The Rhodia Journal Swap #1

Working on one page, it is difficult to comprehend that each page is part of a continuum. We are slowly but surely learning to draw better lines. We can't see the bigger picture. Pun intended.

2012 Rhodia Journal Swap, Daisy Yellow

“The problems of the world cannot possibly be solved by skeptics or cynics whose horizons are limited by the obvious realities. We need men who can dream of things that never were.”
John Keats

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title page hand-lettering, Rhodia dot webbie journal, black gelly roll

title page hand-lettering, Rhodia dot webbie journal, black gelly roll

Working in a 6x9" Rhodia Dot Webbie journal. The paper is deliciously smooth and the dots appeal to my analytical side. Sometimes I use the dots as guides. I love the dots!

doodle boxes, gelly rolls & microns

doodle boxes, gelly rolls & microns

Twenty-six (26) things you can do in your journal. Rhodia dot webbie journal, black gelly roll pen.

Twenty-six (26) things you can do in your journal. Rhodia dot webbie journal, black gelly roll pen.

acrylics, collage

acrylics, collage

acrylics, collage

acrylics, collage

I participated in the 2012 Rhodia Journal Swap. Here's how it worked. The folks at Rhodia sent atRhodia dot webbie journals to the 12 participating artists. We had a month to fill 6 pages with creative work. Then we mailed the journal to the next person on our list, received a journal in the mail from another person and it was a chain. We had a month to fill 6 pages in the next journal and so on.

In the moment it felt uncertain, like I was not doing my best work because I was trying to fill pages rather than getting into the details. But looking back, I feel confident that pushing myself to work on so many pages so quickly was a good thing!

All in all it took over a year to accomplish this feat. The group also kept a Tumblr blog where we uploaded our pages for the swap.

It went fairly smoothly until one of the participants stopped participating,  one officially dropped out, and then one kind soul made a spreadsheet to figure who needed to work in which journal and where each of the journals was theoretically located. There were months when I had multiple journals to work and although not optimal, it was a good experience.

If you are contemplating a swap, give it deep thought before committing. A swap can be an intense project, so be sure to understand the expectations of the other participants and the facilitator before you jump in!