Some journal pages from yesterday:We went to Opening Day at Santa Anita Racetrack where I managed to make SIX pages. I'll share them with you this weekend. It tops last year's record of four pages ;) David and Tristan watch the races and have fun and I have fun standing in a corner working on my book for races 2 to 6. I brought way too much stuff this year (we didn't know if we were going or not til last minute)...it's not a "ton" of stuff (like the stuff I usually bring to teach classes-ha, not) but it was way more then I needed. I was VERY happy.
My friend Sandy asked me where I get my images. Everywhere. Seriously. Books, magazines, my own photos, etc... I'll read a magazine (like Oprah, Real Simple, etc...) and dog ear pages as I go through. Then I'll tear them out when I'm finished. Other times I go to the used bookstores and load up on cheap used books (CHEAP seriously...I don't pay a ton of $ for books I'm going to rip up). I go through and look at things that peak my interest: photography, travel, people, places, things..I also like to alter images. The hand and flower that everyone was commenting on yesterday came from a book of India images. I made copies ('cause I just LOVED the image) to use again and again (I tore the pages out of the book, too, which I don't always do.). I also "colored" the image in using Sweets and Lattes pens and outlining the image using a black Sakura Gelly Roll Glaze pen. I love altering images and using my pens to POP them off the page.
I also will look for images online from time to time doing key word searches for things I'm looking for. I'm also a huge fan of old children's books that have drawings, scratches, scribbling, markings in them.
I really am a firm believer in keeping a journal. You don't even have to call it a journal if that word scares you. Call it a PLAY book. The thing I've noticed is that the more comfortable you become with it, the more you will learn what YOU like-colors, images, etc... You'll see patterns and your own "vocabulary" (images, symbols, words) will start to evolve and develop. I can look back over the years and see how things have changed and grown (even from pages I did a month or so ago and definitely from things I did a couple of years ago).
Try it. ;)
2 years ago