Dawn DeVries Sokol
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WAJP Extras 7

Today we hear from Ingrid Dijkers of Plymouth, Michigan.

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

I generally start with boxboard as the substratum for my pages. The pages are primed with a thin coat of white house hold primer or gesso. Layers of papers and thin washes of acrylic paint are slowly built up over the surface at this point.  I like working with markers and various pens once I have a background built up. The pages will then be built up with other embellishments that can range from anything from found objects to sewn on sequins, buttons or beads.

What do you do when you're blocked?

Just the act of gluing some random pieces of paper to a page can spark an idea. I just keep adding bits of paper, add some color here and there and somewhat intuitively a theme starts to develop. It works most every time. 

What artists do you look to for inspiration?

There isn't really one person in particular that I look to for inspiration.  There are just so many people ... actually most every person has work has something unique and special about it and tends to inspire me in one way or another.

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

I actually get a lot of emails asking me this. Often people want a list of the supplies they should go out and buy in order to begin journaling. My answer is always the same: start simple with what you have on hand. The kitchen junk drawer or your child's school back pack are a very good place to start. In the beginning it's hard to know what kind of supplies you'll love working with. First experiment a bit with inexpensive supplies and expand on your supply inventory as you develop. Too many times people will spend $75 on a set of watercolor pencils only to find they don't produce the effects they had hoped for and they are very disappointed. With a little experience and experimentation they could have realized that their money may have been better spent on other supplies such as markers and a few pens instead.

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

Just add a thin wash of color is usually all it takes. Just the act of working on a page is usually enough to get over it rather quickly.

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

I began making altered books several years ago and that slowly developed into binding my own books and using them as journals.