Friday, 5 October 2012

Reflecting on the learning

Hello again :) I'm taking advantage of a few spare minutes - a rare luxury these days!! Though perhaps I wouldn't have chosen this particular method of gaining some enforced rest... - to look back over my Learn Something New Every Day journal :)

I love the 'bulge' of a completed book! I actually had plenty of spare pages, so I tore them out ready to use for other projects. The LSNED page spreads were on alternate pages (so that (a) if I made a really awful, irretrievable mistake then I could tear out that page without affecting any of the other entries, and (b) if any ink or paint soaked through the paper, it wouldn't spoil the next page in the book) so once the whole thing was completed I stuck the pairs of pages together.

Love that decoupaged 'Boofle the Dog' peeking out!!

There's such a range of techniques and styles in this little book - I've had so much fun playing with ideas throughout September! :)

I hope it won't seem narcissistic to talk about a few favourite pages?! It's actually part of my reflection - I've learnt a few things about the creative process and how I approach this project, as well as all the other lessons I've recorded!

I enjoyed doing a bit of sketching here and there in my journal :) {Note to self - do a bit of sketching every so often!! Maybe incorporate it into a scrapbook layout some time? Meanwhile, why not use those spare pages from this little book?}

I'm really happy with the left hand page here. While I don't claim to be anywhere near in her league, I must credit Julie with inspiring me to have a go at this style of art journaling :) {Note to self: have some fun cutting out words and phrases from books and pictures from magazines and putting them together to say profound and/or nonsensical things!}

I do like the paper-pieced fairy on the left hand page, but I've chosen this as a favourite because it's one of quite a few double page spreads with plenty of journaling included - and I've very much enjoyed the writing :) {Note to self: Maybe next year, keep a journal for LSNED? Or at least make sure I incorporate more journaling into whatever format I choose?}

This one I like because I found a way to convey the lesson in the way I created the page, as well as in the journaling itself. {Note to self: Definitely bear this in mind for future art journal pages. How else could I convey different emotions? Idea - maybe make an 'emotions' mini book some time?}

I guess my reasons for liking this one are similar to those I gave for choosing the previous one - I'm pleased that I was able to use bits and bobs from Ikea on a page about Ikea, and I love that the smaller piece of paper and more spread out writing on the left contrasts with the longer list and crammed together notes on the right, representing the 'before' and 'after' lists from my shopping trip! {Note to self: Plan another trip to Ikea soon...}
I'm already looking forward to next year's class!! :)
PS I must thank you all for your lovely comments on yesterday's posts - I really appreciate your support and sympathy, and the advice, too! I've made myself a comfy little nest on our corner sofa, with a big cushion to elevate my foot, laptop handy, TV/DVD remote and phone at my side, and The Doctor at my beck and call ;) I've been prescribed a different painkiller now that doesn't make me feel peculiar, and with the pain managed and the swelling going down just a little I'm feeling more comfortable today - and able to enjoy being forced to rest and be waited on! Thanks again for your concern, everyone x


Scrappi Sandi said...

I know what you mean about the satisfaction of feeling the weight & dimension of a completed journal in your hand! Your faves all look great, particularly the sketching & the paper pieced fairy...great work! :D

gayle said...

It looks wonderful Mel, well done for finishing! Hope your ankle feels better soon, nice to be looked after even if the circumstances aren't ideal ;)

scrappyjacky said...

I love your piece of art's something I never feel very comfortable doing myself....but always enjoy other people's!!
Glad you're feeling more sound very comfortable!!

Louise said...

another fan of your art journaling piece! a gorgeous book that i'm sure you will look through over and over - i know i would :)!!

Glad to hear you are feeling more with it xx

alexa said...

There is so much to look at and enjoy here - and I especially like the ways you've taken even more learning from it as you look back through it. I like your work only on one side and stick-em together approach! Glad you are safely nested and recovering. :)

Maria Ontiveros said...

I do love your "Julie" page. I may have to give that a go. The whole thing reminds me of an altered books quote: "Books that close have no imagination."

ComfyMom~Stacey said...

Great looking pages!

JO SOWERBY said...

i too had a fave Dr Who page and I love the wobbly tooth fairy. Glad the ankle is resting,
Jo xxxx

Karen said...

Well, it's a pity that the ankle has you laid up, but great that you've had some extra time to reflect on this project. I must say, I agree with you on the sketch--it's quite wonderful.

Melissa said...

I hope your ankle is healing up well. Your album looks great (I saw it in Shimelle's last prompt, too)!

Missus Wookie said...

I stuck my pages together - but before I started, how sensible to wait until the end :) But I do have a notebook just for the journaling where I can take as many pages as I want/need for each prompt.

Karinika does sketching every day, I used to do it daily as part of my gratitude journal and it is amazing how I'd forgotten that until I found a bible study notebook whilst sorting and there were all my sketches (appropriate honest!) done during the discussions.

I'm looking forward to the feel of my finished book - and I like looking through them with the artist and hearing about all the bits and pieces they've included.

Hmm - perhaps in March? ;)

Anonymous said...

Love your book and reading your reflections on doing it. I had great plans on doing it this year but.... Oh well at least I have the prompts - maybe November would be good.