Unlock Your Passion
Unleash Your Heart, Untie Your Hands, Let Go
This is the inside cover of an art journal I've entitled "Unlock Your Passion." I'm experimenting with the background using paint dabbers, alcohol, then drawing and highlighting. Art journaling allows me to try new techniques on small canvases so to speak and nothing is ever wrong!
B L O O M !
This page was a surprise and I love how it turned out. The word "bloom" didn't come to mind until later; it was the last thing I added. I exaggerated the petals, doodled on them and worked with water soluable pastels and crayons. I also used LePlume II water-based pens. The page was getting too dark, but when I sprayed it with water "voila" the colors started spreading. I also used a white pen over the flower to make it more defined.
I recently got a Baby Lock embellisher, a needle felting machine and I'm hooked! I made the cover then glued it to the journal front. The name of the journal came about when a keyhole on some fabric became big and distressed -- also 3D, like the butterfly -- from needle punching front and back of piece until it was out of shape. The 3D effect became more prominent when I placed additional felt under these areas. A fun technique I learned from Cloth, Paper, Scissors Magazine was stamping and painting on wonder under, then needle punching it into the piece.
I used fabric with a larger keyhole on the back once I'd come up with a title. Here I've used wool roving, yarns, dyed scrim to needle punch onto a felt base.
Art journaling helps me not to be so serious, opens me to try new products or experiment and whatever I envision in my head is not how it turns out.
I hope these images has inspired you to go out and buy some crayons or color pens and a journal -- draw, doodle, just do it. You'll find when you open the doors to your creative soul, more possibilities come your way you never thought of and not just in the area of art -- business, relationships, problem solving.
Unlock Your Passion
Unleash Your Heart
Untie Your Hands
B l o o m !