Monday, September 6, 2010

Dreaming Big and Art Journaling

I am currently attending Traci Bautista's e-course called "Discovering Y.O.U." It is about marketing your art and it includes exercises that are meant to put together into an art journal.

I am pretty organized person and just could not crab some odd pages in different sizes as it was suggested. Instead, I chose an old book from my book shelf, downloaded Altered Books Tutorial from (which happened to be for sale just at that time) and started converting the book to the journal.

The book became very overwhelming in patterns and all. But it's so me, so I think it's ok. The papers and decorations are all my designs.

Here's the front cover:

And here's the back cover:

If you haven't seen enough patterning yet, here's the inside back cover. I have to take a deep breath before opening it!

First pages:

The exercises require quite a lot of thinking. Like this one: creating your own artist mission statement.

While making this I am constantly meeting the person I am most familiar with: my inner critic. She can be very discouraging, to be honest. Compared to scrapbooking, art journaling goes much deeper, and I almost hate it! My inner critic wants everything be controlled, black and white, clear-shaped ... bla bla bla.

When she's off, I browse the wildly patterned papers I've made for the book, giggling! How serious art journaling should be - I don't know! I am a total beginner in it!


  1. Hi Paivi! I Love,Love, Love your gorgeous dream big journal!!! I hope you are enjoying Traci's class as much as I am. I still need to get to your etsy site! Glad I was able to see your beautiful work again!

    Jessica W.

  2. this is an awseme journal and i love the patterns. there can never be too many patterns :) the mission statement is tough - i wrote only half of mine, but maybe i will finish today...

  3. Mona, thank you! I am stuck with the mission statement too but I think that I will move forward in the exercises and come back after I have better understanding of it!

  4. Jessica, thanks!! I am enjoying the class but haven't had much time communicating - been so busy completing the assignments! Trying to be more interactive now on!

  5. hello Paï cute your journal, I am not in that class unfortunaly but I enjoy to see the dream big journal...see you in another class later in autumn may be?? I adore your work...!!!

  6. Liette, thanks! I will most probably be attending Fashionista course if it will be published this autumn, see you there?!

  7. Thanks, Nessa! I will be posting more pages within the few days!


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