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Join us if you want to try art journaling! In January there will be weekly prompts and technique demos.
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  2. Thank you, everyone! I didn't think I'd be away for so long - long story short, I've been having what were probably vestibular migraines (migraines plus bonus vertigo and motion sickness) which were kind of interfering with life a lot. I finally found some exercises for the vertigo part of things and for about two weeks now I haven't had a migraine *or* an episode of vertigo. And I can wear my glasses again without feeling like I've been trying to read in the car! 😄 So I think I'm back in a place where I'm able to pick this back up again - yay! I haven't made much art in months due to my
  3. Sorry to hear you've been sick, @daisywreath! Sending healing thoughts your way!
  4. I'm sorry for the disappearing act! I thought I had already come by and left a note, but it looks like I didn't. I've been sick - nothing major, more a series of unfortunate events (multiple colds punctuated by a series of migraines). I'm feeling super run down and low on energy, but I'll be back as soon as I'm able to.
  5. Prompt: This is more of a doing prompt than a thinking/writing one: Try repurposing something you made that you didn't like into your journal. Cut up some collage paper you hated, use bits of fabric or yarn from a project that didn't work out -- see if you can bring something out of the ashes. (I have some really dreadful monoprints of the type that video #2 will be about that might find a home here!) Videos: This "week" will probably once again be more like two weeks long. The whole week concept has kind of gone off the rails a bit 😄 There are probably going to be 3 separate technique v
  6. I finally have the third video from week uploaded! Part of why this took so long (and why I ended up with twice as much video as previous weeks) was the combination of stenciling and doodling that I did. Both can be a little time-consuming. Both tend to be kind of meditative for me, though, so I had no idea how much time I'd spent at it until I started looking over the video. Over the next week we'll look at a couple of methods of monoprinting. Printing with a gel plate is another great way to use stencils, and it's really gratifying how much cool imagery you can create in a relative
  7. Hey all - I'm breaking the second video into two parts because it was long. In this first one I was making collage paper to use for my journal spread:
  8. I've been sort of off the grid a lot this week due to a combination of family issues and something that might have been food poisoning. (I feel much better now.) This has made week three sort of drag out to more like a couple of weeks 😄 I'm finishing up what was supposed to be last week's journal spread today & will be posting it once I get the video finished up.
  9. The stencil video is up. This is kind of a long one -- I've been trying to keep the tools/technique videos short, but apparently I had lots to say 😄 One of the manila folder stencils in the title card to the video (the one with the big circles) isn't actually in this video. I made it while I was working on my journal spread today -- it's a piece of manila folder that I punched with a one-inch hole punch. (I also made another one at the same time with a regular-size hole punch. I meant to do it during this video but totally forgot.) The Tyvek pouch I showed in this video was made wit
  10. Hello! Week 3 Prompt: What patterns do you find repeating themselves in the things you make? In the things that bring you joy? In the things that undermine your creativity? Videos This week's technique video is on stencils, focusing mainly on improvised and hand-cut stencils. Nothing too scary -- I made one from paper (folded and cut with scissors), a couple cut from a manila folder, and one from a piece of Tyvek envelope. PS: Just a heads up in case you want to get supplies -- for week 4 I'll be doing monoprinting. I'll be demoing two methods, one using glass/plexiglas (a pie
  11. The video is finally done and uploaded! When I started working on my journal spread last weekend, there were people moving into the apartment next door, which was pretty loud. I thought, "No problem! I'll do a voiceover later!" (This was easier said than done, it turns out.) I also had major difficulties getting the video uploaded - it uploaded to Youtube okay but got stuck at 0% processing for what felt like weeks. Anyway! I have the technique video for week 3 shot and just need to edit and post it, so it should be going up tomorrow. I'll be doing my next journal spread tomorrow, but si
  12. Quick non-update: I had an audio issue that I need to fix before the next video goes up, so "Monday or Tuesday" is turning out to be closer to Friday.
  13. @daisywreath DARIA! So great and has stood the test of time with the lessons and snark! I don't know what my career has in store but it's SO different from what I wanted in my teens! I had a friend over for a crafternoon while I did this page and she was like "what are you doing?" I replied, "I don't know, dabbling in paint. Not letting myself think? Having fun just using some paints and sponges and playing." Thanks for being the art journal guru!
  14. @Kuchylm I love this - thank you for posting it! I've actually been re-watching Daria lately and that quote so completely resonated with me. I didn't manage to end up in an actual career as opposed to a for-now job until I was past 40, and I'm so glad of that because I really like my job and there's no way I would have been where I am now if I'd picked something at random when I was too young to have any idea what I wanted out of life.
  15. My first page is a quote from my favorite show Daria which reflects my job currently and how I feel as an crafter. The next is my 2020 beginning that I'm still working on.
  16. I thought a place for recommended books, web sites, and so on might be good. If you have any suggestions, please post them! Books Creating Art at the Speed of Life (Pam Carriker) This is the book that got me to try art journaling. Until I broke my wrist (about 6 years ago, I think) I had been getting back into drawing after not doing much of it since I was a teenager. After the broken wrist, I had lost a lot of muscle mass and was having a really hard time drawing. I had been attracted to mixed media art for a while but didn't know where to start, and this book was a really great
  17. I'm also going to start adding any links, books, etc. that I mention in the videos to a resources thread in the supply list/resources section. If anyone has any suggestions, I'd love to hear them!
  18. Hey all! This week's prompt: Order vs Chaos For week 2, I was thinking about the continuum of order vs chaos in life and where along the line I feel most comfortable. How do you prefer things: Orderly, neat, planned-out? Or unplanned and more chaotic? Do you ever feel conflicted between the two? Videos This week's technique/tools video goes over using improvised materials for stamping and making simple foam stamps. I have this one finished and will post it below. In my journal spread video, I used the couple of stamps I made as well as some bubble wrap and styrofoam
  19. Just a quick note - I'm going to move the weekly topic into the discussion forum area. Initially I thought it would be better to have separate sections for each week, but I think it'll get unwieldy and would be simpler to have the threads all in one area.
  20. I have some ideas for my first spread. I plan to watch your process video as I work. Will share over the weekend... 👍
  21. I haven't started my pages yet - plan to do some Friday but LOVE the videos, inspiration and tuts. I needed this to get started! Your stuff looks great!
  22. So many posts in a row! The video finally processed. A couple of oops moments in the video - I initially was removing the audio from the sped-up segments but forgot to later (thankfully the audio isn't super loud in those segments) and one brief segment is upside-down. Another thing I mentioned in the video that I would post is a tutorial from the Gelli Arts blog on making this cool rays-of-sun effect with fan-folded paper on a gel plate.
  23. In the (still-uploading!) video, at one point I was talking about working in layers and being afraid of continuing working when what you're doing seems unfinished but you're afraid of messing it up if you keep on. For me there's usually a point where I think "oh, if I cover that up I'll be really sorry" or "wow, I wish I hadn't done that", and sure, sometimes I don't love the final result, but more often than not it comes out all right in the end. I mentioned one piece I worked on a year or two ago where I had a big freak-out halfway through and said I'd dig up the photos and post them. I

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