A Year of Art Journaling #artjournalmixedmediainspiration
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A Year of Art Journaling #artjournalmixedmediainspiration





Caterina Giglio, Mixed Media Art Journal

Ten Year Blogaversary 2018 had it's share of challenges.. but it also had great love.. adventure and lots of creativity.. as always ... gentle reader.. I will give you a month by month of techniques, ingredients and a little synopsis .. as usual I am so astounded to see the body of work at the end of the year.. it feels like such an incredible accomplishment.. not simply the creative work, piling up year after year but I have clear illustrations of how I have grown spiritually and creatively.. my marks say I have been here and I have lived well.. January As many of you know, I always begin the year with a self portrait.. It is always quick, and it allows me the opportunity to tune into my feelings about who I am and where I want to go.. It also creates a focus on how I am feeling about being an ancient artist.. it creates an understanding and acceptance with the aging process.. I found my kindergarten photo and had the idea of creating a "tongue in cheek" portrait of a before and after comparison.. and I loved the way it turned out.. My hair had just recently grown out enough to be completely white and though shorter than I was used to.. I was tickled to see that it was still pokey... Age is a blessing... Ingredients: Black gesso, acrylic paint, personal photo, paper ephemera, colored pencils, paint pens, washi tape. February My second tradition, for those who are new to my blog.. is a love letter that I write to myself every February as a remembrance and a devotion to self love.. I list all the things that I love about myself.. I don't know about you... but I was not taught to love myself.. I was taught to love others.. but how do we accomplish that when we dislike or even worse... hate ourselves? Writing this has become easier each year, as I continue my practice.. Ingredients: Gesso, micro beads, acrylic paint, lace and fabric scraps, thread, paper ephemera, sheet rock joint tape, tissue paper. March I have always been obsessed by edges.. edges are everywhere.. and the ripped and torn papers create the finest edges.. the shredded papers of March were inspired by the beach visit we took and I was transfixed by a row of shells along the beach and suddenly... began to create a collage in my mind's eye.. funny how one thing will spark creativity especially when it has no logical relationship to the other.. Relationships.. I have been chewing on a few severed relationships in my life this year, a couple over hatred, prejudice.. things I will not tolerate so the pages represent that turmoil and the gentle weaving of a new beginning. Ingredients: antique and vintage papers, mono prints, colored pencil, pencil, gel medium April We have a short gardening season here.. sounds crazy I know, but Florida is not all palm trees and sea shells.. we actually live in a pine and live oak forest and winter mornings can be quite chilly.. so.. when I get to spend time in the gardens, I am present... and April pages reflect my gardening.. weeding.. hoeing.. planting.. pruning.. putting my fingers in the earth and communing with dragonflies and crows.. Ingredients: Acrylic paints, vintage ephemera, tissue papers, colored pencils, pen and pencil. May Every month brings something new.. they all have their own issues.. as the 5th month I often find there are changes that take place.. and in May two of my friends simultaneously suffered the death of their husband.. It is excruciating to watch and be unable to really assist.. words are so ineffective.. so I put the feelings that I had.. my empathy down on paper.. the little dots represent the holes in life when one, anyone, we love, adore.. passes from this plane of consciousness to the next.. so many holes, too many to count really.. Ingredients:Black gesso and acrylic paint, paint pen, vintage ephemera, wrapping papers, colored pencil, pencil. June I am not a political artist.. I will leave that to others.. I think it is important to know who you are and what you want to express.. but in June, I documented what I called civil war.. the nation's fabric being torn at the seams.. I felt it in my bones and skin.. the wretched being in the center.. our collective psyche.. Ingredients: Acrylic paint, antique book pages, antique ephemera. July The theme of July was estrangement.. and there are several threads on this spread.. representing more than one person and different issues.. suffice it to say.. that it is easier to love someone unconditionally when they are no longer a part of your life.. and conversely.. distance is always an obstacle of healing.. and assistance. Ingredients: Acrylic paint, antique papers, ephemera, wrapping papers, gel medium, pencil. August Reflection is always good.. and I spent some time in August writing beneath the images about my personal responsibilities.. specifically about how I can become a better communicator.. which was not a learned skill in my family.. dots again.. this time representing sea foam, piling up at the end of the wave, like thoughts on the shore.. the sea is always such a healing place.. Ingredients: Acrylic paint, pencil, graphite pencil, aquarelle graphite pencil, antique ephemer, tissue paper, metallic gelatos. September The worst part about aging is having lived through history.. watching history repeat itself.. and being unable to effect change The simple illustrations are always the best.. sowing and reaping.. what goes around, comes around.. the silence of women.. those days are numbered. Ingredients: Gesso, Acrylic paint, antique papers, antique ephemera, tissue papers, wrapping papers, pencil. October There was magic afoot in October.. I could feel the changes coming.. like a dark cloud lifting and separating.. revealing some truth that had yet to be realized. I suppose it had a lot to do with our adventurous upcoming trip, but nature was simply singing to me.. swarms of dragonflies were in the yard and butterflies were too numerous to count.. I was content to listen to nature sing.. Ingredients: Antique book pages, transparency, mono prints, tissue paper, Acrylic paint, pencil. November It was a rough ride back from the continent.. two weeks of rough seas.. and grey skies.. like being tossed on wicked thoughts.. and I held onto the rails for balance though there were many things that happened in November.. my pages had a mind of their own.. Ingredients: Black gesso, acrylic paint, metallic gelatos, colored pencil. December Cold mornings and grey days.. but my spirit was lighthearted as I searched for treasures.. December is always a bricolage of wrapping papers and bits of ephemera, that always seems to pinpoint my feelings.. the only thing that I was short of in December was time.. Ingredients: Acrylic paints, tissue paper, wrapping paper, antique prints, antique ephemera, antique lace, Caran D' Ache water-soluble crayons And now dear readers, January pages will be here soon, and a new video this week, where I will take you into the studio and show you all my new work.. including a flip through of this journal.. and some paintings.. sketches.. so much to do this year, it is really exciting.. As always, I am so grateful to you for reading and commenting and faithfully following me.. I am simply.. gratefully yours.. xox

Leke