Visual Journal Sharing

Recently, I posted my first journal prompt, “Change.” If you enjoy art journaling I hope this proved to be a fun prompt for you. A few people who have participated in the “Write It Down” workshop agreed to share their work and their process with you here.

Thank you to everyone who submitted a journal page! I love the diversity of images I received.

“If you don’t like how things are, change it! You’re not a tree.”
– Jim Rohn –

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I just love this detailed description of the next journal page…

“Jeniffer, I was out walking along the river close to my home admiring the changing colors of the leaves on the trees that bend their bows down to the water. The sunlight finds its way through the branches and casts a glow on the leaves, illuminating them. I thought of your prompt, “change” and set to work when I got home. I didn’t approach the piece with any preconceptions – I just sat down and picked up some watercolor pencils and began. I loved the whole exercise – as it was so spontaneous – so thank you for your part in its production.

So – my piece is called “As Summer Fades” and is about the changing seasons.

A figure of a girl appeared, wrapped against the oncoming chill of autumn. I set her against a background patchwork of colors graduating from the greens of summer to the multi colors of autumn. The result looked flat so I mixed acrylic paint and applied more color over the top using an old store card to scrape the paint over the surface in random blocky chunks. I was pleased with the effect which I think looks abstractly reminiscent of the air full of the chaos of swirling leaves falling down through the autumn sunshine. In the bottom right you can see them settled as I collaged a few small leaves from the garden. Finally I added a glow around the girl as the sunlight catches the outline of her nearest to the fading summer. The other side of her is in the shadows merging into the autumn. She has a tear in her eye as the summer fades but also a small smile as she welcomes the gorgeous color of autumn.” -Christine B.

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