i am really enjoying this new blog feature and have lined up many great art journal artists. i love that i get to have conversations with some of my favorite "art journalers." i am just as curious as you are about their styles. So let's pull up a chair, grab a cup of coffee/tea, and chat with them about their process, supplies, and their thoughts on what goes onto their pages.
Today's feature guest is Jessica Sporn. Her art is bold, whimsical, and always colorful. She uses a variety of mediums, loves lots of texture, and is always willing to share how she creates her beautiful pieces. I love her messages as much as her art work. Let's see what she has to say about Art Journaling.
Do you Art Journal every day? If so, what time of day works best for you?
I used to have a regular, daily art journaling practice. I've fallen off of it a little. I usually find that the timing is best when I first go into my studio. I have also found that I'm experimenting more on canvas and other substrates. I count this as art journaling, even if it's not in a journal!
How important is your journaling part of the process? What makes it significant?
I don't really like too many of my inner thoughts to be visible. Maybe this is because I don't want my children to read them someday! It's also not important to me to chronicle every event in my life. Sometimes I like to journal first, and then collage or paint over the journaling. Sometimes I write my thoughts down on a piece of paper, and then rip it up and paste it onto my page. Sometimes I just use words that are meaningful to me at a particular time, and that go with my imagery. And sometimes I just let the images tell the story. It's all valid in my book!
It depends... Often I start by just gluing whatever's on my work table into my journal in what I've heard call "unintentional collage." Or I start by journaling and then cutting up or ripping my words apart and adhering them. Sometimes I have a particular story to tell and images in mind that tell that story. My journal is a place to experiment and also to play with new techniques and new products. And sometimes it's a place to play with a particular word or image.
Is it an Art Journal without any Journaling? Why or Why not?
I think that pictures can tell a story as well as words can. As long as the work is expressing feelings and thoughts, and it's process, rather than result, oriented, it's journaling as far as I'm concerned.
I tend to start at the first page of a journal and continue in it until it's finished. I don't have themed journals. I think it would confuse me to have various journals all going on at the same time. My mind and heart are my themes!
My favorite journal is a watercolor journal by Global Art. I've filled several of these. I don't like having a spiral in the middle of a page spread, as I often like to have a two page spread as one journal entry.
Jessica Sporn is a mixed media artist and illustrator, known for her strong use of color, texture and heartfelt style. It's been said that her artwork always contains a sprinkle of her soul. She is a designer for Stencil Girl Products; her illustration work can be found on stationery products, giftware, and Judaica products for Aviv Judaica. Some of her Judaica designs are sold at the Jewish Museum and Metropolitan Museum of Art. She keeps an active blog at http://www.jessicasporn.blogspot.com, and is represented for licensing by Creative Connection Inc, at http://www.cciart.com/. She also has an active You Tube channel with lots of tutorials.
What words gave you inspiration?
Which piece featured today caught your attention?
If you could sit down with Jessica, what question would you ask her?