I’ve been trying to art journal more lately. Sometimes, though, I can’t think of a thing to put onto paper. Thank heavens for the internet and blogs as sources of ideas!
One artist blog I follow is Donna Downey’s blog. She has an on-line course that is called 48 weeks. It is a year of art journal ideas and accompanying techniques. However, it costs over $600 and would need more of a time investment than I can commit to right now. So I just have been checking out her blog posts on what they have been creating as an inspiration source. I don’t get the insider technique tips but I play around. Her creations are definitely more involved and polished than the ones I come up with are. My aim, however, is not to have polished pieces. My aim is to have fun while engaging in a quick, creative output session. Here are some pages I’ve made based on her posts:
This journal page was inspired by her Week 1 image (see her far more polished pic below). I did collage and acrylics for mine. (http://donnadowney.typepad.com/simply_me/2014/01/48-weeks-week-1-magic.html
This page was inspired by her image for Week 2 (again her pic below). For mine I used acrylic and an ink pen. http://donnadowney.typepad.com/simply_me/2014/01/48-weeks-week-2-magic.html
For this journal page I played with my pencil crayons and black pens. It was inspired by Donna’s image for Week 4 of her class (see her pic below). http://donnadowney.typepad.com/simply_me/2014/01/48-weeks-week-4-magic.html
So while her pages are more works of art and mine are exercises in creativity, I’ve been having fun with the different subject matter ideas.
Where do you find inspiration?