“And By Each Crime and Kindness..” Art Journal Pages

Literature inspired art journal pages

There are stories that stay with you, bits of memories that cling to inspiration and come out at unexpected times.
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They can be childhood fables that were told in hurried whispers as you were being tucked into bed, or a movie you caught the tail end of 5 years ago after too many glasses of wine. A story woven into the bars of a song, lyrics too hazy to unweave till you’re in just the right state of mind.Literature quote, cloud atlas, art journal page art journal page, literature ripped paper alice in wonderland art journal page quote

These journal pages, they were put together at around 2 in the morning, the night before a day off, and I couldn’t quite tell you what prompted me to bust out the glue sticks and taper my thoughts down onto paper in this fashion. But i’m tempted to continue this way, at least for a bit, the cliche over caffeinated artist with glue-sticky fingers ripping papers at midnight and scrawling words out out out

~m

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The Thought of Mountains- Art Journal Scribblings

I think i’ve spent more than is probably normal (or sane) thinking about mountains this past year. Their heights, all the curves leading outwards and up, the sheer magnitude of presense a mountain can have on the landscape, the sight on the horizon that reaches into your heart and makes you long for exploration.

And so. Mountains.

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Art Journal, ’tis All Fiction

blank art journal.jpgI bought this journal way back in March, a little after my birthday, with the idea of finally having a place to spill out thoughts in color.

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Of course, life got in the way, the way it usually does and it’s not till now, ever many months later, I finally got started on it. I wrote about my last journal in Art Journals and Shared Art and how I was never happy with the direction my thoughts went whenever I tried to taper thoughts down in a fine point on paper. So I went in a different direction this time, listening to an admittedly weird (but relaxing) mix of chillstep music combined with early 00’s latin pop hits, thoughts of street art floating in my head alongside architecture and semi-couture fashion.

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And well, i’m actually pretty happy with the way this first step turned out. There’s a funny little excitement I haven’t felt in a long time, that feeling you get when you’re not scared of filling up blank pages anymore.

Inspiration for March on a Tactile Scale

These past couple of months, whenever I needed inspiration, something to get the tiny hamsters in my head running, I would usually turn to online sources. From Tumblr,  to Pinterest boards, browsing posts allover the blog-o-sphere and reading articles from many spectrums of publications, old and new alike. It’s wonderful, the huge world that is online, all the many thousands of people who are brilliant and creative and all just a click away.

But.

There’s something to be said for the inspiration that can come from more tactile sources, like magazines and books. Right now, whenever I look at books I feel unbearably guilty (probably because I keep buying awesome, amazing books and  then keep piling them all over my apartment and they’re probably all getting to know each other and preparing a mutiny) , and so, magazines it is. I needed to pick up a new journal for my newest artsy project (er, in short, making an art journal and documenting the process, with the end goal of a chunky fantastic journal and footage to splice together for a music/arts video) and while I was at the book store, I took a peek and dive through their magazine section, and these are some gems I found.

~ Yvi (http://www.yvimag.com)

~ Mark (http://www.frameweb.com/magazines/mark/mark-47)

~ Hi Fructose (http://www.hifructose.com/2013/12/17/hi-fructose-volume-30-preview/)

~ Flow (http://www.flowmagazine.com/ )

Some of these i’ve read before, some are new ones that caught my eye, and while i’m not sure if i’ll be buying all of them again, they will hopefully help grow the urge to push myself further into the areas i’m interested in but haven’t yet quite dived into. My confidence is a quiet and small thing, and while I wouldn’t wish it to be a rampaging elephant, I could at least aim for the calm certainty of a steady river.

Slipping my fingers over the glossy pages of Mark, I get the rush that comes from  the beauty of perviously unseen and innovative architecture, and I acknowledge that perhaps i’m too afraid of being noticed, of making ripples. This issues of Yvi focuses on the theme of Liberation, and I can’t help but think that on the heels of the last thought, it’s oddly fitting. The cover of Flow features the quote ” Creativity requires the courage to let go of certainties.”- Erich Fromme and that is yet another domino falling in the circle of things that point to the inexplicable fact surfacing that perhaps fear is good when it comes to creating, but i’ve been fostering it too much, to the disservice of other emotions. And Hi Fructose is. Well. A cornucopia of fantastical images that sear a desire in me to burst color onto pages and images onto film. 

The first page of any journal is insanely nerve-wracking and gets me all twitchy with the thought of making horrid mistakes, (same with sketchbooks) but… today i’m feeling that maybe I should put the usual fears into a cleverly constructed box and not take them out till a good deal later.

I wish to create, build, innovate, with all the cells in my body humming together in agreement, and all the worlds contained between the pages of those magazines make it feel just that much more possible.

~m

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