Thursday, January 13, 2011

Starting an Art Journal

Everywhere I look, either someone is journaling, someone is giving a tutorial on journaling or someone is talking about journaling and giving tutorials whether they realize it or not. :) So I have decided to jump on the journaling band wagon. I need to exercise my atrophied drawing muscles.

I started last Friday night when I was terribly depressed. My image was not happy, but it was very cathartic to scribble and brood. By the way, so I don't get hung up on techniques or pretty covers, my journal is a cheap composition book (cover unaltered until I am inspired) and a fine line Sharpie marker.
I was literally soaking my feet in the bath tub as I drew this page.
My slippers really are black fluffy slip-ons.
And yes, they were very comforting to slip on after a long soak.

Saturday I worked at the Post Office and found an old round dating stamp in a cabinet.
It was the inspiration for my owl page.

Sunday morning I went to church and so illustrated the musings of a "Church Lady". No one at my church wears flamboyant hats, but my "lady" does. She is all about making a statement and is not afraid of attracting stares.
So are you riding the journaling band wagon too?
(Come on! Show and tell!)


Joanna said...

Sort of dipping my toe in, but haven't done the big splashy jump yet. I love your drawings! Sorry you were so depressed - that's clear from the darkness bearing down on your foot soaking self, rather too much for the fluffy slippers to remedy. Maybe you need a big hat like church lady, that would have to cheer any one up! Cool owl too........

I've started on a FREE journaling online course (well, I haven't got very far yet cos I've been rather busy) - you might like to have a look....


Yvonne said...

I th ink the handwritten word is something I will do more of this year. Journaling sounds good. Love your drawings. Hope you are feeling better and not depressed today. I will be mailing out your tea cup and saucer this Saturday. Hope that helps to cheer you up a bit. :)

Useful Books said...

Nathalie, you inspire me! (As always.) Love your pages. I'm doing the Sketchbook Challenge and will post some pics soon. Yea, you!

La Dolce Vita said...

well you know I cannot live with out it!! all my darkest deepest are under those layers each month! loves your doodles and your journal!!! just wonderful and your darling church lady!!!

Linda said...

I like church lady MUCH BETTER than depressed lady!!! I didn't know you were depressed...did my tales from Dallas not help at all? rofl (sorry) And...owl is adorable!!!!!!! I love your drawings!

Lorrie said...

The contrast between "depressed lady" and "church lady" is remarkable. As moods can be. I've always journaled - in words, and would like to explore more drawing.

Margaret said...

Yep, journalling it is!! I'm also on the wagon, fun isn't it! LOVE your drawings!! at the risk of repeating myself, do more, MORE you hear me you talented one! these are sooooo fab!!!!

Kimmie said...

Good for you ... Tackling that depression with some good old sharpie ink ... Sometimes it just takes over and you have fight back. You go!

femminismo said...

Yes, I'm art journaling. Have only posted a few things on my blog. I love the lady in the hat - and the slippers! I could use a pair of those.

~*~Patty S said...

you are a natural Missy!
Super sketching and isn't it fun how something like "journaling" is all over the place

everyone needs healing and there must be something in it!

hope your depression has lifted
warm hugs to you
Happy Weekend to you and yours!

Ragamuffin Gal said...

WoW ~ You inspire me to get going on a journal of my own! Thank dear one.

bad penny said...

No but I love seeing them all - I did Carole's lovely fabric journal last year. I love your black & while imge on lined paper here - the fluffy slippers & Church Lady in Hat !

Hope you are feeling brighter xx

Aunt Amelia's Attic said...

Your *flamboyant hats*, reminded me of the hats which the Inn-Keeper on 'Petticoat Junction' used to wear, when she got dressed up. Bea Bennedarit or some such was the actress' name I think, and she was a hoot.

Lots of ladies wore hats back in the time that old tv show was set in but..... Her hats were always "MORE"! Lots of flowers all over them, I think.

Thanks for the memory!

Hugs & ♥'s,
Cause Valentine's Day is coming!