I managed to get a few pages done in my Anti Journal last week, and also make a start on my Personal Art Journal which I had been wanting to start for a while, due to absence from work as I came down with a sickness bug that left me feeling really poorly and lacking in energy. All I seemed to have the energy to do was crawl out of bed and down onto the sofa and cwtch up with my pencil-case and creative books (and the puppies of course!). So in the 3 days I was off ill I managed the following pages….
Anti-Journal – Find Wonder In Nature
My inspiration for this page came from the metamorphosis of a caterpillar into a butterfly. I have always been astounded at how one creature can turn into another over time, its kind of like a natural Pokémon! As a child I used to collect caterpillars, watch them turn into chrysalis’ before hatching out into butterflies and letting them go free and it always felt a bit magical to watch these beautiful creatures emerge from these leathery looking hard cases. So that was my inspiration “Find Wonder in Nature” – the life-cycle of a caterpillar.
I used Triplus Fineliner pens to create the drawing and add colour to the shapes and watercolour for the background sky as I wanted it to be just a wash of colour. I chose to “scribble” in the colour on my drawings as I felt that the block colour of the felt pens I like using would be too heavy for this image, I wanted to keep the images light and playful and create a sense of movement whilst still being able to add some detail and have control over the texture of the image.
Anti-Journal – Make Each One Different
I started on this page ages ago and finally got around to finishing it last week. I didn’t have any real idea of what direction to go in for this page I just knew that I wanted to create something that could look like the patterns from inside marbles or replicate small bouncy balls so I kept that in mind. This page seemed to be the most difficult so far as I ran out of ideas for each circle before I was even half way through and had to keep leaving it and coming back to it in order to finish it.
I used felt pens to create this page.
Anti-Journal – Radiate
Radiate to me conjures up images of the sun, heat and circles and that is what I tried to convey in this image. The sun gives off both heat and light and light is made up of a spectrum of colour which I wanted to show. I used circles to create a spiralling pattern around the centre circle as the typical spiral radiates outward in motion. I decided to use a black for the background, graduating it in-depth of tone from the lightest tone toward the pattern and getting darker toward the edges to convey a sense of light.
I used felt pens to colour the 2 centre layers of the pattern and a mix of felt pen and watercolour to create the 3rd layer of tonal graduation. A gel roller ball pen was used to outline each section of the pattern.
Anti Journal – Plan The Route From Where You Are To Where You Want To Be
In my life my general plan is to get from A to B, regardless of whether it is actual travel, planning my future or making plans for something. I decided to incorporate this into my fictional map. I added roundabouts and junctions, trees and greenery and a few streams as to me my route anywhere should be calm but interesting and grass, trees and water are calming sites to me (probably from living in Wales for much of my life! There’s nothing better than being able to view nature from wherever you are!)
I used Staedtler Triplus Fineliners for this image.
Anti-Journal – Repeat One Action Over And Over
I started this page by drawing really uniform, different coloured swirls over the page, (if you look hard, you can see them!) but didn’t really like it so after leaving the page and thinking about it for a while I decided to go back over the page and repeat the swirl but in different sizes over the top of what I had already done, getting the swirl to overlap with other swirls. I like this page loads though I’m not sure I have finished with it yet and may go back to add more to it at some point.
I used Staedtler Triplus Fineliners for this page.
Anti-Journal – Its Raining Colour
I had a few ideas about how I wanted to create this page but decided to go with colour drips I decided on this as I wanted the page to look like it had been rained on. And thought the page looks simple it took an age to complete! I had to wait for each set of colour drips to dry before I added the next lot of colour as I didn’t want the colours to run into each other! I used my Aquash brush and watercolour paints to create this page. The Aquash brush was the best choice as it has a tank to hold the water and a brush end, a bit like a pen. I was able to pick up paint colour onto the brush and hold it over the page while squeezing the body of the brush slightly to control water flow to the brush and creating drops. I am pretty happy with this page so far but think that adding more depth to the drops may be a good move, and also adding a further sense of “rain” by exaggerating the splashes that were created.
For this page I used Aquash watercolour paints and brush.
Anti-Journal – A Photo of a Photo of a Photo of a Photo
This one is kind of self-explanatory and I’m not sure if I like it too much as it seemed to me to be the easy route to getting a page done. That, and my Instax Mini 8, which I took the images on, didn’t seem to focus very well so the images are all blurry. However, it is done and was more of an experiment to see how my camera would react to indoor photography. I might change the page at some point.
Personal Art Journal
I decided to start a personal art journal as I have been missing my experimental sketch books that I used to have when doing my Foundation course. I always enjoyed being creative and experimenting with ideas on those pages and felt that this was something to re-start again. That and getting the encouragement from my Wreck This Journal and Anti-Journal to continue with letting the creativity flow and continue. I’m not sure I am going to title the pages yet as sometimes I have no specific idea of what I want to create, yet I know I want to create a certain mark on the page before me. …so here it is, my Personal Art Journal.
Personal Art Journal – Page 1
This was the first page I created, it was a damp and miserable day, and it was stupidly cold (possibly in part due to me running a temperature and being ill). I was missing summer and the bright, colourfulness of the season so I set about with my watercolours, creating a graduated sunrise/sunset sky. After waiting for the page to dry I wanted to add a pattern to the page so I let my pen decide where to go, I wasn’t really focusing on what I was doing, and came up with a pattern of layered petal shapes. I added the dots and the wavy lines at the end as I felt that the page could do with something to lift it more. It’s strange to say it, but the image reminds me of a pineapple, the one fruit that I associate most with summer, and I had subconsciously included that into my image!
Personal Journal – Page 2
This page was created not long after the first, and though I was still ill, I was starting to feel better in myself. I had a dream about shapes, swirling and moving about, changing and flowing and woke up so calm and refreshed that I wanted to try to capture what had been in my dream. I chose to use bright colours to capture the energy that I had felt upon waking and the circles, triangles and wavy line to capture movement, and to represent water flowing as that was how it had appeared in my dream. perhaps this flowing movement had aided my calmness when I woke? The image took an age to create as every time I stepped away from it to look at it, it felt like there was something missing, even once I had finished, however now, looking at it, I am entirely happy with how it turned out and still makes me feel calm and refreshed. I feel like I have captured what I set out to and that it is a good representation of my dream.
The Mindfulness Colouring Book by Emma Farrarons
I know I said a few posts back that I wasn’t going to buy another “creative” book until I had finished my Wreck This Journal and Anti-Journal, but I kept stumbling over this book on Instagram, Facebook, on Amazon as a suggested purchase and on blog reviews. I never set out to buy this but when out shopping I spotted it out of the corner of my eye and had to check it out. Let me say this, it was love at first sight! The designs are intricate and lend themselves to so many different methods of “colouring them in” and the paper quality is good enough that even brand new felt pens don’t bleed colour through them. The only down side I had to the book, is that it is really hard to crack the spine to get the images to lay flat and get into the crevice to finish colouring the page properly, its like it’s too well made! But aside from that little bug, I really do like this book! (And incase you were wondering I purchased this from my local WHSmith’s store as I couldn’t wait for it to be delivered to me if I had bought it on the net!!!)
I’m not going to write explanations of these as they are pretty self-explanatory, I have just added colour to the image in ways that are pleasing to me :)
The Mindfulness Colouring Book – My First Page
The Mindfulness Colouring Book – Page 2
The Mindfulness Colouring Book – Page 3