I had a art date yesterday with my very creative friend, Rosann of ARTs Story and it was great! I think it had been at least 3 months since the last time I did any kind of art. Hard to believe! At first, it wasn’t much of a priority. I gave my resignation at work and then we decided to move and we did. For a couple of months things were busy and the first things I packed was my art supplies because, I have so much of it. After we moved and my art room was set-up, I didn’t get back into doing art. This is quite normal for me. If I’m away from doing art for a while, it is very hard for me to get back to it.
So when Rosann suggested an art date, I said yes. It’s a nice way to visit. I did get anxious about it though. I’m not very good at doing art with someone else. I like it. Don’t get me wrong. But it isn’t my most comfortable way to art. I think it is because I go into a sort of trance when I do art. Or maybe it is because, I have a tendency to compare what I do with what the other person is doing. Or it could be for Or, who knows! Also my place is quite small so I wasn’t sure where we both could art together. I didn’t think my art room was big enough. Well it turns out that I could move my art table in the middle of the room and that worked really well. It was definitely a very pleasant afternoon spent with a wonderful friend. We’ve decided to do this every month, sometimes at my place and sometimes at her place. Very cool!
At first I thought I would work on a mandala. It felt less ‘threatening’ for a first art session after not having done art in a long time and also because of my unease of doing art with someone else. After Rosann did a bit of flip through of the art journal she is working in right now, I decided to jump right in and get my art journal too. When art journaling, I usually go for acrylic and an array of other supplies. This time I decided to go with limited supplies and I’m glad to have done so. It shows how little supplies is really needed for art journal.
Here is what I used:
- Art journal – of course!
- Magazine images and words. I have a supply of these that I have collected over the years and ready for me for when I’m in the mood for collaging.
- Watercolour paint brushes
- Washi tape
- Black Pentel EnerGel pen
And that’s it! The end result is an art journal page that is simple and was fun to make. It isn’t a masterpiece in any way, shape or form. But this is the beauty about art journaling. It isn’t so much about the end project, as it is about the process of creation itself.
It feels so good to have broken this 3+ month art abstinence stretch. My art table will be seeing more of me now, for sure! Thanks Rosann for giving me that nudge I needed.