The journal page before the journaling happened.
After the journaling – notice i have collage fragments of food labels – garbanzo beans and lentils. Don’t ask me why – they just wanted to be included.
Mary was crying out for glitter on her halo.
This weekend i had lots of fun creating a 2 page journal spread. I began by preparing the papers so i didn’t have to stare at a couple of blank pages. First i gessoed the cardstock and then cut the papers to the size i wanted. Then i collaged a few pieces of joss papers, book pages and some food labels (i have to quickly save the food labels as Mr. G is constantly throwing out things which i think are perfect collage fodder. Sometimes i even have to fish things out of the garbage).
Then i added several layers of acrylic paints and scrubbed some off with a baby wipe until i achieved the look i wanted. I thinned down some fluid acrylics and dribbled it on the top of the page. Don’t you just LOVE drippage?
Next i found a spot of sunshine outside and sat looking at my pages and wondered what was next. I was thumbing through an art book aimlessly when a fish caught my eye. Since i had already told myself that i was NOT to draw a face I thought a fish could be the central focus. So i drew the fish to extend beyond one page and onto the other. I continued colouring and painting the fish with copic markers and acrylic paints. Then – you won’t believe this but a Head wanted to be underneath the fish. Who was i to argue? So dutifully i drew a face with a micron pen and then painted it in.
I asked Fish head girl what she was all about and she said she was thinking “stinky thoughts”. So from there i thought – “Aha! Thoughts are things! You had better choose good thoughts over stinky thoughts!” – this is Law of Attraction stuff. So next i created a whitish area to do my freeform journaling in and fashioned a fancy border around it. A collage sheet of Marys was lying around so guess what? She wanted to be included in the page too. So i stuck Mary down, edged her with water soluable oil pastels and added some glitter and white accents with my brand spanking new Uni-ball Signo white pen (thanks Kym for the gift!)
So there you go – that’s how these pages evolved!
Inspiring article about my nephew and the Lokomat
Three years ago my nephew Adam was paralyzed in a tragic Ruby accident. Adam’s father has been educating himself about spinal chord research and the latest developments and technology that are available. He recently imported the Lokomat – a cutting edge technological machine which hoists the patient into an upright position. Read the article here – It’s very inspiring.
Well I’ve just run out of steam – I will chat with you tomorrow!