Art Journalling


Found Poetry

April 21, 2014 5:23 pm

I haven't done any art journalling for ages, but the creative urge took over me at the weekend and I decided to have a go at some “found poetry”. While they're not perfect, I was quite pleased with the end results!

To create this one I cut out fifty or so bits of sentences from the pages of an old book (it was actually a book my daughter bought to make me a Xmas present – one of those books with the insides hollowed out, for hiding things). I looked for fragments that appealed, and then sorted through them and put together various bits and pieces that seemed to work or have a similar theme. The poem is all about remembering that each of us is unique and beautiful.

This second one was fairly unsuccessful really. I tore a page out of another old book and picked out various words that made an odd poem about a journey. I painted over the rest of the text and then used watercolour pencils to highlight the words. For the background I started by doing some free writing in watercolour pencils, and then ran water over the page to smudge the words before sticking the book page on to it. Didn't quite get the effect I wanted.

This one is probably my favourite. The individual lines were cut from a book of poetry I bought in a charity shop, but each line was from a different poem. I think the end poem is rather romantic!

Finally, this one would have been better but as usual I went a bit too far with my embellishments!


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Snow White drifted

January 20, 2013 7:09 pm

Did some art journalling today, but it didn’t really turn out how it was in my head. The idea was based around snow – that snow covers everything with a blanket of purity, but then as it melts you see the random shapes and colours and slushy mucky bits beneath it – not so pure after all. This was to be accompanied by a Mae West quote: “I used to be Snow White but I drifted” ….

So I stuck a load of random textures on the page and added some modelling clay and white paint over the top, but the texture of the clay got mixed up with the paint and didn’t really stand out enough, and the materials just ended up looking a bit messy. I tried to stamp the quote on but the textures meant it wasn’t possible to get an even spread of weight so it didn’t really show up. Then I added it with my new Caran D’Ache watercolour pencils but they smudged so much it’s illegible. Then I wrote it in marker pen, but as the paint/modelling clay was still a bit tacky that didn’t really work either. And then I realised I’d actually written the quote slightly wrong anyway. Ah well.

So the end result is a bit of a random mess but I know what it is all about, even if no one else does – and I guess that’s the whole point of art journalling – it’s a way for me to express my feelings; it’s not meant to be a piece of art work for public consumption. And at least I can honestly say I haven’t spent the entire day watching my Jonathan Creek box set ;)



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Roots and wings

October 3, 2012 5:49 pm

I haven't done any art journalling for a while – a combination of being really busy with work and feeling a bit down in the dumps since taking Katie to university. I decided to give myself a couple of hours off this afternoon though and did some journalling. This one is in honour of my fabulous daughter!



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A present for my mum

September 3, 2012 6:12 pm

Canvas made for my mum’s birthday. Luckily she loves it!


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Playing Around

August 31, 2012 9:13 am

Bought a huge lot of stamps from eBay and spent an hour trying them out. This my not be especially well thought out art but it was great fun and I think it has a certain charm about it!

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August 31, 2012 9:08 am

After watching one of the workshops on the 21 Secrets Art Journal Playground website I bought some modelling paste and had a go at adding texture to the page. This started off as just a big blob of textured blueness but it reminded me of the sea, so I added a few effects including glitter glue to finish it off.


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August 21, 2012 7:06 pm

I wrote a haiku today (as part of my 101 things list) and was inspired to create a page too. The haiku itself is in the page, if you can read my messy handwriting!!


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August 20, 2012 6:35 pm

Fired up from the workshop, I went shopping in Hobbycraft and then experimented with my new kit …

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The past is a foreign country

August 20, 2012 6:31 pm

This was the final piece of the day and I actually did the painting on the workshop and then finished it off at home. it’s based on one of my favourite quotes, from LP Hartley’s The Go Between, and it’s a quote that has held true to me throughout my life: “The past is a foreign country; they do things differently there”.

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August 20, 2012 6:27 pm

We did a quick brainstorm session to come up with words that described us and then worked on a small canvas. The theme of this is obvious :)

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