1000 Artist Journal Pages; My Surprised Delight

1000 Artist Journal Pages with my Pages

I have to admit, I wasn’t all that excited at first about the release of 1000 Artist Journal Pages. Somewhere in my mind, I had decided it’s kinda silly to write a book, showcasing these pages, when people could just simply look online -at no cost, for inspiration.

I’m now, totally eating those words — err thought.

(Can you even eat a thought? Much less words?  Hmmm….)
Sidenote for those who know me well: SEE- I really CAN admit when I’m wrong.

Doodle Journal Bokeh

All silliness aside, it was yet another lesson for me in passing judgement on something before fully experiencing it. Had I not been in the book, I probably wouldn’t have bought it — and I truly would have been missing out. I say this not to upset anyone, but beacuse I’m sure others have thought it too.

I now know that there really is something to be said for having those amazing journal entries all wrapped up in the handy form of a book. Unlike my computer, I can curl up in my favorite chair and get lost in the diversity and wide range of artistic skills & styles found between the pretty covers.

I was exposed to artists I may have never otherwise never heard of; styles I may never have otherwise seen; and ideas i may not have had have been rushing through my mind as a result. The first day I picked it up – I was inside my studio within an hour for the first time in weeks. It has become my go-to resource for a quick flash of creative caffeine. My love and admiration of this book, really shocked me; as did the effect it has had on me.

I actually, surpringisly, kinda like that there’s not alot of text. Really, that is part of it’s charm – the accessibility of it, and how even if I only have seconds to spare, I can get something out of it. That – my friends – is priceless.

Totally swiped this image from Dawn's Blog, since it shows 2 of my pages.

Totally swiped this image from Dawn's Blog, since it shows 2 of my pages.

So Thank You Dawn, for asking me to be a part of this fabulous collaboration ( you’ll find 6 of my pages in the book on pages 97 and 98 ) and reminding me the value of showcasing art in this form! Dawn also posted an interview with me on her blog last friday, and will be featuring other artists as well. Be sure to take a look!

The best part is I get to meet her! I can’t wait  -especially since it’ll be at the convenZioNE this month — There will be a showing of some of the pages seen in the book, and Dawn will be signing copies — I am determined to be first in line! (dare to push your way past me) If the book had such a positive affect on me — can you imagine what breathing in the orginals will do? I can almost hear the oohhs and ahhs now…..

I get goosebumps when I think of it! I hope to see some of you there!

Speaking of which — I have a few hundred pounds of supplies, and vendor day stuff to ship out there. I best get crackin’. One day soon, I want to do an in depth post on my journaling process, and finally confess to exactly just how many journals I have.

They say admitting you have a problem, is the first step to recovery….

The Addicted One,
Chrysti

P.S. I have some, but not all of my journal pages online at Flickr. Check It Out. That reminds me, I have a ton of pages to add there soon. Ikes – so many to-dos, so little to-do-time.

Get Your Doodle On!

Create

“I have been doodling with ink and watercolor on paper all my life. It’s my way of stirring up my imagination to see what I find hidden in my head. I call the results dream pictures, fantasy sketches, and even brain-sharpening exercises.” – Maurice Sendak

My Doodle Journal My Doodle Journal

For as far back as I can remember, above my mother’s kitchen table, hangs the most charming framed “sketch” that I’ve ever seen.. and she created it. I have always been madly in love with it (despite numerous attempts, pleas, and batting my baby blues — my mother will not give it up — feel free to send me an email to forward onto her, begging her to bestow this upon her devoted daughter!) A fabulous house, a darling snowman, an otherwise just beautiful winter scene .. a sky full of lines, and patterns that just pull you in.. I sat and stared at this through every meal, wanting to walk right into this world.

<sigh> Mom, if you’re reading this.. I really do want that picture, and I know what you’ll say… but I refuse to wait until you die, because quite frankly it’s not ever happening.

