Friday, July 30, 2010

30 journals 30 days!

Woohoo! Today's the day! I've been waiting to post this. Connie over at Dirty Footprints Studio has extended her "30 journals, 30 days" project and is allowing artists everywhere to fill out this interview about their own art journaling experience! If you get a chance, make your way over to her website to find links to many lovely blogs and tons of inspiration! I hope you enjoy my interview, it was very fun to write.

•How long have you been Art Journaling?

I started a journal back in 2005 when I was still in high school.. however at that time I was too worried about making things look nice that I never really let loose and just played freely. I didn't use any paint or other materials, I was just keeping it real simple, when my muse could have done much more! In late 2007 I discovered the amazing SuziBlu and all my preconcieved notions of what a journal was "supposed" to be flew out the window.. I began creating like a mad woman! I was so inspired to just do my own thing and felt that it was meaningful too. That same original, "playing it safe" journal that I started in high school evolved into a colorful, expressive book of my life. I'll never forget my beginning art journal days.. I miss them!

•How has Art Journaling impacted, changed, or enhanced your life?

I feel that discovering my passion for art journaling has really helped me become more in touch with myself and embrace my creativity. My life is so much more rich and meaningful because of it. I really did not have a main hobby that I could turn to before I started journaling. I always enjoyed crafts and anything creative when I was younger but it was never part of my daily life - with art journaling I feel like I have found my niche and am totally in my element! It really was like finding a missing part of myself.

It has opened up a whole new world for me: I disovered my love for mixed media art and I am now doing paintings and learning to draw- things I never thought I'd be doing. I'm also just beginning to teach local mixed media and art journaling classes this summer! I now call myself an artist because of it. :)

•What are a few of your favorite Art Journaling materials?

Acrylic and watercolor paints, ribbon, buttons, tape, portfolio oil pastels (they are great when you add water to them), any collage materials/ephemera, and sakura gel pens - which I need more of! Also some nice tunes to listen to are a must!

•Who are some of your favorite Art Journalers?

Suzi Blu
Friday Eudaemonism (Hannah)
Ruby Claire

•What kind words of encouragement would you say to an Art Journal newbie?

Just have fun with it. Don't get mad at yourself if you dislike a page you created, just think of it as an experience and a process. Even though I've been journaling for awhile I am still often a perfectionist, but I try to ignore it and just be accepting of what I made. Everything you do in your journal is meaningful... seriously! Don't be scared to be YOU and just let loose, why be hard on yourself? Be your own best friend. When I first started I wasn't sure if things I were creating/writing were "worthy" enough, but when I look back on past pages, I like reading things I wrote and seeing pages that are important to my life. Also, don't push yourself to journal if you aren't in the mood. Do it when you feel inspired! Don't feel like you have to have a certain style either.. I think it's more interesting when you can make all different types of pages and try out new things.

•Where can we contact you...give us some link LOVE!!

Right here at My blog :)

•Short Bio.

I am 21 years old and a recent college grad from southern New Hampshire. I have a degree in elementary education and when I eventually start teaching I hope to incorporate art into my classroom in many ways. Right now I am pretty immersed in the art world.. I am planning on trying to sell some of my art and see where that takes me. I come from a pretty creative household- my mom makes jewelry and my sister loves music and plays guitar. Lately my head is always spinning with new projects I want to try! I am currently learning how to draw realistic faces and want to experiment with photography too. Some other things I love are postcrossing, new age/world music, writing, traveling, and dancing (Zumba)!


The Studio at Crow Haven Farm, LLC said...

Fantastic Interview. Your journals are beautiful! Lots of color, texture, and expression. Thanks for sharing. Found you over at Suzi Blu! I got my journal from the Sketch Book Project too. Looking forward to seeing your pages.
Have a great weekend.

Connie said...

Wowsers!!! I LOVE each and every one of your pages!!! You have such a fabulous way with color and design.....if the elementary school job burns you out in a few years....bounce into the design world!! You have lots of talent!!!

Thanks for sharing your story!!

Good stuff.

Big hugs,

ABCcreativity said...

i love your pages and your process.
you *are* an artist!!

Beverley Baird said...

Love your journal pages! Loves of colour.
Great interview!

Kristi said...

Great pages! Your art is so vibrant and full of life. Thanks for sharing with us! Congratulations on your teaching -- what a privilege to help others find the artist in themselves!

Marisa said...

The Studio - Yay, another Suzi fan! Thank you so much! I love that all of us artists online can share the journey of the sketchbook project together.

Connie - Thanks a ton for your lovely comment! I really appreciate it! It was great to contribute to your project :)

ABCcreativity - aw thank you so so much! that means a lot to me!

Beverly - Thank you so much, I'm glad you stopped by.

Kristi - Thanks very much for your comments, I love to make my journal pages happy and bright. I always like to see positive messages on journal pages. Teaching really is a great privilege - it's definitely my other passion! :)

TopazPearleGirl said...

Great work Marisa! Thanks for sharing...

Marisa said...

Thank you Topaz!