What could be more humble and accessible than a composition book. *Video embedded below.
If you are a journaling newbie and are feeling intimadated, this is the way to go. Even seasoned journalists enjoy the freedom of simple materials sometimes. It can be easier to get to the bottom of things without all of the extra materials in our way.
The "Eye" was done with charcoal on a gessoed manila folder page. Years ago, Samie Harding aka Journal Girl had a fab bookbinding tutorial using old manila folders and I made one (or two) out of gutted composition books. It's a nice surface to work on.
A page from that book made with my teen journalers. I remember that hot summer night.
In the video, I talk about keeping it simple with stamps, stencils, a touch of collage and then writing. My dylusions journal is being pressed into action as my writing journal. Enjoy!
Gratitude is a simple thing. Humble. The act brings us down to the most basic element of humanity. If we can be thankful, everything else seems to take care of itself. If we are grateful, we have shifted the focus from self-centered to global.
I forget to be thanksful, we all do.
I wonder, if we all remembered to be grateful more often, could we find ways to make our worlds and our world better and then have more to be thankful for? Do you think it works that way?
I am so grateful to you. Each time you look at my blog, make a comment, say "hello," I am gratified. Thank you.
Playing with lettering is fun and easier than you think! It's like drawing and doodling with forms you are very familiar with. Jenny Doh's book Creative Lettering (link below) was my source of inspiration.
Use words and thoughts that are meaningful to you. I worked on Strathmore Bristol. Use a pencil to sketch out the words then go over them with pen. You can erase any mess ups, just draw lightly! I used Pitt Pen markers and Tombow's for color - any markers would do.
Here's the link for Jenny's book which is great for beginners. Like Zentangle, Lettering is something you can easily begin with a minimum of fuss. Brainstorm some words and phrases and keep that list handy while you lay out your page. It's really easy to make a spelling error (*ahem).
A slight cold - nothing too terrible but thank you for your get wells. A long walk yesterday, I went out for a quick walk but the sun felt so wonderful that I kept thinking "just one more block." I saw a robin and some crocuses bursting out of their shells.
Things: I'm participating in a panel on Sunday in connection with the Mt Airy Art Garage's Quilt Show (NW Philadelphia) and International Women's Day. The title of the panel is "Ain't I An Artist." See Soujourner Truth's "Ain't I A Woman" here. My discussion will be on the artistry of Boro cloth and will spotlight Jude Hill's modern day interpretation of that cloth.
It would be fun to have you there.
Sunday at 3 pm, at 11 West Mt. Airy Ave, Philadelphia ($10 at the door)
Art Journal Meet Up yesterday. You should check to see if there are any in your area. There's a dyanmic, fun group of women is forming. I found this old drawing and just colored it in with Pitt Pens. So much fun. Just a little more to do on the mountains.
I tripped over this drawing from almost 6 years ago of my son' on his 17th Bday. Loose and loopy drawing; an unconcerned pen traveling over the paper catching this and that. Then some drawings for watercolor
and a bit of paint
We have a new baby in the family. Amelia Marie, 8.14 (wow). Happy-making.