Monday, 22 November 2010

Can't sit still!

Can't settle to anything - have so many ideas and can't quite decide where to start. More of this later. Anyway, first things first - Sandra was asking what pages I produced at journaling at Dyan's the other day. I haven't blogged them yet a)because I really don't like this page, and b)because I haven't been in the house for long enough to take a photo. Having said that, the days have been so dull that I had to resort to scanning this is as the light was so bad. I don't know what it is, but I just don't like purple on the page. I wear purple a lot, so it's not that I don't like it as a colour, but I never like anything I create in purple. Dyan challenged us to make a page with random sentences put together, and this is my result.

Whilst hunting through her enormous stack of magazines, I found the phrase on this next page that I felt had to be put to good use. Like most people, I don't have the luxury of being able to turn a blind eye to household chores, work and animals, so all my journaling and artistic endeavours are tinged with a little guilt, because I know there is always something that I should be doing instead...

So, onto the cause of my ants in the pants...

Some time ago, my lovely friend Nicky suggested that I should introduce myself to the lovely team of people who run a local artists studio and skills workshop called ArtisOn as a potential tutor for art journaling. I did what i am sure most people do at first - mutter, shuffled my feet, did a lot of 'oh noooo, I couldn't possibly, I'm not a proper artist - I just splodge paint about' sort of stuff. When I mentioned it to other people (like my husband, my Mum, Sandra)and they all had the same response: 'why not?', I started to wonder myself. Anyway, long story short, I went, introduced myself, showed them my work and they booked me! Me! So, that's the first stage, it doesn't mean anyone will actually come right? Well, yesterday was the open day at the studio and I went along to demonstrate for a couple of hours. Four and a bit hours later, I came home with a great big grin on my face. I met some lovely people who clearly thought that journaling was as great an idea as I do, and lots of ideas were shared and paint was splodged and inks blended and generally fun was had by all. Some people booked on straight away and lots of people said that they were going to - so fingers crossed that they do! I couldn't sleep last night for all the ideas going round in my head, and today I have managed to achieve practically nothing. It was great to be a part of such a vibrant, creative atmosphere, I'm only sad that I didn't really get a chance to look at all the other artists stuff - I couldn't get away from my table! Check out the ArtisOnwebsite for some of the exciting things they are doing, or their facebook page. Right, back in the real world, my hands are nearly frozen solid - the builders are busy here and that means no loft insulation, a big hole in the ceiling and now they are forecasting snow for this week...


  1. Stunning pages, love all the colours and congratulations on being asked to teach journalling, good luck. xx

  2. Great pages, love the colours on the first one. Congrats on your new workshop, I checked out the link, they offer so many interesting workshops I just wish I lived near by!

  3. oh sarah...what an awesome post! congratulations to you! how exciting to start a new art adventure? anyone would be just plain old lucky to have you as a teacher!

  4. I would come to one of your classes, you rock!! :) Love your page!

  5. Your pages are so incredible! Best wishes on your new adventure!!! Sounds great!

  6. I can't believe I missed this post! But Woohoo for you! That's fantastic news about the art journal classes Sarah! You CAN do it - what is it about us that we lack the confidence to believe in ourselves? (because I feel like you do - it took all my nerve to accept Dyan's offer to teach there!) I do battle in my head every time I stand up in front of anyone!
    Anyway - onwards and upwards - further up and further in as Aslan says...(you know Narnia is REAL don't you?) Your pages are fab-u-lous dahling! (in the words of CRH from Strictly) yes - I like the purple one too - I think you're too harsh - maybe you could try adding some white splats to it...? I find that always works. hehehe. The pink page is perfect - I can SO identify with you re the chores getting in the way and guiltifying you.(I like making up words!) x x x


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