The diary of an art journal creative artist Jennifer Joanou

How Pinterest Inspired My Work

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

I'm sure all of you have heard of Pinterest by now, if not, you must check it out.  I know, one more place to spend time on the computer, but I must, say I find it fun and inspiring.  This is how I've used it this week:

I was working on this page in my School of the Sea art book/visual journal (it's a little bit of both right now).  I wanted to write "The Brethren of the Black Swan", but didn't know what kind of text to use.

So I went to my "lettering" board on Pinterest and found this image:

I used it as inspiration, starting on tracing paper, then used Graphite Paper to transfer the lettering to my page:

You can see what the Graphite Paper leaves, much like a pencil drawing, then I traced over it with pen and ink.

And this is how it looks finished:

Here's the whole page, I'm not sure if it's done yet (I think I want the silhouettes of the brethren to be better defined, they're blending in to the ship a bit too much).  
More to come!

No Bullying

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

I had a delightful lunch with my good friend yesterday who is VERY wise and she shared some sage advice with me. I came home and got to work on this journal page.  Here it is in its various stages:

The page was already covered in masking tape and the two colors of acrylic paint (done months ago) so I started writing what I learned from my lunch using a black sharpie.

I added images from magazines that "felt" right.  

There were three things I wanted to remember; No Bullying, Listen to Yourself and Unacceptable so I cut those out using text from magazines.  I added the circles with white acrylic paint and a stencil, a few more bits of ephemera and for now, it feels done.  I might not feel that way in a week or two, but I can always go back and add more if I want to.