Sunday, February 12, 2012
Art Journal that Ponders My Creativity
I've wanted to try my hand at an art journal or an altered book for a very long time. I finally have decided to do it and I think it might be a very instructive process for me.
This craft paper journal has been in my hoard for a very long time and it seemed like a non-threatening place to start. I had no plan. The beginning was simple enough - I decided to use the graphic from the front of a vintage embroidery magazine that my sister A had given me. While I was flipping through it - I found the quote that you see on the top "She called her things 'priceless' - for her own hands fashioned them."
The quote struck me as getting at the heart of creativity. I added the quote from Genesis 1:31 to the bottom of the journal "God saw all that he had made and it was very good."
Suddenly, I had a purpose for my journal. A purpose that dealt with the very issues that I as a person who 'needs' to create and an issue that I as a passionate Christian struggled with. How my identity as a Christian united with my need to create. It may seem a small thing to some but it is big to me. Hence, this exploration.
I do not intend to do much explaining about the meaning in my journal. I will simply place before you a bit about the materials, technique, and transcribe the quotes (in case they are not legible in the photos).
The background paper is made from a piece of cardstock painted with water colors - the flowers were then subtracted using a stamp sprayed with water.
The artwork is from a winsome book my mother gave C for Valentine's Day when she was tiny - it is starting to fall apart and I wanted to preserve some of it.
The background paper for this page is water color paper that was sprinkled with rice and salt when it was wet. The rice and salt absorb color and moisture creating the pattern.
The butterfly is a very cool stamp I picked up at the thrift store for two dollars that I stamped onto a copy of the hymn "This is My Father's World."
The flowers are punched from some of the oil and water marbleized paper that the girls and I made a while back. The grass is made from dictionary pages that the girls and I painted for fun (I need to do more of that - the girls really enjoyed it).
If you have questions about the materials (the key on the cover is from the bag of keys my parents gave me - the worn fabric measuring tape is from my MIL) or the quotes or my thoughts behind a page. I would be happy to explain further.