|work in progress - digitally altered photo with various additions - i may write a poem on the "tendrils"|
when i first started dabbling in mixed media art a couple years ago, one of my motivations was that it was a chance to use my ever-growing collection of photos in a new way. and i have certainly done that. i have collaged on them, cut them, mosaiced them, woven them, transfered them and altered them in every conceivable way. and art journaling is prooving to be the perfect venue for continuing this venture!
|photo transfer with some journaling under the paint|
the great thing about it is that there is no right or wrong - anything goes!! and while it is really fun to learn new styles and techniques like i am doing in my 21 secrets class, these are simply tools in the tool-chest that can be drawn on when the moment feels right.
|self-portrait combined with 3-word phrases from my journals|
the more materials, tools, photos, words, quotes, etc. that i gather, the more different ways there are of combining them. i don't always love the results, but it's ok. there is always something to learn.
|photo on page prepped with chalk and homemade stamp|
i tend to have a lot of different pages working at once. in one session, i'll add stuff wherever i feel it's needed. sometimes i'll go back and add something new to a page i thought was finished. it's a really fun and low pressure way to work!
|altered photo on painted and stamped page|
right now my pages tend to revolve around a photo and don't contain a ton of words. i still keep the heavy writing for my regular spiral-bound journal. sometimes i tear out a page or copy it and partially paint over it. but that could change as i'm sure my style will as i move forward.
|photo on paint, quote on transparency|
if you haven't tried it yet, what's holding you back???
pretty good bet the next retreat will involve some art journaling!!
|my very messy work space|