Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Woo Hoo! New Book........

 

I think I'm in love!  For whatever reason, I am finding this book soooooo INSPIRING!

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Journal Fodder 365 by Eric Scott and David Modler is, now, my all time, favorite journaling book!

I love the format and the suggested ideas for building a journal page.  I like the journal prompts because they are making my brain "pop" with ideas and I love their suggestions for incorporating words into the page design.

 

 

I'm, also, helping to teach the class based on Julia Cameron's book "Vein of Gold".  Between mining my past life and the new book with its cool ideas for incorporating writing in to the pages.....I can't stop!  I'm enjoying it while it lasts, cause it won't last forever.

IMG_3338 For those who have read the book "Vein of Gold", you are aware of Cameron's use of the term "cups".  She refers to cups as the places, in our memories, where we store our good and bad experiences.

I wrote about the wonderful woman who encouraged me to start oil painting on canvas and filled my cup with "sweetness and sunshine".  I was doing tole painting and teaching, she was in my class.  One day she suggested to me that I try painting on canvas!  Well, I said, "I can't do that.....I'm not an artist"!  Sound familiar?

Fortunately, she kept after me until I took oil painting classes from her and several other teachers over the years.  I owe this lady, who past away just last year, a lot.

IMG_3341 I liked the idea, from the journaling book, of writing my story with a watercolor pencil and then went back over with a brush and water to blur the writing a bit.

IMG_3339 I used this page to talk about my love of paper dolls, rather for my love of drawing and designing clothes for paper dolls, when I was a child.  I would cut figures out of catalogues and magazines and then I would spend HOURS drawing clothes for them.  In the fifth or sixth grade,I remember sitting in the back of the classroom drawing clothes for my friend's and my paper dolls instead of studying.

On this page I wrote my story with a bamboo pen and acrylic ink, trying to make it look like it had been written by my "12 year old self".

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I believe I could get back into drawing clothes for paper dolls and I'd still love it, cause this little exercise felt really, really good.

Have you ever heard the Frank Sinatra song "I'm going to buy myself a paper doll"?

I wrote the lyrics around the drawing and the "paper dolls".....now, you've got the words stuck in your brain, too.....don't you?

 

As if this wasn't enough.....I have a third page close to completion!  I need to finish journaling about the house I grew up in and then, that page will be finished, too.

I'm loving this "spurt" of creativity and wish I always had this much excitement and enthusiasm.  As, I said I'm enjoying it while I got it!  And now, I'm off to post to a brand new linky party being hosted by Mary called Show Me What You Got Art Linkup!

8 comments:

Lynn Holland said...

You've got some wonderful pages going there, you are really flowing. brilliant.
Have you ever seen Francis Pickering's book PAGE AFTER PAGE, I think you would like it. I've got a copy and along with a couple of friends we used it as the base for a little book making day. You can usually find it on Amazon.
Best wishes
Lynn x

Lynn Holland said...

You've got some wonderful pages going there, you are really flowing. brilliant.
Have you ever seen Francis Pickering's book PAGE AFTER PAGE, I think you would like it. I've got a copy and along with a couple of friends we used it as the base for a little book making day. You can usually find it on Amazon.
Best wishes
Lynn x

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

Sounds like the new book and your class are really getting your creativity flowing. Very impressive, especially the concept of using watercolor pencils, then blurring the words a bit. I've seen gesso used to cover words, but never watercolor pencils. Very inventive.

Mary Walker Designs said...

I can feel your creativity bursting from this post. The great thing about these types of books is you can pick them up over and over in years to come and find new inspiration. Have fun on your path of self re-discovery. Thanks for joining us for this weeks art linkup.

Dianne said...

oh, a terrific post! and it is so cool that you drew paper dolls and clothes. Me too! for hours at my desk listening to the radio...and around the same age too. have fun with your new book. it sounds fascinating. maybe I will have to get a copy. my journal pages start to get stale sometimes and I need new inspiration.love your journal pages!

VivJM said...

Your journal pages are great!
I used to love paper dolls too - I had a Princess Di one in the days when she was still Lady Di, and a bit frumpy!

Marilyn Rock said...

I can so sense your enthusiasm here not only with your words but your beautiful journal pages!

Mary Walker Designs said...

The art linkup is posted for this week, every Wednesday. I hope you'll stop by and share again with us.