"If the painting process is to be successful, we need to be able to apply paint expressively, to compose originally, and to maximize color as well as design."
Most of my pages have cheerful, happy colors. You'd think that I was an optimist, but I'm more of a realist with snarky tendencies. I have to remind myself to be positive, to think optimistically, to smile. I don't like looking back at melancholy journal pages, but I know that a lot of people love to infuse their pages with deep thoughts. The thing is to let your journal be what you need it to be.
The word DEDICATION was part of the original cartoon-art sort of page. The title launched the rest of the page. I thought about the combination of the word "dedication" and the concept "repeat" and then I wrote the word over again, even over one of the large versions of the word. The thing is - it's there - whether you see it all or not. I like having some stuff only partly visible and I cover stuff that I originally liked. My pages are moving targets.
My daughter wrote the little "COLOR KEY" phrase in Derwent Inktense Blocks on black paper. I got them as a gift for her on her birthday. This phrase was from a page that she didn't want. The rainbow circle is a sticker made from a watercolor page in another journal. I really like the way this turned out, the way it came together, cheerfully serious.
Creative Tip of the Day
Author James Hannaham writes, "I’ve told my students in the past that writing is 90 percent procrastination. Very little of it involves actually sitting at a computer or scratching letters into a notebook; the thinking part comprises the majority of the work. Embracing that principle has kept me from going cross-eyed while frowning into the blue screen of an empty Microsoft Word document at 4:00 AM in an attempt to will some compelling character or situation to leap into life. It always helps to have a plan before you sit down and wrack your brain. But if you find yourself in such a jam, go do anything else. Take a walk. Exercise. Go sit in a café and watch people. Sketch. Write longhand on paper if you normally use a computer, and vice versa. If you become particularly blocked, consider doing something you would never do. Not something you hate, just choose an activity that you wouldn’t normally think to try: Go to an event you wouldn’t usually bother with. Get outside of yourself and your routine a little. In the past, I’ve taken a commuter train to a town I’d never visited before, and I once went on a birdwatching tour of New York’s East River in a ferry. From the water, I saw the city utterly transformed, full of new possibilities." From Poets & Writers.