Time for a L O O K B A C K at my art journals
"I see nothing in space as promising
as the view from a Ferris wheel."
E. B. White
Art journaling is not simply the flat image - it’s multi-faceted. Tangible, touchable, textural. Each form of art has different attributes, characteristics, maybe even personalities? When you see art online, you see it, but you can’t really always SEE it. You cannot pick it up, feel the texture, the weight, and there is no frame of reference for the size of the art.
There’s a quick video of one of the journals down at the end of the post.
Go and hold one of your older journals in your hands.
Then tell me what happened.
Each year - usually around New Years - my habit is to L O O K B A C K 👀 at some of my journals… this year I felt a tug Thanksgiving weekend so here we are, my friends. This year, I looked back through three journals, two from 2008 and one from 2010.
Anyhow… I voyaged upstairs to the art room twice this week and pulled a few early art journals off the shelf. This is no small feat because I strained my back a week ago. 😮 It has taken a week of rest + ice to heal and I’m feeling much better although still not 100%. Anyhow, in my attempt to not injure myself further, I somehow knocked 10 journals off the shelf and my daughter helped me pick them up. Well, you know how it goes! One step forward and two steps back. Took some quick phone photos of pages that caught my eye.
Pages from an Altered Book & Altered Catalog Circa 2008
The pages are collaged with found papers and scrapbook papers, painted and textured with fluid acrylics and neocolors + I noticed something I totally forgot about — alphabet stamps! I love alphabet stamps! Where on earth are they? What other materials have I forgotten about? Hmm. This was about a year after I started doing art. At that time I was still immersed in the corporate world as a quantitative analyst!
Fast Forward 2 years. Pages from an Altered Book Circa 2010
This is a very large altered book art journal that I called Tekenfilm [“cartoon'“] because it started with a children’s picture book]. We’d returned from a driving trip around Germany, Austria, Belgium, and The Netherlands, and I wanted to use something in Dutch to trigger those positive vibes from our travels. There’s a quick video [taken on my phone, so-so quality, was not feeling up to taking a proper video and editing, sorry friends!].