This year I have been blessed with the opportunity to participate in an art journal group on Facebook. I have seen random pages here and there for art journals but it is not something that I’ve ever considered. As 2015 was coming to a close I found several groups I participate in discussing various groups that offered journal prompts. I was mightily tempted to ask about getting a Life Book subscription but eventually decided against it because I couldn’t find the media that the lessons would be on. I’m not interested in expanding my knowledge quite that way.
The fact that I would be able to just use what I already owned was a major deciding factor when I finally decided to participate in the group I chose. I did end up buying a book to use as the journal. The cashier at Goodwill had quite a commentary on my choice of Barbara Walters autobiography. I didn’t have the heart to tell him I would be using it to art. And there’s the back story. Now on to week one.
I’ve decided to use a title page for each week so that I can look back on the prompts and know what’s what. If I want to write about the page I’ll have space to do it there as well.
And on to the page for this week.
- Aluminum foil
- Modge podge
- NYC street map featuring Grand Central Station stained with the coffee I was drinking that morning (on purpose, I swear!)
- North America map edges distressed with water and heat gun
- Images of train from magazine
- Hand lettered original saying
- Zentangle from I am the diva challenge #232
- Pre-made die cut sayings
In preparation for this week’s page I pondered the instruction to incorporate trains. Having never been presented the opportunity to ride on a train, there was no personal experience to draw upon. My mind tends to think in a more literal fashion, and as such I drifted to the topic of travel. While sitting in contemplation, an unexpected connection occurred to me. This began a comparison between travelling in the physical sense as opposed to the journey of self-awareness. I had never realized how much the two shared in common.
In both instances you have a journey and you have a destination. They can be one that was chosen for you or chosen by you. How you get there? What you do along the way? All determined by the choices made, again either by you or for you. I suppose it was my moment of enlightenment for the day. Choices. Choices. Choices.
The creation of this page was a series of choices. With much delight I found that by the time I had made the choices of the elements that were to be included the vision for the page was clear. I wanted to remind myself to keep my eye on the prize but not to lose sight of the little choices that I make along the way. You never know when a small choice is going to be the pebble that starts the avalanche. This time around I’m choosing an avalanche of positivity.
As we begin a new year folks naturally take an assessment of where they are and what they want to do. Some call it a resolution. Some call it a goal. Personally I just call it an opportune time to start a fresh page. I’ve been working to keep my word of the year as a focus. In my planner this year I’m making it a goal to engage at some level each day. I simply love this word because it can be interpreted so many ways. I’m hoping that creating and sharing my art will be another step in engaging with the world around me.
Until next time…