Art Journal: Sometimes Words

“It's hard to tell the difference between sea and sky, between voyager and sea. Between reality and the workings of the heart.”
Haruki Murakami

Ingredients include: photographs, acrylic paint, japanese papers, ephemera, painted papers, gelatin prints, part of my ink play page, typed quote, washi tape. Working in altered hardback book started in early 2012 aka The Noticing Journal

Sometimes words do not surface. The right words. Sometimes I don't know what to say to pull a page all together. And so I don't push it. I know that if I write something cliché about life I will get annoyed and paint right over it. So I don't bother. 

And lately I've been trying to show earlier layers of these pages. So the next photo is what I would consider the second or third layer to this page, or how the page looked the night before I finished.

Only the texture from the first layer of acrylics and the top two photos remain from the very beginnings of these pages in April 2012. The left photo = a bunch of faces from a Moleskine page. The right photo = a portrait in process on a loose piece of cardboard. {You can see the first layers on these pages in two blog posts... Stitching Photos and Stitched Goddess.}

This week {a year and a half later ♥} I added all sorts of papers and changed the page to green, yellow & teal. I filled a rapidograph pen with sepia high flow acrylics and wrote meaningless thoughts and altered lyrics in run-on sentences. Do the words matter? Do they contribute to the page? Who knows. Does it matter that I wrote the words and then covered them with paint? I think it was just part of the process for me. You can't see it. But it happened! The key is that nothing on the page is so precious that I fear painting over or messing with it. 

AEDM: Artwork for Days 17 & 18 of Art Every Day Month facilitated by Leah of Creative Every Day. I'm doing art every day this month!