Thursday, June 07, 2007

Neatness Doesn't Always Count....

After I posted yesterday, I had a few minutes so I decided to hop over to flickr and see what was new....and boy, am I glad I did.

The first thing that caught my eye was this from Lia. And after reading her description I clicked on the link for one of the people she mentioned and it lead me here.

Both of those journal pages were very inspiring to me and I immediately grabbed my journal, sat down with some colored pencils and a black marker and began my first ever actual art journal page!! Here it is....



What do you think? I know it's just a beginning but I feel like I finally made a start at something I've been interested in for quite awhile. Most of my problem is learning to just let go and not try to be neat. That probably comes from growing up in the era that I did....when neatness was something to strive for, and coloring in the lines got you points!

Not only was I not concentrating on neatness here, I wasn't even worrying about all the things that needed to get done around the house!!

18 comments:

  1. See? Another believer. It's great isn't it?

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  2. The colors of all the work remind me of something I used to do as a teenager...I would write my name or the name of my then flame and then draw shades of different colors around and around!
    You made me wish for some colored pensils (or crayons...I used those a lot!)...teehee!
    :)

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  3. A great thing to discover...art journaling...you can be as neat as you need to be...no problem...it is your journal!

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  4. I totally agree with the sentiment - I'm constantly telling myself to 'just do' things. Not art I admit :):) but same applies to all kinds of things.

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  5. yay, you're BACK! and the journal is a brilliant idea because you can express both your creativity and your inner thoughts simultaniously without needing the studio space.

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  6. FREEDOM!!! That's what it's all about....FREEDOM of expression in any form with no preconceived notions or thoughtful planning. Just let your mind go and your art will follow! All the rest of that domestic stuff can wait...heehee!
    Love the journal page! Believe it!
    XOXO

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  7. I think this is a fantastic start to your journal - and sooo true!! I'm a bit like you, and just need "to do it too"!!

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  8. Looking good Janet. You will love it, and develop a unique style all your own. Being self conscious doesn't cut it, and your other work is so bold and colourful. This will be too...!!!
    hugs
    xo

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  9. Looks great! (I can totally relate to the coloring neatly and in the lines era) That was how it used to be!
    :)

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  10. I like the idea. A journal of creativity. yeah

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  11. I LOVE it! Yee haw - I love being able to comment again, too! (the connection seems to work better late at night - well, tonight anyway, last night it still wasn't 'healed' enough yet, I guess, lol).

    Keep on playing - I love journaling because it's just for me and I don't have to think or worry so much - just doodle and play. Enjoy!!

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  12. yay to anything that takes our thoughts away from daily drudgery. I likethe freedom of this work-glad you're having fun.

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  13. Hi....having always been taught that neatness counts....and to color inside the lines....It is great to be able to free yourself to just create. Awesome that you started an art journal!!!!

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  14. Sounds like you have found a way to be free of it all Janet. :) Wonderful, wonderful work! I do hope that you do many more like this. It sounds as if it is very good for you. :) It also comes out BEAUTIFULLY.Glad you stopped by flicker and were inspired. :)
    *HUGS*

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  15. Wow! I am always impressed by your creativity but your journal entry was WAY Cool! I would simply never think of such a thing and I am always so delighted by people who CAN!

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  16. Well done Janet! This is a great journal page. I think that when you can let go of a need to be neat you can feel a bit freer in your art (at least that is how it works for me).

    So pleased to be back and to be able to read your special blog..

    Dotee xoxo

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  17. OH yeah,,you got your mojo back,,I think that is totally cool. I have been doing some journaling this summer too. I am like you,,I try to be too neat,,I think it is just something from coloring books and childhood,,lol.
    xoxoxoxoxoxo

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