In creating daily, sometimes we need a bit of a push to get us out of a rut. I encourage you to take on a challenge to give you that nudge you need. It can be a self-imposed challenge or one of the many challenge blogs found on the web. One Little Word, affectionately called OLW, gives the push i need. I love how it makes me think differently on how to incorporate the single word into an art journal, layout, or altered piece.
Upon reading the OLW word, i let it sit in my brain for awhile before creating. What does this word mean to me in my life right now? From there the vision isn't always clear how that message will take shape. Lately it's been art journals. With Word Up #75: DO, a song immediately popped into my head from The Flaming Lips, "Do you realize?" I suppose it had to do with my Mom's upcoming 70th birthday. My brothers & sisters were flying into town to surprise her. All 6 of us would be together, something that hasn't happened since my sister Chrissi's funeral. Something we were painfully aware of but couldn't really speak about it. 4 years later and it's all too raw & real for us. Hence this song popping into my head and the need to tell everyone important in my life that i love & treasure them.
i started working on the right side of the journal for some reason and then decided to make it into a two page art journal piece. I used gesso, catalyst blades, and acrylic paint in building the background. I also used some hand carved stamps on the page before the moody figure flowed out onto the page. I challenged myself to keep it in greys, blacks, & whites.
The minute my sister Sandra saw the figure on the page, she somehow knew this was about Chrissi even though she doesn't look like me or her. The figure just represents my mood. i kept the left side fairly blank to allow for heavy journaling, another challenge for me. i usually have layers of colors & items but I could feel the journaling ready to pour out of me so i wanted it to be the focal point. I had cut the heart out of the fabric for another art journal page and kept the negative because it was beautiful too. it fit perfectly on my page. The final touches were some more hand carved stamps, including the title "do," and the arrows using my Hearts & Arrows stencil.
Here are some ways to challenge yourself:
- challenge blogs: OLW, the Dares, The Whatevers, The Color Room, etc
- go Monochromatic
- build a kit and only use the pieces in it
- try something completely new
- use only what is found on your desk right now