Today’s artist at #cjs20 – yes I’ve caught up again – is Gwen Lafleur. I’ve admired her work for a long time, so loved seeing her name pop up. As I expected, I enjoyed it and am really pleased with the paper doll I made. I’ll be using the technique again, that’s for certain.
The #cjs20 artist for day 17 was Tania Ahmed – I hadn’t seen her work before and love the way she uses small gelli plates. I don’t have the really little ones, so made do with what I have. This was a fun project, culminating in an A6 journal – this is a sample of the pages I made into the finished journal (the coke can photo is to give you the scale.)
Rae Missigman was the #cjs20 artist for day 16. I love Rae’s work and her project was super cute. I know from past experience if I made a tiny book I wouldn’t use it, so opted to practice her style in my art journal instead. I’m pleased I did and know I’ll use those new skills again.
The day 15 artist for #cjs20 was Nancy Curry. Her project included adding clock hands and a motor. I hate ticking clocks, so decided to try her alcohol ink technique in my journal instead. It’s got quite a lot of gold, so hard to capture in the scan.
The day 14 artist for #cjs20 was Jodi Ohl. I really like her work so was quite excited then, uh oh, she wanted us to draw an eye. I *don’t draw* but – hey – this about learning new skills. I found an image in a magazine that had lots of drama, with vivid eyeshadow and huge eyelashes. Unfortunately the paper I was using didn’t cope with the technique Jodi was teaching, so it broke down a bit and the lines are fuzzy. But it’s more than recognisable, so I’m pleased I gave it a try!
Today’s artist at #cjs20 is Iris Fritschi-Cussens, a mixed media artist in London. I loved the process she demonstrated and like the page I created – it feels like ‘me’ but with a nice twist. I don’t normally paint faces so this was quite outside my comfort zone!
Today’s artist was Tina Walker, with a fantastic project for #cjs20 – a miniature book. This was quite time consuming for a weekday evening, but I loved it and will use the process again. The poem is by New Zeland poet Diane Brown.
I made the paper for the book, constructed the book, added gesso then stencilled grey or pink to each page. I cut up the poem, inked the edges and adhered to the pages. Finally I added and decorated the cover.
Every year I join #olw – One Little Word with Ali Edwards. In 2019 my word was ‘deep’- you can read about why I chose it here. In previous years I’ve had prepared, intention, mapping, balance, calm, and determined. My word lives on the wall above my desk, as a reminder of what I want to do and who (how) I want to be. This year my word is TRUST.
Did ‘deep’ work for me? Yes, mainly. It encouraged me think deeply about issues; not always easy when we’re accustomed to 140-character tweets as conversation. It reminded to dig deep personally so, despite physical pain, I have gone from 4,000 to 6,500 steps a day. I learned to dig deep emotionally, to understand the many things contributing to my addictive nature and unravel some of the (deep) pain that drives self-soothing with food.
So, why ‘trust’? Last year I tested a few words, thinking about their meanings and what could work for me. Today I was doodling with a white pen in my new black Dylusions journal and, without thinking, grabbed my favourite alphabet stamps. Before I had time to realise what I was doing, I had stamped TRUST on the page. Ok then, that’s a pretty clear message from my subconscious!
What do I think TRUST might mean for me in 2020? I will TRUST:
- my artistic process
- my instincts about people and situations
- that everything will be ok whatever happens with Tony’s health
- myself to eat properly to maintain my weight
- in the process for building our new multi-use library
- myself to balance work and leisure for my wellbeing
- the universe to look after my best interests
A bit of Meatloaf for a change from my usual P!nk, HIM etc. This is more the music of my teens, and I still love it today.
Dylusions – large journal. Sprays: Dirty Martini, Vibrant turquoise, Calypso Teal, After Midnight & White Linen. Paints: Fresh lime & Calypso teal. Stencils: Circles, Spring flowers, Teardrops & Diamond in the rough. Stamps: Dy’s alphabet.
Other: Distress collage medium, Archival Ink, Distress Ink, Pitt big brush pen – walnut, white gel pen, Tombow marker – pink.
On the way to and from work I listen to music on the car stereo, from my iPhone – isn’t technology wonderful! A lot of the time I listen to P!nk, closely followed by HIM, Def Leppard and Guns ‘n Roses. Sometimes I choose the song because of the beat, or the message in the lyrics, or a bit of both. Looking back at previous pages reminds me of music I love, and of where my head was at when I did the layout.
Dylusions – Small journal. Paint: Rose quartz, Vanilla custard, Slate grey. Stencils: Diamonds in the rough, Love hearts, fronds of foliage. Stamps: Dy’s alphabet.
Other: Archival ink, Distress collage medium, Distress oxide ink, white gel pen, Pitt big brush pen.