MY ART JOURNAL JOURNEY

Welcome to my first post for the Art Journal Everyday  which I'll be linking up over at the brilliant and talented Julie Balzer. A woman I much admire (and envy - I mean who wouldn't want to have a tiny apartment with a huge art studio). 

I figured since this is a brand new blog I'd introduce my art journaling a bit along with showing some of my projects from this past week. I'm currently working on a 7x9 album. As a digital scrapbooker for years I've mainly kept to the traditional 8x8 but have played around with different sizes from time to time. I know it's just a measurement but trust me - it makes such a difference when creating.

It seems like a lifetime ago but I was a designer at the now closed Digital Scrapbook Place and on discussing what the customers wanted art journaling products came up. My biggest challenge as a designer was always creating something I wanted to use myself and art journaling just wasn't my thing. I was in awe of what I saw others create but I just couldn't see myself doing it. 
 
I was reluctant at first because I had this idea that art journals had to be messy and I was too obsessed with straight lines and rules to be able to just let go and create. It took me a long time before I found that the rules I figured art journaling had, only existed in my head. What a revelation to find that it could be anything I wanted - and needed. 


In fact so much a revelation that it changed me as a scrapper and as a designer which I soon after stopped being. My head was filled with inspiration for projects I wanted to work on for myself. 

So I went through a dark period at first. Because after all - the art journaling I kept seeing was dark and serious. Somewhere along the line I had forgotten to put my heart into it as well which seems weird considering art journaling is all about the heart. I still had much to learn and it wasn't until I found my heart that I began to realize that I could use it for so much more which is probably why most days it's not really art journaling - it's art therapy.


Over the years I searched for the designers that I felt best suited for my style. It never occurred to me that all along the designer I was first and foremost looking for was myself. I worked with Marcce Duggar for a while until she closed her shop and quite by accident I stumbled upon The Lilypad which at first sight had nothing to offer my artistic journey. However a designer I had long admired had moved her store there and soon after I found myself on Lynne-Marie's creative team and my art journaling took a new direction.

Her encouragements had me dust off ArtRage and start drawing again and soon after I found my pages not only filled with other designers' creations but also my own and this is truly where I felt I found the magic of art journaling. For years I had searched, knowing it was out there somewhere and yet not looked right in front of me.


Taking up drawing again and showing it to the world demanded a kind of courage from me that I never expected to have. Remember I'm all about clean lines and rules and my drawing was anything but that. At this point I had quit my job due to stress and had taken a couple of months off to take care of myself. Hitting rock bottom really helped me to let go off a lot of expectations and just be...

 
And getting things said I wouldn't otherwise. 

It's still a work in progress. The finding my inner artist and finding a way to deal with the world in general and that's what this blog is all about. So there you have it - my first 'Art Journal Every Day' post with a bit of explanation to who I am and what art journaling has meant to me.  The post got a bit longer than intended so if you've read it all, I thank you from the bottom of my heart and hope to see you back as I'll continue my journey towards a 'fairly fabulous life'. 

This post will be linked up here:

http://balzerdesigns.typepad.com/balzer_designs/   http://paintpartyfriday.blogspot.dk/
PRODUCTS USED BY LYNNE-MARIE, SISSY SPARROWS, MIXED MEDIA MONTHLY, TANGIE BAXTER & REBECCA MCMEEN.
SOFTWARE USED IS PHOTOSHOP ELEMENTS 5.0 & ARTRAGE.

Comments

  1. Wonderful pages...I'm not much of an art journaler either but have tried a few pages...yours are beautiful!! Glad you're enjoying it...many do!!

    Hugs Giggles

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  2. Welcome to Paint Party Friday and I'm glad I got to visit you on your very first blog post for this new blog. Yours sounds like an interesting journey and I love your designs on this post - I'm not really an art journaler but I know there are many folk who do this who visit PPF every week and I do love to see their creations - welcome on board!

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  3. All your artwork is great, I am inviting you to share this with Feline Art Friday:
    http://kittypartay.blogspot.com/2015/04/feline-art-friday.html

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  4. gorgeous pages, pleased to meet you!

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  5. Well, you have set the stage and now we can look forward to your future pages as well. I think you paint a wonderful picture of yourself in your pages and hope you find what you are looking for through your efforts. I too am bound (in my art) by rules that really don't need to exist so maybe I will follow your example and shed myself of that burden ... who knows, maybe I will find an artist after all. Thank you for your inpiring post and welcome to the blog world.

    Andrea @ From The Sol

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  6. Wow, what a lot of wonderful pages! I love the Stay Go and the fish in the rain best, but all are terrific.

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  7. Wow, gorgeous pages! Thank you for the inspiration. Have a wonderful day!
    Nora

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  8. Very creative. I'm so not (creative) in that way as far as art journaling. I tend to do better with other mediums such as photography and card making. I admire people with talent like yours, it's very expressive.

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  9. Fantastic pages. I love Julie too. I love the quote about the past. Thanks for linking.

    Kate

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  10. Your journal pages really drew me in, made me look closely and ponder the quotes!

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  11. Thank you for sharing this as i think many of us also go through a period of trying to find our way through art journaling. I get so bogged down worrying whether my pages will look good to other people that I don't relly feel they are my pages, meant for me. I have yet to find my own style either and I think I put my pressure on myself for that. Congratulations on your first post and I look forward to dropping by nest week. Diane from PPF and Express Your Creativity

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  12. So far the most inspiring pages which I have seen. They are fantastic, inspiring and beautifully done!

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  13. I noticed the link on your sidebar -- thank you for sharing this.

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