I often think about style and art journaling. And how to find my style. There are people whose work I admire who have a very distinctive style.
What I've noticed about these pieces of work is that they are all brightly coloured and busy. Full of pattern. Dina and Roben-Marie frequently have areas of white on their pages but Dyan and Kate always paint every available space.
Some other work I'm drawn to is Mary Nasser. Her work is all about maps.
And then there are the faces! I don't do faces. But I love the art that Rachelle Panagarry produces.
Oh and then there's text. I just adore Valerie Sjodin's art journals.
And yet, when I look at all the art journal pages I have pinned on my Pinterest board I can see a theme there. And it isn't brightly coloured and patterned. Although those pages are there too.
There's pastels and neutrals. Lots of white space. Some minimalism. Lots of duck egg blue. (Robin egg blue if you're from the U.S.)
When I'm reading Somerset Studio or the Stampington Art Journaling magazine my eye is drawn to anything neutral, duck egg blue, pastels, neutrals, peach colours.
And yet more often than not my work ends up dark and messy and patterned and not what I had in mind at all. I am trying at the moment to only work with particular colours rather than randomly picking up what comes to hand. I think Dyan's new White Linen ink is going to really help me.
I spend a lot of time on Pinterest and on websites looking at other people's work trying to find inspiration. But I often end these sessions feeling despondent. There are so many amazing people out there doing amazing artwork. And so I hesitate to start. It isn't that the blank page intimidates me. I never get as far as opening the sketchbook or finding the paper some days.
And yet this blindingly obvious comment stood out yesterday when I was reading Art Journaling. A quote from graphic artist Promise Tangeman:
'Don't waste time looking for your style. The truth is you already have it,
you may just need to create more in order to see it.'
So that's what I should be doing. Creating more.
Have you found your style yet?