Saturday, February 17, 2018

My Journal Recap - Homage to Art!

I was so happy to get my Round 4 Journal home last weekend, compliments of Joan!  We're so lucky that we both live in Melbourne (well I do, Joan is a bit further south!) and get together with the Art Mesaj Group once a month on a Sunday to mess around in art journals.  Any other Melbournians are welcome to join us!

Anyhoo, back to my journal.  It's about A5 size, and my instructions read "This journal is about admiring other people's art and wanting to try and emulate it yourself.  Imitation is known as the most sincere form of flattery, and so long as you credit the original artist, it's a wonderful homage to their art!"

My front cover is in the style of Roben-Marie Smith , a wonderful mixed-media artist.  Roben also has a great Facebook group called Claim Your Happy that you should definitely check out.

My inside cover comprises my contract, some texture-paste flowers in the style of  Toni Burt - I adore her gorgeous faces with flowers, and my title page a lรก Julie Fei-Fan Balzer.  Julie introduced me to art journalling about 4 years ago, and I love her use of bold colours, stamps and stencils.  

My first entry was from Jan, and is based on the gorgeous metallic art of Gustav Klimt , coupled with the flowing trees and backgrounds of Sue Davis.  I love the colours and composition!

Next page in my journal is by Lesley and features the iconic Banksy. Thought provoking, modern street art that is amazing!  Lesley's page is grungy with heaps of Banksy stamps, and I love it!

Next up is Pam's entry, based on the healing art of Bebe Butler and the backgrounds of Traci Bunkers.  Gorgeous colours and textures here, and Pam added a lovely paper flower too.

Next is my entry - my take on Starry Night by Vincent Van Gogh.  I've admired his work for a long time; such passion in the brush strokes!  I also discovered that Vincent wrote to his brother Theo often, and the letters are beautifully written.  Definitely worth checking out!

The we have Colleen's bright page paying homage to Dyan Reavely.  Dyan's art is fresh and quirky and her Dylusions products amazing!  I particularly love the Dylusions journals and paints, but have yet to try the sprays!  Colleen's page is just delightful. 

Joan chose Ken Done as her inspiration.  His Australian art is bright and certainly iconic!  Joan has done two different pieces; the one on the left is called Collection, but not sure of the gorgeous parrot on the right.  Love the colours Joan!

And that was the extent of my guest journalists since Joanna didn't get a chance to do a page!  At the back of the journal is my sign in page, based on a Rothko print.  His simple colour blocks really appeal to me.  Next to that are my doodles based on Cherie Bitanga's gorgeous art doodles.  Cherie used to contribute to the 52 Week Illustration Facebook Challenge that I was part of, before she became famous. ๐Ÿ˜€  The quote is by Adam J Kurtz, who I follow on Instagram.  His posts are funny and real, and well, just  make you feel better.  ๐Ÿ’—

My journal also has a flap that goes over the front cover.  The front part is heaps of flowers done in the style of Alisa Burke.  Alisa does beautiful vibrant art with a lot of flowers.  The inside flap is a girl done Penny Stamper style.  Penny Stamper is Angela Kennedy, and she draws beautiful but often sad girls that I love!


My rear cover is based on a Dina Wakley silhouette.  Her art is messy and colourful and I love it!  I have Dina's book Art Journal Courage which is fab.

And that's my journal!  Thanks so much to all the lovelies that contributed to it - and next week it goes off to Jenny so she can add something too!

Looking forward to the next round!   ๐Ÿ’œ๐Ÿ’›


  1. Your journal is fabulous Lisa. You must be delighted.

  2. Love it, great choice of theme. Well done all.

    1. Thanks Claire, you should join in next year!

  3. Oh wow! What an incredible journal. All the pages look so good. Love your Starry Starry Night :D Vincent is an amazing artist. Thanks for all the links to other artists' and their wonderful works. Can't wait to see it in real life <3

  4. Excellent journal Lisa and terrific blogging I would love to have a play in it if you have space.


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