are times when I simply go through the pages of the altered book with all the journaling and I really find it fulfilling to see the previous pages almost full or rather full with entries.
I’m actually thinking of doing a video of the various pages — eventually — although there is quite a lot to see as it is. I can’t believe I’m almost halfway done. The book is bursting at the seams so I am seriously considering having it rebound, or maybe even attempting to do it by myself. (Ambitious, I know.)
I’m a little wary of photographing the finished pages because the entries can be very personal at time.
Again, it’s supposed to be a personal exercise and I am just coasting by and pretty happy about it. This is the kind of personal art that I can easily pull out when the mood hits me just like now. It’s also nice to see how far I’ve gone, go back to what I had written through time, and even just in seeing a drawing or a single line, a whole slew of memories and thoughts come rushing back in.
Just a bit of art journaling every day.