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-Kelly

Monday, April 02, 2012

Journal Page in Progress and My Babbling...

I'm still working on the page above. I'll show you the finished page soon. I love the colors used here.

My new class is in full swing! I'm eager to see how others are interpreting the exercises. Two folks have posted so far (they were super fast!) It's always the best part of teaching.

One thing that I have pondered about when it comes to keeping an art journal is folks who *only* use quotes from other people. The thought of it makes me sad, actually. Isn't an art journal supposed to be about you, your thoughts and feelings? Shouldn't it be your words? That's not to say that I'm against using quotes from others. No, not at all. I do think though that it should open up a dialogue on your journal page and that you should take the opportunity to respond to the quote. Your thoughts, your words, your voice are worth just as much as any one else's quote. Just something to think about.

12 comments:

jill said...

Agreed- but at the same time, I find using other people's quotes a good way to really get into a page about how I feel. They can make for great jumping off points sometimes.

Kelly Kilmer said...

Jill, I don't have an issue with folks using quotes but rather folks who ONLY use quotes and never their own words. :)

Sandy said...

I use them sometimes but I really never have enough room, I write a lot on my pages.

Sharon W. said...

As a retired teacher, I remember students who resisted writing their own words, thinking they were somehow not worth reading. I recommended that they cover their words, or staple pages together, or paste sealed envelopes on pages: the idea was to convince them that the act of writing their own thoughts was so important. Art journalists might also feel nervous about putting their thoughts or writing on view, and how lucky they are to have such a rich assortment of ways to "hide" words: paint over, sew scraps on top, construct hiding places. How about a workshop which produces journals that have hidden segments that only the maker is aware of? That would be fun!

Desert Mermaid said...

I've always felt like a poof outsider because I NEVER use quotes. never have. Lyrics, sometimes, but not as a page prompt, more as a sidebar, to remind me of what I was listening to while I was writing.

Hagit said...

I agree, but I do use quotes quite a lot, because I like sharing my work, and I wouldn't be able to otherwise.

Kate Burroughs said...

I know for myself when I first started art journaling I didn't think I had anything to say. Or at least thought my journaling needed to be profound somehow. So using quotes by other people was how I got started. Now I tend to use a quote as a jump start or prompt or embellishment around my art and writing. Eh, whatever works for people, yes? You have to start somewhere and whatever makes people start, it's all good!
Aloha, Kate

Cat said...

I use both quotes/lyrics and my own words but I must be a minimalist because I'll only use a short phrase and that will be the extent of my "journaling". I have not as yet, been able to pour my heart out on the page as so many others seem able to do. I don't think it matters how many words I use however, I think the point is, for me, to create!!

Ms. Lahtidah said...

Hmmm...maybe in time, after using others quotes, they will begin to use their own. Most writers are avid readers first.

trish quilty said...

Hi: I do not journal in my books I create, but its ok , whatever you do. I am apt to use a quote or a song lyric. or write a word or two, or rubber stamp.Have no interest in putting my thoughts down on paper..Maybe its my age, over 65.? I do use, however, lots of papers, color and mag. pics featuring what strikes me, pasting just what ever I like.
I write children's stories, so maybe some feelings come out there, but my stories are wonderful, fun stories about animal adventures (i.e. getting into trouble, celebrating a birthday, overcoming a difficulty), so maybe I am journalling by incorporating myself into my stories, instead of my picture "journals".
Sorry to be so long winded. I enjoy the process: the images, color, tape on the pages or making the book itself!

Samantha Kira said...

Love love this page, Kelly! It's coming along nicely! *G*

I like making up my own quotes or little snippets of thought. So mine LOOKS like it's got tons of quotes in it, but they're my own thoughts. I want to get into writing poetry again, and using my journal to shape the vision. Should be fun!

Marit said...

Can I just say that I so agree with you! Art Journaling to me is all about me (but hey, I'm a writer... I know others have a hard time finding their own words. I understand that too...)