It’s Blissin’ Down Again…..

I love art journalling. Or rather, I love the thought of art journalling. The theory. The perusing of thousands of blogs. The collecting of stationary…oh sweet Lord, the sweet sweet stationary…

"Do ya wannit, do ya? do ya? Well, it's MINE!" *slurp*

But the actual journalling? I can’t get started. I have the goodies, I watch the YouTube tutorials and I’m neck-deep in the books, but I can’t make that first step. It’s been suggested that I consider my ( potential ) output so worthless that I’m scared to waste resources on them, and I’m guessing there’s more than a grain of truth in there.
Not only that, but apparently I’m missing my Bliss.
Endless numbers of art journalists are singing in chorus that I should FIND my Bliss. I should WORK my Bliss. I should EMBRACE my Bliss.
I have no idea where my Bliss is, but it certainly sounds like it’s getting more action than I am. It’s probably snogging my Muse around the back of McDonalds.
It’s frustrating, more so because I live with an artist and I work in the 3D art business, when I *do* work, that is.
So I picked one of my craft books at random and decided to give it a go, and maybe if I post the results I’ll have the incentive to keep going. That said, I’m supposed to be posting once a day and look at all the days I’ve had off with the flu 😦
This is the book I’m going to be working from :

I do hope they don't ask me to put crowns on everything.

I shall be expecting to be frolicking in a Me / Bliss / Muse 3-some in no time or I’ll be wanting my money back.

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7 thoughts on “It’s Blissin’ Down Again…..

  1. You are talking about an art journal then – one with pictures and stuff – of which I can not draw a straight line without a ruler! I was married to an artist once – he could just draw and draw and I envied his talent/skill – because I can’t. I can write and I can press a mean spreadsheet – but ask me to draw anything and my mind just shuts down – so saying that – if you have any bit of talent in this area – please draw – I would love to see your work.

    I love art and painting and drawings – I just can’t do them – so seeing what someone else can do always makes me feel like I’m a part of it!

    • I used to be able to draw when I was at school. Not brilliantly, but I had an eye for it. Alas, I didn’t pursue it though. Hubby says that it’s a matter of constant practice ( and he showed me some of his early work to prove the point ), and of course having a talent for it helps. But sadly I can’t so much as draw stick figures these days. I’m determined to change that though 😀

  2. That’s my worry with the art journaling movement. Everything posted on the internet looks so pretty, so darn good, and it reinforces for some people that they can’t do art.

    Everyone is an artist!

    If you are finding it hard to get started, then scribble. Scribble, scribble, scribble. Then look to see if there are any shapes/patterns in those scribbles. Highlight them. You are doing art.

    Think of an issue that is bothering you at the moment. Breathe. Let your heart take over, and then do art.

    In the 1970’s the Australian government paid 1.3 million dollars for Jackson Pollack’s Blue Poles painting http://www.smh.com.au/ffximage/2007/11/30/BluePoles_wideweb__470x236,0.jpg

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