I believe that part of something is more interesting than the whole. It creates a sense of mystery, an engagement of the viewer to try to figure out what they are looking at.
Michelle Ward

Art Journal detail circles (copyright Hanna Andersson)

January’s art journaling crusade was called shape up which I did with hearts, using a favorite shape in your Art Journal and repeating it. Now in February the theme of the crusade is called Portion control. You can use portion of a image or shape and make it more interesting by tearing it apart, hiding it in paint or disguising it anyway you like. Use both negative and positive space, several colors in one shape etc. etc. As always the theme is huge and open to your own interpretations I guess.

Art Journal detail circles (copyright Hanna Andersson)
My Art Journal spread has a pretty obvious theme, one that kind of emerged while I was working on a few other art pieces. I wanted to experiment with it more consciously, play with it and use it, but I think it worked better when I wasn’t trying so hard. The theme, as you might have guessed, is circles, most of them half hidden in many other layers of circles and round shapes. And even though it’s a rather obvious theme I don’t think you could count all the circles in these pages because there are so many and some are totally hidden beneath other circles…

Circles all around (copyright Hanna Andersson)

I think this is an interesting concept to explore and I think it is where my art is heading. From the more obvious and straight forward collage to the more mysterious and abstract. A few years back I didn’t even know the word abstract and now I’m in love with it…

Art Journal detail circles (copyright Hanna Andersson)
I will post the art pieces I’ve finished as soon as I scan them, and I promise to continue to explore this in my art.

Art Journal detail circles (copyright Hanna Andersson)
And now that you have seen small portions of the art journal spread all though this post maybe you’re curious about the whole?

Art journal page - Calling (copyright Hanna Andersson)
Voila- the whole page! Scanned from my altered book in its entirety, but admittedly, the portion parts above are much more fun, don’t you agree? :-)

Posted to Crusade no 28: portion control at GPP Street Team. Please go check out what the others have done, and do add your comment if you enjoy what you see! Thanks!