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Monday
Jan262015

Prompt60 #21

"We especially need imagination in science. It is not all mathematics, nor all logic, but it is somewhat beauty and poetry."
Maria Montessori

It's fun upside down too!

One of the most fun things about art journaling is the ability to incorporate random words and images and not need to transform the content into a coherent result. You certainly *can* utilize the principles of graphic design in your work, or you can play and just go with the flow. 

For this prompt, make a scribbly background. I scribbled nonsense with Neocolor II wax crayons. Use any mark-making tool you wish. You might just make marks or you might write huge words in fancy cursive across the page. Scribble with colored pencils, a #2 pencil, Derwent inktense blocks, crayons, etc. Something with a little smudge-ability is always fun. 

In my first photograph, I pulled some phrases from some little clippings and stacked them on the left page. Have fun playing with your words, pulling in different fonts, colors, etc. 

Have fun going through a little pile of collected papers like brochures, maps, ads, tags, etc. and old magazines. Make a little stack of interesting phrases. Then without analyzing, put them into an order that makes a sentence. No need to make sense! You know, Alice in Wonderland, silly, zany, and perhaps even some grain of truth... like when a fortune cookie actually seems to speak to something in your life.

Add your found poetry to your pages in some manner {you know the drill - glue, tape, staples, etc.}. Go for two pages if you wish, or do some collage on the other page. You can collect some interesting images or use some leftover words.

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PS. Yay! Issue #13 of the DY Zine is now available.

Sunday
Jan252015

A Fresh New Zine, Lucky Issue #13

Announcing Zine #13!!!

My guest contributors this issue are the wonderful Hanna Andersson of iHanna and Ingrid Murray of My Peacetree. Thank you both for sharing their art and words in the Zine. 

The Daisy Yellow Zine contains insights & ideas relevant to art journalists. This is the first issue of 2015, with articles in work since November! I'm tentatively planning to publish 3 Zines this calendar year. Read more about the current and previous issues.

Saturday
Jan242015

2015 Book List

The 2015 List of Possibilities

Stats: In 2014 I read 34 books. 2013: 37. 2012: 36. 2011: 20. 2010: 30. There are 153 books on my TO READ shelf at Goodreads plus 6 I'm currently reading. This time last year, there were 142. Disclaimer: Books are added + deleted. This is an annual tradition at Daisy Yellow. 

Just started Jill Berry's Map Art Lab and if you are a cartography lover or enjoy using maps or map-inspiration in your art, you'll love this one. I'm also reading Cathy Johnson's Artist's Journal Workshop. I thought I'd read it years ago, but apparently not. The author discusses a bunch of different options for journaling, with a focus on journaling objects and scenery with ink & watercolor, w/examples from different artists. 

Creative Books on My List for 2015

Map Art Lab, Berry
How to Make a Journal of Your Life, Price
Drawing From Life: The Journal as Art, New
A World of Artist Journal Pages, Sokol
Collage, Assemblage, and Altered Art, Maurer-Mathison
Color: A Natural History of the Palette, Finlay
The Art of Urban Sketching, Campanario
Making Handmade Books: 100+ Bindings, Structures & Forms, Golden
Collage, Colour and Texture in Painting, Bernard, Capon
Artist's Journal Workshop, Johnson

Creative Books that I Recommend!

The Journal Junkies Workshop, Scott, Modler
The Creative License and An Illustrated Life, Gregory
Drawing Lab for Mixed-Media Artists, Sonheim 
1,000 Artist Journal Pages, Sokol 
Spilling Open: The Art of Becoming Yourself, Harrison {a journal} 
Creative Illustration Workshop for Mixed-Media Artists, Dunn
Journal Spilling, Trout 
An Illustrated Life (Artist Journals + Sketchbooks), Gregory
The Art Journal Workshop, Bunkers
Color Mixing Bible, Sidaway 
Good Mail Day: A Primer for Making Eye-Popping Postal Art, Hinchcliff 
Personal Geographies, Berry
The Collage Workbook, Plowman
4 A.M. Breakthrough: Unconventional Writing Exercises, Kiteley
How to Be an Explorer of the World, Smith

Thursday
Jan222015

Perfect and Imperfect and Everything in Between

5x8" moleskine, doodles in gelly rolls, found items, washi tape, colored pencils, photographs, inktense blocks, stickers. 

It's useful to step back and take a macro view of our creative endeavors. What is the point, the goal? With your lines, your brush strokes, your photographs, your words? Where are you headed? What do you want to accomplish? This is a question that only you can answer. No-one else gets to decide for you. I think that there is value in working in both spaces, in working to improve our skills and also in playing!

A) Sometimes there is value in working to perfectly replicate or represent something. To draw an accurate foot, characterize a basketball player in 50 words or less, symbolize a dream, develop a 5-7-5 haiku about distopian fiction, solve a math problem accurately to the 7th decimal.

B) Yet it is also rewarding to play, to approximate something. To have fun with the experience but not worry about the results, to be purposely imperfect, to get close to something but not reach it, to estimate. To get to some point of good enough. Abstractions. Painting rainbows for the sake of painting rainbows. 

Tuesday
Jan202015

Prompt60 #20

9x12" drawing paper, Sharpie ultra-fine markers, 2007

When I started doing art in 2007, I was still a financial analyst and so it's probably not a surprise that my earliest journal pages were pretty detailed and analytical! I have a very clear memory of the way that this page began. My daughters and I went to Starbucks after school and I handed each of them a drawing journal and put a huge pile of Sharpies in the center of the table and we sat there munching on treats and drawing. I pulled things out of my purse and the store looking for interesting typography to draw.

Art Prompt: Go into your pantry and grab a bunch of items with interesting typography. Sketch the words from the product packaging, squeezing to fit a bunch of different items on your page. Turn the page as needed to give yourself drawing space. The goal is not technical accuracy but to NOTICE the fonts, the way the words are spaced, the composition, etc. Consider a can of Campbell's soup, a pack of gum, a bag of coffee beans and the name of your breakfast cereal. Add little doodles if you wish.

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Tuesday
Jan202015

Prompt60 #19

"The way to get good ideas is to get lots of ideas,
and throw the bad ones away."
Linus Pauling

Art Prompt. Let's use our documentation journal to show the design process for a doodle pattern. One of the nice things about this sort of open-ended experimentation journal is that you can add rough ideas that are not fully formed. The prompt is to design a doodle or repeating pattern. You can put the entire evolution of your idea in your journal {as in my examples below}.

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