Monday, January 26, 2009

Digressions Journal

My art journaling has never quite been where I want it to be. I sometimes have trouble translating from my mind's eye to the page. That is coming to a stop quickly these days. I've been participating in Kelly Kilmer's 'Prompt A Day' when I can this month. (see sidebar for a button to take you there!) It has been a blast! The painting techniques are great and the design & composition tips are valuable (I still have a floating dog - but I like it that way!) What I'm really jazzed about are the prompts! They are thought provoking but not of the 'dig deep into your soul' kind of thing. I don't live a life of angst and drama. I haven't had pain to the depths of my being - guess I'm lucky in that respect. And I don't want to delve into my inner nooks and crannies to make 'meaningful art.' Sorry to anyone who I've offended, but it's just not my thing. I have nothing against it, but sometimes I feel like people think that if it's not gut wrenching then it's not real art journaling. If it's fun and I like it - then it's meaningful to me. Kelly's prompts have sparked memories that may very well have remained tucked away forever. I love her prompts - they are fun and quirky. And I'm getting things down that most likely would have been lost forever. Truly - who's gonna care in the end anyway? Regardless, here are a few of my pages. I'm much happier with the way these look than some of the pages I've done in the past. The journal, by the way, was made in a Tracy Moore class. LOVE IT! The top pic is the cover. I'm thrilled to be creating pages inside that do the book justice. I can't wait to see what Kelly has going for February!


dmarie said... are so talented! gorgeous pages...i'm gonna check out the prompt a day site!

hey...let's see this place in all BLACK... ;)

Todd said...

This is beautiful, Karen!! Such beautiful pages!! A treasure! Gonna check out the site . . .

needlewings said...

Wow what great pages!

Artmom said...

Hey Karen!!!
I signed up for the April Prompt A Day, and didn't write ONE THING!! I did collect all my supplies, and put them in a fairly manageable bag, so I could take things with me when we travel. I started reading 'Life is a Verb' WOW, you'd really like it. I actually made a journal out of a composition book, and decorated the cover -
back to your pages - AWESOME!!! beautiful work!! I really like the white ink too!! Hope all is well with you, you haven't posted in a while!! Deb