Wednesday, January 13, 2010
A Journey Begins
This has not been a stellar year for creativity for me. Marriage, family, work, and school have done their best to eat up what free time and energy that I have. I have diddled around the internet and admired wonderful art journal pages, digital scrapbooking wonders, postcard art that I would love to receive in the mail, listened to great music that has me sighing at the singer/songwriters that seem to pull out lyrics and melodies that can take my mind to wonderful places. And I have been sitting in my chair looking at the piles of papers, boxes and books ( not to mention the orphaned kitten that we adopted) hoping that the organizing fairy would stop by one night and wave the magic wand and POOF! I have my studio back! Yeah, not so much.......
Over at Scrapbooking Graphics there is a wonderful designer by the name of Tangie Baxter that is conducting at 52 week "journey". Yep, its a full year into the world of art journaling. Digitally. I paid for my "ticket" and I have boarded the Art Journal Caravan. My idea is to create the pages digitally, print them out, and mount them into a watercolor/drawing journal (after I have colored and altered the background a bit.) Another designer there, Ruby Rhyne, threw out the idea of creating a matching ATC and by the end of the year you could have a full deck (I'll never have a full deck.....insert stupid grin here) of artist trading cards. I like that idea. A lot.
So here is my first page. It was based on the word "accept" For me, and many others, I am accepting the fact that I'm flawed. And those flaws aren't just patches on a personality that is lacking. They are what make me what I am for all of my "glory". At my age, and thats 50 by the way, I am starting to recognize the "gift of age" that is part of an "I don't care what you think of me" mentality. And I for one really like that! It really is the confidence to be just who you are without the temptation to change for the sake of someone else.