Art Journal LOVE!

Art journal love

I  wanted to drop in to let you know that as of June 10th 2016 I have decided to close down my Meet up group Art Journaling 101 and open a new group up on Facebook called Art Journal Love. The meet up platform was great and well laid out, but it was getting a bit pricey each month when added to room rentals and supplies. This way there is more money for fun! Join us on Facebook to see when the next event will be taking place and watch my new you tube video attempt for the beginnings of a weekly art journal prompt.

Here is the info and the link. I hope you will join us for some fun.

https://www.facebook.com/groups/1560711264232584/

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Where Are We Now?

I am sure everyone has asked this question of another at some point in their life. I know I have. It is a relationship checkpoint question. It is a question used for clarification. It is a question that possesses a tone of longing.

When I decide that it is time to work in my art journal I do not always know what I will write about or what picture will come to life until I begin to write and paint. I feel as if I am merely a vessel or conduit that art flows through. When I enter into an “adventure” I experience it as a meditation or a trance like state and I am not even really sure how I paint what I paint. I am like a medium. I channel art.

If I asked any one of my artist friends who paint, draw, or work with fibres and fabric, they will agree that their medium owns them as well. The doll births itself. Fibres join together in the way they wish. Paint touches the page exactly where it wants to touch. Any artist will know exactly what I mean when I explain this concept. It is intangible, yet it is real.

This new painting is a mix of collage, paint, and doodling. I used acrylic paint, a charcoal pencil, old sheets of music and book pages, matte medium, Krylon workable fixatif, stencils and a permanent fine line marker.

My Friend Randi-Mae wrote a poem to go along with my drawing and a piece of original magical mystical music with the same title as this post that you can listen to on Soundcloud. It is truly beautiful. I hope you enjoy our collaboration. I hope there will be many more!

By Heather Gailey
By Heather Mitchell Gailey
By Randi-Mae Stanford-Leibold
By Randi-Mae Stanford-Leibold

The Love Puzzle

Love is a puzzle that artists, poets, authors, historians, and scientists have tried to piece together for infinity. The intricate pieces that come together for it to work are so precise that it is wonder that anyone ever falls in love, however when all the pieces magically snap into place there is a beautiful rush of emotion, attraction, excitement, and contentment. Sometimes it takes awhile for love to grow, and it does so, slowly over time, and sometimes you can experience the split second experience of love at first sight – When you see a person for the first time and you know that you have a strong connection that makes you want to get to know them better…immediately!

Have you ever been on the edge of new love? Have you ever been on the edge ready to jump off from an old love? Have you ever had issues loving yourself enough or a member of your family? We all have been through the ups and downs that being in love and loving ourselves and others brings. How many times you have been through it depends on your age and life experiences.

It is no secret these days that all the “gurus” on television and in print say that Intentions play a big part in who and what we attract in our daily lives. It is just as important to take time to think long and hard about what would be acceptable traits in a life partner as would be in the case of what you wanted in a new career. The key is putting it out to the universe in the form of writing, prayer, or meditation. You can then just sit back and wait while the beauty of love unfolds.

Finding an artistic way to illustrate this was easy with the use of an actual blank puzzle. The Love Puzzle is a workshop offering for those looking to carefully place intentions with the hopes of finding a new love, for those celebrating the love they have, or for those who want live large and are not scared of learning how to love themselves. When the puzzle is complete, take it apart and put it into a small box and give it to someone special on Valentines Day or keep it for yourself as a daily reminder of how awesome you are!

Here are a few photos of the stages of building a Love Puzzle of my own. You will see intentions for desired traits for a new love written with a black Sharpie marker on the blank white puzzle. The words will all be covered over with paint and you will only be able to see them faintly when the puzzle is complete. Of course for this example you can’t see all the pieces because some things are secret.

First hand experience – It works!

Love Puzzle with intentions
Love Puzzle with intentions – yes it says…sexy. Gotta ask for what you want.

The intentions are then painted and collaged over with pieces of tissue paper and vintage stamps and are like a secret message hidden from all except you.  The next photo shows the painting stage which comes after all the collage items are completely dry. Which may take up to an hour.

By Heather Mitchell Gailey
The painting stage – in progress

Below is the finished puzzle, You could write a message on it or a favourite quote about being in love before you take it apart and put it in a gift box of your choice, ready to give away or to keep.

Completed Love Puzzle by Heather Mitchell Gailey
Completed Love Puzzle by Heather Mitchell Gailey

Why not share in The Love Puzzle “artventure”? Gather a group of your friends together before Valentines Day and I will come to your home (within the Durham Region) and guide you through the process of designing and creating your own.

If interested, you can message me here or on Facebook.

LET’S GET CREATIVE!!

