Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Iwanna Wednesday - Art Journals


Welcome to another Iwanna Wednesday post! 

Now that I've started my Art Journey I am realizing how many amazing forms of art there are out in the world and artists that can turn almost anything into Art!

So far I've done some sketching and painting using Acrylic paints on canvas board and canvas and a mixed media art book. My favorite so far is the Canson Mix Media notebook. It's very inexpensive, bought this one at Walmart for under $8! The pages are thick enough that they don't curl and the paint doesn't soak in and damage the other pages below.



Recently I've started learning about Art Journals and really didn't understand the purpose of them. Why do a beautiful piece of art in a journal that you can't frame or give away.

So I started reading blog posts from artists that love to Art Journal. One of them is Marta Lapkowska from the blog Artistycrafty and she also has a YouTube Channel under the name of Maremi Small Art. She's in a word Amazing!

Here's some pages out of her art journals. This one she made into a tutorial on YouTube, Toilet Paper Roll Abstract. Yes...she used toilet paper rolls and I love her message. Be Kind. In this tutorial she was trying to show us also that you can be creative without spending a ton of money. She used inexpensive paints and toilet paper rolls!


Photo Credit - Marta Lapkowska

Here's another one that seems very romantic and almost Victorian to me. Plus she used a Butterfly which I love! I couldn't find a tutorial for this one, but I'm sure it's on there somewhere.


Photo Credit - Marta Lapkowska


But that's what I love best about her is that she is so creative. She has tutorials on creating art with baby wipes, q-tips, watercolors, hot glue, teas, tea bags, coffee, coffee grounds, Styrofoam, straws...the list is endless.


This next one for instance...just wow!


Photo Credit - Marta Lapkowska

The green part you see underneath that she added all these items to is actually a piece of an old television. The two hearts represent herself and her daughter. Two hearts connected, here on her artwork by wire. I just love it!

The reason I'm not just finishing this post and beginning my art journal journey is that I'm not quite sure yet what the purpose is and if it's a journal, how do you keep a piece of artwork like the last one in a journal? Obviously it's big and bulky right?

And here comes the Iwanna part of me. When I watch her create I see her using so many cool tools, markers, watercolor pens, stencils, art mediums, stickers, flowers. I'm really worried that the Iwanna in me would go crazy just collecting items for creating these beautiful pieces. 

I want the Mica Powders and the Jane Davenport watercolors. Colored Markers, Glitter Glue, Modeling Paste. I want Gels and Gelato markers....I just wanna everything and where will I store them??? Hmmm, seems like I really need that art studio right?

For now I will continue to watch her videos and learn and we'll see where that takes us. The funny thing is yesterday I was walking the dog in the park and I saw some beautiful leaves that would make great imprints on a page for journaling...so I don't know, maybe the beginning of my journey is closer than I think.











14 comments:

  1. I can't wait to see where this new adventure takes you.

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    1. Thank you Rebecca! I'm on my way, hope to share my first art journal page in the next few days. It was fun because it's not so structured, you can use anything. Thanks for stopping by!

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  2. There are lots of bloggers posting on their art creativity. You should follow your own heart and feelings, and you'll get the best results.
    I'm for simplicity. I think the journal is best for sketches. It doesn't have to cost you much: paper, pencils, erasers. I would (if I had talent) draw positive, meaningful, funny things that would help me enjoy art and life .
    Anyway, I'm looking forward to your art experiments.

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    1. Thank you DUTA. I think you would probably do much better than you think, it just takes practice. And even if you aren't great, it's so enjoyable and brings me great peace. The mosaic in your most recent post of the tower is stunning!

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    1. I love it Blue! You win best comment of the day! I can accomplish anything! :)

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    2. You know you can! Have a great day, Alicia.

      Blue

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  4. I would like to make one with tea bags.

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    1. I had to go back and watch her tutorial on the tea bag painting and I have to admit it's intriguing. You should definitely try it!

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  5. Some good comments. I have to agree with the "you can accomplish anything" comment.

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    1. Thank you Treey! I'm finding that to be quite true. For years and years I've said "I can't even draw a straight line" and come to find out I can and round lines and all sorts of amazing things. Who knew! :)

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  6. Art is amazing, and should always be explored.
    What one person loves another may not be quite so keen, but to have so many different designs and methods is excellent.

    Thought the toilet paper roll paper art very interesting, and butterflies are always a winner to me.

    Happy July Wishes

    All the best Jan

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    1. I too loved the toilet paper roll art. I've actually seen some other amazing things that you can do with the rolls themselves. Where there is a will there is a way and people find the strangest things to Art with. One lady had these beautiful bamboo looking rolls on a piece of art, come to find out they were just rolled up pages of a magazine that she painted! Happy July!

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