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/

I miss going to school

This semester I chose to take a break from taking my Bachelor’s of Adult Education prompted by a new job and an unknown workload. Sitting here today on this fine Sunday morning I muse that I miss going to school every Saturday. Crazy eh? I most definitely miss my tiny cohort of 6. I also found out that the Professor that is running the current course is in my top two favourites so far. I seems, some days like a double whammy that I am not able to attend. Yesterday one of my classmates even told me that this course is the easiest one thus far. AHHHHHHHHHHHHH! Don’t tell me that! Oh well…we have to own our choices.

Today I thought I would share with you a journal entry that I made in honour of the last professor I had. She was wonderful and supportive and I thought she was journal entry worthy. She did some amateur acting on the side so I called her our leading lady. This shows you that you can literally make a journal entry for any reason. She reignited my love for learning and discussion and teaching. Thank you Starr!

For this entry I used acrylic paints and stencils to colour the background and then used magazine pictures and words to convey my main thoughts. The writing with my sharpie came after I completed the whole picture. On the last day of class I presented her with a colour photocopy of the page and she was very moved that she had inspired me to make art. Later Starr let me know that I had inspired her to get back to her art as well. Happy!

The Shining Starr 2013
Mixed Media painting by Heather Gailey

 

2 Angels are better than one!

I received a pretty little journal (maybe 6″ x 8″) in the mail last month from someone in our round robin Journal pass group named Beth. The theme of her journal was “things with wings”. Many people had done dragons and such, yet for some reason I focused my artistic energy towards painting these two sweet Angels.

Journal entry by Heather Gailey 2013
Journal entry by Heather Gailey 2013

When I think of Angels I think of all my precious friends and family who have helped me through hard times over the years and in doing so have become part of my success story. For now I am only going to speak about one such Angel. Her name is Nola. Nola and I have been friends now for 34 years. We met back in high school when we were in grade 10. We went through a lot together, and even though we live far apart we still call each other friend.

Why is Nola and Angel, you ask?

When I was going through my separation and my husband first left me I did not know which way to turn. One day, soon after the break up, I decided it was necessary to make to meet with a counselor at the local Social Services office to discuss my situation. I needed to feel more confident in my ability to live, eat, and support my children, and so I went there to speak to someone about my situation and ask for some short-term financial help. I remember it was winter time and very cold outside on the day I went to apply for help. Inside the office I stood behind a woman in the long line of people waiting to speak to a clerk. It shocked me to see that even though it was snowing outside she stood in front of me with broken shoes, no socks, and a torn coat. It seemed as if life had not been kind to her. I was very emotional with all that was going on and when I arrived back home I called Nola and told her what I saw and shared that it was a scary thought that I might end up in that same way. She said to me in such a strong and reassuring voice…”Heather…I will never let that happen to you”. She stood true to her claim and never did. She would take me grocery shopping and helped me afford paint to jazz up my dingy apartment. She was there for me in every way. She never let me fall. Her wings lifted me and helped me through one of the hardest times in my life. This is why she is an Angel. I love you Nola!

Who are the people in your life who are Angels is disguise? How did they help you in a time of need? Have you told them how much you love and appreciate how they have helped you? Maybe today is the day!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Inspiration Friday

Howdy Rowdy Artsies! 

I am so inspired by Zentagles® and Zendoodles.  Here is an explanation reprinted from the Enthusiastic Artist

What’s a Tangle?

“Anything is possible, one stroke at a time.”

 Zentangle® is a delightful method for creating beautiful pictures using repeated patterns. Many find it addicting! It’s easy to learn, easy to do, is enjoyed by a wide range of ages and skill levels, and is used in many fields of interest.  Its small format and simple materials are unintimidating. You can take it anywhere (well, not underwater).
  • Think you can’t draw? A zentangle has no pre-determined up or down and is not intended to be a picture of anything.
  • Don’t have time? A zentangle can be completed in 15-30 minutes, giving you a sense of accomplishment.
  • Think you’re not creative? Zentangle is based on easily learned, repeated patterns.
Sakura (who makes the Micron pens used in Zentangle) has posted an article I wrote on the company website. They wrote: “Margaret Bremner, a Certified Zentangle Teacher (CZT) living in Saskatoon, beautifully and succinctly describes Zentangle in “The Art of Zentangle” published by WHOLifE magazine.” You can download the one-page article here. The link is in the second paragraph.

The Zentangle art form and method was created by Rick Roberts and Maria Thomas.
Learn more at http://www.zentangle.com.

