Art journal · Mixed media

Don’t Look Back in Anger | Art Journal

Well well well! Looks like my sis and I got to working on our Inspiration Station projects quite early this time. It was my turn to come up with a theme, and I made a tic tac toe board of options. I realized that it’s pretty difficult to come up with a board that works for most strikes! 🙂 So my board isn’t ideal, but it still offers a few okay-ish combinations.

Inspiration Station | Jan Inspiration
Inspiration Station | Jan Inspiration

I chose Acrylics-Red-Stencils, and it resulted from a series of coincidences. I wasn’t feeling my best that day – I was angry and irritated, and the thought of art journaling in red to ‘express it and let go’ popped up in my head. My playlist had the song Don’t Look Back in Anger by Oasis on then, and it felt fitting to incorporate it in my session. That led to me referring to a course from Creative Jumpstart 2020 by Marieke Blokland, who incorporates raw and quirky characters in her journals. And I realized that if I just use a stencil, it would fit our Inspiration Station theme!

Don't Look Back in Anger | Art Journal | Anita

So I started with the background in red acrylics, added white using a stencil, and continued to incorporate elements from the course. I used new acrylic paints from multiple brands that I’d bought recently, and I’m happy with their quality. I used them in a recent gel printing session too, so they work well for most creative techniques that I work on currently! Yay!

As for the art journal page – thanks to Marieke Blokland for her instructional video on Creative Jumpstart 2020! I discovered that I love the freedom involved in creating these kind of quirky characters – it’s so much more liberating knowing that you can bring in some kind of focal element when your mind cannot focus too much on drawing, but you still want to draw. (I suppose everyone has such conflicting feelings… 😀 )

And now, would you like to head on over to my sister’s to see her graceful, textured card?

Inspiration Station logoCreative Jumpstart 2020 logo


With this project, I’m also joining these challenges:

613 Avenue Create Challenge #230 - Anything Goes w/ Optional Twist 'Banners and Bows'
613 Avenue Create Challenge #230 – Anything Goes w/ Optional Twist ‘Banners and Bows’
A Bit More Time to Craft - Challenge 109 - Anything Goes
A Bit More Time to Craft – Challenge 109 – Anything Goes
A Perfect Time To Craft Open Challenge #2-2020 (ATG)
A Perfect Time To Craft Open Challenge #2-2020 (ATG)
Crafts Galore Encore - February Challenge #72 - Anything Goes
Crafts Galore Encore – February Challenge #72 – Anything Goes
Crafty Catz Challenge 492 - Anything Goes w/ optional twist 'Embossing Wet or Dry'
Crafty Catz Challenge 492 – Anything Goes w/ optional twist ‘Embossing Wet or Dry’
More Mixed Media Challenge - Anything Goes w/ Optional Red
More Mixed Media Challenge – Anything Goes w/ Optional Red

 

20 thoughts on “Don’t Look Back in Anger | Art Journal

  1. … I heard you say :)! Last year I met Marieke Blokland as an instructor for Wanderlust 2019. Her characters are really fun and I think you did great creating your own character! Somehow, I feel that there is a bit of Picasso in your journal too.
    As for drawing, Picasso said that it is a lot more transpiration than inspiration. I guess he was right, perseverance is the word.

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    1. She does indeed have the most wonderful characters, Cris, and she is very inspiring! It’s true, our creative outputs are definitely the result of all the stuff that we imagine, absorb and practice.

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  2. I love that funny character you’ve made for this journal page, Anita! The message is also an excellent piece of advice.
    I admire the creative energy that you have and the number of challenges that you’re in. Wow! Have a beautiful and blissful day!

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    1. Thank you, Mihaela! I never imagined how much I’d like creating such characters. 🙂
      I feel I’m more creative now than earlier – I found it helps me remain sane 🙂 so as much as possible, I’d want to be creative every day.

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