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Altered Book: rev 2.0

"Live in the sunshine,
swim the sea,
drink the wild air."
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

I'm not sure if it's the colors or the images, but this reminds me of walking along a chilly beach, collecting shells. The quote is amazing -- I like how it fits with how I see the page.

Most of us create art journal pages ultimately for ourselves (or maybe I'm naive and many create their pages to sell, I'm not sure) so it's crucial to "get something" out of each page. Get something from the experience of playing with paints and materials, get thoughts/feelings out of your head and onto the page, get inspired by the finished page... what do you "get" out of your pages?

Here's the original: Altered Book

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Reader Comments (6)

This quote captures summer's essence perfectly! I love the lettering you've done here and blue/orange is one of my favorite color combos.

With my art journaling (or maybe with any creative endeavor, really) I get the joy and deep satisfaction of translating all that I FEEL into something that can be seen, something (somewhat) tangible. And when I say "seen" I don't mean I create the pages with an audience in mind, I don't. It's fun to share some of what I make, but in the end, it's really the beginning, the intent of what you are doing in your journal that matters, and the first thing should always come from an authentic part of yourself and not with a notiong towards pleasing a crowd.

08.2.2010 | Unregistered CommenterJeannine

To be honest, I do my pages because I need to get the colors out of my soul. I'm never quite sure where they'll go or what images I'll chose. It's all very spontaneous. I do them to please myself and my spirit. Great question, Tammy! Hugs, Terri xoxo

love the combination of colors! I'm just starting my art journaling journey. I love to write to myself. Maybe someday, someone will find my journals in an attic and get to know me. {:-Deb

08.2.2010 | Unregistered Commenterstorybeader

Love the Quote! You have the best quotes.
Quote was laid down over the background correct?
No Chilly beaches here in the Northeast, do you have some in Texas? :):)

08.3.2010 | Unregistered CommenterCarol

I love the quote and your blog never fails to be an inspiration.

08.4.2010 | Unregistered Commenterblogaloorgirl

Jeannine, Your eloquent words are the truth. And your art, created for you, is indeed lovely!

Terri, Yes!!! My art journal pages are truly spontaneous as well - no pressure that way!

Deb, I look forward to learning more about your art journaling experiences + experiments!

Carol, Yes, the quote was written in pitt pen directly on the background. Sorry to be confusing, but we are completely land-locked in DFW. The chilly beaches in my mind are on Vancouver Island and on the Washington and Oregon coasts from vacations past!

Blogaloogirl, Thank you for the kind words and for saying hello!

~ Tammy

08.11.2010 | Registered Commentergypsy

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