A Winter's Night Blocked

So Sorry.. back to what I was saying…

You see, one of my fondest memories takes me through that wondrous time of being a small child, and lovingly gazing up at my mother, or grandmother as they spoke on the phone. I sat in utter amazement as they chit-chatted away .. (which was in my eyes, at the time, a seemingly very adult thing to do) all the while their hands with the aid of a simple pen made pure magic on a notebook, a pad of paper, a napkin, whatever was within reach — as they mindlessly doodled.

My Scissors The Mask

It truly fascinated me, and I so, SO enjoyed the talent that they each possessed. I was convinced (and frankly still am) that my mother’s creations (paintings & sketches as well) belonged in a museum. WOW! If these two talented women could mindlessly create such interesting scenes, textures, patterns, and beautiful lists .. imagine what would be if they set their minds to it.

Perfectly Art

And boy, did i ever, want to be them. To posses their skill, their vision, and quite simply I wanted to be all grown-up too. (Oh the naivety of a child!) I began doodling everywhere, in the shower as the mist covered the stall … I attempted to doodle the lavish worlds I saw in my mind’s eye… On paper, I would scribble hoping to make some of that “magic” I saw within the two women I most admired. As i grew older, I kept notebooks filled with quotes, simple drawings, and shapes… (my bedroom walls also bore the grunt of this obsession) filled with abstract patterns and textures… and i would genuinely lose myself within the process.

Butterfly Trail A Poor Horse

I LOVED that I had no boundaries. I absolutely loved that this was something just for me, that it wasn’t something I would be judged upon. This, was freedom.

cah-dj-1-30-07-cellphone-IMG_1293 Creative License Excercise 1

Somewhere along the line, I sadly lost that passion. Amidst all the to-do’s, responsibilities, and obligations we accumulate as adults I couldn’t justify a simple act that served no real purpose. Boy, was I ever wrong.

Wildflower Love Almost a Girl

For me, the joy of doing it is doodling when I want to. But if I had to do it, I’d lose the joy.” –Matthew Ashford

Bold Vibrant

As 2007 rang in, I set a goal to give myself a much stronger, basic sense of sketching.. I am absolutely determined to lean how to draw. Going back to the basics, doodling, seemed the right beginning step.

View in a Different Light Single, Pure Moment of Beauty

I grabbed one of my gorgeous journals, dropped it into my purse, along with some Faber Castell Pitt Artist Pens, and toted it everywhere I went. Doctor’s offices, the car, a coffee house, as I watch TV, wherever I have a few moments.. I doodle. I set aside time each week to sit down and sketch a tad more formally. I can honestly say, I am slowly seeing my once very poor drawing skills turn into a very raw, basic set of skills. Thrilling!

Surprise! Racoon

However, it’s not the education I love, it’s the freedom that I have now reclaimed that resonates within my soul. C’mon, how often do we truly do something, that’s for ourselves, serves no purpose other then joy, and is an act that we will not be judged upon? It’s priceless. I reap the benefits anytime I create, in how I look at things, and I feel the difference internally. It’s amazing, how the simplest of acts, can free our minds so dramatically.

The Finger Breathe In Joy

The photos throughout this post, are all pages within my doodle book.. I hope you enjoy them, as much as I enjoyed creating them. I can’t wait to look back at these a few years from now, and see how far I’ve come!

Rough Folk HeART

Now it’s your turn, find your own freedom — get your doodle on, and if you are so inclined, drop by here.. and show me what you are doing!

Someday, I'll Draw a Cat Duality

Did I mention, to get you going.. I’m hosting a Get your Doodle On ATC Swap?

Sign up by leaving a comment on this blog post, and I’ll email you with the pertinent info. It’ll be a 6/5 swap (host keeps one card), all originals ( NO Copies!) .. Due in my Hands no later then 5/30/07 … Any theme, But needs to be a doodle, or sketch.. all levels of skill are welcome! Use sharpies, artist pens, markers, gel pens, pencil (seal it though), anything your heart desires!

Tree At Southpointe Flattened

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Have a fabulous evening! — Chrysti

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