This week was Karen’s pick for the challenge. This is what she had to say about who she chose for week 7 to inspire us and why.
For this week’s prompt, I chose the amazing Nika in Wonderland journal page: Tim Holtz Coffee Blueprint Black Art Journal Page. The hardest part of this week’s challenge was picking just one of Nika’s over 400 AMAZING posts! She has faces, abstracts, silhouettes, pencil drawings, and so many different ideas to inspire almost any style of art journalist.
How I finally narrowed down my choice was this – Erin and I are focusing on trying new techniques and expanding our knowledge of products and how to use them. Both of us have enjoyed each page and experience in the first 6 weeks of our #inspiby challenges, and we are learning SO MUCH!
Two things have stood out to me so far. One is the vast number and type of journals available to work in, and the many possibilities for creating our own journals in the future as well. The second is the use of different colors (and types) of paper to work on. The two Dylusions journals that I have been working in have pale cream pages, which is great, and I know that both Erin and I have gessoed some of our pages to make an even smoother white background at times.
This page is in a black Dylusions journal – black paper! Something completely foreign and new to me. Adding black, using it as a tool, or an accent is one thing, but the challenge of using black as a base – too fun!! Plus, I love coffee. I don’t know many crafters who don’t. So, I was additionally inspired by the caffeine composition in this page.
I also like how she initially plans to use one cup and then changes her mind and uses another version of it as well. Sometimes I agonize on whether I should change elements – watching someone as talented as Nika change up her page reminds me that Art journals are meant to be fun, not perfect, and we can change whatever we want whenever we want until we are happy with the end result.
*Reminder: If you recreate Nika’s journal page please be sure to tag her and give her credit.
Check out her YouTube channel, her work is phenomenal.
Thanks Karen for that fabulous post about this week’s challenge prompt! As always, you can recreate this week’s inspiring journal layout or just use the techniques and the layout itself for inspiration as you create your own challenge pages. You have until Sunday midnight to post pictures of your journal pages to Instagram using the #inspiby tag. Don’t forget to tag both Karen (@deeillustra) and myself (@happilywego) so that we can see your pages and also follow along with you on your creative journey!