- How long have you been Art Journaling?
- I started about a year ago (almost exactly!). I ran into Julie Prichard's blog somehow, and my life changed.
- How has Art Journaling impacted, changed, or enhanced your life?
- I want to say it has changed me deeply, or profoundly. It seems to for so many other people. For me, it has given me something to be excited about again. I had been depressed for many, many years, but just didn't realize it. I just thought it was who I was. I haven't felt true joy/happiness for years, but I also haven't felt the soul-sucking despair that I have felt in the past. I guess I lived numb. It is something I am still working on, but for the first time in close to 6 years, I am truly looking forward to something. Truly excited. It feels weird.
- I'm rambling. What this is leading to, is how art journaling has helped bring me out of that. I found something that keeps me excited, itching to come home and learn. Play. Despite many times I don't like what comes out, I keep forging ahead. A year later, and I still want to do this. I don't know if it will go anywhere, but I do believe it is better for my mental health
- What are a few of your favorite Art Journaling materials?
- I guess it depends on what I am currently into. For drawing purposes, I LOVE Micron pens. They are permanent, have all different sizes and are just lovely to work with. Paints. Julie Prichard introduced me to Golden Fluid Acrylics and I never looked back. They are bright and vivid. A little does go a long way.
- Who are some of your favorite Art Journalers?
- Ok. I have TOO MANY to put in here. Really, just look at my blogroll...There are so many people than inspire me; from illustrators to designers to painters to other newbie art journalers...
- What kind words of encouragement would you say to an Art Journal newbie?
- If you have any inkling to put paint to the paper, doodle, draw, sew...don't let that stupid inner critic in. I know. I spent all my life being jealous of my little brother because he holds all the talent in the family. He can draw amazing things. He can paint. He is the creative one. I can barely draw a stick figure! Starting an art journal was a painless transition into creativity. If I tried and messed up, no one needed to see. Turns out that my love of color (Favorite color? ROY G BIV!) is so much fun translating into smearing paint around a page. If any interest is sparked, DO IT!
- Where can we contact you...give us some link LOVE!!
- Well, since you are at my blog...I don't need to give you that ;) I do have a Flickr account though!
- Short Bio.
30 Journals 30 Days
Connie from Dirty Footprints Studio
has been doing "30 Journals for 30 Days"
during the month of July.
She chose various art journals from all skill levels
and asked them all the same questions.
It was WONDERFUL to get more in-depth with
some of my favorite journalers
and find new favorites.
I was sad that the end of July was coming,
thus the end of 30 Journals 30 days.
Lo and Behold, Connie extended her love
She is allowing us to answer her questions ourselves,
and on Saturday she will add them to her Link on her website.
How generous and thoughtful.
Though, in deciding to participate in this
I realized I have to actually dig deep to answer these questions.
I generally not a fan of that,
but that is the path I am on.
I want to figure myself out.
I want to live authentically.
I want to believe in myself.
I think I am on the right path with my newfound
love of art journaling.
Without further ado,
here is my interview with myself.
My name is Dawn, and I hail from Upstate NY and have been living in Charlottesville, VA for the past 5.5 years. I have a cat named Jack, and just am trying to figure myself and life out.