Thursday, January 14, 2016

#127 out of a thousand ways to have a happy artists life - Art Journaling

"Once Upon a Time"  collage by Lani, textures by FlyPaper.
I sure don't why I didn't think of this one earlier, but Art Journaling or a little art every day is a sure fired way to create a happy artists life.  So I got out my new set of cards from Orly Avineri, The (art) Journaling Game, and picked one at random. 

1. Collect a few small simple images of single things. (Child reading, woman with flowers, elephant, and some text)
2. Cut around them and paste each one of them randomly on an uneventful page or on one that is subtle or simple.
3. Note how the small images become symbols and how they relate to one another to tell a visual story.  (That's one of the fun parts, having a little inner dialogue)

Then the card has a little bit of wisdom:
"Everything about art journaling is symbolic, metaphorical, allusive,  Process becomes concept whether we are aware of it or not."

Nice, eh?  That small amount of time that it takes to look for the symbols, allusions and metaphors is so dearly appreciated by the inner artist.  Try it.  You might just raise some serotonin!