This weekend's assignment is a journal for myself. While I have been making journals for other people, this weekend I will be dedicating to myself. One of the difficult aspects of art journaling (other than not being an artist) is that I get overwhelmed by the blank page. When I write, I never have difficulty getting started because I can just delete what I don't want and start again. With art, it is different for me. If I mess something up, I usually don't know how to fix it.
Sooooo, this journal will be dedicated to simply playing. No preconceived ideas of what I want on the page. I am allowing myself to play--artistically. If the page doesn't work out, then I will just move on to another page(s).
To overcome the daunting task of starting, I am coloring some pages before I bind them. I am taking watercolor paper, covering them with Gesso, and doing background washes. I am setting them to dry so that they will dry flat. I am using all sorts of coloring materials just to play--acrylics, Gesso, oil crayons, chalks, crayons, watercolor crayons, colored pencils, ink pads, etc. Anything to put a layer of color on a white page.
Once these have dried, I will fold them into signatures and sew them into a concertina which will be my text block. I will then case them in. I will share the process with you along the way.