Dawn DeVries Sokol


WAJP Extras 2

Today we have another Q&A that didn’t make it into A World of Artist Journal Pages. Let’s welcome Tammy Garcia of Daisy Yellow:

What mediums did you use on the pages you submitted or what mediums do you primarily use?

In my art journals, I work primarily in acrylics with hand-painted papers, found ephemera and photographs. I also enjoy drawing detailed patterns and intricate mandalas in ink as well as sewing paper to create mixed media collages.

What do you do when you're blocked?

The key to keeping my creative ideas flowing is to hop back and forth between projects and journals, making progress on each work a bit at a time. This ensures that there is always something to do, some space to make a step forward. Interesting juxtapositions between the elements of my projects materialize. The surprising interactions turn into fresh project ideas. Ideas are always swirling in my mind and I document them for future use.

What artists do you look to for inspiration?

My favorite artists are Paul Klee and Edgar Degas. I've been incredibly inspired by "Spilling Open: The Art of Becoming Yourself" by Sabrina Ward Harrison and "Creative License" by Danny Gregory.

What would you tell someone who's trying to get into art journaling or creating but doesn't know where to start?

A sampling of Tammy’s work in A World of Artist Journal Pages.

A sampling of Tammy’s work in A World of Artist Journal Pages.

Art journaling is about the process of creating and working in our journals. It is not about the end result and has no rules. I art journal because I love playing with paint, words and imagery. And this act of working in my journal makes a difference in my life. I would recommend starting with the simplest of materials, a pad of decent quality drawing paper, and a large set of magic markers. Carry a camera around for a few weeks and actively look for interesting patterns, color palettes and shapes in nature. Use those photographs as a resource for drawing one pattern each day. Experiment with the materials and get comfortable with the movement and marks of the writing tools. Start gathering utilitarian ephemera such as metro tickets and maps. Get a small set of fluid or heavy body acrylic paints and start incorporating paint and other mediums in the journal pages. Join an online art journaling community and interact with others learning the same art form. Participate in challenges and do journal prompts to spark creative ideas. And most importantly, focus on the process of building your pages rather than the result. 

What do you do to get over the blank page syndrome?

The blank page is a playground, a space where anything can happen. I love that there is no right way to start a page; the faster I dig in and get started, the more time I have to play. The blank page is a launching point for experiments involving ideas, color palettes, documentation, composition and texture.

How did you first start art journaling or using a sketchbook?

I started doing art in 2007 prompted by the inflow of mandalas, doodles, artist trading cards and mixed media art journal pages at Flickr and on creative blogs. I was intrigued by the way the materials were used, the imperfect nature of the pages, the format, the potential chaos of art journaling.

Visit Tammy at daisyyellowart.com for more!