Well, that was rather a long break....When I decided to start my blog, my family was going through the most challenging time of our life. It seems I was not ready to relax & reach out to the online art community. We have been under severe financial stress, an all consuming, stressful 6 months which left me emotionally & mentally exhausted. The situation is now resolved (or at least well on the way there) so I am re-starting my blog.
Where do I start?
I think with the present ;)
My current Art Journal is an altered book. This is the first 'real' old book I used. My previous Art Journals have all been spiral bound sketch books. I am really enjoying the format. Even though I pretty much block out any original writing on most pages, it's a lovely surprise to reveal a window with random statements here & there and get a slight hint of something underneath.
I tend to journal when I am churned up with some sort of internal conflict. This page was spurred on by ruminations on my "baggage". Nothing terribly deep, just a reflection on some personal issues.
In terms of the art, I wanted to try a book tearing technique that I saw recently. A few weeks ago, I visited some artists as part of a local open artist studios week-end. It was such an enriching & inspiring experience.
The tree is something similar to a technique that one of the artists does with incredible finesse (mine is a crude version of it). I also tried the shading method she used for her trees. Quite fun. The images I used were all from Google images. I also used a strip of the tear-off edge from old printer paper (for those of you old enough to remember them) ;) This was my symbolic "old" to go with the theme of the page.
Till next time,