Sunday, 17 December 2017

Choices

Our prompt on Joggles Art Journal Adventures this week was to use a quotation. As it happens I have used quotes on every single spread I did for the Adventures this year and on most of my other art journal pages. I love words on my pages and quotations are a great way to add them. I also collect them, either cutting them out or writing them down manually, and also adding them to a digital Word file. That means I always have lots of choice which one to add. Therefore it seemed appropriate to use a quotation about choice for this spread, done in an A5 journal.
The quotation I used is by John C. Maxwell and it reads: "Life is a matter of choices and every choice you make, makes you". I decided that Frida Kahlo was a great way to illustrate those words.
For the background I used acrylic paints and S433 Amsterdam 6 stencil by Stencilgirl, designed by Nathalie Kalbach. I collaged on a collection of text (some vintage) and added some self adhesive stickers from my collection (the circles are by Robin Marie Smith). I also added some stamping with a text art foamie called Writer's Block designed by Julie Fei-Fan Balzer
I then spray stencilled on Frida's face using the large stencil from the September 2013 Stencilgirl Club. The other Frida figure on the left comes from a set of Artists Notecards (produced by The Unemployed Philosophers Guild) .
The words of the quotation are a mix of words cut from magazines and letters from a self-adhesive alphabet set. Finally I did some outlining with black and white markers and the pages were done.

Thursday, 14 December 2017

Afternoon Snow Walk

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Winter White

The long awaited (and longed for) snow arrived overnight to my intense delight. I was a bit worried that Flora wouldn't be as keen as I was to start our dog walk, but after I had zipped her into her pink coat (covering her belly as it's very close to the ground) she happily skipped off onto the railway line, through the drainage ditch and into the forest.
Just when we emerged onto the path the snow started up again. I took my hood down and simply soaked up the falling snowflakes. Flora did the same. We let the snow wet our hair, drop onto our noses and kiss our mouths. We slowly went white and our footsteps were closing up behind us. Only the ghost of tracks remained and no other ones were visible. We were the only living creatures there (although rustling under the trees was evidence of other life (foxes, deer? ).
 All there was, was whiteness; silent snow slowly covering our world.
Precious time, in which nothing else mattered, where thinking was suspended and each moment was all there was.
 Eventually we had to turn around as we had traversed the forest end to end. The return journey proved to be just as magical.
This is where we entered our drainage ditch again and said farewell to our own winter wonderland. It looks however as if there will be even more snow as it is still falling. By that time our hair will have dried (although not our clothes) and we can do it all over again.

Tuesday, 12 December 2017

Conversations like this

As part of the series of Wanderlust 2017 classes we received a monthly prompt for a collage. It told us what to do on it in a timespan of just 5 minutes. The clues will remain secret but this is what I ended up with, sized 9 x 12". I already knew what might happen last as I had done the same project during Wanderlust 2016. The collage is to be cut up. To  my shame I must admit now that I never cut up the 2016 one as I liked it too much. I feel less of an emotional pull about this one, perhaps because I surmised I would be told to cut this one up too. So you will eventually see how this one ended up but I thought I would share it here first before getting the scissors out.
The entire collage started with a layer of vintage text where we had circled some words. I kept the full text that I had circled and it read:

"importance to the world
filling it with words
the good became characteristic
old black silk gown and grey shawl
a waste of valuable time
conversations like this
with great sinners
turned austere"
Other words were added as per the instructions where we were to write down how we were feeling on a given day. There is also more collage, as well as rubber stamping with art foamies and other stamps, as well as lots of doodling in both the back and foreground
I also added some random items (such as washi tape) simply because I felt like it and thought the collage needed it.

Now for the cutting up!

There will be another series of classes: Wanderlust 2018, and I hope there will be another collage activity like this one too.

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