Wednesday, April 28, 2010
Monday, April 26, 2010
I’ve been an avid journaler since grade school when I kept a journal that locked with a little key. Since that time, I’ve moved on just a bit. For the past six years I’ve been doing Morning Pages, a daily stream of consciousness writing inspired by Julia Cameron and The Artist’s Way. I use a simple lined journal; here is the one I’m using at the current time.
I also like to keep a travel journal when I go on trips, writing at the end of each day and gluing in collected ephemera. I doodle and draw, using watercolors to add some zip.
But the most fun I have is keeping a visual journal. My visual journals are filled with paint, collage, writing, and poems, and sometimes bits and bobs of found treasures. I make my own journals and here is a pile of current, past, and waiting to be used journals.
And here are a few sample pages out of my current journal.
If you want to see more of my pages or read about my monthly visual journaling group, the Orange Dream Monkeys, check out my blog at Alley Art Studio.
Sunday, April 25, 2010
Friday, April 23, 2010
I also like to work in a visual journal where I work quickly without a plan. This allows me a place to loosen up without fear of the results. (Many of them are just plain ugly when I'm done!) These often are based around collage:
Wednesday, April 21, 2010
One of the reasons that I like journaling so much is that it can bring me right back into the moment unlike looking at a photograph. I can remember the heat of this day, and the gently swaying palms, and even the distant music from the temple. I wish I was there right now--except with air conditioning!
Another thing I like to include in my journals is pictures of the airline food, especially if it is something unusual, like the things they served us on Japan Airlines. I don't draw the typical mundane United or Delta meals, though. Oh, right, I forgot, they don't serve any meals!
Sunday, April 18, 2010
We go to Mexico where I find drawing and painting a way to slow down. It helps me see and feel and sense the village were we "live" temporarily. It's a mindfulness practice that is both humbling and inspiring. See the bottom image
I also enjoy using my SoulCollage® cards to inspire backgrounds and writing. See the top image.
Visual journaling feels like looking through a unique window on the world, through alternate ways of knowing. . . . plus its fun!
Friday, April 16, 2010
- I've been keeping written morning pages for about 15 years now after reading Julia Cameron's "The Artist's Way." They are stream of consciousness writing and a way of quickly clearing thoughts out of my head every morning.
- I meet with a sketch group weekly and keep a sketch journal of places we go.
- I occasionally work in a big art journal as a place to unleash creativity without any criticizing or advanced planning.
- I keep an idea book full of sketches, pictures, and notes for possible projects.
Wednesday, April 14, 2010
Gaylin Lankin has been making beautiful Santos for some time and offered to share her ideas, Stephanie Brockway ran with the offer, organized us and made multiple wooden bases, Tory Brokenshire (me) developed a new Santos head and taught it to the gang. We worked at a furious rate at the 100 Monkeys Studio but were unable to complete our project. Steph went back to work and set us up for a finishing day at the beautiful Rabbit Hill Farm.
Sunday, April 11, 2010
Step 5) Hold the soap under warm running water and gently squeeze the water through to the soap, after you feel that the soap is saturated with water you can add water as needed. Do this for about 2 minutes gradually increasing the pressure. After the 2 minutes you can now start to rub, starting very gently again increasing pressure for 4 minutes, if you go to fast you will make folds in the wool and it will not look as nice. You will start to see bits of wool coming through the nylon, you are about done, pull the nylon back and peek at the soap to see if the wool has turned into fabric. You can remove the wool covered soap from the nylon at this point but if you think it needs a bit more work you can put it back in the nylon and continue to rub until it is felted to your satisfaction.
Friday, April 2, 2010
2. If someone were going to get started in those mediums, what suggestions would you give?
I love looking at magazines for inspiration. I like Art Quilting Studio, Sew Somerset and Quilting Arts magazines. If you buy a sewing machine…buy a good one. Buy good thread and fabrics.
3. A perfect art day would look like...
working in the studio all day with out interruptions.
4. Do you have dedicated studio space? Give a brief description of where you work.
I am very spoiled..I have a large basement all to myself that I have filled up with fabric, paper, books, magazines and workspaces. I have three rooms …rm #1 sewing, computer, library. Rm#2 cutting table , fabric, paper. Rm#3 painting table, paints, stamps, scrapbook and journal making supplies. That table is for messy work. The cutting table is for patternmaking and cutting out fabric. It stays clean.
5. Favorite place you've visited or lived?
Tokyo. I have been 5 times and can’t wait to go again. Every detail I see there inspires me in some way.
6. What inspires you (or are there recurring themes in your work)?
Flowers, fabric stores, vintage fabrics, my PAC buddies.
7. I still struggle with...
deadlines, and projects for other people. I like to just let the creative juices flow and not be hindered with deadlines.
8. I'd be lost without...
my camera, sewing machine, and fabric. They are my favorite things to play with.
9. Favorite dessert?
Ice cream with fresh fruit on top…but I won’t push away a cheesecake!
10. What's on the horizon?
I am going back to sewing more clothes…but will add Art to my clothes, make them unique and one of a kind. More quilts and journals…2010 I am making a small quilt a month and then journaling about what happened that month to me. Hopefully I will also sew up most of my fabric stacked to the ceiling in my studio…Room #2!