For my birthday, I took an Art Journaling class with May Flaum at Scrapbook Territory in Berkeley, CA. I love May's techniques of getting messy and experimenting with all sorts of mediums. I have taken classes from her before and I was excited when I saw that she was teaching here.
In her class, we got to work with stencils, modeling paste, gesso, watercolor pens, Gelatos, stamps and we got our own small Dylusions Art Journal to let our creative minds go to town! I had so much fun letting myself go! I'm a traditional scrapbooker with a very linear style, so this was definitely out of my comfort zone. But, I enjoyed creating with comparison or boundaries. I just had a blank page in front of me and tons of possibilities! I LOVED IT!
So, I carried on the creative flow and I've been trying to dig into my stash at home and do at least two pages every night. Here are a few of my backgrounds that I created. I plan to turn this art journal into a book of inspiration quotes.
Paints and mists
Washi tape strips covered with a light coat of white Gesso
Scraps of cardstock covered in Matte Medium and then a thin coat of white Gesso
This started off as a just a pink background and ended up being layers and layers of paint!
Pigment inks with the Tim Holtz Honeycomb stencil
Letters and washi tape strips used as masks covered in black Gesso and then peeled off
I truly love the freedom of creating anything I want on these blank pages. My mind runs wild, but all in a good way. My anxiety levels are under better control when I'm able to create and get messy. That's not to say that I don't worry about things anymore. I still do, but I'm able to handle them better. Art journaling has truly helped and I hope that my experience can inspire others to find a creative outlet and ease their anxieties too. Get messy and let it go!