Month: January 2019
3 years-ish from blank, white book to this:
I started 6 journals at one time almost 3 years ago & the Red one is finished first.
Inside, front cover:
“So go on and cry me a river
Don’t say this will haunt you forever
It never did, it never will”
– Alter Bridge
“I’ve got a hole in me now
Yeah, I got a scar I can talk about.”
– Matchbox Twenty
“The youth can walk faster, but it is the elder that knows the road.”
– African proverb
4th page: I will never forget the Hot & Juicy Sauce.
“Write hard and clear about what hurts.”
– Earnest Hemmingway
“It takes a long time to become young.”
When I upgraded my paints, I was in awe of the colors and my first attempt at using glazing fluid
“But everyone you know, is trying to smooth it over
Everyone needs a floor they can fall through”
Just words I saw somewhere…
“I think I want to paint you
And then I want to hang you
In my bedroom over my head”
– Rob Thomas
“If you want more love, why don’t you say so.”
– John Mayer
I’ve shown this page here before, and it still cracks me up…
This is all I have to say about that.
Some days, Pinterest is about as deep as I can handle…
This is a repeat as well, but I show every page when I finish a journal.
Ya’ll might note that there are no words on this spread.
It doesn’t need any. I love this page…
“Words, they’ll try to shake you, don’t let them break you or stop your world from turning. When words keep you from feeling good, use them as firewood, and let ’em burn.”
“You wreck me, Baby”
– Tom Petty
“The center of your heart is where life begins; the most beautiful place on earth.”
Page 20: About my friends!
About that loser that tried to leave me in the mountains…
Ok…about his dog…
“What we learned here is love tastes bitter when it’s gone.
– Matchbox Twenty
“Arrange whatever pieces come your way.”
– Virginia Woolf
Page 24: More Pinterest
“Some words. The way they look at you.”
“Love with every stranger; the stranger the better.”
“He’s yelling about my tattoos. We all live with the scars we choose. They may hurt like hell but they all make us stronger.”
“Let go of the judge within and be surrounded by positive, supportive people. Be gentle on yourself and others. Give. Never hold back.
– Nancy Davis Bilbro
“I know you’ll never love me but maybe you’ll stay for a while.”
– Henry Rollins
Inside, back cover:
The book cover is sealed down as it is so old it was crumbly.
This was fun!
Now there’s more time to work on the other 5 Art Journals:
Prepping journal for 2017 prompts.
Loves me some gesso…
ETA: I do love gesso, even when it curls the page until it dries…
I did this. Yes, I finished it in January of 2019, but that’s better than when I finished Journal 52 2015 in 2017 innit…
Anywho…Journal 52 2018 is an EffyWild.com joint. She sends the prompts/art cards/magic every Friday and we can post what we make on the Facebook group.
It is happening again this year, and I can’t really recommend it enough.
With that, here’s my book. I didn’t seal the pages with gesso before I started, so there were limits on what I could add (wet media and such) but it was cool to work on it anyway.
Week 1 – Heart
Week 2 – Calm
Week 3 – Integrate
Week 4 – Attend
Week 5 – Courage
Week 6 – Ponder
Week 7 – Moon
Week 8 – Play
Week 9 – Transform
Week 10 – Friendship
Week 11 – Dream
Week 12 – Navigate
Week 13 – Embodied
Week 14 – Storm
Week 15 – Clarity
Week 16 – Sensual
Week 17 – Pause
Week 18 – Deeper
Week 19 – Remember
Week 20 – Bliss
Week 21 – Frolic
Week 22 – Synthesis
Week 23 – Resilient
Week 24 – Empathy
Week 25 – Enter
Week 26 – Deep Peace
Week 27 – Light
Week 28 – Flow
Week 29 – Immersion
Week 30 – Bloom
Week 31 – Being
Week 32 – Pride
Week 33 – Wild
Weeks 34 & 35 – Imagine & Desire
Weeks 36 & 37 – Release & Patience
Week 38 – Intend
Week 39 – Puzzle
Week 40 – Adorn
Week 41 – Center
Week 42 – Reach
Week 43 – Listen
Week 44 – Memory (#2)
Week 45 – Uncertainty
Week 46 – Hope
Week 47 – Love
Week 48 – Melancholy
Week 49 – Universe
Week 50 – Manifest
Week 51 – Cleanse
Wareeek 52 – Beloved
As Effy put “Memory” as a prompt twice (weeks 19 & 44), she added a bonus prompt at the end: “Present”.
Because I have no more room in my book for that one, I’ll add it to my 2019 book.
Effy is going through the prompts again for 2019, but I think I’ll revisit the 2017 prompts since I skipped that year…
When I write in a journal, especially about my travels, I can record the most basic, banal detail and it will inspire total recall when I read it later…
I wrote in a travel journal for my entire Vegas trip.
I prepared this in advance, but filling it out every day makes it all real.
#1 – Mark your intention…
This is the plan
(all plans subject to change)
12/25 …on xmas day…
12/26 busy days.
12/27 In between everything else, I make art.
12/28 Walk, walk, walk…
12/29 I love new pens!
12/30 Groceries are important.
12/31 We didn’t go anywhere at all on NYE. That was the plan and we stuck to it.
New Year’s Day was cold.
1/2 We all did our best impressions of houseplants, napping the day away…
1/3 Everybody basically exhausted themselves the day before we went home.
As I didn’t know I’d be in Vegas until the 4th, I had to add a few
pages postcards to make room for the last days…
1/4 There are a few parts that are not visible to the public.
But I made it home on Saturday the 5th.