Here are three examples of Zentangle tiles. Cruise this blog to see more tiles as well as Zentangle-inspired artwork (ZIA).

Here are some other cool Blogs

And Pintrest really rocks it out

My fave book at the moment for getting your “tangle on” It is only 12 bucks!!

#5370 Zenspirations

Happy Doodling this weekend. Have fun!

 

Sheepish Blogger

 

Who ever thought school would take up this much time?? NOT me!

A working mom with teenagers going back to University? I think I just need my head read. This week was particularly busy because we spent the weekend moving my other twenty “somethingish” daughters to a new apartment. It is sad to see them go, however it is great to reclaim our living room. My whole body is aching from the move. My Supervisor always says that would mean a “Smirnoff and Tylenol 3 time” for her. I am not sure I am brave enough to mix the two substances together. I will just opt for soaking in some epsom salts while drinking a cold beer.

Over the next couple of weeks it will be a busy time at school and I am going to have to back off on the Monday’s top tip and the Inspiration Fridays for now. They will return I promise, once things settle down a bit. I know that a professional blogger would be planning and writing their posts weeks in advance, but I would like to be spontaneous and share things will you as they arise. If I choose something inspiring a week before I give it to you…it is no longer inspiring me at that time. I like to stay current. I guess something has to give and for now it will be a bit of the blog.

I will be posting my journal pages as I complete them for my learning journal. Here are three pages minus the journaling page for session 3 (I just haven’t written it yet).

Have a great week everyone! Thanks for your patience and understanding

The face of Adult Education in Canada by Heather Gailey
The Face by Heather Gailey

Session 3 and 4 Glossary

 

Holy Art Journaling Batman!

I am on a roll!

In September I decided to go back to school to get my Bachelors Degree in Adult Education at one of the local Universities. It was a thoughtful choice not made lightly, in response to the local employment dilemma of an “employers market”. In an employers market, employers can ask potential candidates for the moon…and they do! They are asking that people who answer phones for a living to have a business admin degree, and because of the competition, they get it. This phenomenon has actually changed the face of Adult Education as we know it.

My Career Counselling Diploma and Teaching and Training Adults certificate is not longer ENOUGH education to work in my field. So falling in line with the new philosophies of “life long learning”, I thought it was in my best interest, while in transition, to get my behind back into a learning environment – tout suite! (what was I thinking!?)

One of the projects of the first semester – Foundations of Adult Education, is to keep a weekly learning Journal. So here’s me thinking…

Why not make it an art journal?…So…I did!

Here are some of the first journal entries I completed. No one said the journal should be boring.Adult Education Learning journal inside cover and first page – Heather Gailey Sept. 2012

I dubbed my journal “The Art of Reflection”. I think it is very fitting. The Glossary of Terms is something we have to complete each session. We have to write words that come up that we want to capture for future usage.

Adult Education Learning journal #1, 2nd page – Heather Gailey Sept. 2012

Sorry can’t post the adjoining page to this as it is kinda personal. I think you can get the drift about the topic though. I wrote all about the “ins” and “outs” of using “Buzz” words in our daily language. It was the “ah ha” moment for me during the first session. The only thing I don’t like about this spread is that the photocopy of the girl became discoloured when I put water-based varnish over it.

Liberalism – Heather Gailey 2012

This last journal page depicts a philosophy of teaching called liberalism. Instead of writing about it we had to draw it. That of course made me happy, because then I am in my element. Explanation and Information taken from this website

What are some of the main philosophies in the field of Adult Education?

Prepared by Tamar Kagan and Alfred Meidow, OISE/UT

According to Sue M. Scott, there are five main philosophies of Adult Education. The five philosophies are Liberal, Progressive, Behaviourist, Humanist, and Radical.

Liberal (Arts) Adult Education

To develop, stimulate, and discipline the mind through the study of principles and absolutes
To seek knowledge for its own sake in order to gain a ‘well-rounded’ perspective of the world
Learner seeks knowledge over his/her lifetime
Teacher is the expert
Knowledge is transmitted from the teacher (e.g., through lectures)
Teacher challenges students to absorb information and think about it critically
Evaluation takes place through essays, critical analysis, and discussion
Methods used include lectures, reading and critical analysis, question-and-answer, teacher-led discussion, individual study, essay testing, and ‘bell-curve’ grading
Important contributors to this philosophy: Aristotle, Plato, Rousseau, Piaget, Hutchins, Adler, Houle, and Hirsch.

My philosophy of Adult Education is generally Humanist with a bit of Radical and Progressive thrown in for good measure. Here is the explanation from the same site.

