As part of the Rock ressurected Circle Journal Im participating in I received a CJ and the theme was lyrics created in an art journaling style. I discovered art journaling late last year and I've really taken to it. I've always written diaries I find it cathartic and therapeutic and as all scrapbookers will relate to its a great source for remembering your life by looking back through old diaries. But diary writing can be tedious and hard to keep up every day and sometimes there just needs to be more to it than writing - writing doesn't always express exactly how you feel - often there are no words. That's where the art comes in. A splat of paint sometimes says more than any amount of words could. The way it drips down the page as if in sync with your feelings.
Art journaling is great for privacy too as depending on what you create only you has to know its true meaning. Only you know what you meant when you sprayed, painted and stamped your feelings all over the page.
Best of all its not something you need to have a special talent to do. Yes, some people are better than others at it but it is something anyone can learn the basics of.
But back to the reason for the post. I had to create a double layout (each page 8x8) in art journaling style about some lyrics that mean something to me. I collect lyrics - I love words and how powerful they can be especially in song form - so I had a lot to choose from but it didn't take me long to decide once I really thought about it.
I chose Green Day's "Good Riddance (time of your life)"
I added the first verse and the chorus to the page then I wrote something on why I chose it...
"This song reminds me that life is a journey. Good & bad experiences make us who we are. Life is precious and short and at the end I hope I can say I had the time of my life"
I used a gesso base and covered it with green and yellow paints, I used a lot of white in the middle to blend the two together and was pleased with the final result. I used some Tim Holtz stamps, a tattered angels spray and a bottle top to stamp the circles.
I added large pics of the band and logo then I added two "polaroids" of two of my tattoos as a line in the song is "tattoos of memories". This is the only place I wavered from the colour scheme. I just couldn't change the purple butterfly to any other colour. Its messy in places but I figured its art journaling - its paint - it can't be perfect :o)
So although I like it what really matters is that the CJ owner likes it and I hope she does. Its a gorgeous CJ.