Archive for July, 2010
Moving right along in the process the next You Tube video Teesha Moore Journaling Part 2 of 4 continues demonstrating Teesha’s technique with bordering the pages and begins to add focal collage images – now the fun really begins.
When I got to this part I worried that it would feel kind of like an assembly line, but as I sorted through my envelopes of images (do you remember that I am doing this in the front seat of the car?) I found myself choosing a head for this page and a pair of shoes for that page. The perfect legs for that body and a new smile for that head. It was fun and the kids in the backseat would often poke a head into the front seat and kibbitz.
The next step in the process, after making the journal and painting the pages is adding borders to the pages. The Youtube video titles are a little random but
Teesha Moore Journaling Collage Part 1 of 4 is the right video for this next step.
I decided to work on this journal on a long road trip and to do the collage when it wasn’t my turn to drive. So I spent a little time before the trip cutting out various patterned papers and magazine pages in strips for making borders. I also stamped some of my hand made stamps onto paper and cut them up for border material. I took 3 envelopes of collage items with me, one of the envelopes was for border patterns. I also picked up brochures and a few magazines as the trip wore on and I tired of the sparse pickings in the envelopes.
One thing that I know about myself – if I am not pushing myself forward, I am sliding backwards. I decided to try again to use online sources and teach myself. I also know that I am not one to hold myself to account and can easily tell myself that “it doesn’t matter” if it is something just for me. So I invited several women to join me in starting an Art Journaling Club and four of them accepted! We have started, but the summer and excessively full schedules have made for a bumpy beginning.
The last four pieces I made for the challenge were something I have been thinking of doing for over a year. We recently re-tiled our kitchen counters, adding a splash protection of tile up the wall. Once the tiles were up, grouted and dry we discovered to our dismay that the switchplate covers did not fit!
The kitchen remodel included updating the electrical to code so that left 11 switches and sockets and their covers at eye level in the kitchen. 6 of them in the border of the tile. God bless my husband’s patience. After 3 months of stewing (the tile was beautiful and the ugly socket holes just that UGLY) I came up with the idea of using old mouse pads, carving them up and painting them. After experimenting I ended up with craft foam from the big M. I made two covers and then there were holidays and adventures and I dropped the project.
I did not actually finish the 30-30 Challenge in the time frame. I had the last 5 pieces started but had to pack and prepare for my June adventure. So I dashed off to Boston leaving them drying on the table.
In preparation for the last project I spent an evening carving some stamps. I used Speedball carving blocks as well as their carving tool. I found carving to be soothing and immensely satisfying. Especially with the stamp material being just a bit more sturdy than butter. The carving tool just slid through and since I didn’t have to apply force the patterns felt natural and calm. You have to look closely to see the 3 stamps here distinct from the patterns stamped on the paper.
The theme for June’s Journal was/is Wabi Sabi. I don’t know if I even have it spelled correctly. Wabi Sabi is (loosely translated) a Japanese philosophy of art, maybe of life, which embraces the totality of life, particularly holding the parts that most of us resist. Such as impermanence and imperfection. We all wish to be perfect and permanent and in our striving for those states, we deny the perfection inherent in ourselves. Okay I went and looked it up on Wikipedia if you want to go more in depth you can read the entry. I looked it up earlier in June and then plunged in. Now at the end of the month after much mulling-trying-failing-resisting and then giving in it means much more to me.