Saturday, 29 January 2011

A few pages

I've always loved Rinda's art journaling, and keep meaning to have a proper go myself. I decided that this could be the year! And I had a flurry of ideas of how I could do pages relating to my one little word, 'details'. So you can just imagine how thrilled I was when Rinda herself decided to do a year long project with a monthly link up for anyone who wanted to share how they were doing with their resolutions, intentions and/or one little word :-) How perfectly did that fit?

Well, I sure hope my enthusiasm continues right through the year, but I'm pleased with how I've begun! I've made 3 little art journal pages for a little project I'm calling '2011: A Year Of Details'. I'm giving myself permission to just play, have fun, try things out, embrace imperfection, go with the flow, and love my pages for what they are. And you know what? I do :-)

Here's my title page:


I picked out any word stamps from my collection that went with the theme of 'details' and added them to the background, then doodled inside each letter of the title to add as much detail as possible! (I don't actually expect it to be a year of secrets, by the way - that's just the way the words fit best on the page!!)


For my next page, I typed up a dictionary definition and a list of words from a thesaurus onto a page from an old book to create 'Defined and Rewritten'.


I went through various scraps that were to hand and collaged a few onto the page.


The third page is a few Details of Me! I just jotted down facts and statistics as they occurred to me until I ran out of room!


My first thought was to sketch a little self-portrait (combining a pencil portrait with the pen portrait of the surrounding words - you see what I did there?!) but I wasn't at all sure whether that would work out, so I went with plan B and sketched a silhouette of my head instead. I've seen the 'wavy lines' journaling in lots of places and always wanted to have a go at it myself; where better than in an art journal?




You'll notice that I haven't worried about whether my pages are portrait or landscape orientation, I've just gone with whatever felt right for that page. My plan is to make a little folder to keep them in rather than try to bind them, I like the idea of having the loose pages tucked into a folder of some sort. Or maybe I'll just tie them with ribbon when they're done. It might depend how many I actually manage to make! But I'm pleased with the start I've made to this project, and it has got me thinking about different ways to incorporate details into my work. I am trying to get more details onto my pages through my journaling, and I feel like that is happening. I am trying to notice the details in our lives. I'm really enjoying my detail photos in my Project 365, too.

My one little word is working for me :-)

23 comments:

Beverly said...

Great start, love your "details"! Also love that you are leaving this project loose and open :)

Cherry said...

Lovely art journal pages Mel - just right to play with all your creativity. Love the word by the way too. Hugs Cherry XXx

Cheri said...

These are gorgeous pages Mel - looks like you don't need Ali's class - you are already documenting your OLW in your own way!

Keira said...

Great pages so far!! I love your approach to each page and that you are letting them just be what they are :)

scrappyjacky said...

What a great start,Mel....love how different all the pages are....and how you're just going 'with the flow'.

helena said...

wonderful diversity in style and approach. I really must start an art journal for playing in

Ruth said...

Art journaling isn't for me, but I can see why you want to embrace it ~ a brilliant way to keeep your OLW in the front of your mind.

Maria Ontiveros said...

These are fantastic Mel! Thanks so much for playing along.
Rinda

K said...

Oooo, very interesting the order the words came to you Mel.

Looking forward to seeing how the rest of the folder comes together

The Mann Fam said...

I had to smile when I saw the postage stamps on your page. I love the "commemorative" stamps or stamps from other countries. They are so hard to come by now-a-days with the ugly "Forever" stamps we have here in the states.

To bring back some of those simple details (like stamps) from the old days would be nice. ;)

alison290 said...

Looking good, Mel

Lizzie said...

Ooh that's a great start! I love all three pages, but the second one is my very favourite. I love the collage and the word definitions. Have a great Journalling Year!

Scrappi Sandi said...

These pages are fabulous...I love the wavy 'details of Me'!

I've just hopped across from Sians & she was expecting you for coffee any moment!!!! I cannot wait to hear all about that visit...with pics please!!!

Giselle said...

I wish I had your courage to try new things and your commitment to a year long project. Hope you enjoy the process and share it with use as the months go by.

gayle said...

Wow Mel, I love this! I think the second page is my favourite but they are all wonderful :) glad to see that you've got the art journaling bug!

Gayle xx

Melissa said...

I really like your pages. I started an art journal, basically just set up a composition book to use but haven't really done much with it.

ComfyMom~Stacey said...

Those are great looking pages!

Amy said...

Excellent Mel - I love them all - the flower on the definition page is a stand out for me!

Sian said...

Great stuff Mel! You have obviously been very inspired by your choice of word - how cool is that? Your second page especially had me going back for another look.

Tracey said...

You're off to an amazing start Mel!!

I'm sure that creative energy will sustain you throughout the year - I can't wait to see more beautiful pages come to life! :)

Kristin said...

what lovely pages! The one word thing is working for you!

Sandra said...

It sure is working for you ... your pages are just gorgeous.

Ginger said...

oh I really like your details of me page! I've signed up for an art journal class at my LSS this weekend, you are definitely giving me inspiration!