11+ artists that inspired me over the time - Cristina Parus @ creativemag.ro
Art Journaling

11+ artists that inspired my art journey

11+ artists that inspired me over the time - Cristina Parus @ creativemag.ro

I remember when I started with art journaling..! So many pages, so many artists! I felt overwhelmed by the variety of styles and mediums I had discovered in such a short time just by searching  old Google. There are many artists that inspired me to create over the time. Most of them offer online classes, although I haven’t take many of them. I rather preferred to create my own version of their journal pages & canvas and evolve from there.

Why keep an art journal? And why art journaling? Well, to me it’s a way to express myself and document my life as each day passes by. Nothing compares with an art journal where you put your heart and your soul and then come back after years (or just a few months later) and see what you were up to back them. It helps you keep track of who you are as a person, helps with your personal development, and why not to mention this, it even releases some of the emotional patterns you don’t need or want anymore. I absolutely adore to grab my journal and start painting or just drawing, even if I don’t finish that page in one session! Here is a list of 11+ artists that influenced my style, in a random order, but this is just a list I keep on adding to. 

>>> One of the artists I ran into back when I was searching the web for art journaling stuff was Julie Fei-Fan Blazer. She’s an amazing person and so open-minded! She does write in her journals along with drawing and painting faces, and her pages are very inspiring. Here is a list with some of her art journal pages, most of them {if not all} with videos!

>>> Another artist I like is Andrea Gomoll. She’s from Germany and creates beautiful pages, but like Julie, she’s not just into art journaling. She’ll teach you how to make your own stickers if you have a cutting machine {like Silhouette} and use them in your daily planner. She also offers online classes, but only visiting her blog you can get inspired to create your own page.  Her online classes contain really in-depth explanations and step-by-step videos so you can get to create whimsical faces and many more. I know that because I took her FACEcinating Girls class back in 2012 and loved it! I didn’t have the patience to go through all the videos first and got started as soon as I’ve realized I have what I need to start drawing and painting. The best part is that you can download all the videos and watch them over and over again at your own peace!

>>> Pam Carriker is another great mixed media artist I love to follow and read her books. With her Mixed media Portraits book I wrote about here, you can practically create any type of face you want. Her style is rather realistic than fantastic, but her portraits are not always made after a model. She plays with tonal painting and I’ve been inspired to do so many times. Her blog is filled with lots of faces and if you take a look at her tutorials, you’ll instantly want to grab a pencil and your sketchbook to create your own face.

>>> But how about Jane Davenport? She’s for sure such an never-ending source of inspiration and on her blog you’ll find some interesting journal pages. She is part of the LIFE BOOK 2016 among other online workshops she offers on her website. A short video presentation of her book Beautiful Faces is showing how you can build a face in no time. And The way she talks about creating faces from imagination resonates so much with what I feel!

>>> I saw Dina Wakley demonstrating art in Art Journaling Live and got me in the mood to create some art journaling. Take a look at her blog and I’m sure you’ll find it not so hard to combine art with a journal. She makes it seem so easy!

>>> Another amazing artist is Tracy Verdugo. I wrote about her book Paint Mojo over here. Paint Mojo is also the name of her 6 weeks e-course everyone can take.

>>> Juliette Crane has been an inspiration for painting whimsical animals. I think her short videos were what drove me to draw and paint whimsical animals. Her girl faces are also whimsical, but with a very personal touch. I had my try on painting something similar and loved the process and the final result!

>>> I absolutely love Kate Thomson painting style. Her portraits are somehow kind of ghosty, but nothing scary. Her mixed media style combining acrylics, gesso and watercolors is so sublime. Of course she’s also offering online classes, and Fractured Angels is one of the most famous Kate’s class. What I would like to try is painting on a fabric journal. Kate also has an e-course on how to do that.

>>> Tamara Laporte {also know as ‘willowing’} cannot miss from my list. She is such an enthusiastic artist soul and she loves to share all that she knows. She’s the founder of LIFE BOOK, and her colorful website/blog is filled with precious little journaling ideas .Tam is probably the most loved mixed media portraiture artist, with a very unique signature and with most {free} online resources you can find on the web.

>>> Another mixed media and collage artist who’s art somehow influenced my art journey is Tracy Bautista. Her journal pages are raw, with an unfinished look {because you can add over and over again}, childish like, with many handmade marks, stencils and stamps. I saw her in action on Art Journaling Live and she’s wonderful inspiration when it comes to letting go, create as you feel and with no boundaries.

