Sunday, January 11, 2009

The start of a soul journal journey

Fate sometimes intervenes when we need it most. I have been thinking more and more about art journaling, but had much trepidation about starting. Serendipitously, through an altered paper swap delightful, talented artists, I was introduced to the Soul Journaling group on yahoo. You'll see some samples of their papers in earlier posts. I have finished my first prompt, which was to create a weaving of some of our hopes and dreams for the coming year. I wove mine with strips of vellum for the vertical elements, some paper I painted and some resist stained with Nancy Curry's technique for the horizontals. The thought process really helped me solidify some of the ways I can be most positive and useful. In my case, I placed the weaving on the top of a mailing envelope so I can store little bits I might use in my journaling.

Sunday, January 4, 2009

More pages for Fiona's book

Fiona was November's "IT" girl in the Art Venture group. She's probably wondering if I've lost my calendar. Each month, one member of the group is IT and chooses a theme. Other members then create something that incorporates it. Fiona's theme was 'What Inspires You'. I have always been captivated by the idea of flight, both literal and figurative, so have been making a small book with all sorts of winged ideas. Here are the latest ones.
A special thanks to Trish Bee and all the Art Venture members. Thanks so much for encouraging, prodding, and pushing those of us who have a little trouble leaving the comfort of our usual zones into new and ever more exciting artistic endeavors.