Tuesday, September 17, 2013
Mugshot Monday and Glue it Tuesday
This week’s prompt is emotion. What are you feeling right now?
I blogged here about the need to regain my focus. I feel as though I got too caught up in linking and creating for swaps and was not staying true to my mission; finding my life’s purpose. Creating is fun but I wasn’t creating for myself. I have a long list of art journals and altered books I want to create but I allowed my attention to get diverted away from them by creating ATC’s and journals for others.
My feeling right now is I must regain my focus and stay true to my own journey.
There was lots of gluing going on for this project! I joined a swap that involved creating a themed journal. We were to fill half of the journal then send it to our partner who would complete the other half and mail it back. I decided on The Language of Flowers inspired by the book by Vanessa Diffenbaugh. The story spoke to me in a way I just can’t explain and while I was reading it I kept returning to the thought that I had to make a journal on the meaning of flowers. Ideally, I would have preferred using dried, pressed flowers but time did not allow for it as I had 4 weeks to complete my half of the journal so I went with photos from my garden.
This is my first journal of this kind and I learned one thing about myself as I went along; I prefer consistency. I started out writing the names of the flowers in my own handwriting then began using a stencil. I wish I would have thought to start with the stencil and used it for each flower. For the background I varied between Dylusions ink spray, tissue paper, and scrapbook paper and for uniformity I wish I had just stuck to one of them. Where I lacked a photo I used a seed packet or photo from an antique book which I think made the journal interesting.
I have 6 pages yet to complete but I put it aside after learning the swap was cancelled (a whole other story). I will finish it as I hate unfinished projects hanging around. I am thinking about adding Gerber daisy, tulip, orchid, and carnation. That leaves me two flowers short. Do you have any suggestions as to what I might use? Do you have a special connection to a flower or a memory of one that makes for an interesting story? I would love for you to share it with me.
Note: I put a slideshow of the journal in its entirety on the right. Please feel free to view it and give me some feedback as to what I might do differently.
Linking to Monday Mugshots and Glue it Tuesday.