Monday’s Top Tips – #3

Which Journal is the best to work in?

It is ONLY Monday and the week is proving to be a busy one!                                                 I will give a quick critique of the journals I bought a month ago for the Tip today.

New journals

Journal #1

This journal is approximately 6″x 9″ and has a craft cardboard cover it is made by Beci Orpin. It has manilla coloured pages which are very smooth. They took the acrylic paint quite well, but did not like things glue to them. This is the painting I completed on the first page as a trial. If I was to continue using this journal I would paint on every other page and use the pages in between strictly for journaling. I am not sure how the pages would hold up to a double-sided paint treatment. Here is my test page. (which is from an earlier post)

Rainbows – by Heather Gailey 2012

Journal #2

Canson Multi-Media Journal

This mixed media journal is made by Canson and was quite a good buy. The pages are heavy with a bit of texture. They did well with both collage elements using glue and acrylic paint. The cover is very stiff cardboard and could be painted or collaged afterwards. The only thing that worried me about this journal is that there is a perforation along the inside of the page near the coils. I suppose it is for ripping out pages you don’t like, but I would be worried about pages coming loose in the long-term. I would continue to use this sketchbook for art journaling. Here is the test painting I completed on the first page.

Hidden Feelings by Heather Gailey July 2012

Journal #3

This sketchbook did not fare so well for my test. The cover as you can see is very flimsy and mine has ripped already. It appeared at first to be plastic, but upon further investigation it is only a thin piece of shiny lightweight card stock. The paper inside is very thin and did not take paint or collage elements very well. The paper curled and the parts that were glued, buckled. I had to leave the book sitting under a heavy book over night to make it lay flat. I think this would be an ideal book for sketching or colouring, but not for anything to do with paint. Two good things that drew me originally to this particular sketchbook were the acid free paper and the size – 8″ x 8″. I would not continue to use this sketchbook for art journaling. Here is the picture I painted as a test on the first page. You can actually see the paper buckling.

Love is Power by Heather Gailey July 2012

 I haven’t told you what my fave sketchbook is to work in yet. That will have to wait until next time. Until then…what is YOUR favourite sketchbook to work in? Leave me your answer in the comments.

When Creative Minds Meet…Sparks fly!

I was invited to meet with a new friend yesterday and had a wonderful time at her soulful studio and home on the water. It was about an hours drive north from where I live, and in the midst of many days of rain, it turned out to be such a beautiful day for a peaceful and meandering drive. Stephanie (my GPS :)) and I had no trouble finding our way.

It is just amazing to see the sparks that fly when creative minds merge together. My new friend is an amazing artist. She does beautiful watercolours and quilts, and she dyes her own yarns and knits socks (anyone who can knit socks is a goddess in my eyes). She collages and writes and I can tell she is an amazing business coach (another hat she wears). I have a feeling it is the beginning of an ongoing and great friendship….I can just feel it in my creative bones.

I made this journal piece using collage elements, acrylic paint, and japanese handmade papers in honour of our get together, and just sent her a copy via email. It is entitled

Friendship Blooms

Friendship Blooms by Heather Gailey – August 2012

Get together with some of your creative friends and get some sparks flying where you live!

Rainbows are all around us!

Here is a new journal entry that I completed tonight to take with me as part of my display for the networking event next week. I used one of the new journals, acrylic paint, vintage collage papers, matte medium, washi tape, and my sharpie. It was done in no time at all…in fact…I forgot how much fun it was to get messy with paint and just let the ideas flow.

The other day I went out my front door and onto the lawn to see that it had been raining. There in front of me was a divine rainbow that formed a huge magnificent arc. I stood there staring with my mouth open because it was so beautiful. The colours were so vivid I would have sworn that if I walked down the street I would have been able to capture the pot of gold. It was WOW!! Sooooo…I made a journal entry about that day.

Keep your eyes open for the beautiful things around you this week as they are all around us and help us to put things into perspective.

 

Another journal has come my way

Another journal has come my way from one of the group members who lives in England. Her name is Kalona and her journal theme is Magic and Mysteries I believe. I have only roughed out a sketch of what I am going to do. I decided to do a wizard and he will be completed using acrylic paints and prisma colour pencil crayons. I originally thought that I would portray him standing with lightning coming out of his hands and staff, but he told me was a tired wizard and wanted to be portrayed in an more gentle light. Funny how your art decides what it wants to be. I used to have that happen to me all the time when I was designing and making art dolls. I wanted a certain doll to have purple hair and there was a fight and she ended up with red hair…and NO…I am not “off my rocker”. So here he is. I have not thought of a name for him as yet. Completion to be saved for next week when all the grad ceremonies are over. I will post more pictures as I get closer to completing him and then a final reveal before mailing on to the next member.

The Wizard