Last year I featured ELINOR PEACE BAILEY as a guest artist and she ‘rocked the house’. That post had more hits than any previous post and requests for MORE, MORE, MORE! My invitation to Elinor was answered. She sent me pictures of her journal and an accompanying essay. I just had to clear my plans for this months post and bring them to you. Here’s a lady that is not afraid of whimsy or color.
ELINOR’S ESSAY ON JOURNALING:
Art journaling is a way of talking to yourself. This I have been doing since I could say “no”. Using a book form to gather your art eliminates the scattering process that makes your drawings unavailable instantly for a second look. It gives a place for those lists that help you empty your mind so they don’t remain unfulfilled and lost. Aside from that, a book is portable and can be used as an excuse to preserve bits and pieces. It’s like your own virtual cloud. This all works well unless you choose a huge ledger, just because you have to have it, and it’s not portable at all unless you give it wheels.
Since I discovered belatedly that art journaling is a real alternative to the tedium of a daily diary, I have been exploring a variety of techniques. I have used my art in my teaching, and just to show off. Gathering tools has been part of the fun. I have both the tools I use in my studio and the ones that go with me on the road. They are in a re-purposed makeup bag. Nothing is more fun than a new tool. I’ve added my list of tools, and if you have your own list, let’s trade.
PRISMACOLOR COLORED PENCILS
FINE TIPPED MARKING PENS
BRUSH TIPPED PENS
SHARPIE PENS -ALCOHOL BASED INK
PORTFOLIO WATER BASED OIL PASTELS
ASSORTED PAPERS, DON’T LIMIT YOURSELF
STAMPS AND PADS
EVALUATION OF AN ARTIST……
These two pictures are to show you who ELINOR was on her wedding day
and who she is today.
I hope you found this post as wonderful as I did when I put it together. I’d love your comments and I’ll pass them on to Elinor.