Saturday, January 18, 2014

A Gigantic Thank You or In Between Tissues

Last time, I think I mentioned that my husband gave me a cold, but that I didn't feel that bad.  Why do I always have to tempt fate?  The next day I woke up feeling horrible and wimpy.  Ugh.

So I got a little off track with my Morning Pages, but I'm going to play catch-up today and make it all better.  Before I do that, I'll work on my Journal 52 spread, which is not done either...but will be by the end of the day.

But I wasn't a complete slacker...oh no!  I farted around with some just-for-fun stuff instead...

Still trying to use up the less-than-desirable-papered journals, I made this owl and the pussy cat spread, mostly with Inktense pencils.  I thought the outstretched wings on the owl made him look like he was saying 'the fish was this BIG' I added that bit to the journaling.

My poor Gregg journal has been sorely neglected for far too long, so I made a double page spread in him...I got the idea for this spread from one of the Root prompts...basically 'what would your inner wise woman say?'  Apparently mine would quote Gloria Steinem: "Far too many people are looking for the right person, instead of trying to be the right person."  My inner wise woman would tell me that in order for change to happen, you have to change first...and that I should continue my quest to be the right person.  This spread is Inktense pencils, Pitt Artist Big Brush pens and washi tape.

Partway through the week, when I was my sickliest and wimpiest, I wanted to create but nothing good was inspiration at all.  So I decided to try somethings I don't usually do, like use stencils with acrylic paint and see what happened.  Not my favorite page by far, but it got the creative juices flowing...and led me to the idea of a journal specifically for doing things differently, or for when I don't know what to do.  I think it will be known as my Inspirationless a play on Donna Downey's beautiful Inspiration Journals.  I had a little binder style scrapbook lying around that was a perfect place to keep such imperfect messes...

This page happened next, also in my new Inspirationless Journal, and I was much happier with the results of playing around this time.  The journaling part says "The heart keeps on beating and constantly reaching for something worth holding onto, something worth going through the thing that we go through." which is a line from a poem which you can read HERE in its entirety.

Then there's this face...or start of a face.  I tried something different for her eyes, and I really like how they came if I can just convince myself to go ahead and keep working on her.  Mostly, I just look at this page and say 'your eyes...your special eyes...' over and over.

And lastly, there's this girl, done in Aquamarkers...she's very...I don't know...cartoony or something...she kind of looks like a muppet to me.  I waver between liking her and feeling meh about her...but like the cheek shading...

Most importantly of all, I want to say a BIG HUGE GIGANTIC ENORMOUS THANK YOU!!! to Jackie, my honey, for the two (TWO!!!) humongous (HUMONGOUS!!!) care packages she sent me!  My kitchen table was literally overflowing with goodies!  Thank you, thank you, THANK YOU, Jackie!!!  There is so much good fun stuff that I just can't wait to get playing and arting with!  Squeal of delight!  SQUEAL OF DELIGHT!  Thank you so much! <3<3<3  You made me go from a sickly, wimpy, whiny mess to a shrieking, jumping, ball of happiness in 2.2 seconds!  Thank you.  :)

And on that EXTRA happy note, I am off to finish my Journal 52 page, get caught up on my Morning Pages, and then have a good play with my new presents!


  1. Oh Sweets, I hope you feel better real soon. I love the owl and pussycat page, especially the way he is spreading his wings and the cat is just about to brag about her big catch! That Gloria Steinem quote is awesome, I've never heard that one. Your writing on the left page of that spread is Ahhhh-Mazing! The heart page made me smile, that border around the page looks like a vintage lace. And your handwriting has improved by leaps and bounds! The partial face is wonderful... her eyes, lordie, her eyes!!!! Then, the finished girl, wow you rocked on the shading!!!!

    You may have noticed that I skipped one. When I saw the flower page I gasped so loud that all three of my dogs ran to me and hubby asked "What's Wrong?". Honey, that page is so freaking awesome that I don't know if I have the right words. The layers (why can I still not do layers like that), the color scheme, the flower centers, the thin outlines and the hearts peeking through the background... WOW! This may not be one of YOUR favorites, but honey, this page is definitely one of MY favorites that you've done. January 12th was a really good day for you! Hugs, your Pamikins!!!

    1. You are too kind, my Pamikins! I am s-l-o-w-l-y working on my lettering... I am trying to do like Joanne Sharpe says and embrace my personal font...aka, learn to work with my own (bad) handwriting instead of fighting it! :)

      I am glad you like the layered page! You ABSOLUTELY can do layers...especially like that! Just grab whatever you can and slap it on the page (in this case it was acrylic paint and a bunch of different stencils)...that is my extremely technical process... :) I promise, it is SO easy! It's still not one of my favorite pages, but I can't out and out hate it when you love it so much! You are giving me new eyes! <3 Smooch! Smooch! <3

  2. I like the idea of Inspirationless Journal pages. It made me smile... we all have some we don't like. I like the owl with his wings wide open and I also flower page.


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