|"Simple, Beautiful Ideas"|
Today I uploaded a YouTube video of my altered art journal which you can view here. I created this journal last month from an old Chris Madden decorating manual. It was one of those types of books that is heavy on the writing but there were very few colored photos. Even though some of the decorating advice is outdated, I hung onto the book because it was such a nice size for a small art journal. Lately, I've enjoyed working in the square format in several altered art journals, including my pictures for the 100 Face Challenge (see my latest blog entry). The small space is less intimidating, and I find myself working very quickly through the pages. I filled half my art journal up in a couple days.
In the past two weeks, I continue working on blank pages and adding details to others I've already done. I try not to concern myself about making a page "finished", but simply do as much as I want to for a little while, working on multiple pages at a time.
|I love this Star Fruit Stamp|
|"Early Light" is an inspirational layout exploring color and meditating on God|
|This sentimental quote is by Patience Strong from a vintage Ideals magazine|
|D for Doris, my late mother|
Serene ~ The serene woman likes to spend time quietly enjoying her surroundings.
|Crochet Lace and other bits fill this "mood board"|
|Emergence ~ A Key Word for This Season of Life|
My mom Doris was a crafter and artist in her own right. She saw beauty even in common things, and tried to find ways to use them. Like a magpie, she hoarded anything that sparkled or shined. I found these hearts in several envelopes in her craft stash after she died. They were cut from plastic packaging, potato chip bags, etc. She organized them by color with labels like "Orange Shiny Hearts for Fall Crafts", etc. I lay them on my lap and the hearts just spilled out of the packaging. And of course the tears rolled down because it felt like she was sending me a love letter even though she was gone, or hearts were sprinkling from heaven.
|Mom's Stash of Hearts|
|Chipboard Star from Happy Mail|
|Yawn....time to wake up|
|Stay in bed or change the world? Hmmmm......|
When I revisited the page, I added the word Change. The cramped nature of the composition reminds me of a tight cocoon, or a mind busy with crowded thoughts. I know it's time in my life to emerge, change and ultimately grow.
|Time to Change|
If you've read this far, I thank you for taking the time to hear the stories behind the images. I will continue to experiment with collage because the act of bringing together disparate things - things that do not seem to belong together - can sometimes create a unifying theme or idea or tell a story...even one deeply hidden that needs to see the light of day.
So my friends, remember to allow room for emergence and change in your lives as well.