Thursday, May 15, 2014

Illustrative Art Journaling

Art Journaling or Creative Journaling is a truly wonderful gift to all those who embrace it.  I have been creating in my journals for well over 20 years now and I never tire of it.

Art journaling techniques are as varied as there are art-journalers.  Anyone can do it, in any way conceivable.  There is no right or wrong, and people keep art journals for a plethora of reasons.

Abstract art journaling is very popular because it is so creatively satisfying.  Filling a page with color and symbols, then using quotes, poems, or passages as a way to describe ones state of mind is very powerful, and very personal.

 There are times, however, when the art-journaler wants to capture more components of their life in recognizable pictures--this is where Illustrative Art Journaling comes in.  It is a way to capture moments in pictures, scenes, and images that invoke memories, and it is these images that have been drawn by the art journaler.

Most artists want to develop their skill, especially when it comes to drawing and illustration.  Creating more realistic images is immensely satisfying.

In my upcoming class for 21 Secrets FALL, "Splash & Scribble", I show you how to create art journal pages that are more illustrative.  I teach you extremely simple sketching techniques that will help you capture moments of your life in more realistic and recognizable created by you.  

It is a technique of loosely and whimsically splashing paint and scribbling lines to create exciting and powerful journal pages that are more illustrative than abstract. Recognizable records of your life and the moments therein.

21 Secrets FALL, which includes my workshop "Splash & Scribble" is on sale NOW and I am giving away a FREE place in the program.  That's 21 workshops from 21 amazing art journal instructors.  To be in the draw, simply click here to see all the wonderful instructors and their workshop offerings.  Then come back here and tell me which workshop appeals to you most.  

I'll be drawing a winner tomorrow.  

Good luck and thanks for checking in. xx

(This page was done in watercolor and ink in a Stillman & Birn Epsilon Series Sketchbook.)