Daily Emotions journal

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Because I just didn’t have enough to keep me occupied catching up with the Wanderlust classes, I decided to take Kasia Avery’s 3 day Daily Emotions Challenge. The decision was driven by curiosity more than anything else. I love the art side of art journalling, but I’ve always shied away from the journalling part of it.

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The idea was to create ten journal pages over three days and make them into a journal. Rather than working on individual pages one at a time, this took a different approach and got us to work on all the pages simultaneously.

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Choose colours. Add paint to papers. Add collage papers. Add more paint marks. Write single word emotions.

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Draw faces — I really wasn’t feeling like drawing some inevitably rubbish looking faces, so I drew some iffy butterflies instead. Do a bit of stamping. Add some magazine images. Add emotion words to pages.

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Do a bit of journalling. Add contrast with black and white. Punch holes. Sacrifice an old book or notepad for its cover. Paint cover. Tie pages into cover.

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As a bonus, paint patterns on the backs of the pages using the same colours used on the front.

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Of course, there was a lot more detail in the actual instructions, but that gives you a feeling for the process.

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It was an interesting experiment, but not one I would repeat. Working on so many pages at once just feels too scattered for the way my brain works. There’s definitely a place for being looser and less considered when putting paint (or collage or marker or stamping) on paper, but for me, that’s a starting point, not the whole method.

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Random marks on the page is a great way of getting past the dreaded blank sheet of paper. And I am happy to lay down layers of different mediums to build up depth and texture but, at some point, I need to start refining that. Even completely abstract pieces need a balance of light and shade and colour and marks.

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There were parts of the process that were satisfying and there are bits of the finished journal that I like — particularly the painted patterns on the backs of the pages — but I would sooner use those elements in a different format.

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It was an interesting experiment in mark-making and I have learned some things by doing it, which was the main purpose of taking part in the class. I am still really glad I didn’t try to draw faces though…

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