Wednesday, January 25, 2012

A Year In The Life of an Art Journal...

I'm so excited to be playing along with "A Year In The Life of an Art Journal" again this year! The theme for 2012 is "Whatever and Whatnot;" and they are working this year to bridge the gap between scrapbooking and art journaling, which sounds pretty cool to me!

Here are the basics for the first prompt:

THE PROMPT: Word
ie: along the lines of One Little Word, choose one word that embodies the way you want your year to be LIVED.
THE STUFF: Imagery
ie: Use images, clippings... all to create the FEELING of the word you choose.
THE TECHNIQUE: PAINT/DOODLE
ie: paint and doodle on your images to further create the emotion of your word.

Sound like fun? I thought so too. Here's how my page turned out (click on image to see the details)...
The word I chose for this year is "Peace." Sometimes I feel like the world is spinning around me and I can't keep up! (Maybe I've mentioned that before?) HA. 2011 was a difficult one. I felt like I was missing my inner peace; and I want to bring it back. So, peace is my word for 2012.

Imagery includes clouds (using Julie Balzer's stencil), a wolf (cut from a greeting card); a butterfly and meditating woman (from O magazine); a moose at a mountain lake (from a thrifted photography book); and the large daisy (cut from a cocktail napkin). There are lots of little images too, snuck in with stamps and rubons. My favorite part is the bubbles. I've never drawn bubbles before, and it was fun to give it a try. When I get stressed, I sometimes imagine my worry being encased in a bubble and floating away; so it seemed appropriate to add them to this page.

The doodling part was done with a small paintbrush and acrylic paint mixed with gesso, to make it stand out against the dark background.

If you want to find out more about the "A Year In The Life of an Art Journal" prompts, click here!

Thanks so much for visiting my friends! I appreciate you!!!

16 comments:

Julie Tucker-Wolek said...

I can guess why you chose that word and I think it's an amazing one for you!! I loveeeeeeeeeeeeeee this!! I love love love all the blue and I see your heart stamps! :):):):):):):):):):):)

rachel whetzel said...

I'm so excited that you're playing with us this year! I miss you!!

LadyMissSusan said...

Awesome page! Thanks for playing. It's nice to 'see' you.

vikkiscrappygal said...

My word was different, because it's me and I wont apolize for being different anymore.

Ana said...

Really cute, I love the wolf

Patricia said...

Michelle...this is sooo YOU! I just love the way you put pages together!

Nikki said...

so pretty Michelle!

yyam said...

It's beautiful Michelle! I just love the happy colours and the awesome paintwork! I want my troubles to float away in bubbles! :)

Carolyn Dube said...

Blue is the most peaceful color to me, so I am not surprised that you choose it as your background color! This page rocks- hope 2012 is full of peace!

Heli said...

nice colours, beautiful page

Marcia said...

Love it!

dawn said...

Hi Michelle,

My first comment didn't take, darn computer.

I LOVE LOVE this page and the idea of this theme. Your colors are happy but peaceful. Of course your bubbles are amazing and look real to me. How do you find time to do all this and work and play so much. You must never sleep.

I just got my PL photos posted. Thank goodness, it wasn't working last week when I tried. Crossing my fingers that all is good.

I might have to check this class out too and join in on the fun.

hugs
Dawn

Queen Elisheba said...

I love the wolf! Amazing colorful work!

Glenda T. said...

I always love seeing your work Michelle, this is gorgeous! Love the blue and that wolf!!

Art Zest said...

Beautiful colors and wonderful imagry. My word is PEACE this year too. Let's hope we both get it this year.

dani said...

Ooooh, the imagery and the words and the color, it's all so perfect!