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Art Journal: Weird Dreams

I'm definitely liking the changes I am seeing in my own art journaling style. First, it's in a journal - a big change - most of my pages are actually on loose watercolor paper, and much larger. I like the intense acrylic backgrounds, doodling on the pages, and much more writing than usual. It's like I'm in a mood to document thoughts, stuff. Anyhow, I searched the exacompta journal for a background that I thought I could use (I do a lot of backgrounds at the same time) and picked this yellow and red one. I'd already collaged a little so I added more random things and started writing, writing, writing.

This is the first set of pages I created with the NEW alphabet stamps I bought! I'd been looking to expand my alpha stamps with a large 1" stamp and I love this set! This is Blind Melon from Traci Bunkers. When Traci mentioned that she liked to color in the letters, that sparked the doodles inside the letters.

In my dreams I am traveling or in an airport or on a train, looking for something - a bathroom, a person, a suitcase, a gate. There's a sense of urgency, searching, searching, walking fast, mazes, stairs that go in multiple directions. But they aren't scary.

One dream, I was en route somewhere with my Lufthansa ticket in hand, in the airport searching for my specific gate, running late for boarding. I was told I need some sort of stamp on my passport and I had to go to this other desk at the other side of the airport, with helpful people giving me directions, running through conference rooms with classrooms or corporate meetings full of people, up and down ramps, through sliding doors. But I never, ever find what I am looking for. Ever.

So that was the feeling I tried to convey on this page.

Have you art journaled about a dream?

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Reader Comments (5)

I absolutely love, love, LOVE this page!!

Yes, I've journaled about my dreams. I'm learning that it's important to honor our dreams, and what they're trying to tell us, and art journaling is just such a perfect medium to do that. In one dream, it featured 5 male figures (3 adults, 1 child and 1 baby), so I drew all 5 of them, cut them out like paper dolls, and then glued them to a background. I had named each character, and so I wrote that name on the side of each character in a white pen. Somehow, that artful act is helping me bring that masculine energy into my waking life. Can't explain it, but it's working.

10.14.2011 | Unregistered CommenterKristina

ah yes, dream journaling is a fantastic way to further explore the mystery of our subconscious symbols
looks like you've had a great time visually exploring this one

10.14.2011 | Unregistered CommenterKel

I love that yellow background, and the pink color with it, and the way you staple bits to the page...great stuff!

10.15.2011 | Unregistered CommenterAndria

Wow!! I haven't been on your blog for a while. So cool to see that you are using journals now instead of loose paper. I'm curious as to how long it took you to do this particular spread.

✭✭✭ {Tammy}: Rose, I am really getting into working in a journal, but my love of loose pages continues. These pages took perhaps about an hour over two sessions - first, the background acrylics and some of the collage, then the rest. I do the backgrounds and collage on so many pages simultaneously so it's hard to guesstimate. Happy to see you back, Rose!

10.15.2011 | Unregistered CommenterRose

I've noticed that you have been working in journals. I'm curious what type of journal you are using and what your process is. My problem with journals is that I tend to want to do a whole bunch of backgrounds, or use sparkly mod podge or something and then I have to wait for pages to dry before moving on to do the next set of backgrounds. I do absolutely love having a bound journal though. Perhaps I just need to learn patience. I love these pages you've created.

✭✭✭ {Tammy}: Kirstin, I've been working in a 5.5 x 8.25" Exacompta journal. The paper is sturdy, taking layers upon layers of paint. I have no patience for letting paint dry - I paint a background or glue in collage stuff, then place a piece of parchment paper in between the wet pages, paint another background, more parchment paper, until maybe I have a bunch of backgrounds. I don't care if the parchment makes marks. A lot of people use hair dryers to dry pages in between layers or so they can move to the next page or add a new layer without smudging the earlier one. I would suggest you experiment and find what process works for you.

10.17.2011 | Unregistered CommenterKirstin

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