Sunday, December 22, 2013

Christmas Art Journal Page

Merry Christmas! I've been working on this page all week and finally got it done!

This page started with a layer of self-adhesive gift tags, which I gessoed over. Then there was some painting through stencils in red and green. The tree was made using washi (and other) tape and outlined with gelatos. The Merry Christmas was cut off a gift bag.

The one thing I don't like is the star. I wish I had made the tree come to a point so the star wouldn't look out of place. Or I could have left off the star completely, but by the time I realized I didn't like it, it was too late. I don't really hate it, I just think it looks awkward because it's obviously not at the top of the tree. Oh well! I suppose you learn something with every page or other project you do. I learned to plan my page better, or at least to not glue things down until I'm sure. Of course, I've had this lesson many times and I don't always follow it. My art style is more "do this and see what happens" than any sort of plan. I think it works for me.

I was looking back through the pages I've done this year and I realized there aren't any that I hate. There's a couple that I don't like very much, some I love, and some that are just ok but none that I just can't stand. I think that is awesome because I have such a hard time considering myself an artist after being a crafter for so many years. But, at the end of the year, I'll have a book (once I rebind it) full of art that I did, most of which is pretty awesome, if I do say so myself. So I guess what I'm saying is that I feel really good about the art I've done this year.

1 comment:

  1. Hi! I feel the same way about my art journal(s)... most of the pages I really love. Either way, simply the experience of creating is rewarding! I think your star looks great, but I probably would've stuck it on the top (half protruding off the top of the page), but it's awesome just the way it is. Fantastic use of the washi tapes, too!