Sunday, 9 September 2012

A week's worth of learning

My art journal for Shimelle's Learn Something New Every Day class is filling up nicely :)


1st September: I learnt that he's still got it - he being Doctor Who, of course! Oh my, what a fine first episode of the new series! I particularly loved 'eggs', 'reverse', and 'Doctor who?'

For these pages, I used orange ink to wash the background, doodled and drew the title and its frame, and sketched the Doctor's face in pencil before journaling here and there in the space around the page.


2nd September: I learnt that sometimes it's the most demanding challenges that are the most rewarding - a lesson which came from helping with Holiday Club all week, which was exhausting, but I did get so much from the experience :)

Another ink-washed background. On the left I added an inked book page background and punched clouds with an image and wording cut from a vintage magazine; the journaling lines on the right are stamped in paint using the edge of corrugated card (wish I'd realised it wasn't straight for the first line, but hey...)


3rd September: I learnt various details of my work for the coming year, including what I'll be doing with each class, my performance management targets, and info about the TA training course.

I love using black paint and white gel pen as an art journal technique, and it was ideal for today's page :) I also added a little stamped apple The Fabulous One had given me. I was going to journal in white on the right hand page too, but sadly my gel pen ran out... So instead, I went with a stationery theme with notepaper and paperclips.


4th September: I learnt that it's totally worth the hassle of making fresh pasta. It tastes soooo good!! And The Tomboy likes to help, bonus...

As we made farfalle and pappardelle, I decorated the pages with punched butterflies and strips of patterned paper secured at the top and loosely rolled. A few lines of paint added framing detail.


5th September: I learnt that I miss him :( The Doctor was on a work trip all week, and oh, how we missed him! (He's home now, yay!)

These pages were inspired by a Kirsty Wiseman class I took. The heart is torn pieces of book paper painted red, the lettering is cut from more book paper and likewise painted.


6th September: I was reminded to remember to be grateful. I think I am, generally, but the first 'lesson' I noted in my little notebook was tending towards the negative, so I was glad of a push towards focussing on the positives again.

More inky backgrounds, with an experiment with a mask that didn't quite come off!! The title was stamped with hand-drawn frames around the letters of 'grateful' and I added an accent of a heart cross-stitched onto plastic canvas; on the right hand page I stuck down lots of fitting words and phrases cut from a book, and added journaling in between.


7th September: I learnt that I'm an excellent procrastinator... but also a pretty darn fine multi-tasker!

The clusters of pretty blocks, frames and doilies are meant to represent the layers of tasks I can cram into my time. I haven't added any journaling for this one, I don't think the lesson needs it - or that the page does!

Heading into the second week, ready and willing to learn... :)

21 comments:

Maria Ontiveros said...

Mel,
These are all so great! You seem so playful in this art journal - I love it! My favorites are the sketch of Dr. Who, the punched butterflies and the stationery paperclipped to the page - brilliant!
Rinda

Mary B said...

Mel your pages are super, I love the crocked corrugated line seems quirky.
The blackboard effect is such a great idea. Sweet little plastic canvas heart, must see if I can find mine and use it.
All in all a good first week.

Sian said...

It's shaping up very nicely indeed :) Hard to believe we are a week in already!

Karen said...

Love the diversity of your pages but especially love the last one.

Amy said...

Your album is filled with diversity Mel, it is taking shape nicely!

Alison said...

looking good Mel..love the 'pasta' !
Alison xx

Missus Wookie said...

Love that pasta page - I've made fresh pasta but not for years and years and years...

Wookie & I were talking last night about him choosing a tv show and he thinks we might get back into watching Dr Who.

debs14 said...

My favourite is the last one!
How lovely that you have two Doctors in your life ;-)

Karen said...

My favorite is your lovely sketch of The Doctor. I'm working on sketching and mixed media this time, none of my sketches will be of this quality!

Susan said...

Love your sketches....I would love to get some of the blackboard in mine. Have a great day!

Melissa said...

Wow, your art journal looks great!

Denise said...

You always come up with fab ideas for LSNED = have enjoye reading this x

The Creative Beast said...

Your art journal is looking AMAZING Mel! I look forward to seeing more pages of shared here =-)

ComfyMom~Stacey said...

I'm sure you are just procrastinating on the journaling. :)

Love how it looks so far

Ginger said...

Great job at getting your LSNED pages complete :) I'm not participating this year, but love to see what others are up to.

Abi said...

These are such lovely pages Mel. I love the missing him page and the impressive dr sketch!

Abi said...

Hi Mel

I didn't get an email from you I'm afraid. My email address is on my about page or if you click the little yellow mail icon under my header! xx

Louise said...

the washed backgrounds look so effective x

alexa said...

That's a great drawing of the Doctor - though at first I thought it was a tribute to your own resident one!

Scrappi Sandi said...

I'm with you on the Dr Who lesson!! He still has it in spades!! What a great Art Journal this is turning out to be....love it all so far!! :D

Mise said...

Being a teaching assistant sounds good - am I right in thinking you have to be less of an authority figure and get to do a bit more camaraderie? My daughters love the TAs MUCH more than the teachers. (One daughter has a wobbly tooth, just thought I should tell you that.)