Sunday, August 19, 2018

No journal, no sketchbook

I don't do journaling and I don't keep a sketchbook, but I've had that lovely blank book from ZenAgain in November 2016 sitting on my shelf for over a year and a half! 
I had started something on the first page and hated it. It wasn't an opportunity; it was just awful. I stuck the book back on the shelf.
Sometime later I had an idea. I sliced the page out, leaving a couple of centimeters. Then I cut a piece of pale green 'vellum' paper to fit, gave it a fancy edge, and taped it in with washi tape on both sides. Nice! I still haven't dared do anything on it or the page behind.
Finally, in June, I drew on the cover and added some metal leaf. I like it.
Then I attempted one page inside and didn't ruin everything. It's a significant piece of black and white wrapping paper given to me by a friend. I wanted to do something special with it, but it wasn't art-on-the-wall worthy, so... journal! I added all the small tangling including the white Tridots. I like this, too. I’m on a roll!
I was beginning to feel confident!
On another page I began with some circles and washes using three Koi coloring brush pens. I love how they work and I hate that they're not lightfast. But this a book and they'll rarely see the light of day. Then I used a circle template and did the large, evenly-spaced circles to work with. 
So, it seems I have the beginnings of an art journal. More on this later, no doubt.

9 comments:

  1. You go girl. You will be so pleased with the results. It is always fun to go back through journals a few months/years later. I always think "what was I thinking". Still it is fun. Your talent will bring this journal to a beautiful end.

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    1. Thanks Lisa. I think this may be an on-going project for some time!

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  2. Margaret, A sheet of Vellum would be nice to replace the page you cut out. And it would add a different element to the drawing on the following page. I like your ideal and may have to try this in my journal. Love your artwork!
    Terri CZT16

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  3. These are great. I love sketchbooks - but never start on the 1st or even the 2nd page! By page 3 whatever you draw is not going to annoy you everytime you open it.

    Have fun. Val

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    1. Val, that's a brilliant idea. If I finish this book and start another, I'll start a few pages in!

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  4. Well done on your first steps into an unfamiliar realm. Those circles are particular mesmerizing! I'm very surprised you don't use a sketchbook - do you practice tangles or ideas before you commit them to tile - or just dive in?

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    1. Generally when I do basic, classic, black-and-white zentangle tiles, they are my "practice" efforts. When I'm doing capital-A Artwork I just dive in and assume there are no mistakes, just opportunities.

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    2. Thanks for sharing that Margaret. Makes me even more wowed by your results!

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  5. I'm glad you offered a link to this post from your most current one - I had missed it! Oh I have so many blank books/journals just waiting for play! My concerns about 1. what to do - choose a theme? choose a medium? purely Zentangle? collage? - and 2. what if I screw it up? It's permanently in my book! ... have been allayed by your post!! THANK YOU!!! :)

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