Thursday, 10 May 2012

Busy, busy, busy....

Every time I think I'm on a creative roll, someone pulls the rug out from under my feet and it's another month since I last posted! This time it's for a good reason. I have been doing a series of evening classes at artisOn, called making an art journal. We spent three weeks making a journal prompt notebook and then an A5 journal, and then the final week tackling the first page. Some of the participants had journaled before and some hadn't, so I think their creations were amazing! Above is a selection of their journals and first pages. Obviously, every good teacher has a teaching model, so I had to create myself a new journal (think this brought my total number of journals in progress up to five - more on this later)and then do a first page in it myself...
I'm in an avid reading phase at the moment. I tend to go in fits and starts where I hardly read at all, and then other times where I survive on a few hours sleep to fit my reading in - and I'm in a voracious mood at the moment! I made a collage sheet of images and text for course participants that could be used to either descibe the trepidation of tackling the first page, or the power of a good book. As you can see, I went with the good book - I have read the same three books three times in the last few weeks! This was a bit out of my comfort zone as a journal page takes me AGES usually, and I had to complete this in about 20 minutes - just goes to show what you can achieve under pressure (although I will probably go back and tinker with it...)
This is a wallpaper sample book that was given to me. One of the joys of artisOn is the selfless sharing of ideas and resources that goes on, everyone is SO lovely!I was given this book as a source of scrapbook style papers, but I was immediately drawn to its potential as an art journal. It's quite big, bigger than A4, but it has a carry handle - how cool is that! I have gessoed the first page and will see how it shapes up as a substrate, but I'm thinking that decent wall paper is a good a paper as any...

1 comment:

  1. The photo collage looks good - determined to get inky later and do a second page.
    Think wallpaper will make a great journal - Enjoy and thanks for making the course such fun :0)


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