Hope you have had a good start of the week?
I haven't done any art journaling for some time so had a real craving to do so. I have quite a few photos to show you so I'm going to try to keep the 'talking' to minimum (ouch!:) and get right to the subject.
The Mixed Media Place has a new challenge - Summer Music, Volume 1: 'Freedom' - and Simon Says Stamp Monday Blog challenge is 'J is for...' in my case 'journaling' and my artwork was created with these two challenges in mind although there's a message behind my page spread (in my opinion, a whole point of journaling...).
My message to myself and to you all is related to freedom of creativity. The whole idea of expressing yourself through art is to follow your own ideals, not someone else's. Just because there are other artists who create their art in certain way doesn't mean that yours must look the same way. Don't be afraid to be unique. It's good to follow your own ideas in your head and create art that YOU like, not to try to create someone else's art. We all get inspired by others and it's ok to follow a certain style and use the same elements that others do, but sometimes it's good to sway away from that and just make things that make you happy for the sake of it. What really gets me sometimes is this craze about craft trends and supplies or other trends in general... we all say (me inclusive!), "I must have this, I MUST have that!" whilst it is so easy to use what we have and with a little bit of imagination create the most amazing pieces! The same goes for any other form of art or living, be it music, way of dressing yourself, walking, talking... we all get caught up in trends and follow one another's ideas and easily forget who we are and what is our purpose here and that maybe if we weren't so caught up in all this maybe the world would be a better place.
So my very grungy unique page spread represents this freedom of expressing myself as an artist, as a person and what I like. I like grungy, I love texture and I love meaningful art. My pages might not be to everyone's taste, but that's ok. I love it!
I created a dark textured background that looks like a scene from a horror movie, I know. But if you look closer, you will see some light areas, a golden city in the middle representing our presence, where we live, the clock representing time passing by whilst living our lives, the crackled moth as one that overlooks us all and, of course, the very clear message: 'Courage is being yourself everyday in the world that expects you to be someone else...' that pretty much says it all. I hope you see what I'm trying to say here and that despite the heave textured background and dark colours somehow like the journal page spread.
The challenge over at the Mixed Media Place is related to a song 'Freedom' by George Michael. In my opinion and from what I read and hear the song is exactly about him trying to separate from the record company who 'owns' him and him trying to be just creative in his own way. Some say the song is about 'coming out', but he didn't until 10 years later so it would be silly to assume so. So basically, his song is pretty much about what I'm trying to portray here through my journaling, hence entering it into the challenge.
Feel free to share your thoughts in the comment section below. I would love to read your opinions.
Enough talking and here are photos of what it is I created and will be entering into the two above mentioned challenges....
The two photos above are of the process, I added and removed and added and removed,... as you do when creating... :) Here are the photos of the finished page spread made with acrylic paints, stamping using the Papermania Chronology set, Tim Holtz products, tiny beads, Liquitex Modeling Paste, Distress Inks, strips of linen fabric, burlap strings, masking tape etc...
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