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Sunday, November 3, 2013

Calendar journaling

I've had a few questions about my process for creating these calendar spreads. Mostly they just evolve day by day - sometimes a background or bits of the page decorated ahead, just as often not. This week I thought I would show you photos of what I did in the journal day by day - it's turned into quite a long post! Had no idea at the beginning of what I'd end up with.
I started by using some tags as masks on the page and spraying over them with Dylusions Inks. This happened one day in the previous week.
I like the combination of colours, and I made sure I put the wet tags down to print on another page later in the journal - plus I now have coloured tags for future use so I got 3 results for one effort :-)
When I went to start the journaling on Saturday, I wasn't as happy with the spread. It felt like it was a bit too restrictive which is one of the reasons I stopped the format last year. Hoping I'll feel differently by the end of the week.
Saturday
Sunday. See printing play on paper HERE
on fabric HERE
I also did the stitching on the tag shape below on Sunday but forgot to photograph that. No energy on Monday to do more than write the words. 
Monday.
Was feeling stressed so didn't do anything on the page Tuesday. Wednesday I MADE myself write what I did Tuesday so I didn't get too far behind. It's amazing how art follows once you make yourself start, even if you're not feeling like it initially. I then decided that since I was feeling stressed I would get that down on the page....and then I did some doodling and really liked how that made the page feel.
Wednesday
After dinner, I went back to the journal and decided it would be good to remind myself of things I am grateful for. It helped my perspective.
Later on Wednesday
At this point I'm not sure how this page will develop or when that will happen, but I'm happy that what I have done reflects my week as well as making me feel better by making art. I am showing you this so that you can see it doesn't all happen happily at an allocated time every day.
Friday.
Didn't get back to the journal again until after lunch on Friday. I've been inspired by the videos from Mary Ann Moss's stencilry class this week so I added some overspray through a stencil. Also noted some happy thoughts for Friday and stamped the new month.
Saturday
Not much time on Saturday but had things to write down about the day and wanted to make the word November stand out more. Also added the pointing fingers to my grateful list - cut from paper tape and coloured with copic marker. Began Sunday by filling in the last blank tag shape with decorative washi tape.
Once I had the washi tape out I added a couple of other strips alongside the other tag shapes on the page, and added an image I like, also edged with washi.
I've used a few feathers on this spread, and this last one was distress ink applied with a sponge through another stencil. I also added gold staples on the bottom of the feather and to attach the quote on the bottom of the page. And here's the completed spread. 
I'm really happy with how it looks, especially given that my week hasn't been all sunshine and creativity. Hope you found something there to inspire you. As always clicking on the photos will give you a more detailed look.
Wishing you sunshine and creativity in the coming week.
You can see my other calendar journaling pages in my Flickr set.

1 comment:

Diane Kelsey said...

I hope that next week isn't as stressful for you. Some great pages, the transformation is wonderful. I painted some pages in a book yesterday plus some loose leaf pages. Unfortunately I knocked over a lot of blue brusho dye, so I now have a blue stain to remove from my kitchen table. Note to self, always cover the table first. I don't like the finished effect, so when they are dry I am going to over spray and stencil onto the paper. Thanks for the inspiration.


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