I just got a new keyboard and after nearly six years typing on a Mexican keyboard ay carrramba! I am now back to a French keyboard. The qwerty to azerty downshift thing is a little tough but it's appeased by the fact that now I have the good accents! in the right place! yay! No more upside down exclamations !!!
I 've been making some art journaling videos and watching lots of them on the internet to get ideas. Some videos are excellent with real artist touting real ideas and some unfortunately are not so excellent. Some just give art journaling a bad rap.
Here's what bugs me. It's usually the same type of personality and excuse me for pigeonholing but it's often a former scrapbooker turned "artiste". The problem is they put all these horrific embellishments on their journal, stickers and prepackaged crap and call it art. Okay art is subjective I know but sadly this is not art. This is craft. Okay just move on to the next video right. I mean forget them. I'm sorry though. What annoys me most about these people's videos is the hawking of the products. Everytime they use a product they have to tell you what it is! It's a giant whorefest for overpriced products. And some of these people have BINS and BINS of these products. The money spent on this embellished glitter art! Calamity! Paul Cézanne is turning over in his grave every time one of these videos gets uploaded. And people are saying to themselves "art journaling is THIS, ugh and even if I wanted to do it I have to buy all that crap? Uh; think I'll pass" and then the whole thing gets a stigma associated with it.
In the great spirit of counteracting anything that goes against the grain of doing something the natural granola way I'm going to start sharing some tips. These will be some of my very own DIY tips for art journaling. You don't need Homespun Exacto Glue or Stayrite Ink Dyes or even Lou-Lous Own Fixater or any of these overpriced piece of crap things to art journal. These are swiss army knife journaling tips. These are art jornaling war ration tips. You don't need much to get started. You just need some cheap paints, a pencil and a few trips to the garage. Later you might want to invest in some better paints and maybe some inks or watercolor crayons but always, always, always make trips to the garage and don't worry about ruining your art for posterity. Archival quality? That's just ridiculous! You're here to make a mess and if it falls apart and turns yellow in fifty years who cares. I'm sure by then everyone will be making digital copies of everything in like 3D or something with smellovision.
Sorry for the rant and if you read this and you're a scrapbooker it's nothing personal. I too like glue and pretty pages. Just go easy on the glitter and don't call embellishments "embies" or I will hurt you.