In December, I subscribed to an online workshop where I learned two different
ways of bookbinding. I love one of the techniques I learned – with ribbons
over the spine – but I don’t like the other one that much. I made one small
journal with the “less cute binding” back then, just to practice the technique.
I used nice, heavy water colour paper for the inside pages, and a while ago,
I made a few drawings on the first pages. I’m not good at drawing, and I don’t
see myself drawing very often, so I decided to gesso the pages and make a
small ‘bonus journal’ out of it. (This journal measures 8.3 x 5.3″)
Being enthusiastic, I made a background on the first page immediately…
but then I got stuck.
I don’t know what it is with this journal – but I just didn’t know what to put
on this page. I flipped through magazines, looking for an image that would
catch my eye. Nothing happened. I thought about quotes, songlyrics, text…
nothing came to mind. No spark, no beginning of even the smallest fire…
I had better call this ‘my problematic journal’.
Anyway, I showed you the basic of the page.
The ‘black-out’ worked on all levels.
Being over-active last week, I got stuck in all my journals last days.
I concluded I’d done a lot of ‘heavy’ pages and soul searching lately,
and that’s why I felt kinda ’empty’ starting a new page – not knowing
which topic or theme I should choose, while at the same time I longed
to create. I was saved from sinking into apathy by Michelle’s blog!
She found a site called 30 days of lists and that was just what I needed!
You get a prompt every day to make a list about something.
Nothing ‘heavy’ – just simple. You can jot it down on paper or make an
art journal page or whatever. Aaaaahhhh… hooray for ‘simplicity’!!!
Yep, my mojo started flowing, and I made this cute little journal
(5.1 x 8.3″) to begin with! In my favourite binding!!!
Why only 28 lists, you might think?
Well, this way of binding is done with signatures (double folded pages)
Each signature leaves you with 4 page-sides… so it was either 32 or 28
sides to work on. I rather skip two prompts then make up two extra lists,
so I made this journal with 28 page sides (which is 14 pages, which is 7
signatures – thought I’d say this for the extra curious ones – or lousy
mathematics 😉 )
And here’s the first page “A few things about myself”
- I’m a child of the sixties.
- I’m a true Libra – always in doubt over every decision.
- It is only recently that I dare to call myself an artist.
- I’m a writer.
- My dark brown hair is turning grey fast!
- I’m an art-teacher.
- I’m a mother, daughter & lover.
(And yes, the silhouette is me!)
I find this ‘list making’ very refreshing! It’s the opposite of the ‘Honest’
art journal, which takes energy to find the words to write, and make the
pages. I might take a break from it for a while and stick to the ‘list making’.
I started this a week later, but I’m not really planning on ‘catching up’.
It’s just relaxing and plain fun to play and make lists of all kinds of things.
So thank you Michelle, for the link that ‘saved my mojo’!!
Before I go (and make another list 😀 ) I want to thanks you for the nice
comments you left for my son about his drawings.
PennyLane posted two other drawings on songs in my heART yesterday
and he’s really proud! And-uhmmm… I am too!
I also want to thank the ladies that submitted their music-related work
to PennyLane. She is very happy with it! The music blog is getting more
and more versatile and fun to visit, so take a look at songs in my heART
(and/or submit your work)
I wish you all a great week (we’re halfway already!) and see you Friday!