Raw Art Gallery 6: Send Your Submissions

Chapter 6 of my book is done, and I’m looking for people to contribute to the Gallery. The book is on Raw Art Journaling–a way to keep an art journal for people who can’t draw.  The idea is this: you create (or choose) a repetitive design (there are examples below and on my Flickr site)  and a haiku, or short quote (must be attributed, no ‘anonymous’ quotes.)

Create a journal page (you can use a loose sheet of paper) with words (the haiku or a quote) and a design. You can use your own design. You can use the spirals, loops, lines I’ve posted below as inspiration or in any combination.  You can write the words in after you do the design, or you can write the words first and design around it.  The design does not have to cover the whole page. The page should not be larger than 5″ x 7″ (12.7  x 17.8 centimeters)  The deadline for submission is July 15, 2010.

Instructions for submitting your work are below.

"To change our lives, we must first change our minds." --Japanese proverb

Left: The words start at the bottom of the page, then move to the bubble on the right. It says, “To change our lives we must first change our minds.”

Right: The gel pens are gold and copper and the writing says, “It is better to have a heart without words than words without a heart.” –Gandhi

"It is better to have a heart without words than words without a heart"--Gandhi

Below: No words, but a good, simple repetitive design. You don’t need to fill up the whole page, leaving white space lets you control the design.
How to submit: Your designs can be simpler, better, or in color. They must include designs and words. They can be in one color, or more, or many colors. Please send in an image by July 15, 2010. Keep the original. If chosen for the book, you will be asked to send in the original art work.

If you want to submit them for consideration for inclusion in the gallery, you cannot have published them anyplace before, including your blog or on any social networking platform. And you can’t publish them anyplace until you know if they have been chosen. I’m sorry about the rules, but that’s how it works.  The good news is that you can do with with someone–your friend, your mom, your child or grandchild. If two people work on it, both names should be included when you submit the image. Please sign your work on the front.

Submit to: Please send them, with no dimension bigger than 400 pixels and at 300 dpi to:  Quinn [at] rawartjournaling [dot] com. If you have questions, please leave them in the comment section for this blog post. The deadline is July 15, 2010.

Spiral lightning is made from three simple designs: spirals, loops and straight lines connected at the ends.

Need a haiku to work with? My friend, wise woman, and poet, Carolyn Wyatt, has given me permission to use two of her haiku for you to use in your work if you prefer working with a haiku someone else wrote. Here are Carolyn’s haikus:

Perhaps I live my life
as I use my pen
gripping it tightly
bearing down
to press meaning from its tip
while others balance
the instrument lightly
and dance across the page
—  © Carolyn Wyatt

I sit in anger
today roiling clouds, fire shroud
my quaking mountain
No water will quench
the searing pain except to
rest in compassion
—  ©  Carolyn  Wyatt, Herndon, VA

–Quinn McDonald is writing a book on Raw Art Journaling to be published by North Light Books in June, 2011.