Flip Side Friday #20 – New Beginnings

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I am making several new journals for my new year. I will have journals just for writing and art journals for writing and arting. I will also have separate journals for various classes, different events and then of course my traveling art journals.

One way I have of starting fresh or marking something as a new beginning, is by starting with all fresh and new journals. The one I showed in last Wednesday’s post is one of my favorites.

I primed the plain brown cover with gesso mostly so the colors I add later will show better, and partly to strengthen the cover page.

Next I took four stamps, 2 homemade and two store bought and one by one I painted them with clear matte gel medium and stamped them onto the cover.Inside cover

I used a flower, a leaf, a twig and a small tree trunk stamp. Putting them together made a floral tree with branches and leaves of different sizes. Kind of like some of the commercial scrapbook papers you see with the collage already in the base.

The images dried clear and a little raised from the surface, not enough to be bulky or to be knocked off. Once dry I rubbed over them  with stamp pads. The ups and downs of the relief made shadows and light and dark contrasts just in the rubbing. 

I will add lines and doodles to the images over the life of the journal. I know myself well enough to know that I will do this. If you don’t have this type of habit, you can draw in lines and doodles and add script as you like.  

The solstice is coming this weekend – do you celebrate?

 

The Journal Project 2014 – Week 50 – Art Camp for Women

These weekly prompts are not intended to make an entire page but instead are meant to give you a starting point for a daily practice of Art Journaling.

From now until Prompt #52 we will be making Journal Covers for New Year Journals!

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If you are participating in these Journal Prompts and want to share a page or two (or more) with us, please email a photo of your page to:

registration [at] artcampforwomen [dot]com.

We would love to post your work!

Art Prompt: Use 3 stamps to make your own stamp picture.

Writing Prompt: What props do you use to make new beginnings?

If you want more help with Art Journaling click hereFor more about how the Journal Project got started and how it works click here.

The Traveling Art Journal Part 9 – Music

Once again we are visiting my Family Reunion held on Whidbey Island last summer. It is very interesting how the same event evokes different – and then again – similar responses.

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McGuinn & McGuire still a’gettin’ higher in LA you know where that’s at – and no one’s gettin’ fat, ‘cept Mama Cass..

Saturday night, after an afternoon of Bar-B-Que and Beach we gathered on the deck of the biggest beach house and sang everything we could think of the words. And when words failed us we got out the smartphones for lyrics. We sang everything from 60′s rock-n-roll to Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah.

Our family has always been full of singers. My immediate brothers and sisters, encouraged by our mother, sang whether we were good or not. And given that practice always makes better – most of us carry a tune with elan. I was surprised to find that not all the branches of cousins sing. The cousins from my mother’s side – sing. Now that I think of it – my dad sang like a donkey braying – but given that he loved my mother – he did sing with us.

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Sister II found a whole sheet of musical note stickers at one of the thrift stores – so we both have them on the pages. It looks funny when you see them together, but these two journals live thousands of miles apart and will rarely be seen together. We also had a small star stamp and this too, made an appearance. This page (above) has had more singers added, but the pictures included the children so I did not post the finished page. I took a limited pallete of PanPastels for the reunion and the gold on the second page above is the new dark gold PanPastel

WHAT TO PACK AND WHAT TO LOOK FOR:

As with all travel you have to carry anything acquired – so ephemera needs to be small, lightweight and cheap enough to discard the extras.  When shopping add in thrift stores, farmer’s markets and garage sales to get some local flavor. If anyone will be joining you by car, have them bring the heavy/bulky stuff and pay for your share.

Supplies: A journal, glue stick, scissors, tape, watercolor crayons, water brush, pens, metallic pens, matte gel medium, heavy gel medium and PanPastels (if you have room).

Ephemera: Napkins, maps, business cards, post cards, pressed plant materials, very flat, small rocks.

Thrift Store Finds: Old jewelry, old postcards, rubber stamps, music note stickers, colorful or theme napkins, other stickers and ribbon.

Tourist Information Stops: Local maps, Stickers – often bumper sticker size, brochures with local names in fancy fonts, key chains or other dingle-bobs.

Add in at home: Printed photos from the trip. Relevant treasures (i.e. old photos, postcards and fabric) you have at home.

 

Flip Side Friday #19 – Practice, Persevere at Your Play!

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Mask under Stencil – spray inks

Showing the backpacking avatar of Lori – surrounding myself with the images I want to BE and DO – an experiment in living a life worth having i.e. A Life I Love.

I sort of subscribe to the idea of manifesting my thoughts, but I must say to have my vision –  I have to practice and to persevere in my practices. I have to do it with a vague faith (manifesting my thoughts) that all will turn out for the best. And because I am human just like the rest of you…I get distracted, depressed, fussy, bratty, busy, tired –  all the moods and physical ailments that come the way of the modern human being.

What has me actually able to practice and persevere – the doing part of this equation – is PLAY! If I can take my wants and needs to a playground on a regular basis, then practice becomes fun and perseverance is a piece of cake. Has anything really changed? Maybe, but for the life I want to have I need to be physically active on a regular basis and I have to still my runaway mind and I need to write and make art. Sounds like a lot when you add it to making a living. Words of work – Just think about trying to schedule running 3 times a week, hiking once or twice a week, weight lifting, scheduling writing time and photo time and for gods sake – paint and come up with new ideas….gets tiring just to think of it.

If I just change the words to words of play: modeling women as healthy and happy for my g-dot, hiking dates with my man, 20 minutes of extra blanket snuggles i.e. meditation every morning, nanowrimo – write a novel in a month, play in the studio with whatever comes to my hand. Share the goodies with my friends by blogging and having art dates…why would I miss any of that?

So while practice and perseverance may sound a little tough – I only use them  for PLAY! Which makes it all worth while!

Gearing up to PLAY


Lori Gearing up to PLAY

NOTE: I reserve my Friday posts for more personal musings. I reserve the first half of December for taking account of the year and the second half of December for coming up with what I want to be, do and have for the following year.  I always have more journal pages than I have room to post so I also use Friday for that.

This past year I have used three different masks as my personal avatars. I use them to represent me in my journals. This year I have a runner, a backpacker and a meditator. I made the masks from photos of myself so I could really feel represented. HOWEVER – I did the scissor diet – LOL – I trimmed my weight by about 5 pounds by trimming the mask. Next year I don’t need the scissors!

The Journal Project 2014 – Week 49

These weekly prompts are not intended to make an entire page but instead are meant to give you a starting point for a daily practice of Art Journaling.

If you are participating in these Journal Prompts and want to share a page or two (or more) with us, please email a photo of your page to:

registration [at] artcampforwomen [dot]com.

We would love to post your work!

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Art Prompt: Look around where you are sitting right now – sketch something beautiful right where you are.

Writing Prompt: Write about what you think about you and drawing.

If you want more help with Art Journaling click hereFor more about how the Journal Project got started and how it works click here.

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