I recently heard about Asemic Writing in a 21 Secrets Live! session with Ardith Goodwin. Asemic Writing is a sort of pseudo writing where you write something that looks like it could be written language but it doesn’t mean anything. I think the reason I fell in love with it is because it is something I’ve always done but I never knew it had a name or that other people does it too. I always love to scribble and and test pens before I start writing or drawing (even if I know the pen is working). If it is a new pen I always write a few “sentences” in asemic writing to learn a little bit about how the pen behaves and I’ve always enjoyed the way this fake writing looks. It makes me think of long lost texts that someone wrote when they were out having an adventure or a great idea that must not be forgotten.
I got so inspired that I grabbed a bunch of ordinary printer paper and a handful of my favorite pens, pencils and even crayons. I drew straight lines with a black marker on one page to have as a guide underneath the page I was working on and got busy doing asemic writing. The pages above is just a few of the ones I made.
Since the middle of February my Wednesday nights have been sacred. I come home from work, have dinner, play with the cat, hang out with my fiance, clean my art space, set the alarm for 23.40 and then I go to bed really early. When the alarm rings I know that in 20 minutes a new broadcast of 21 SECRETS LIVE! will begin!
When I first read about 21 Secrets Live I loved the idea! A live broadcast with a host and an artist, with the possibility to ask questions and play along while they make art. This was extra appealing since I don’t know anyone doing art journaling in real life. However, my local time when it would be broadcasted would be at midnight so I decided not to take it. A few days later I saw that the lovely and talented Jane Davenport was giving away two spots on her blog and I left this comment:
“How cool to be able to take part in live classes and ask questions in a chat! I don’t know any other artists in real life so to be able to play along as it happens would be a dream. Much love!” Linda
And I won a space! Thank you so much Jane! I love the format of the course, it feels like I’m invited into all the lovely teachers studios to play along when they show us their way of journaling and favorite techniques. Getting up in the middle of the night takes a bit of planning but I found that I feel very creative at this time. It’s dark outside and I get cozy by my desk with a cup of tea, art supplies and a new juicy broadcast together with a bunch of people who love art journaling as much as I do!
This year I’m taking part in Life Book 2014 and I made these four cards as part of Carla Sonheims wonderful lecture. I draw them with one continues line on a 170gsm drawing card which I then colored in with the aqua markers. I pulled out two to three markers in the same color family and colored in a small area and then used a water brush to spread the paint. I really enjoyed how well these markers worked on the drawing paper, they mixed and spread easily.
One line aqua marker figures
I also tried the markers on water color paper, first of I used dry paper and the same method I used with the little figures above. I colored a small part and spread with water. It was fun but the paper absorbed the paint rather quickly and it was more difficult to spread it than it was on the drawing paper.
Finally I draw a little helmet penguin, these tend to pop up when I doodle and I decided to color him in. I taped down the paper with washi tape, wetted the water color paper and made dots to give him color.