It's Art Journal Conversation time, the third wednesday of the month! 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 or tea, and chat with them about their process, supplies, and their thoughts on what goes onto their pages.
I met Michelle a while ago through the Cocoa Daisy Forum. i loved her carefree style she uses in her art journals. There is something so colorful and whimsical about her pages. i asked her to join OLW because i loved her pages so much. i wanted to share her with you today. So let's chat with Michelle!
Do you art journal every day? If so, what time of day works best for you?
I do art journal every day. Right now I’ve got two journals going. I work in my main journal Monday thru Friday and in my planner journal on the weekends. It helps me to have a schedule. As far as time goes I’m definitely at my best late at night! It’s when I’m most awake and most inspired!
How do you typically start your art journal pages? Does your process change?
Emotion drives my art. I start with a feeling I want to express and then ask myself, what colors portray that feeling? What images? What style of lettering? Then I get out my paints and get busy. I usually work in layers of paint, collage, doodles, images, etc; but not in any particular order.
How important is the journaling part of the process? What makes it significant?
The journaling is very important. Some times I start a page by doing an entire first layer of writing. In the end a lot of it gets covered up, but writing things out helps me get things clear in my head. I also love to use other people’s words in my journal – especially song lyrics.
You use lots of different images in your journals. What are some of your favorite “go-to” materials for these images?
I have a couple of big boxes full of ephemera from my life. Lots of childhood stuff, like piano notes, sheet music, memorabilia from school days, photos, etc. I love digging through those boxes and grabbing stuff for my pages.
I also love to look for treasures at thrift stores. Old ledgers, children’s books and photography books are some of my favorites.
Magazines are a good resource too. My favorites are “O,” Rolling Stone, Birds and Blooms and Best Friends Animal Sanctuary’s Magazine.
How do you know when the page is finished?
It’s intuitive really. If I look at it and get the feeling that I was trying to express, I figure it’s done. But even then, I might go back and add just one more thing – ha.
What types of journals do you use? Purchased, homemade, or other? Why do you favor the kind you use?
I’ve tried lots of different commercially made journals, but I’ve really settled on hand-binding my own for a number of reasons. For one thing, I like working on hot-press watercolor paper which is difficult (if not impossible) to find in a commercially made journal. Also, it’s fun to have something uniquely yours. My favorite sizes are 8 x 10” and 9 x 12.”
What words gave you inspiration?
Have you ever used images from magazines in your art journal?
If you could sit down with Michelle, what question would you ask her?