I mentioned in a previous blog that I had signed up for 21 Secrets which are lessons in art journaling. The last time I tried an art journal was in a literature class a few years back. The highest grade possible was a B unless you did art in your journal about the assigned books. I knew nothing about how one did art journals and have zero natural artistic ability. I HATED it. I struggled to think up simple things that I could draw. My focus was on the journal activity rather than the books. Now, from Hanna and these other artists that are sharing their methods, I find that I could have been having a wonderful time.
I did Hanna's class first since I found out about the classes through her blog. The lessons can be done in any order. The main focus for this one was the use of tissue paper. You can do some amazing stuff with it such as running it through your printer--easily. Here are my first two attempts.
However, that phrase can have completely different meanings in different contexts. It is hard to see the Carmen Miranda-ish head (does anyone else remember Carmen Miranda?) in this picture, but it is definitely an unusual take on it. Shown without the accompanying story, it is open to some wild interpretations. The quote, "To err is human, to forgive, canine, a take on the original making forgiveness divine, is supposed to accompany the snarling wolf. Again, context plays a key role that we too often fail to take into consideration.
The second page represents balance within. Mixed in with what is real in our lives are a tumult of ideas of what might be. That is a picture of Hedy Lamarr--she's even before my time!--that I copied on tissue paper. Bust magazine had a great article on her. It turns out that the uber-famous, sexy actress was also uber-bright and inventive.
These are the ideas that come of writing three pages of stream-of-consciousness writing every day. I read a book recently that suggested this kind of writing each morning and a walk every day to expand our creativity. Those were the only things I liked about the book, but each has turned out to be priceless advice.