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    Altered Book: rev 2.1

    "Finish each day and be done with it.
    You have done what you could;
    some blunders and absurdities have crept in;
    forget them as soon as you can.
    Tomorrow is a new day;
    you shall begin it serenely
    and with too high a spirit
    to be encumbered
    with your old nonsense."
    ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

    I've embellished the art journal backgrounds the kids did for me with brayers. You can see the original at Art Journaling Kids: Acrylic Backgrounds.  I didn't want to paint with acrylics, and I didn't want to collage, but I was in the mood to doodle & write. You've got to do what you are in the mood for - why do anything else in your art journal? It's not a chore, it's to explore.

    On the left, I made lines with a white Permopaque marker I'm experimenting with (not super impressed on this matte block printing ink, but I will try on other backgrounds) and wrote with turquoise Sharpie Poster Paint (which is rumoured to be discontinued by Sharpie - why on earth?) somewhat like Slow Journaling. The subject today was writing, why I don't make time for it. I think the truth is that I want to write, but I don't choose to write. Obviously I make time for a million other things.

    Then I drew a mandala doodle with neocolors, because the way they pop on black ink is just addictive. Have you tried black gesso yet? Have you tried neocolors on black gesso while sipping a cup of earl grey tea? While avoiding the laundry? What did you skip in order to do art today?

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      As an Art Director, I don't feel inspired by this system at all. I applaud the effort, and it's admirable to spend so much time pro- bono. I like the banners, they look great. But as everyone else has mentioned it's far too trendy. Please don't pimp this logo out with ...

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    Hmmm . . . I have a confession to make . . . .. I DID skip laundry this afternoon to play in my studio! LOVE the exuberance of the different markers on the black gesso. And that neon effect . . . . WOW!!! Hugs, Terri xoxo

    Like you, I want to write...I just don't make time for it the way that I should. I'm not even making time for art the way I mean to do. you've really got me thinking.

    Love the colors and the close-up of the "write write write" is a great shot.

    Peace & Love,
    Craft Therapy

    11.22.2009 | Unregistered CommenterBarb

    Tammy these are both great! I love the differences between the two! I'm totally with you there, you gotta do what speaks to YOU in your Art Journal! I think it's neat how the kids did the background for you and then you
    get to embellish it!! Such Fun!!

    11.22.2009 | Unregistered CommenterEden

    I am having so much fun at your site! These drawings on black are gorgeous, thank you for sharing your experiments.


    07.21.2010 | Unregistered CommenterLoretta

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