Today's Monday Random Challenge is a color challenge!
After a long, hard winter, Spring has finally arrived here in the Northern Hemisphere. The first sign of the season I saw was this photo my cousin emailed me of her crocuses in bloom. She wrote that sixteen years after their planting, she still gets excited to see them appear and I myself find it hopeful each Spring to see tiny little crocuses pushing out of the hard, brown ground, often when it's still a bit cold.
This week we are exploring the world of Art Journaling which means it's "All About YOU"!
An Art Journal is like a written diary except instead of words it's a collage made with art. While occasionally altered photos are used, we encourage "no photos" because they push us into the "typical layout" trap. Instead we use special symbols/embellishments, word art and/or journaling to represent our thoughts and feelings. These symbols don't have to be literal, for example you can use a heart to show love, a little cartoon girl to represent yourself, create a vivid background to show excitement or use dark colors to show sadness. Word art can be scattered around and your own written journaling can be added or even "hidden" on your page if you'd rather keep it private. And, since Art Journaling is personal and has no rules, "anything goes". Nothing is ever wrong. It's "All About You"!
An Art Journaling starting point is called a "Prompt" and for this challenge our prompt is:
"Something I Love About Myself".
Read the prompt and sit with it, how does it feel in you, what comes to mind, what thoughts does it bring?
Create a background that shows what you'd like to portray. Choose colors or textures that express what you feel. (Hint: background blenders, SS papers or templates can be helpful.)
Next, find special symbols or embellishments and add word art or create journaling that show "Something I Love About Myself". Brushes can also be stamped or brushed on your page.
Throw everything onto your background collage-style and play! Move your pieces around and add/delete until you are ok with your page. Have fun!
Remember that what's most important about Art Journaling is that it's personal and "All About YOU", so each individual layout will interpret a prompt differently, sometimes dramatically so. Check out today's ScrapGirls Newsletter to see some of our Creative Team's "Inspired Scraps" layout examples and for even more inspiration take a look in the Art Journaling Gallery.
We're interested in learning more about you through your digital Art Journaling layout. When it is completed please post it in the Art Journaling Gallery for all of us to share and add a link here in this thread. I can't wait to see what you create!
If you have any questions, please post them here in this thread and we will be happy to assist.
Even better -- our monthly Art Journaling Chat is tonight, Tuesday April 14th at 9PM ET! Please come and join Jody and I to talk about Art Journaling, our prompt and ourselves. It's always a fun time and we'd love to see you there.
Here's my layout using Syndee's Free Mini Kit (see post #2 for details). I will post a second page later this evening to coordinate with the Art Journaling chat tonight.
It's time for the April edition of the Art Journaling Chat and this month we're kicking off an entire week of Art Journaling ScrapGirls style. Are you interested in learning digital Art Journaling? Excited about the layouts you've already created and anxious to make more? Join Marilyn (MariJ) and Jody (Jode2771) in the chat room on Tuesday, April 14th at 9 PM ET for a special edition of the Art Journaling Chat and Challenge. We will discuss the basics of Art Journaling and talk about this month's prompt -- and ourselves! Come join the fun and talk about Art Journaling -- you might even find yourself motivated to try a layout! Hope to see you there.
PLEASE NOTE:We are conscious that ScrapGirls live in all parts of the globe, so our aim is to alternate months and times. So while this is a special Tuesday evening ET chat, (therefore morning for some members) next month we will schedule a typical Monday morning early ET Chat in order to make it easier for other time zones.
AFTER CHAT UPDATE
During the chat we discussed how it's often difficult to scrap about ourselves and especially our good qualities. It was a fun and supportive discussion about ourselves and each other.
"Something I Love About Myself"
We can't wait to see the layouts you create about yourself. Please post your completed pages in the