Humanistic Adult Education

To enhance personal growth and development
To allow the learner to be involved in knowledge construction and ‘meaning making’
To cultivate the self
Learner is motivated and directs the learning process
Teacher is a mediator who balances the different learning styles and goals of students
Teacher supports the individual in realizing his/her potential
Evaluation takes place by examining the extent to which people learn about themselves in relation to the subject matter
Methods used include experiential learning, discovery learning, open discussion, individual projects, collaborative learning, independent study, self-assessment, popular education, personal growth and development programs, and assertiveness training
Important contributors to this philosophy: Rogers, Maslow, Knowles, Tough, Mezirow, Stanage

Ok…enough pontificating and picture loading for one evening…have to go and hem some pants for work tomorrow. Nite nite!

Inspiration Friday

Artist and Blogger love

Today I am going to share with you a few Artist sites/videos that inspire me to create. It has been a long week and I just want to create…so just a few typed words on here with no pics for me and downstairs I go to make art. You’ll just have to click on the links to see what I am creeping these days.

Land of Lost LuggageJulie Pritchard

An instructional guide to going over the edgeIngrid Dijkers

Moleskine Notebook – NosesAntonio Jorge Gonçalves

Check them out and let me know what you think.
Have a great weekend everyone!

Ready! Set! Journal!

Last evening I was trying to complete the cover for the new prototype journal I will be using when I start teaching Art Journaling in September. I know these are not the best pictures to post because there is a honking button closure that did not want to co-operate when placed in the scanner. Pooh! I wanted to share it with you anyways and add better pictures later if possible.

Arches cold pressed water-colour paper was the paper that I used to make the journal and I assembled it, and bound it. It is a 14 page journal in the style of Teesha Moore. The closure is a tulle flocked ribbon that I bought from the dollar store, wrapped in the style of the remains of the day journals by Mary Ann Moss. It wraps around twice and then twice around the button to hold the journal closed. I used ransom note style lettering and that is my hand print on the top (no copying my fingerprints to use in your next art heist LOL). The hand print is there to represent that the journal is mine. Each participant who takes the class will of course place their own hand print on their journal. Remember…I said I was going to help you tap into your inner finger painter…and I am!

Here are the pics – With the tie openWith the tie closedI will eventually make an online version of this workshop. Stay tuned! Have a fantabulous Friday!

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.

There’s No Rhyme or Reason

Bermuda Triangle time zone

I have no idea how I manage to get a journal in the mail yesterday, and then finish working in it tonight – ready to mail to the next person on Tuesday. Then I manage to get a journal two months ago and still can’t get finished! What is that all about??

I received Joy’s “ALTERED” book/journal in the mail and was inspired immediately to work on my page until it was done. Maybe it was the beautiful page next to mine completed by Heather N. She is an amazing artist. Her art inspires me each time I see it and someday I hope to own a wonderful piece of her art and to even meet her(she lives so very far away from me – beauty of the internet). I was also equally inspired by all of the pages that the other artists have completed – So unique and beautiful and all “altered” in their own way.

The Theme

Joy stated on the opening page of her journal that the theme could be anything that suggested the topic of “altered”, “alter”, or “altar”. Something that “altered” your life or something that you “altered” – as in a piece of art, or an “altar” to something of importance to you – in a more religious context perhaps. As in most journals that come around, you have the freedom to create and therefore the possibilities are endless!

The Trend

There is a big trend right now to use found objects and “junk” in journals, and in one’s art in general. altered books have become a really big trend. It is hard to explain completely so if you have time to wander, have a look at the link because it is very cool…and HOT right now.

My Journal Entry

Having Babies Altered my life – by Heather Gailey

What I Used

The size of the painting/book is 9′ x 8″ and made of very heavy watercolour paper – at least 140lb and maybe heavier. The page was painted plain mauve when I got it and I painted and distressed the background with 4 or 5 different colours of varying values using acrylic paint. I also used torn Japanese handmade papers for her dress and cut out letters from various magazines in the ransom note style. I used individual letter stamps for the word babies and outlined most of the lettering using a purple, fine line, sharpie marker. The “bust” of the girl is a photocopy of a drawing I did which I will be talking more about in the next post. I used Prisma colour pencil crayons to colour her face before the photocopy process.

I guess I should have added in that “Having babies altered my life” for….the better. However, because they are teenagers right now I find that I reassess this statement on a daily basis. 😉

What has “altered” your life?

I challenge you to ponder this question and journal about it today, either on your blog or in your paper journal. Leave a comment below for me and share what it is as well….please