"Once we clearly acknowledge the soul, we can learn to hear it's cries. - Dallas Willard, Renovation Of The Heart."

It takes courage to pursue our dreams. It takes time and patience to unearth buried treasure. But I believe with all my heart that we must do both.

1.20.2011

large journal


My friend Bren mentioned Traci Bautista and her journaling.  Traci's book "Collage Unleashed" was one of the first art journaling books I purchased in 2007.  I have always loved the look of her journaling, it has this messy, colorful, graffiti look to it.  I love how Traci incorporates color, image, words, and mark making. I like the free handwork mixed with the use of the more perfect look of stencils.

So I decided to play a bit.

I like the results.

What I love about art journaling is incorporating a new thing one learns with what is already known.  The pages then become not a copy of someone else's work, but your own.  They may have a bit of the same feel, but they can never be truly duplicated because we each have our own "art print" just like fingerprints.

Traci is also offering daily journal prompts on her blog and her blog is just pure fun to look at.

17 comments:

Janet said...

This is gorgeous!!! It has that Traci influence but it's still all yours. I'm a huge fan of her work, too.

Nancy said...

Beautiful Mar......love the colors and the techniques you used.....

Many hugs

Buffy said...

Beautiful pages,so much fun to look at all the details.

rachel awes said...

absolutely yummy

Bren said...

Oh this is yummy, and it's where you shine this wonderful colourful graffiti effect. Wonder what you would come up with if you added some of your brilliant zentangles, magic.

CountryDreaming said...

Rainbow candy in book form!
:-)

Kim Mailhot said...

Yum yum yummy pages, Mary ! Love that stamp too - one you carved ?
You play so brightly and gracefully, Lovely One !

Janette@Janette's Sage said...

I love this...it makes me smile and it is just great!!! Wonderful job!

Traci Bautista said...

I LOVE all the bright colors! Thanks so much for being part of this creative journey!
Artfully...Traci

Jennifer Richardson said...

Definitely your own unique set
of wholehearted fingerprints!
Love, love, love.
-Jennifer

PaperPumpkin said...

I LOVE this, Mary! I always enjoy your use of bold and bright colors with black. Traci's Blog IS lots of fun, too! (Thank you for visiting me!) Have a happy weekend! ~Kathy

Martha Lever said...

oooouuuuuu..just to yummy for words!!!

jgr said...

Great page Martha!! I love all the colors and of course the texture!!

sarah said...

wow Mary...I love this...the colors..the flow...feels almost like dancing...

joyfulploys said...

All I can say is wow, too! I love this! The colors are fantastic!!! Oh, and the zentangles are wonderful in the previous post!!
Mary

Teri Leigh said...

One of the first art journal classes I took was from Traci Bautista. I didn't know a thing back then and it really helped me get started. I like her style too. Great job on the new journal pages. Maybe I will get inspired so keep creating.

Ophelia said...

Your style is unmatched!!! I AM in LOVE!!!