As an art journaler I'm always looking for ways to grow and push myself artistically. One of the areas that I know I can develop more is collage. So earlier this year I took an online class with altered book artist, Virginia Simpson-Magruder. She taught us how to establish a daily creative practice using collage. I learned so much about the ends and outs of collage and even started a small collaged journal.
So when I thought about bringing guest teachers on board, I knew immediately that I would ask Virginia to join us. She has an amazing daily creative practice and her style of teaching is wonderfully fresh and authentic.
Here's the challenge Virginia gave me:
TODAY'S CHALLENGE -- from Virginia Simpson-Magruder
I use images of pathways when I am journaling or working in my altered books. In fact I created an entire altered book course called "Altered Book Portals" around using portals -- windows, doorways, gates, paths, stairs -- as a way to see your world, your interests, and your dreams.
Paths have always beckoned to me -- whether it be a woodland path, a deer trail meandering through the trees, a freshly mown swath of grass, a bricked garden path, or stone pavers around the corner of a house. Paths speak of new beginnings, old familiar routes, unexplored territories and well-traveled roads.
The challenge is to create a path through one or several page spreads in your journal and use the path as a journal prompt:
Here's what I did:
How can you use a pathway in your next art journal page? Or maybe you've used them in earlier art journal pages. Either way, let's see how pathways show up in your art journal.
There is only one more day remaining for the blog hop. Make sure to check out all the teachers. Some of them are giving away seats for the class!!!
HERE'S THE LINE UP
December 1 -- Mimi Bondi -- MimiBondi.com
December 2 -- Cindy Gilstrap -- Junque Art Studios
December 4 -- Tiare Smith -- TiareSmith.com
December 7 -- Julie Baker -- Creatively Onward
December 8 -- Amanda Trought -- Reality Arts
December 9 -- Andrea Gomoll -- Cre8tive Cre8tions
December 10 -- Nicole Piar -- GhostKitten.com
December 11 -- Lisa DeYoung -- Mountain Mermaid Studios
December 15 -- Kelly Johnson -- Wings, Worms, and Wonder
December 16 -- Tori Weyers -- DrawRiot.com
December 17 -- Sadelle Wiltshire -- Tangle Vermont
December 18 -- Barb Owen -- HowToGetCreative.com
December 21 -- Hali Karla -- HaliKarla.com
December 22 -- Yuko Miki -- Honeyberry Studios
December 23 -- Lisa McLoughlin -- Lisa McLoughlin Art
DAY TWENTY-EIGHT-->December 28 -- Virginia Simpson-Magruder -- Kentucky Girl Designs
December 30 -- iHanna -- iHanna.nu
Are you creating with me this month?
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I'm Kiala, a student of life first and foremost. And I'm also a published poet, book binder, fountain pen collector, Life Alchemist & Intuitive Soul Guide. I make things, paint things, and write things. I love teaching & empowering women to live with intention. Please, grab a cup of your favorite warm drink, a fountain pen, and your favorite journal. Let's connect!
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