But Heather…I am not an Artist!

Artists not required

Whenever I am out and about networking and talking up Art Journaling and my plans to offer “Creative Wordshops” in the very near future, it surprises me that I always have wonderful, strong women say to me….”But Heather, I am not an artist!” I say…”you don’t have to be. Just come out and have fun and tap into your inner finger painter. I will teach you everything you need to get by, and if you never want to show your Art Journal to anyone outside of the group/class…You…NEVER…have…too.” Just come!

Like this painting I have been working on for a month…A face only a mother could love!

A face only a Mother could love by Heather Gailey – Acrylics, Pencil Crayons, Collage, Japanese handmade paper, Water Soluble Pastels, Sharpie

Just trust me and come out to play when I call on you…OK?

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Painting the family

Well I am finally finished my entry in Leila’s journal. As I mentioned on another page, it was very hard to be the person to complete the first page. It was a lot of pressure to pick a great topic and make an excellent piece of art. These skinny pen people have shown up in my own day-to-day art journal on a number of occasions and I thought…why not bring them to life again in this entry.

The theme of Leila’s journal was Dreams and Treasures. The first thing that came to mind when deciding what my entry would be is that I am dreaming of a happy blended family. It was the first thing that popped into my mind and therefore I thought I would go with it. If anyone else out there reading this has a blended family, they will know that this wish or dream is sometimes elusive. None the less I am wishing that the dream will come true for us some day.

The pen and ink drawing depicts myself on the right with my two children and my partner on the left with his two. I realized afterwards that none of us seem to be particularly happy. I guess this is our reality at the moment. Some days are better than others of course.

I used my fine sharpie marker to outline my pencil drawings and then used water-colour crayons to fill in the figures. After colouring the individual blocks in I went over the pencil with water and added some acrylic wash to those areas that I wanted the colours to be more vibrant. I am not sure why I filled the background up with bubbles. They are filled in with a clear acrylic shimmer paint which does not register well in the scan unfortunately. All I can think of is that I LOVE blowing bubbles – even at my age.

Oh yes! I should say that I framed up the drawing with a border that was meant to suggest a wooden picture frame. It is not realistic looking because it was meant to be just a suggestion of a frame. I still have to write what my dream is somewhere on the picture frame element. Maybe in the form of a metal plate like you might find on some pictures at the bottom. I am going to try to finally mail it off tomorrow as I have been holding onto it for a bit too long. Must keep the journal pass flowing. Must! must! must!

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