Thursday, April 15, 2010

Art Journaling on an Airplane

A Friend inspired me recently to start art journaling. Her work is amazing and after I read her article and saw her artwork in Somerset's Art Journaling magazine, I was hooked. So before I left on my last trip to California, I bought myself a notebook, pens and watercolor pencils.
I thought that I would find time in the evenings while I was there or on the weekend, but I never got to it. So in the airport and on the flight home, I gave it my first attempt. I have never been a good sketch artist and I am still not, but I LOVE these watercolor pencils. The more you work with them, the better you get at blending.
Art journaling is certainly different from any other art form I have tried, but I love paper art so I am in my happy place here. It is personal, thought provoking and I find that I am creating the text and the art only for me.
This piece is inspired by Nat. Her Somerset article talks about the use of white to make your artwork and text pop. It really does.
I was getting impatient on the plane for our beverage service. I needed my water for my paint brush. I stretched out my plastic carry case out in front of me and some how managed to balance everything in my lap. Creativity hits in the oddest and sometimes not so convenient places.
I will continue to plug away at this until I find my style and my comfort zone with it. I will pack it up again to take to California for this next trip and hopefully I will be inspired by the scenery or the people. Thanks, Nat for your artwork. It has inspired!


natalea said...

OMG! you got me teary-eyed! I am so flattered that you like my journaling! Isn't it fun ?!! just find your niche! and you will love it! talk soon my dear~
xoxo nat

Angela said...

I think you are doing pretty darn not be good at sketching. The butterfly is beautiful and the woman, omgosh. Mine would be stick figures and blobs. Can't wait to see more of it.
How long will you be in Ca. this time?

Lee @ The Way I See It said...

You are ROCKING it girl!!!! Nicely done. Thanks for sharing just a peek... xoxo

Andrea - Faded Plains said...

Are you kiddin' me...your an artist...your sketches are beautiful.

The Feathered Nest said...

Tammy!!! You are WONDERFUL!!! Each and every photo is beautiful honey....I'm thinkin' you are a true natural! Be safe...hugs and love, Dawn

Mermaids of the Lake said...

OH, gosh... you a wonderful sketch artist. I love your journaling. Wow! Feel proud of that!

I just ran across your business card and wanted to visit you. Didn't the Mermaids meet you at the Farm Chicks last year? I love your blog. I am adding you to our right-hand sidebar under Dive Into Inspiration! Beautiful.

Mermaid Debbie


This is yet is that you did it on a plane? Hot diggy!!! I love it. I tried for a bit too after I saw Nat's beautiful style, but heck...I just don't have the eye or you gals!!! I think I'll give it anothee try though!!

I hope you are having a nice time in Cali

Sandy Michelle said...

Isn't journaling so fun! How cool that you did it on the plane! I thought I was creative when I worked on mine near the lake at our cottage! I love your pages!

Sandy xox

Tam said...

This is awesome! Thanks for sharing this with US! OH I have a thing for watercolor pencils...OH if you only knew HOW MUCH I LOVE THEM...LOL I save all my coupons for Michaels or Ac Moore and use those to buy these...LOL