Art Journal Update

I am on Day 13 of my Art Journal Project — more than 1/3 of the way through! I feel accomplished as I have not missed a day nor have I dropped the project!

In these first few days I have identified “it’s a learning curve” with several initial lessons:

  • I want to move on to a journal with the appropriate type of paper.  Although I like the ability to turn the pages with ease (type of binding) on my current journal, this journal is not meant for wet media (i.e. painting).  After the first couple of days, being the “perfectionist-in-rehab”, I was tempted to stop the project long enough to locate an appropriate journal – but then I would have had to cut/paste the initial pages … or start over (the stronger temptation).  Knowing this would be a delaying tactic for me … I resolved I would work with the chosen notebook.  To make the journal adaptable I found using Gesso helpful on the pages I designate for painting.  However, if I want to use watercolors or acrylics, rather than crayons and colored pens, I have to perform this task before I start each day; adding an additional step to my project.
  • I want a journal with more space so I can write the prompts and still have room to reflect and paint.  At this point, I am using very short answers and notations; usually in the margins.
  • I want to use a different type of markers.  The ones I have are too heavy and bleed through the paper … even though they are marked “journal markers”.
  • I am sure this is easier when I am at home in Texas surrounded with all of my art supplies.
  • I am fascinated by the variety of tutorials and techniques on YouTube, but I have restrained from spending time watching them (although I have bookmarked or subscribed for later! 😀 )   I want this first journal to be “primitive”, and not influenced by others.  The couple of tutorials I viewed generated the “urge” to run to the store and purchase all sorts of items — thus, possibly/probably derailing me from the task at hand. 😀
  • Although, this is an art form in and of itself, this type of journaling is encouraging me to start new watercolor pieces while waiting for my journal pages to dry. This is great!! 😀
  • “When I grow up!”, I would benefit from dedicated workspace for art; an area where I can spread out and leave supplies on the table so I can move it and out of the moment at will! I am sure mixed-media projects would evolve.
  • In the future, I see myself making much more elaborate pages — but I have to graduate from “kindergarten” first!!

Onward for the next 18 days!!


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About becca givens

Becca is an artist, poet, and animal communicator. She delights in cooking, nurturing, and sharing a rich spiritual life with others on the Path.
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9 Responses to Art Journal Update

  1. I’m loving the freedom with which you express yourself, Becca, in spite of Ruby Slipperlip’s critical input. (I also love that you have befriended her and can say no to her suggestions!) There is so much in this post that I align with ~ getting the ‘right’ book to journal in; the ‘bleeding’ markers, the YouTube videos I haven’t watched yet, but intend to further down the line. I’ve also cleared the dining table and sorted through my bags and boxes of stored art materials, so that WIP’s are more readily accessible…… You really have inspired me, can you tell? 🙂


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  3. I dedicated workspace…room to spread out… YES! That’s been my dream forEVER!
    Keep up the great work!


  4. shoreacres says:

    What a wonderful project – and so many interesting observations and learnings. I need to develop a bit of discipline myself – somehow. It’s so good to follow you and ponder how some of your lessons could be transferred to writing.


  5. Frances D says:

    I love that you can be so free on the page. I have been in a fight with my Inner Censor for years now.


    • becca givens says:

      Ohhh, my inner self (named “Ruby Slipperlips“) would beg to disagree with you. She reminds me quite frequently she is not happy with this process. I tell her “thank you”, and to “keep her opinion to herself”!! 😀 Day to day argument!


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