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When I take time to art journalIn 2013, I could never have imagined myself art journaling and now I can't imagine not doing it. Whether using markers or gel pens in a waiting room or pasting down collage pieces while keeping my son company while he does his homework. (Who am I kidding? I am not keeping him company-- I am sitting on him to make sure he does it and doesn't get distracted by electronics) keeping an art journal is now one of my favorite pastimes.
Adding quotesI started these two pages while he did his homework. I was so in love with the background I didn't want to move forward and put any writing on top. Usually, I do traditional journal writing over my background and then "hide" the writing by adding bubble text. For this page, I really wanted to see the text so I decided to add mixed media mantras and I used rub-ons. You can see some of my inspirational art on etsy
What would you do if you knew you could not fail?For the first "quote" I put a question posed by minister Robert H. Schuller: "What would you do if you knew you could not fail?" I had also seen this question posed by bloggers. The idea is to think about what you should be doing but may be held back by fear. I consider myself fairly fearless. Partly the result of stubbornly working hard to not just "make it" but make it big as an artist. I make art that may or may not get sold. I write blog posts that may or may not get read.
Success is about trying even if you know you may fail (tweet this)
Part of what I do that I think makes me successful is that I try many things that may fail but then I do succeed in others. Many successful people are willing to try things that they know may or may not succeed. Last year I decided I wanted to teach online art classes, which I think was the most successful project of last year ( and continues to be~ you can check out my art classes at The Inspiration Place) I don't worry about failing. I just do it. (Yes, not everything works out but I don't know until I try)
Believe in the beauty of your dreams (tweet this)
Art Journal Technique:
Copyright issues with collage art
For this art journal spread I ripped up pages from a Somerset Studio Art magazine. The artworks come from several different artists but each piece is small enough that it is no longer derivative. The eyes peeking out are either from Misty Mawn or Pam Carriker-- no longer sure which, and those two artists look so much the same to me anyway. There is a piece of a butterfly from a Kelly Rae Roberts artwork, who herself took the butterfly from a vintage book on butterflies.
If you are wondering if you are breaking copyright law when making a collage such as using pattern papers or magazines you have to consider the use and the result. Prominent copyright lawyer Jeanne Hamberg says that in order for it to be legal the art must be transformative. In these two spreads it is clear that the parts used to make up the whole were used in a transformative manner.
However, if you have any questions about copyright use in your own work that is for sale, it is best not to trust what anyone else says on the internet and consult a lawyer. Clearly, for private art journal making, just about anything goes.
"If you steal from one author it's plagiarism; if you steal from many it's research."~Wilson Mizner (tweet this)
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