Saturday, July 31, 2010

30 Journals 30 Days

•How long have you been Art Journaling?

I am currently working on my very first art journal.

•How has Art Journaling impacted, changed, or enhanced your life?

It's very theraputic both emotionally as well as creatively. It really allows a person to create freely without being overly controlling or worried about the outcome.

•What are a few of your favorite Art Journaling materials?

So far my favorite is using Sculpey embellishments and papier mache'.

•Who are some of your favorite Art Journalers?

I recently discovered Juliana Coles and there are many from Youtube that have greatly inspired me like SuziBlu and Willowing.

•What kind words of encouragement would you say to an Art Journal newbie?

You have stumbled into an art genre' that truly wants you to be simply yourself...enjoy it!

•Where can we contact you...give us some link LOVE!!

•Short Bio.

I am 39 years old, married and have 2 sons, one 14 and the other 18. 

My mom, Corliss Ann Eden, is a mostly self taught artist who owned and operated a matting & framing art gallery. Early on, she taught me many of the skills I still rely upon today. Watching her paint as a child and being surrounded by her wonderful works both inspired me and drew me into the art world forever.

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

What I've Been Up To...

I wanted share some pics of my very first art journal experiment. It is in the very early stages. The covers were made of styrofoam and papier mache and they all fit together. This is a 4 part volume will be if I can come up with enough stuff to put IN them! Anyways, I may add a video later. I also included pics of my messy dungeon along with some emphemera (sp?) or stuff that I may use...;)

Saturday, July 24, 2010

Where Are All the Good Blogs?

It's been awhile since I've posted and althoughI have no pictures of my current art journal project to share with you, I was compelled to ask this...where are all the good blogs?! You know the ones that actually say things that are profound or funny or interesting?! You can't really do specific searches on this site...or so it seems to me. All you can do is scroll through blogs by hitting the next button over and over again and your reward for this tedium is thousands of blogs that are mere scrapbooks of people's kids, family gatherings and the occasional Bible thumper sermon! Now, don't get me wrong, I certainly don't think MY blog is any better but I usually only post unless I have something to share or something possibly interesting to say and usually neither are about me....entirely. For instance, if I share an art project, maybe it will inspire someone. If I share my opinion about a political/religious issue, maybe someone will consider THEIR opinion or they'll respond to mine. Even if I just least I'm saying something!

I suppose family orientated bloggers feel that their kids and their rainbows-n-unicorns type of life is inspiring least, to them. And as much as I think that's wonderful and fantabulous, I want to vomit at how lame it is! Yes, I have a son and yes I have many pictures of him. I've even created a video of my son using the
oh-so-typical sappy music of which I've invited family to view! So, I DO get it! I even post pictures of my family on Facebook but I would never take the time to blog about the day to day activities of my kids as if it were interesting. I mean if little Johnny had to be rushed to the ER or had some profound issue at school that I think other parents should know about then okay THAT'S interesting but most of these blogs are like looking at family photo albums.

I think pics of kids and family gatherings should be for personal venues where your family can view them while public blogs should be more about topics that can affect other people in some way. If you have a great topic for a post that somehow includes your family then by all means use that but have a topic other than documenting your family!!!!

I want to know; your thoughts about life, what you're mad or happy about, what you do creatively that may inspire me. I want to know you not just your role in your family.

So there's my rant. I'll post again when I have pictures of my art journal OR when I have actually say. It may be a while!