I've been drawing and doing other various crafts for as long as I can remember, but it wasn't until a little over a year ago that I finally started taking it more seriously and making it a really large part of my life. I'd always drawn before, randomly, but never consistently because creativity is something that can be hard to find sometimes. One day in early 2014 I came across some pictures on Tumblr of these art journals that had prompts in them. I did some research and discovered that the book was called Wreck This Journal by Keri Smith. I asked for one for my birthday and got one, and as silly as it may sound, it sort of changed my life! The prompts really sparked my creativity and having an online community of other people that had the same journal challenged me to come up with new and unique ideas. I began sharing my journalings on Instagram, and then Tumblr, which was a really great way to "meet" other people that were embarking on the same tasks/pages that I was. People had really positive reactions to my artwork, which acted as motivation for me to continue. I used my Wreck This Journal as an outlet to try a bunch of new techniques and styles. It made me feel so free to do whatever I want and through that, I began to find my own style and what I liked to draw the most. I filled up most of the journal (I still have some pages left that lack ideas) and started posting more of my own artwork outside of the book online.
If I had to describe my work in 3 words, they would be: contrast, detail, and color. Anything with these 3 aspects is a feast for my eyes!
Besides my zendalas, I love to paint galaxies (among other things). I tried using foam makeup sponges to make a galaxy with acrylic paint one day and I loved the result. Now it seems that I find any excuse to paint every surface I can like that! It's gotten to the point that whenever my friends or family see something galaxy print, they think of me!
Thank you, Michelle, for giving me the opportunity to go on and on about my artwork! I hope someone found at least part of this interesting or helpful.
Thank you so much, Alanna, for sharing your art journalings with us! And for all you wonderful readers looking to connect, you can find more of Alanna's creations here: