Both of these pages are inspired by Julie Fei-Fan Balzer, and her "Art Journal Every Day" prompts. One of the things she said was about color, and she showed us some of her color journals. This got me thinking about how cool it would be to make one! Here is the second page in my book, and it is "Blue".
This color book is so fun to make. I used my new watercolor crayons, spray ink, paper, paint swatches, small pieces of fabric, blue lace, yarn flowers and some brads. Just fun. No deep thoughts, and no story to tell. Plain and simple fun!
Julie's whole concept is to simply spend 10 minutes a day doing a bit of art. So, one year ago, March 2010, I asked my friend Marit if she could tell me how to "zentangle". Zentangle is a form of doodling. There is much talk about this art form, for a few reasons. First, because they are awesome fun and addicting to make, and second because the name "Zentangle" is now copyrited, so some people are calling them "Zen Doodles" or "Doodling Deliberately". What ever they are called now, they are awesome.
Back to Marit. When I asked her to teach me she answered "you want me to teach you how to doodle?". I know it sounds weird, but I couldn't imagine how to do this awesome doodling! She sent me a few links to check out, and I've kept this email in my inbox for a whole year.
About the begining of this month, I started using a sketchbook. I use it for tons of stuff, but I finally decided to use it for making a doodle. I have been practicing patterns, and doodles, and all sorts of things getting ready to finally jump in and make one!!!
I know, the picture color is weird. ugh. The camera isn't my friend. But, there it is!! My very first doodle!! It has taken me well over a week, but I worked on it every day. I primed my encyclopedia page, from my encyclopedia journal, then used spray ink. I made the frame around the page with my fine tip sharpie marker, and made little scrolls around the page. I wrote the word doodle on the side. My doodle is lighter, because I was too chicken to do it with marker. I have pleanty of .05 micron markers, but I didn't trust myself enough to use them. One mistake, and my first piece of real doodling would be ruined! So, I used the pencil to save myself the madness of starting over!
And so, here they are. I really can't wait to hear your feedback!!
Thanks for looking, and have a fabulous week!!!