Hi friends.

I started my mixed media art journal adventure in 2012 when I found Zentangles which lead me to Jane Davenport and the rest, as they say, is history.

The first two classes I took with Jane were “Frolicaholic” and “Draw Happy” art journal and basic, fun drawing classes.  One could choose to make Teesha Moore’s Amazing 16 Page Journal.  These are so easy to make that I made a bunch of them.

What I kept running into was my immature art skill set.  I’d get to the Ugly Stage and without the skills to push through to a final page, I set these early journals to the side.

Two weeks ago, I discovered the stack while cleaning my studio, sat down and flipped through them. An idea hit: I have the skills to finish pages to my satisfaction. Here was a chance to actually finish some art journals.  I started working on a page and realized that I want a record of the before and after, so I decided to film how the journals transform.

Perhaps you’ll be interested, too.  Here is the first of many such journals.  This journal caught my eye because the song lyrics were already on the page. I’ve always liked this spread, even though it was busy and I couldn’t figure out how to finish it.  As I started to work the pages, I realized the theme for the journal would be lyrics to some of my favorite songs.

I hope you enjoy the first installment of this new series: Finish An Art Journal.

Note about the video.  I shot the video with my Canon Vixia HF R700 and edited it with kden live, an open source video editing program.  Each time I make one of these videos, I learn a bit more.  I figured out how to employ dissolves and wipes. I have a tendency to check the monitor – mostly to make sure what I’m shooting is in frame but I have figured out to look into the lens more often.  I’ve ordered a mic so the audio when I’m speaking should improve in future videos.

What’s on your work table?  Leave a comment and let me know what you’re working on, with links if you have ’em and I’ll visit.