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1  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Discussion and Questions / Re: Pastels and Oil Pastels on: July 13, 2011 02:47:13 PM
Yep, I use both - what's up?
2  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Discussion and Questions / Re: "What do YOU Journal About?!" Ideas thread! on: July 13, 2011 02:04:16 PM
Thanks, little_red_pixi for the journaling pages link -- I downloaded all of them!  Smiley
3  California / California: South / Re: San Fernando Valley Art Journaling Group on: May 13, 2011 07:41:26 AM
Hey, glitter_hamster!  Thanks for your reply.  I'm posting the invite in a few other places, to see if there are any more takers.  I'll reply back with an update within a day or two, or sooner, depending on how soon I here back.  In the meantime, I will PM you about possible meeting locations in the Valley and my availability for meeting up.  Smiley
4  California / California: South / San Fernando Valley Art Journaling Group on: May 12, 2011 08:39:25 PM
Hi, everyone!  I'm strongly interested in starting a local SFV-based art journaling group...read on, if interested:

I'm passionate about art journaling and mixed media art, but have yet to find and develop a network of art enthusiasts to meet up with regularly in the SFV, where I am based.  I have a background in studio art and digital media, but art journaling and mixed media art are where it's at for me -- they're incredibly therapeutic and fun and necessary for me to explore as an artist.  I've attended art journaling workshops and retreats, but crave a local connection to artists (I know you're out there!) in my community.

The purpose of this group is to promote creative freedom and joy in the art making and art journaling process.  Art journaling is the creative use of any or all of the following: painting, drawing, collage, photography, etc. in the form of an altered book, journal, sketchbook, etc.  (Google "art journaling" or "Teesha Moore" for artists and examples and more info if you're curious.)  *No previous art experience necessary!*  I aim to facilitate a supportive and relaxing environment for the exchange of artistic ideas and play.

I invite art enthusiasts, artists, art journalers to join -- however old or young you are, whatever your skill level -- come one, and come all!  If you're new to art journaling or if you've been doing it for years, any and all are welcome!
5  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Discussion and Questions / Re: "What do YOU Journal About?!" Ideas thread! on: December 23, 2010 07:47:31 PM
Thanks for the kind words, Spiffy.  I like experimenting with color and texture.  Smiley  I checked out your Flickr and Etsy shop, and I love your eraser stamps and digital collage pages; as well as your inchies and journal pages on your Flickr.  Smiley
6  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Discussion and Questions / Re: "What do YOU Journal About?!" Ideas thread! on: December 22, 2010 07:32:01 PM
Hey, Spiffy -- thanks for the welcome and the feedback!  Smiley  I like the idea of creating playlists by moods, I'll have to try that...hmm...

I don't have a high enough post count to post image thumbnails to the forum yet, but here's a link my "Art Journals" collection on my Flickr account, if you'd like to look...Smiley  Link: http://www.flickr.com/photos/shantadevi/collections/72157624997128178
7  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Discussion and Questions / Re: "What do YOU Journal About?!" Ideas thread! on: December 20, 2010 03:14:16 PM
Hi, everyone - Happy Holidays.  Smiley  Wow, I've been so inspired by this thread -- thanks for sharing all of your ideas and pages! 

I made my first journal prompts list based off of what has been posted here thus far, so thanks for all of the tips!  I'm more of an "art-journaler," myself, having started and stopped many, many, many "writing" journals over the years, but still find value in writing...now mainly combined with visual elements that are a lot more fun for me.

I journal about...anything and everything.  I like the idea of "documenting" the world and my experience in it, in creating a personal history of sorts.  I do a lot of stream-of-consciousness writing/"morning pages" and venting/clearing if something has really affected me.  I also draw/doodle a lot to illustrate emotions, and incorporate color with paint, watercolor crayons, etc.  Some of my favorite art journaling books (Creative Wildfire, Journal Junkies, Journal Spilling, True Vision) have all sorts of medium ideas and prompts that I reference from time to time, but mostly it's just about play and venting and exploring and creating/destroying on the page. 

I'm immensely inspired by music, and I always journal to it (that would be a great thread -- journaling/art journaling playlists/song rec's).  A new prompt that has worked for me lately is to journal in reaction to songs that are really evocative, in the instrumentation, lyrics, and the singers' voices.

So...just for fun, my current art journaling playlist (this gets switched out with the regular shuffle of songs and my 5-star playlist, and really needs to be updated):

"Gravedigger" (Live at Radio City) - Dave Matthews & Tim Reynolds
"Push" - Matchbox Twenty
"3 A.M." - Matchbox Twenty
"Bloodline" (Acoustic) - Matt Morris
"Miseducation of Lauryn Hill" - Lauryn Hill
"Wide Awake" - Kenna"What Goes Around.../...Comes Around" - Justin Timberlake
"Lover, You Should've Come Over" - Jeff Buckley
"Velvet Rope" - Janet Jackson
"Dig" - Incubus
"Ghost" - Howie Day
"Madrigals" - Howie Day
"Become" - Goo Goo Dolls
"Without You Here" - Goo Goo Dolls
"Lenders In The Temple" - Conor Oberst
"The Scientist" - Coldplay
"Blue Light" - Bloc Party
"Roses From My Friends" (Live) - Ben Harper
"DLZ" - TV On The Radio

And in response to the perfectionist note, I "suffer" from a somewhat type-A personality, but I try to embrace that quality in my art, rather than fight it.  I feel that I'd rather have experimented or expressed something that feels risky -- like, gesso-ing over collage or painting on top of what I've written -- then not to have stretched creatively -- it's interesting, trying to find balance between the comfortable/uncomfortable in art making.  I've found journaling books, workshops, and threads like this to be really helpful in getting me out of my head. Just my two cents.  Smiley
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