>>>Flora Bowney with her intuitive painting and Bloom True e-course is a lesson on letting go and letting in. I also love her book, Brave intuitive Painting – explore intuitive painting as you learn to “let go, be bold, unfold”.

And of course, there is Jenny, known as JenniBellie, with her blog tutorials, video tutorials and journaling videos. You may happen to love her style, so check out her art blog. Or Feithline Stuart aka Effy Wild with her RADIANT II lessons.

And many, many other artists that are worth mentioning; Judy Wise, Journal Girl {aka Samie} , Bebe Butler {with her lovely journaling style, close to Pam Carriker’s..} or Suzi Blu are only a few you’ll want to know more about.

Still don’t know what to journal about? No excuses Art Journaling!


Aww, this was a very long entry! Thank for sticking with me until the end of it. I never thought there are so many inspiring artists that influenced my creative path until I had to recall them all!

11+ artists that inspired me over the time - Cristina Parus @ creativemag.ro


Imi amintesc cand am inceput cu art journalingul..! Atat de multe pagini, atat de multi artisti! M-am simtit coplesita de varietatea de stiluri si materiale folosite pe care le descopeream intr-un timp atat de scurt doar printr-o simpla cautare pe Google. Sunt multi artisti care m-au inspirat de-a lungul timpului sa creez. Majoritatea ofera cursuri online, desi nu am asistat la prea multe. Prefer mai degraba sa creez propria mea versiune a jurnalelor lor si propria versiune pe panza si sa vad ce iese pornind de acolo.

De ce sa tii un art jornal? Si de ce art journaling? Ei bine, pentru mine art journalinul ma ajuta sa ma exprim si sa-mi documentez viata de zi cu zi. Nimic nu se compara cu un jurnal in care pui suflet si la care te intorci peste ani (sau doar peste cateva luni) si vezi cum erai acum ceva vreme. Acestea te ajuta sa tii o evidenta a ceea ce esti tu ca persoana, ajuta la dezvoltarea personala si, de ce sa nu amintim si de asta, cateodata elibereaza chiar tipare emotionale de care nu mai avem nevoie sau pe care nu le mai vrem. Imi place la nebunie sa-mi iau jurnalul si sa incep sa pictez sau doar sa desenez, chiar daca nu termin pagina respectiva intr-o singura sesiune! Iata o lista cu peste 11 artisti care mi-au influentat stilul de-a lungul timpului, intr-o ordine aleatorie, asta fiind o lista la care continui sa adaug in fiecare zi noi nume.

>>> Unul dintre artistii peste care am dat atunci cand am cautat pe internet informatii depsre art journaling a fost Julie Fei-Fan Blazer. O persoana minunata si cu o minte deschisa! Adora sa scrie in jurnalele ei pe langa desene si fete pictate, iar paginile ei ofera multa inspiratie. Iata o lista cu cateva dintre paginile din jurnalele ei, majoritatea {daca nu chiar toate} cu video atasat!

>>> Alt artist care-mi place este Andrea Gomoll. Nascuta in Germania, ea creeaza pagini uimitoare, dar la fel ca si Julie, nu face doar art journaling. Andrea te va invata cum sa-ti faci propriile abtibilduri daca ai o masina de taiat {precum Silhouette}, dar doar daca-i vizitezi blogul te va inspira sa creezi propria ta pagina de art journaling. Cursurile ei online contin explicatii amanuntite si videouri in care iti arata pas cu pas cum poti crea fete whimsical si multe altele. Si stiu asta pentru ca am incercat cursul ei, FACEcinating Girls in 2012 si mi-a placut la nebunie! N-am avut rabdare sa parcurg toate fisierele video la inceput, asa ca m-am pus pe treaba imediat ce am realizat ca am tot ce-mi trebuie pentru a incepe sa desenez si sa pictez. Partea cea mai buna este ca poti descarca toate fisierele video {acces online un an de zile} si te poti uita la ele de cate ori vrei!

>>> Pam Carriker este alt artist mixed media talentat pe care imi place sa-l urmaresc si sa-i citesc cartile. Avand cartea ei, Mixed Media Portraits despre care am scris aici, puteti practic sa creati orice tip de fata doriti. Stilul ei este mai degraba realist decat fantastic, dar portretele ei nu sunt intotdeauna inspirate dupa un model. Lui Pam ii place sa se joace cu pictura tonala si am fost inspirata sa incerc si eu de multe ori acest stil. Blogul ei este plin cu multe fete si daca va uitati putin la tutorialele ei, veti vrea instant sa luati un creion si un caiet de schite si sa creati propria fata.

