Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Art Journalling

I took a week off from Monday Must Haves this week because I had a bit of a realisation; it's one thing to look at all these lovely things I wish I had and what I'd do or create if I had them, but I'm not *actually* doing anything creative!  I tend to get waylaid with work and family time and chatting with my boy and any creative endeavours get pushed to one side because I'm too busy/tired/lazy/all of the above.  So I figured this week I'd kick my butt into gear and start my very first art journal!

I've read a lot about art journals and methods of journalling over the last few weeks and have seen some incredible creative works that have truly inspired me to have a go on my own.

I had a blank Moleskine journal (a birthday gift from a colleague!) which I thought would be perfect for my project and got as far as opening the first page when I got stuck; I couldn't get inspired just sitting there, looking at that blank page.  So I looked for some journal prompts online and just couldn't get excited about them.  Feeling a little frustrated, I did what I always do in times of creative need - put on my headphones, turned on my favourite songs and relaxed!

For years, Coheed and Cambria have been my favourite band (and they always, *always* will be - check them out here) and one of the reasons for this is because their music is so creative; their five concept albums span four volumes of a story called The Amory Wars, each individual song painting detailed pictures of characters, events and a plot so intricate and interesting they also released a series of comics and a novel to explain it all!  Whenever I listen to Coheed and Cambria, it's like I'm watching a movie through music, each song sets a scene, gives characters life and moves the story along.

Coheed's music will always inspire me; I listen to it while I draw, write, make cards, crochet, whenever I'm being creative.  It picks me up and keeps me going when I'm feeling down and never fails to make me even happier when I'm in a good mood!  With that in mind, I've given myself a creative challenge with an inspiration that will never fail me; I'm going to create one journal page for each of Coheed and Cambria's songs in chronological order!  Excited!

I've already started my project (being fortunate to have *THREE* days off in a row this week!!!) by completing my first page;
'One' from Year Of The Black Rainbow

{Excuse the crappy webcam picture and the not-yet-dry glue!}
I'm pretty pleased with how it turned out!  I wanted something very simplistic, with bright, bold colours that were shrouded and misty and a proud black rainbow shape to signify the title of the album.  It was great fun to sit and do and it really got me back into a creative mood - I've got so many ideas buzzing around for the next song!

I hope your week has started off well and you've got some lovely things planned!  I'm looking forward to tomorrow off, talking to my boy, working more on my art journal and *hopefully* getting S's application started for his move to England!  It's been a long time coming (after waiting for a bank statement that just.didn't.want.to.arrive) so we're both very excited - after all, he could be here by the end of November!  YAY!



  1. I love this!!! It's gorgeous and so fun. ^_^ GOOD LUCK WITH HIS MOVE, AHHHH! How exciting!!!

  2. I love this! I've tried SO many times to start one of those journals and just can't! I'll get everything out and ready to 'play' with, and I usually end up doing something else. i think I'll really have to put an effort into it soon, I love it!