I'm out of town doing the kid soccer thing. I love doing the kid soccer thing.
However I had to leave this at home.
(supplies for sewing scrap animals)
I have piles of potential fodder.
This may become a peacock. Maybe.
I bring too many craft supplies to these things. But I don't know what whim will strike me. I brought my knitting this time because I have yarn to knit up.
Once upon a time, this was going to be a kid sweater. But then I realized my little people didn't wear the sweaters I knit, so I've been making blankets. They actually use the blankets more. Strange little people. (Not so little anymore)
I also brought my fake journal. I have a few pages to finish up, and my character, Dodo, thought she would have time to work a little. Which was nice, because we arrived last night at our hotel with some time to settle down.
Not from then, but just a sampling.
page spread from IFJM 2013
page spread from IFJM 2013
I am posting about my fake journal over at my "sub-blog" Paint by Numbers, lower right sidebar. Fake journal month has ended, but I have continued because, well, it is just not done yet, I guess.
I haven't been sketching, so that is also on my agenda. We'll see.
Happy weekend and thanks, Lee for the Link Love!
My LinkLove: Jane Davies - I've taken her on-line classes and admire her work. Very practical and practice oriented. Lots of just doing it, which is important for me.
Link Love: Geninne - Her images are so clearly her own. And they are rooted in her environment and her experience. She has a big following, and for good reason. Every month she posts a desktop screen image for free downloading. I use it often.
Like sometimes when you hear yourself talk and you wonder what you're saying.
LinkLove: Diana Trout - A big reason that the world of journaling openned to me. She has several on-line classes that I've taken that were very accessible and helpful. Plus I just adore her use of color and the freedom of her creations. Plus plus she's very honest and open about being a person being creative. I just keep going back for more.
This week I've done a overview of my current journaling. All twelve or so of them.
But that's not all I'm doing.
Clearly, I haven't curbed my impulse to start new projects. However, in the vein of making my pathologies work for me, the foray into stuffed animals actually served a secret purpose. My overarching theme this year is to get my hoard of materials under control. And gathering all my "scrap" material together actually forced me along that line.
I pulled all sorts of bits and scraps and remnants from every corner of my house (literally, every corner - no kidding). I kept diving into closets and under piles and in corners because didn't I recently cut up t-shirts and keep the ribbing and seams (why?) and don't I have a basket of yarn snippets (why?) and what about the clothing remnants from my mother's sewing that I keep moving from pile to pile (why?). And the felted sweaters and the ribbons from packaging, and...
So I have collected and sorted and all while making little scrap animals.
LinkLove: Carla Sonheim Imaginary Creatures. Scrap Animals. Silliness. Need I say more?
As part of the wrap up of IFJM, I wrote a wrap up of my experience from the month (and as it continues) and what I might or might not take away from that.
That set me to thinking. Which is both dangerous and wildly boring. Be warned.
My IFJM journal on my messy desk
I did a little review this week of all the journals I'm currently working in here and here. And yes, I forgot one or two.
What does all this show me?
It shows me that I am a happier person when I am having fun. It shows me that waiting for my kids to finish playing, lets me do this (below) instead of hurrying.
two views at a local environmental education center
It shows me that forcing myself to learn how to print and edit photos was as important as learning how to use a water brush pen and make a watercolor travel set. Doing these things pushed me out of my comfort zone. They reminded me that to learn to do a lot, I only need to learn to do one thing at a time. I say to my kids, "Do what you can do, don't do what you can't do." and I repeat that to remind them that they shouldn't get overwhelmed when confronted with a big project. Start where you are, with what you know Then look for the next thing you might be able to do. Then the next. Looking at the variety of journals I'm working with reminds me how much I've learned in the last two years. I'm eating the elephant one bite at a time.
photos used as pages and taped into my handmade pamphlet journal
One of the impulses that led me to start journaling was needing to be more present in my own life. Two years ago when I was sick and on prednisone for months, I felt removed from my own sensations. Journaling helped me in the middle of the night. Playing with color and pattern revived and connected me.
loving how gouache works in this journal
Now, I have several journals that are helping me organize and prioritize the mound of unfinished and scattered projects.
But another purpose I've discovered is that while I sort through mounds and mounds of papers (and I mean that) from years of "just too much to do to deal with that now", I've been able to create a place to include scraps and memorabilia, from both my past years and from life as I know it right now. I love that. Often, that helps me let go of some things, because I know that they are represented by others and will be immortalized. Because, you know, my journals will be immortal.
scraps incorporated with photos into a pamphlet journal
I have a lot of journals because they serve a lot of purposes. And since I'm trying to free myself from habits that hinder me into habits that help me, I can feel good about going in all these directions because, well, that's what I'm doing in my life.
The danger of looking at other people's beautiful blogs with other people's beautiful art is - for me- envy. It's easy to see what works for them. But what I need is what works for me. In my little scrap journal and my little scrap animals. (More on that tomorrow.)
Now that I have solved the world's problems (did you not follow how I did that?) I'm going to retire to my chair and ... maybe make an owl.
LinkLove : Defining Me Yes, she's also in my sidebar, but I have to give a shout out to Lee, because she consistently leaves encouraging comments that mean SO MUCH. It's a habit I am trying to cultivate. I also love the personality of her posts. They are a bright spot in my day. Thanks Lee