Solstice Before … And After …

Done in my altered dictionary art journal:

Before:

Stepping out of the Darkness…

 

After:

 

Shining brightly in the Light…

 

 

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The Ledger Journal

Recently, I’ve been talking about this journal and the way working in it has changed my life…changed my heart…

It started with my learning about flow journals…and watching tons of flowish journal videos online.

When I joined the Get Messy Art Journal community, one of the first things I did was find several gallon bags of paper scraps, as well as some envelopes (I’m talking 9 inch by 12 inch envelopes here) that I had gotten years ago in a paper swap…and I tucked those into a plastic storage container…and now whenever I step up to my ledger journal, the first thing that I do is pull out at least three, but usually four, pieces of ephemera and I glue them down.

Then, I have to walk away–which can be the hardest part of all.  Letting glue dry when I want to start creating and painting and whatever…it is so outside of my comfort zone.  But I am learning…and this whole process is helping.

When I come back to the page, I add stuff–acrylic paint, marker, scribble sticks, water-soluble wax pastels, watercolor.  Whatever strikes me on that day.

I come to the page with questions, concerns, worries…and I lay it into the collage.  I use glue to put it down on the page.  Then my subconscious comes back with the answers.   All I have to do is learn to hear what she is saying.

That is what this journal is about.

Here are some finished pieces:

(Please forgive the quality of the shots–they were taken at night, with my phone, because my scanner is not speaking to anyone these days…so…some of them are not the best…I apologize..)

Working this way has spilled over into my other journal work as well…and I really like that.

I like drawing faces, but I have long wanted to expand my repertoire.  Imagine my surprise when I figured out I started out in the wrong place to get to where I now want to go…although I seriously would not have it any other way…

 

Word Of The Year Check-In

It’s August.  Time for another word of the year check-in here.

I have to admit–it has felt so good to pull back from everything.  To not worry about blogging, or writing, or much of anything else.  Add into it this is my year of health issues…and that pulling back and resting has meant the world to me.

My word of the year is : Settle In.

It’s been a year.

I’ve had surgery…and that has come with a new learning to be in my body and to work with my body on different levels.

I am settling into this house…and what’s in it…and as I am able, I am slowly moving things out…and not replacing them…it’s an old lesson that I am learning again…

I am settling into a rhythm for school and appointments, knitting and crocheting, medication, food, books…and art.

I was going to show you some of the new work that I have been doing, because lately, the most obvious place I am changing is in my art journal…but the scanner has decided it will talk to no computer and no person (at least none that are currently awake) and I rarely post finished pieces on Instagram…so here are the beginnings of a few pieces I have done recently:

WIP Putting some paint down #getmessyartjournal

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WIP last look until morning #getmessyartjournal

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WIP. ..what I do when I'm scared… #getmessyartjournal

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It was about here when it hit me that this journal was going to be about more than the Get Messy Season of Seasons…that’s when I decided that this is my journal for me…a whole other realm of Grimoire…this is something else entirely…

WIP. ..

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You might be thinking that this doesn’t have a lot to do with ‘settling in’–but it does.  I am settling in to my bones, into my place of power, into my soul…and this work is what is breaking up an entirely new level within me…and if that isn’t settling in to my own self…I don’t know what else is…

I have a long way to go, I know–but this is the first time this year where I genuinely feel as if I am finally moving forward and slowly starting to find my footing again–I may not have that footing yet, but it is coming.

Let’s Get Messy

So, I recently discovered the Get Messy art journal community.

Don’t ask me how I came upon it…it’s one of those fortuitous things that just showed up at the very right time.

I signed up for a season pass…you can learn all about that on the website.

The first prompt was to find a journal.

Originally, I was going to use the old automotive ledger I had found at a local thrift store…

If you follow me on Instagram, you’ll have seen this journal quite a bit lately.

Which is one reason I decided not to use this journal for the Season of Seasons.

I’ll have to talk more about this particular journal in another post.

For the Get Messy Season Of Seasons…I decided to use this journal for my artwork:

I made this journal on a whim.  I was sorting through the classwork for LifeBook 2018 that I had started and hadn’t finished…and at that point had no intention of finishing…and decided I didn’t want to throw these out…and thought making them into a journal would be a good thing.

Now, please don’t get me wrong.  There is nothing wrong with LifeBook.  Most of these pieces are from the same class, where I did many many different backgrounds and prints to play with things…and then…I chose the one I liked the best and finished that one…and these are the ones I decided to just let go of because, after the first one, I wasn’t feeling it anymore.

The paper is mostly cardstock.  The cover is a piece of scrapbooking paper that I had used to mop up paint…I cut it down to fit the journal.  It’s a single signature, bound with a simple pamphlet stitch using red thread.  I glued the cover down to the inside front and back pages for added strength.  I also used a wide washi tape to seal the inner edges and to reinforce the cover there.

Not all the pages have color on them.  Less than half do.  Not all pages are cardstock, but the majority of them are.  Not all the pages are the same size.  I threw in some random smaller pages just to keep me on my toes and to push me outside of my usual comfort zone.

I have learned lately that making the art is not in itself enough for me–I need to make the art and then write about it, journal about it…and so…I have a second journal for the Season of Seasons, so that I can write unimpeded about what I am working on, about what I want to create, and what I have created…

I made this journal a long time ago…and it has been sitting here waiting to be used.  I have gotten into using these journals a lot since my surgery in March…I love them–but that doesn’t stop me from buying other journals…you can see a video flip-through of this journal and the two sister/companion journals here, if you’re interested.

That’s where I am at for right now…