Over the last month I have fallen completely head-over-heels in love with art journaling! It has become my go-to art practice for most evenings because I find the process super therapeutic and relaxing. I adore sitting at my desk while playing some of my favourite songs or listening to podcasts, and just prepping the background of a spread, or cutting out the elements I would like to use. It almost becomes meditative. Of course there are moments that are less than sweet, like the colours in a spread not working together or making a mistake with the paint and ink! I don't shy away from these moments though, because the reason I started art journaling in the first place was as a way to practice my creative thinking! When things go wrong then it is a perfect time for the creative brain to kick into action and start thinking how I can fix the problem or work around the problem. By practicing I can already see how it has effected the rest of my art & design work. My work looks and feels more cohesive, and I am able to think of creative solutions a lot faster. Needless to say, art journaling has really helped me in developing my creative practice and I would like to offer you five tips that I have learnt the hard way, so you can get a head start in art journaling if you desire!Read More
If you've been following my art journey for a while you may have witnessed the many changes and transformations that my art has gone through. I've gone from celestial watercolour paintings, to intricate ink illustrations, to digital collage, to abstract paintings! I find it hard to stay with one style when there are so many exciting ways to play around with art and expression, and through all these changes I have given myself a hard time for not being able to keep true to one medium or style.
Maybe I just haven't found my soul style yet (if there even is such a thing) or maybe I was never meant to confine myself to one style. I'm trying to be more forgiving and accepting of how my creativity manifests nowadays and the main trigger for this realisation is an inspiring conversation I had with Jessica Andersdotter & Lianne Williams. These wonderful ladies are amazingly talented artists and I have the great honour of being able to call them my friends too! I was musing on Twitter about not having a one "true" style, umming and aahing over whether I wished to pursue my abstract paintings or detailed ink illustrations as my main focus when Jessica and Lianne came up with the most brilliant idea of combining the two into a signature style! Why it had not occurred to me before I will never know, but in that moment I was so inspired and excited to try it that I went ahead and created my first piece, a bumblebee illustration. I was instantly enamoured with it, and I think a large reason for this is that it reminds me of the work of Kim Krans, the artist and creatrix behind The Wild Unknown Tarot & The Animal Spirit Oracle, my two favourite decks! Feeling elated with how the first piece went, I set about creating the next, featuring the skull of a cat! Although I didn't like it quite as much as the first (which is usually the case for me when I'm experimenting) I still really liked how it turned out and the magical/whimsical feelings that I got from it!
Although I do not wish to confine myself into just one style anymore, I can't help but feel content and satisfied in taking the first steps towards developing a signature style of my own. I'm very much excited to develop these further and I can't wait to see how it progresses and inevitably transforms!
My bumblebee illustration is available to purchase as a print here!
My cat skull illustration will be available to purchase soon!
Gosh, it's been a little while since I last posted about my art goals. The last time I updated you all on them was June.. last year! My art goals are back though and I'm pleased to say that I think they will be a more regular occurrence over here on the blog!
Regularly settings goals for yourself is a great practice when you're trying to improve or explore a new route. Having something to look upon and reflect on how you're progressing and how you feel about it is an amazing resource for yourself! Though the trick to getting your goals to work for you and not the other way around is learning how to hold yourself accountable, something I'm still learning myself! But as with most things, I think it will come with practice, so we're back to setting ourselves some goals for the month!
One of the things I struggle with when setting goals is that I just want to do ALL the things so will end up making a list of 10, 15, maybe even 20 goals! Of course I become overwhelmed by such a massive list whenever I try to do something and inevitably abandon ship! This time I'm going to TRY to keep it simple by limiting myself to just three goals this month to see how I get on.
So after a long think, here are the goals I want to accomplish this month!
1. Start a regular sketchbook practice!
I swear this seems to be like a constant goal for me haha! Obviously keeping up with a regular sketchbook practice can have a tonne of rewards but it's still something I tend to struggle with, I think it's my inner perfectionist causing chaos there! I want to be able to sit down with my sketchbook at least every couple of days to just play around in it and hopefully discover or develop some new skills to use in my work! To have a dedicated space to practice and experiment will be incredibly helpful in moving forward and improving with my art so I'm setting this as a goal again!
2. Experiment more with abstract paintings!
If you look back through my posts to the beginning of the year you'll see that I was doing a lot of abstract paintings in acrylic. Lately my buzz for abstracts has been reignited and I've been experimenting with a couple of mixed media abstract paintings! I really love how they have been coming along and have already discovered a few new little tricks that I love to use so I definitely want to continue with this!
3. Practice with some colour studies!
If I'm to be creating more abstract paintings again then a particular resource I would like to develop is a catalog of colour studies and experiments. My sketchbook will be a perfect home for this so I can flit through it to see what colour combinations catch my eye as inspiration for a new painting! It's also just good practice in general for any artist to play around with colour, after all it's a skill that can be transferred over most mediums and styles!
So those are all my art goals for myself! I will check back in at the end of the month to chat with you all about how it went and what I can do to improve for my next set of goals! In the mean time I would love to hear about your latest goals and how you're planning to tackle them!