>>> Dar ce spuneti de Jane Davenport? Este una dintre sursele de inspiratie inepuizabile, iar pe blogul ei veti gasi niste pagini foarte interesante. Este unul dintre artistii care preda in LIFEBOOK 2016 pe langa alte workshopuri pe care le ofera in pagina web personala. O scurta prezentare video a cartii Beautiful Faces arata cum puteti crea o fata in cea mai scurt timp posibil. Iar felul in care vorbeste despre cum sa desenezi fete din imaginatie rezoneaza atat de mult cu ceea ce simt eu!

>>> Am vazut-o pe Dina Wakley intr-o demonstratie in workshopul Art Journaling Live si mi-a facut pofta de art journaling. Aruncati o privire pe blogul ei si sigur va veti da seama ca e foarte usor sa combini arta cu un jurnal. Face sa para totul atat de usor!

>>> Alt artist este Tracy Verdugo. Am scris aici despre cartea ei Paint Mojo. Paint Mojo este si numele unui curs online de 6 saptamani la care oricine se poate inscrie.

>>> Juliette Crane a fost inspiratia mea pentru a picta animale whimsical. Cred ca videourile ei scurte au fost cele care m-au determinat sa desenez si sa pictez animale whimsical. Fetele ei sunt atat de fantastice, avand in acelasi timp si o nota extrem de personala. Am incercat sa pictez ceva similar si mi-a placut procesul si rezultatul final!

>>> Sunt absolut indragostita de stilul lui Kate Thomson. Portretele ei sunt oarecum fantasmatice, dar deloc inspaimantatoare. Stilul ei mixed media combina acrilice, gesso si acuarele intr-un mod sublim. Si bineinteles ca si ea ofera cursuri online, iar Franctured Angels este unul dintre cel mai faimoase. Ce mi-ar placea sa incerc este pictura pe un jurnal din textile. Kate are un curs care te invata cum sa faci asta.

>>> Tamara Laporte {cunoscuta si sub numele de willowing} nu putea lipsi din lista mea. Este un artist entuziast si ii place la nebunie sa arate si altora din ceea ce stie sa faca. Ea este fondatotul cursului LIFE BOOK, iar pagina ei web si blogul colorat este plin de idei de jurnalit. Tam este probabil unul dintre cei mai iubiti artisti mixed media care deseneaza si picteaza portrete, cu o semnatura distincta si cu cele mai multe resurse {gratuite} pe care le puteti gasi online.

>>> Un alt artist mixed media si de colaj care mi-a influentat oarecum stilul este Tracy Bautista. Paginile ei de jurnal sunt brute, cu o imagine neterminata {pentru ca poti adauga strat dupa strat}, un pic copilaresti, cu multe mazgalituri, stampile si sabloane. Am vazut-o in actiune in Art Journaling Live si este inspiratie infinita cand vine vorba sa desenezi din inima, sa creezi asa cum simti si fara nici un fel de limitari.

>>> Flora Bowney este minunata cu al ei curs online Bloom True care te invata efectiv cum sa te lasi purtat de val si cum sa adaugi o nota personala. Imi place cartea ei, Brave Intuitive Painting – explorati pictura intuitiva pe masura ce invatati sa va lasati purtati de val, sa spuneti ce simtiti si sa va desfasurati natura creativa.

Si desigur, mai este si Jenny, cunoscuta si ca JenniBellie, cu tutorialele de pe blogul ei, tutoriale video si video journaling. S-ar putea sa iubiti stilul ei, asa ca vizitati blogul ei. Sau Feithline Stuart adica Effy Wild cu al sau curs RADIANT.

Si mai sunt multi alti artisti care merita mentionati; Judy Wise, Journal Girl {aka Samie} , Bebe Butler {cu al ei stil de jurnalit, apropiat de cel a lui Pam Carriker…}, Suzi Blu, Heather Santos, sunt doar cativa artisti ale caror pagini veti vrea sa le vizitati. 

Tot nu stii despre ce sa jurnalesti? No excuses Art Journaling!


Awww, asta a chiar a fost o postare foarte lunga! Multumesc ca ati citit pana la sfarsit. Nu am crezut niciodata ca sunt atat de multi artisti care m-au inspirat si mi-au influentat stilul  creativ, asta pana cand a trebuit sa scriu despre toti!

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