Self Portrait B-1, ink & watercolor

Self Portrait B-1, ink & watercolor

At the end of each journal I like to do a self portrait or two and write a little wrap up about my life during the period that journal was active. I blurred some of the writing so I could say what I wanted without worrying about “over sharing” personal stuff.

Self Portrait B-2, ink & watercolor

Self Portrait with Froggie Journal B-2, ink & watercolor

I was inspired by Raena’s wonderful self-portraits to try sketching standing in front of a mirror instead of just sitting down and drawing my face. While I didn’t get a real likeness I did get two images that capture how I felt and saw myself that day. And even better, I was willing to take a chance, draw in ink, leaving the “mistakes” and accept that while my sketches weren’t as “good” as I wanted them to be, I was OK with letting them exist as a point on a journey.

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  1. I love how fluid your self portraits are. How did you manage to warp the words in your journal? I have been trying to find an artful way to do this for ages and am at a loss.

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    • Thanks Amie. I tried it two different ways using Photoshop. The simpler one (that worked best for this purpose was just using the smudge tool which looks like a finger ready to smudge something in the PS toolbar. I also tried using a layer effect set to Gaussian Blur with a mask set to display only the portion I wanted blurred, but I liked the smudge version better. If you don’t have Photoshop or Photoshop Elements I think there are probably free programs you could use instead, such as The Gimp (a free Photoshop-like program). I’ve never tried it but I know some people really like it.

      Here’s another low tech idea: scan your page with a piece of tracing or vellum paper covering the text. Jana

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  2. Wonderful that your self portraits are always so reflective of your thoughts. Plus, they seem to stand in, lines and all, as a metaphor of sorts for your self image. Very clever idea to do this at the end of each book.

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  3. This is an incredible idea! I love it. Your sketches are wonderful and your words will carry so much meaning for you (and your family) in the future. Thank you for sharing this idea.

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    • Your comment about my family reading my journals in the future made me pause. I hadn’t really thought about that before and wonder what my sons might do with them. Hmmm. Some of the stuff I’m not sure I’d want them reading but I guess it will all be up to them. Do people put stuff like art and journals in their wills? Who knew a comment on my blog would lead to such deep thoughts! Jana

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  4. Thanks for your comment at Levonne’s Pretty Pics! Love your self portrait! I feel inspired!

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  5. Great self-portrait! I don’t think I have the courage to go in with pen!! Thanks for the mention!

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  6. Love both although I think the top one looks more like you. I really like the idea of doing it at the end of each sketchbook.

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    • Thanks Shirley, I got the idea from Louise Stanleywhen she had a show of her journals at California College of Art. She starts each journal with a self portrait which felt too daunting to me so I close mine with one instead. Jana

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  7. Very nice pic. Nice confident line.

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