bad hair day by Grace Mendez

Moving Beyond the Visual Journal

Generally I use my visual journal for trying out supplies, for list making, responding to journal prompts and for just having fun.

I like the idea of having my artwork contained in book form, unlike my Gelli plate prints that are in a pile on a bookshelf.

What happens when a visual journal is goes beyond a place to explore the properties of paint and pen?

A visual journal has the ability to be a container of potential if you look beyond the original intention.

It may contain ideas that can be turned into an alternative purpose.

My current work in progress is a body of work called “Bad Hair Day”.

The idea came from a little image that I had done in one of my visual journals.

This year I am participating in East Bay Open Studios and wanted to focus on a particular theme. I remembered my image and that was the beginning of my project.