I don’t watch TV really, unless there is something specific on, and usually that is on the ABC iView website, which is a fantastic free site that has programs from ABC, including a few episodes so if you miss something you have a certain amount of time until it expires.. Again, Fantastic. Now and then I trawl it for interesting art programs and was thrilled that they have the 1000 Journals documentary up on the site. I actually signed up to get one but I think by that point there were so many people it never got to me.
Watching the documentary and having a sketchbook next to me that I havent touched in months because I wasn’t happy with the notes and sketches inside inspired me to go back to it and alter pages, work on some more fill in the blank pages and turn it into something even more personal than the sketchbook it has been.
So while I was cleaning up my desk tonight I decided to take those pieces I had been hording or was about tho throw out and took them and some paint, crayon, stamped with the end of a cotton reel basically anything went.. And in the last few hours it has become some kind of sanctuary for my thoughts.. Which I need at the moment, there is a lot going on in my head and I needed a space to get it down and out of my brain.
When I was younger I was never without a notebook of some sort, the content of those books was mostly written with the occasional doodles here and there.. I wish I still had those books, and the ones that I filled over the past years.. Moving around a lot things go missing or get thrown out. I cringe to think now at the amount of them that ended up in rubbish bins and are probably at the bottom of a soggy pile of refuse… and yet I find that kind of fitting for the content. Heh.
My journals have taken on a life of their own these days. I have one from 2005 which I knitted a mohair cover for and took with my on the last trip I took to USA looking through it I find themes and topics that still come up in my current journals, which is a little bothersome, but then I turn the page to find layers of pages I have written on covered with various neutral shades of oil pastel with two leaves from a tree from my last tree layered in Elmers glue and I can remember picking those up one morning sitting outside deciding that I wanted to try and glue them in. Back then I had no idea about archival glues.. I just wanted those leaves on the page.
Well enough of that for now I have a whole new take on my latest book so I am off to color some more pages or doodle or maybe just sleep 😀
To the winners of the previous post please forgive my slow work in emailing you but I will be emailing you all this weekend! Fret not my dears..!