Another one finished!
Like the Red journal, I started this nearly 3 years ago. It started its life as a blank, white-paged book but now…
“I wanna know where does love go to die…”
“You have to leak sometimes or you will explode.”
– Anjo. (my best friend)
This spread commemorates the day I took Nephew the 2nd to the annual Pirate Festival in Vallejo on Father’s day weekend.
Look like a mermaid, swear like a sailor.
“It’s such a waste to grow up lonely”
– John Mayer
When the game is over, the king and the pawn go in the same box
Some things I find on Pinterest but I don’t know who created it. I don’t know who wrote/said this.
“I am not afraid, I was born to do this.”
– Joan of Arc
“Whoever said that love was sweet drank a little too much whiskey baby.”
“Scar tissue that I wish you saw.”
– Red Hot Chili Peppers
“Do the best you can until you know better. Then when you know better, do better.”
– Maya Angelou
I’ve posted this before, but when one gets the opportunity to quote Wayne Campbell…
“In another life, darling, I’d do anything to be with you.”
– James Blunt
I’d heard about using other fibers in one’s art. This is my attempt at incorporating a used dryer sheet. Meh.
Don’t worry if you make waves simply by being yourself. The moon does it all the time.
“You’re not crazy for leaving, just crazy for staying so long.”
“I gave you all my energy and I took away your pain
‘Cause human beings are destined to radiate or drain
What line do we stand upon, ’cause from here it looks the same
And only scars remain”
You tried to drown my heart even after you had seen me swim.
Let your freak flag fly
“My heart is lost; the beasts have eaten it.”
“I say if I’m beautiful. I say if I’m strong. You will not determine my story. I will.”
– Amy Schumer
I’ve been hurt so bad and I still love so hard. I admire my heart for that.
“Some women fear the fire. Some women simply become it.”
– R. H. Sin
I’m going to start using my EXTENSIVE collection of magazine clippings in my art more…
“If a girl wants to be a legend, she should just go ahead and be one.”
– Calamity Jane
I have traveled through madness to find me.
From an earlier story…
“I’m tired of being alone…so hurry up and get here.”
– John Mayer
“Happiness ain’t prison but there’s freedom in a broken heart.”
– Miranda Lambert
“I’ll learn masonry, carve stone,
plant a garden of my own
and make bliss among these ruins.”
– Effy Wild
You remember that:
“My perfect rock bottom, my beautiful trauma.”
“And now you only wanna make it out alive.”
Coloring sheets go in here when they end up being supercool:
“If you believe in nothing else
Just keep believing in yourself
There will be times of trouble
It’s gonna hurt like hell
This much I know all ends well
It all ends well”
– Alter Bridge
“I’m broken in the prime of my life
So embrace it and leave me to stray.”
– Imagine Dragons
Smokey was my “divorce kitten”…ya know…like, “Your parents are divorcing. Here’s a kitten.”
Horatio has already been introduced…
Right! So there are 4 more large books I’m working on…
I’ve set up my Journal 52 (prompts from 2017, but now MY 2019), so now I have to catch up for the first 7 weeks of the year…
I wonder what else I will do next?
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…
This was some random retweet.
“I’m just a girl, standing in front of a boy, blocking his path on purpose and making him squeeze past me, in a display of dominance.”
8, so far.
They are appropriately GLORIOUS of course.
1) This came from Massachusetts:
The sewing a frame on postcards thing doesn’t get old, and yummy colors…
2) From Virginia:
So simple, so effective.
3) From LA:
I hope all y’all know that the photos don’t do these pieces of art real justice…
4) Unknown / USA:
This is great. Love this style and sentiment. Coffee, tea & me…
5) From a fellow wordpress blogger, hollowjb.wordpress.com, in North Carolina:
I just love this…colors… juxtaposition…yes.
6) From Luxembourg!
This came in an envelope but it’s in 3D so it makes sense.
7) From Montreal:
8) This feels like canvas, it’s such nice paper.
This is the only one wrapped in a postcard condom, but it says, “Raven steals the sun.”
“When you see a raven, ask it for ‘good’ luck.”
Maybe 2 more on their way here…maybe not…
…about marriage this morning.
This is my current viewpoint on the subject:
I’m rapidly finishing up 2 more art journals…they are among the six (6!) I started shortly after I moved to Vallejo 3 years ago.
They have different colored covers.
So, Red & Yellow coming soon-ish…