Sunday, 26 January 2014

Arty?

 
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For those of you who were around this time last year- you may remember me asking for your opinion about some of my photographs. These were to be made into postcards and sent as part of the KatEye Art swap. Kateyestudio Well this year, I have opted to take part again- and have now 5 postcards winging their way across to the States to be swapped with other like minded people.

It is always difficult to choose favourite photos- but after much debate - these are the ones chosen:





Now I don't know about you, but even though it was an art swap- Photography is the easy option as I haven't got an artistic bone in my body- yes- I may be arty, crafty and creative when I want to be- but I have no skills- nor can really draw a straight line. So I have decided to be a little more 'Arty'.
I have always been fascinated by Art journals, travel journals and sketch books- and have admired many from afar- but I let my photos generally do the talking- Until now that is!

Reading Kathy's blog I was interested to find out she was taking part in  Journal 52 an art journal challenge- and so I decided to grab the bull by the horns and take part too. There are weekly prompts to focus your Journal on- but then it is pretty much free reign what you do with it!

The first week prompt was 'Up, Up and Away'. My initial idea incorporated balloons and things, until I spotted some flying geese images in a magazine and used these to collage instead.

Now I know it isn't very arty, nor clever- But I'm going to use this journal as another way of expression and perhaps get my creative juices flowing. I've also decided to incorporate some rambling poetry / words that come up inspired by the prompt. 


For the second week prompt it was Somewhere- a simple place- And of course for me, that means the beach!

I apologise for the lousy pictures of the pages- But just like the pages themselves- not great- just wanted to show you what I've been up too:)

It's quite nice getting the paints and glue out- I feel like a child again!
What do you do that's 'Arty'? Does it make you feel like a child again?

Until next time-
Amanda x


14 comments:

  1. I like the look of you post cards and that's great that your challenging your self.

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    1. Thanks for the nice comment- Challenging myself definitely- I haven't done any arty things since school! It's a steep learning curve- but should only get better!

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  2. Your postcards are brilliant, great choice of images. I'm not at all arty but go through stages of trying! I'm hoping to do a watercolour course during the summer holidays - I've put my name down for it but it all depends on the amount of interest to guarantee that the course actually runs.

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    1. Oh how often does that happen, you apply for things and then they don't happen out of lack of interest- it's very infuriating- I hope it runs for you. I would like to try something like that- but I'm not disciplined enough- I'm more of a do what you like kind of person:)

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  3. Your photography is stunning and looking at your journals, it can be seen that you are definitely creative and arty. Keep up the journalling!

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    1. Thanks- Stlll just learning and playing on all counts:)

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  4. Your photos and journal pages are so lovely, and are very creative and I would say are very artistic! You are more creative than you think you are you know!! xx

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    1. Oh that's the thing I don't feel confident in doing any of it- so it's nice to have something positive- i just play really!

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  5. Lovely artwork Amanda. I joined up for Journal52 but wavered at the beginning. I'm doing my own art journal anyway but didn't have the confidence to put the prompted pictures online. Silly I know but good luck with yours. x

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    1. I know -it's very daunting, there are some amazing stuff being done. I probably won't post every week now either- but it's nice to carry on and do your own stuff anyway.

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  6. Your photos are awesome! I love them all. And these collage pages are beautiful and interesting. I think you're very talented.

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    1. Thanks- More room to learn I think...:)

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  7. The photos you chose are beautiful particularly the 1st and 4th ones and I very much like how you're using different materials on the pages of your journal.

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    1. Those two are my favourites too- The first one was taken At Key West and the fourth was Singapore.. Not sure I have the journaling lark correct yet- but will keep trying!

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