There is no specific life event the precipitated this journal entry. I have been reading recently about doodling in its many forms and thought I would document some doodles of a type that I have been doing since I was about 16 but that have evolved over the years in to a style of their own…the one on the right was inspired by some zentangles I have seen but is in no way attempting to be one as it fulfills none of the criteria…it si just my attempt to put marks on paper in an abstract way that was appealing. The eat cake, buy ducks, hurry section is a carry through from an american newspaper that I was using to stiffen my journal pages, its surrealism appealed to me so i left it visible…i may add to the page, in the future…possibly some ducks.
This page is inspired by the Wedding of my very good friends Jen and Ross, the theme of the wedding was daffodils and the colour was yellow. It was as happy an occasion as the flower choice and colour scheme suggests. The bride and groom and various family members and friends not only hand-made virtually everything involved in the wedding from the place names to the decorations but they rebuilt the venue and wedding car. This shows a level of dedication that is over and above the standard, and indicates a level of commitment that is also evident in their relationship.
This wedding was the, best I have been to (barring my own) and the one I have had most involvement in the planning of (including my own, in some ways). I was maid (technically matron) of honour, a position that I was surprised and so pleased to fulfil. I also made the cake…something that is definitely a test of sanity! (well I say I made it…Jen had a lot of input too 🙂 it was a joint effort)
This was the (first) page I made inspired on the wedding of Claire and Spendley (paul) their theme was peacocks and the excuse for me to get re-aquaitned with peacock feathers was a lot of inspiration on its own, the other inspiration, of course was the wedding its self! It was the second wedding I have been to this year where the bride and groom have made and designed everything themselves (I will explain the other one in an other post) but this one was very personal to them and very emotional for a number of reasons. These emotions will remain with me when I look at these pages.
Edit Feb 2017: It turns out I was wrong…most of the emotions associated with these pages have gone. I barely remember them. And now a whole lot of new emotions have come up to replace them. Emotions such as anger and sadness. I may need to destroy these pages later. Which is a shame… so I might just keep them as a testimony to my new emotions and as a reminder of how it can go.
this page was inspired by a trip my mum and I took to a Hiroshige exhibition when I was a lowly engineering student. It made me think about all the art trips and creativeness that my mum exposed me too as a child and an adult and about how I wouldn’t be as creative or as diverse in my interests if it wasn’t for her.
So, the swirls on the page are (very loosely) based on the Hiroshige waves paintings and the words comprise a dedication to my mum.
This page is inspired by and designed to record the birthday of Jen Challinor. We went on an expedition to a Vietnamese restaurant in Croydon, which its self was inspired by the trip Jen and Ross took to Vietnam for their recent honeymoon.
I am aiming to collect something from every event I want to record to add into this book, here I found the chopstick wrappers to be the only thing I could sensibly a) put in my bag and b) stick in the book! I did also manage to pick up a (hopefully) free paper written in what is in all honestly probably chinese. I confess I do not know the language it is written in, and of course I do not know what the pieces I have stuck in means. It does, however, represent the area and complex of restaurants and shops where the restaurant was located. It therefore helps capture the feel and atmosphere of the evening. It was, by the way, an excellent evening with good food and company 🙂
THe rest of the paper is now forming part of the page augmentation fo the rest of the journal as part of an attempt to incorporate all of my experiences into the book in a variety of ways.
So this is the inside cover of my journal and the first page.
I am increasing the strength of the pages and enhancing the background effect by first sticking two pages together then sticking a patchwork of newspaper and scraps to each page, this I then cover with a watered down mixture of white acrylic paint and colourless shimmery acrylic paint. A couple of coats makes the pages suitable for use but the newspaper and scraps still show through, I think this gives an interesting effect, especially if you choose interesting newspaper with different types of writing on.
The inside cover I covered with brown paper which I painted over in the same way.
As well as my contact details (just in case) I have started a collection of words on the inside front cover that represent what the journal is to me. SUch as memory, inspiration, decoration, etc. This is still a work in progress as it doesn’t look quite how I would like it, yet!
The first page contains a very important memory, it is the last handwritten card I ever got from my mum. it was sent to me in November 2009 for my new job, it was 1 month before she was diagnosed with a brain tumour and 4 months before she died. It is inspiring for more reasons than just the words on the, it is a sentiment that my mum believed and it inspires me to do the best I can because I know she believed in me! It is something I have been desperate not to lose for 3 years now and I thought this was a good place to keep it. I have stuck and sewn it in and stitched around the edge of the page as well as writing and drawing.
It will serve as inspiration every time I open the book.
This is my art journal, the front cover disguised with paper and paint, texture added with string under the newspaper layer. It is designed to be a record of the exciting events in my life. But it is more than that, it is art inspired by these events and by memories. It will form a visual record of my life and hopefully will turn into a work of art that people will want to look at and touch.