The Art Journal with #thecraftiecutie

To learn about this project with The Craftie Cutie, go to her blog at blog.craftiecutie.com and on Twitter @thecraftiecutie AND get your own art journal at gofundme.com/theartjournal AND on Periscope @thecraftiecutie.

Go! You know you want to!

So, I got her awesome journal and it didn’t take long for me to figure out how I wanted to use it. She sends it printed perfectly on awesome paper, but it is not bound so you can do what you want with it.

Here’s what I have done so far:

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Here it is straight out of the mailbox. Well, it came in an envelope, of course… yeah.

I have had this book hanging around forever and have never really come up with a good use for it, so it’s perfect for what I want to do.

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I have this and that written in it, but that doesn’t matter, I’ll just cover it up.

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I glued all the wonderfully colorful pages of The Art Journal into my book, spaced out throughout, not too terribly precise, but it will work perfect. I punched some tabs out of some painted background paper I had made last month so I can flip to any of the pages I want when I want!

The very first part of the journal concerns walls and all the walls we put up to protect ourselves, hide behind and eventually close ourselves within.

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I started working on my ‘walls’, writing down all the things that came to mind along with Cutie while she was broadcasting on Periscope.

This is a very personal project and not all details will be revealed, at least to anyone other than me, I hope, but I wanted to share some of what I am doing in hopes of giving someone the courage to do what they need to do to demolish those walls. Cutie was very encouraging to me. She made it feel possible. Sometimes it just takes the simple, kind words of a stranger to spark that fire; to speak to the urge to work through the garbage that is lingering.

When I thought I had enough words on my ‘wall’ after pondering, fishing through and drilling my brain for all I thought should be on there, I started writing whatever came to mind. I wasn’t neat. I wasn’t preparing a paper to be shared. I just wanted to pour it out on the paper. It was all things I’ve sorted through before. I thought I was finished with it. Apparently, I wasn’t. I scribbled and scratched all my childhood fears, anger and turmoil onto the page. Well, not all of it. That’s why I chose that big book to do this in! I’m sure there is more to get down on paper.

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Surprisingly, this only took a few minutes to scratch out. I was soon exhausted, but felt better. I knew what I would do next.

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I covered all that shit up!

Here are the pictures of how it progressed.

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I really didn’t put too much though into the picture. As a recovering perfectionist this technique in art is hard for me; crooked lines, proportion thrown out the window; it all good though.

Thanks for looking! And check out the links at the top of the post!

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