Saturday, January 24, 2015

on-going projects: journal and mail art

document life project, journal page, gallery juana
January journal page

The beginning is always today. -Mary Shelley

Every Saturday, the documented life project lists a new prompt and theme. I finished January 10th's challenge which was to work with Gesso and bounce off the above quote.

I added my own words as a reminder to embrace living now for there will be no perfect time to start. I followed that with a quote by Camus.

Real generosity to the future lies in giving all to the present. Albert Camus

I am also finishing up my postcards for Kat's annual Liberate Your Art postcard swap. Head on over to her blog for more details on how you can join.

I'll hold off on showing what images I am sending out. In the meantime, I'll explain how I did the backside.

I scanned the backside of a vintage postcard I have from the early 1900's to get the words correspondence and address. For the airplane image, I scanned the graphic from a 1932 school yearbook. I married these images together in Gimp editor and added my website url and a stamp box.

I printed the above image onto paper and (If your printer is able, you could print directly onto the cardstock.) This backing was then glued to the image I printed on photo paper. In the past, I've ordered my postcards, but this year I wanted to make them myself. And it was fun!

joining sunday sketches, the document your life project and liberate your art.

Saturday, January 3, 2015

2015 goals

the lion in winter, alter book

I joined art to the 5th's documented life project for 2015. This project posts a new challenge every week.

At the end of the first day of the new year, I still hadn't settled on what journal to use for this project. As I tried falling asleep and debating what book to use, I remembered that I had altered a book, The Lion in Winter, two years ago. At that time, it was a healing exercise that I was performing by leaving only a few words uncovered by gesso. Each page contains part of a message and when you get to the end of the book, the whole message is understood.

odyssey, journal page
journal page, odyssey, jan 3 2015

That book has stayed on my book shelf filled with blank, gessoed pages, and the time feels ripe now to use this book as a journal. This weeks prompt is Be Your Own Goal Keeper. The word, Odyssey, came to me as I finished this portrait on a vintage book page from a travel journal. At the lower right, I added a line drawing of a sailboat builder's diagram to further illustrate my theme of journey. This year I am hoping to seek out new adventures and navigate my way through life's twists and turns.

linking to documented life project and sunday sketches
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