The Artful Journey

Exploring my self and the world through art.


Art journaling, watercolor sketching, and a whole lotta inspiration link love

I’ve been doing some personal art journaling, although I haven’t gone back into the Better Than Gold book yet.  This last week, I’ve been working in my hardbound black sketch book, which is about 8 x 5 (on the right):


And yes, I do have to label all my plain black sketchbooks as to which is the top, as I always pick them up and start drawing and realize it’s upside down.  Anyway…I’ve been doing new things and playing with mixed media in layers, layers, layers, and as a result I’ve had to thin the sketch book down to half the pages.  Plus the closure I made for it broke already because it’s too voluptuous, so I’m working on another.  Don’t worry, I saved the removed signatures, which came out whole by the way, and I’m going to sew up a second journal with them.  Moving on…this page was inspired by McDonald’s artwork on their bags.


I know, I’m so ashamed.  I hate lauding a corporate giant monster like them, but that color combo and those fonts, the line variation…it’s all evil genius.  And I was feeling pretty grateful for being able to buy fast food when I want to, since I haven’t always been able to afford to do that.  I was inspired to do fast collage by Moira Richardson, literarytease on youtube, whose technique I’ve been studying so I can get fast and loose with my own adhesives.  I watched her video on using punchinella, and that along with others made me hit her Key Lime Supplies etsy shop and buy up her mega uber punchinella set of 20 different unique types.  My birthday was yesterday, so that was my present as it arrived this morning.  🙂  I’ll be sharing my mad experimentation with that later.  You can go there and buy your own set, but don’t buy her clearance red and white tape, because I’m totally kicking myself for not just ordering like…all she had, because I got one roll and it’s *effin’ awesome*.  So don’t buy it.  Unless it’s for me.  Then I’m happy to give you my address so you can send it.

Okay, so I also did a spread to marinate on some advice Juliana Coles gave me in the Book of the Night workshop I’m in.  I ordered a couple of her booklets from her etsy shop, and she tucked in some ephemera with them, so I did a spread using that ephemera and the parts of our conversation that were hitting me the hardest:


The skeleton and the painting of the man on the right are both her artwork. The Book of the Night workshop is all about diving into your deepest, darkest recesses and bringing all your shit into the light, and the current assignment is one that I’ve been dreading and stalling on and whining about, so this was a tiny bit of the wonderful advice she gave me about that.

I also did this spread upon waking up to a truly shitty day:


I really debated on sharing that one, but I want to be genuine here, so well…there ya go.  As with any work I post here, I’m happy to answer questions about technique, but uh…not content.

So yeah, I fell into a depression this week, and like I’ve mentioned before, when my inspiration well runs dry, I hit youtube.  And last night, I followed Les Herger’s blog post links to some great youtube videos on watercolor, and the Journal Junkies one especially inspired me to do stenciling and stamping with watercolor, which I’d never done before.  This morning, I totally randomly stumbled on this video on Pocket Sketching, which reminded me how fun it was to do sketch and wash, and also how uninhibited I always feel when I work in a tiny journal.  She also confirmed what I had suspected but not yet tested for myself, that good quality drawing paper works great for sketch and watercolor wash.  Then, to top it off, I got today’s prompt from A Year in the Life of an Art Journal, which was to draw lips.  I’ve been following them for over a year but have never shared anything.  But I love to draw lips, so I decided it was time to join in.

So, I combined all my inspirations from last night and this morning, and did watercolor sketch and wash, watercolor stencils and stamps, and working in a new pamphlet-bound 4 x 6 journal I made of drawing paper, and did this page, a real departure in style for me:


I really love it.  I couldn’t stop playing.  So I also did some other ink and watercolor wash sketches,



and then did a 4 x 6 watercolor postcard for my grandma, who just LOVES to get snailmail.  🙂


I’m still working on the whole making my own videos thing.  I think it’s going to be a bit more complicated than I thought, especially since I’m living in a very small space and working in a very, very, very small space.  But I want to do it, and I’m not giving up on it.  I figure I can at least do some journal flips.  Those are easy.  I’ll keep you posted as I figure things out!  In the meantime, my old youtube channel, Flighty Artist, has a plethora of public playlists that are particularly play-inspiring, so if you need some muse juice, I recommend you check ’em out.

Thanks for visiting!  Bye for now!