Meet my Feet, Day 5

My journal pages are filled with scribbles, scrawls, doodles, smushes of paint and free writing as evidenced here:

Smushed paint, “found image”

Smushed paint, doodles with marker, free thought writing

This is what I wrote.  Looked at the picture I doodled and wrote spontaneously.

We create life trails and no not, not know

where they lead nor what we encounter on the way

as we make our way to an unknown end.

We leave a line for others to follow.  

The trail of our life

Clear paths or littered with debris.

Need to catch up? Here’s what happened to me:

In pain, Need Sympathy

Food for the HEEL

 

JUMBO Journals – The Colors of my Life

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Can you believe that these were done with a credit card as their “paint brush”?

These are from the Monday afternoon Therapeutic Creative Expression GroupShop.

Not one drop of acrylic pain on the floor but there was some on the wall!

Colors of My Life – Jumbo Journal, Week 1, Tues. GroupShop

Making Therapeutic Healing Jumbo Journals.  This is an 8 week group/workshop.  (That’s why I call it a GROUPSHOP! clever, huh?)

We started with a JUMBO piece of paper (inspired by Jane LaFazio)  Used credit cards as “brushes” to smear “The Colors of my Life” all over the paper to create the background of the first layer.  

Then we talked about how the colors, movement, placement and shapes reflect each person’s life, hopes and experiences.  

Next the Jumbo-sized paper was folded to make an 8 page Jumbo Journal!  The JJ will be used to creatively record & explore each persons healing journey during the 8 weeks.  

You better take a look at the first process NOW.  Each week there will be a transformation of what each participant’s Jumbo Journal looks like!

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SketchBook Challenge, Making my Bag-Book

The Sketchbook Challenge began — I was/am a bit intimidated by the artist sketches and sketching in a SKETCHBOOK.

I decided to make it easier to just have fun and experiment.  So I made myself a “Bag-Book” (MISTAKE PROOF, BEGINNER FRIENDLY and CHEAP) that I don’t care if it gets messed up or my sketches are “sketchy”.

HOW I  MADE MY OWN BAG-BOOK

  • I used a cardboard cracker box for the COVER.  (The size of the box will determine the size of your pages. The contents of the box will determine the size of your waist.)
  • For my drawing pages, – Paper bags.  Any paper will work but this was free.
  • I decided I wanted to paint my cracker box cover but you could paste down wrapping, scrap-book paper  or if you like a kitschy look just leave the cover as is!
  • Acrylic, cheap, craft paint and old credit cards to use as “brushes”

I opened the box and

Cut all the end-flaps off, leaving one for a “cover-flap” (optional)

Folded the spine down the middle.

Squirted blobs of PAINT

I painted both inside and outside.  I’m showing the inside of the box so you can see my squirts.

I smeared the paint with my crafty credit card using the widest end to randomly move the paint around.

Squirted more paint  to cover the cardboard.  Acrylic dries fast so if I didn’t like the colors I could have let it dry and start all over.  (If you decide to paint it again, let the first coat dry otherwise the colors will all mix into a muddy-not-very-pretty brown)

Hey, Mine is looking like an expensive abstract painting!

I did speed up the drying with a hair dryer  (I took the end off that’s why it looks like a weapon)

I opened up my paper bag and did exactly the same crafty credit-card painting on the paper bag pages: Squirt, Scrape and dry

Cut the paper bag into slightly smaller sizes than the spread-out cardboard box cover.

I got 4 pieces out of my paper bag. Folded that makes 16 pages.

I folded the bag pages in 1/2 and inserted each page into each other.  (These are called “signatures” in the book making business).

Since I’m not in the bookmaking business I ran tape down the middle of EACH page –  so all pages are connected.

My last step was to insert all my taped pages into the cracker-box cover and tape them to the cover on each side.  (The inside of my cover is painted, the plain brown bag side is my pages)

Here’s my almost finished (Got to decide if I want to keep the flap) bag-book.

Had to trim the edges of my pages to fit inside my cover.

The whole thing, not including eating the crackers, only took about an hour to make.

It was easy and fun messing around with the paint.

Next, I’ll mess around with sketching without having to worry that I’ve ruined a perfectly good sketchbook.