Tuesday, October 22, 2013

slow journaling

"Slow journaling" was the prompt from Daisy Yellow that I focused on for this spread of pages in my positive affirmation journal. I just realized as I was typing, how appropriate it was that I chose this particular prompt! My last journal spread was completed about a month ago. . . that is some pretty slow journaling! I am glad to have jumped back in.

Before getting started I found a transparency of a sheet of background images from ARTchix Studio. I had purchased the image sheet digitally, then printed it out on to a transparency sheet. It was calling me . . . designed to be cut up and used as backgrounds for Artist Trading Cards, I wanted to use part of the whole sheet as a background for one side of my spread. 

 For the SLOW journaling - I drew wavy, uneven lines as instructed -first with a pencil and then with my watercolor crayons. I used a wet brush to activate the water color.

What I wanted to write slowly, I already knew. The day before I had attended Conscious Movement here in Sarasota. It is best described as, "Conscious Movement is an opportunity for you to connect to YOUR spirit, YOUR soul through movement. We dance barefoot, without speaking, so we can reconnect to our true spirit, our true soul. Through the healing vibrations of the sound, We move through and WITH our emotions in order to grow, to open, to heal and to increase our awareness and our consciousness." We had a special guest Tej Dharam that day who led us in a community Kirtan, something I had never experienced before. We sang the words I slowly wrote in my journal below . . .

It was not easy to sing together at first, but when I relaxed and let my mind go and let my voice blend in with the others, it was divine! 

I took my art journal outside on the porch for better light and better photographs.

A close up to share the little comment on the inside of a tiny Dove chocolate I enjoyed:

The more you praise and celebrate your life, 
the more there is to celebrate!

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Monday, October 21, 2013

more mail art . . .

I love to create mail art. My versions often have rubber stamping all over the envelope. I still use lots of stamps from my days working in an Art Rubber Stamp Store. It is a quick way to add art. Although, mail art can be so many different things. A favorite online article I've saved that explains mail art in more detail is: Pushing the envelope.

I have not posted for a bit, but here's some of what I've been doing behind the scenes. I like to wait until I've heard the mail has been received before sharing it. For my good friend Frieda - Art Quilter & mixed media artist who lives in Scotland, I sent a belated birthday card and fabric ATC. We both love roses! This envelope was sweet & simple . . .

The card above is a watercolor of The Ringling Museum's rose garden.
I often visit and take photographs. The rose on Frieda's ATC is a photo 
I took at the Ringling garden! Later, I transferred it to fabric. 

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For my friend Anna, who is healing from an injury 
which prevents her from dancing with us right now:

I used watercolor crayons and rubber stamps to create this envelope. 
The card was made from a photo taken at one of our Gratitude Dances on the beach 
that both Anna & I attended. 

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Tom Haukaas came to a private class I taught at my home in late September: 
We worked on Image Transfers!  He brought a great many prints to work with 
and gifted me one of his great-grandmother.

I transferred it to this envelope, added stamping and tucked his left behind items inside.
voila' - off in the mail it went, to Tom's delight! 

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Lastly, a simple stamped envelope for an upcoming get-away:

* Have a little fun and add some art to your next envelope!

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