Gah! It’s so frustrating when you write a blog post and then there’s a glitch and it’s gone and even the saved drafts don’t seem to exist any more… so for the second time of writing:
During the week I was invited by an online friend I got to know through the Creative Chemistry 101 classes a few years ago to join a new art journaling challenge group she was organising. The Pick A Stick Challenge Group on Facebook is open to anyone who would like to join in and is an active art journaler. The premise is simple: each month, ten sticks are drawn at random from a pot of prompts covering media, styles and techniques. The only other stipulation is that you layer your page in the order the sticks are drawn. That is where the process becomes a little more tricky!
So here’s a little more on how the process worked:
I’ve been wanting to use more layers in my art journaling for quite a while now, but kept getting ‘stuck’. This challenge was a great way to get stuck in, and I found the rigidity of the rules helpful and annoying at the same time! It certainly stops you having a finished page in mind before you start. I was a little disappointed that the image transfer has obscured so much of the texture and effects beneath. I think next time I will lighten the image before printing (which should make it more translucent) and probably only use a panel across the page rather than cover the whole page. Great fun, and a great way of kick starting creativity after the festive break.
[Disclaimer: as part of the DecoArt Helping Artist programme, I have received samples of the DecoArt Media line to work with]