mercredi 31 août 2016

My 30 Days of Lists notebook

Guys, 30 Days of Lists starts tomorrow! Eeeeek! Are you excited? I know I am. For the first time since I started participating in this challenge, I am using a different notebook. 

I made an accordion mini book from the leftover scraps from my regular sized notebooks. This is actually the book I made for the tutorial I shared on the private blog for the registered Listers (you should join us!)

I loved it so much, I decided to use it for September's challenge.

Just like I did for March's edition, I used black gesso as a base for my lists.

Each page is 3 x 4 inches, which is half my usual size and it will be quite the challenge to keep this manageable!

I love the colour scheme and am looking forward to filling in this little cutie.

I put the date on the back cover. I love how the accordion notebook opens this way.

I wonder if I will like working small or if I will go back to my 'go to' size after?

What about you? Have you been using the same notebooks or formula or have you tried something different? I'd love to know! Please tell me in the comments.

If you want to see more of my 30 days of Lists projects, click here. To register, just click here.

lundi 29 août 2016

Recent art journaling pages

These pages come from the techniques I learned in the Metamorph workshop that Erin Faith Allen is giving. I has done some letters to myself, and one of them I loved so much that I rewrote it out in my art journal. I had an intense week and some very hard truths to listen to last week and needed to write this out really badly. This spread is called 'You took my words'.

The woman's rib cage is actually a cutout. The forest I glued down unto the next page.

On the other side, I did some free flow writing about the moon. I find that I wax and wane like she does. I am a hare in the Chinese zodiac and they often talk of the rabbit in the moon. I used some Japanese washi paper that features the rabbit in the moon on my page.

I love that you can read 'the chrysalide' through the hole in the page. The butterflies are also a powerful symbol for me.

 A closer look at my free flow of thoughts.

One of my most favourite papers and I only have a little left. I hope I can find more!

I hope you enjoy these peeks into my symbolic world.

samedi 27 août 2016

V's 52 Pick-up || 35

In this third part of the poem, once again the narrator changes without any warning. After lamenting about the Thames, someone else takes up the conversation.

As you know, I love anything to do with the moon.

Here she is, sending her light on Mrs. Porter and her daughter.

Aren't they beautiful?

 My love for vintage photographs is endless.

vendredi 26 août 2016

Get Messy Season of Music || 04

Welcome to week four. I keep getting pleasantly surprised by the prompts. It's like I wasn't expecting so much from this Season and I have ended up falling head over heals over my little journal.

Look at that child! What an image! Of course I thought of David Bowie and of all the other lost musicians of 2016. Which lead me to make a list of artists that I wish I had seen in concert. Making this list made me realise that I am lucky to have seen some amazing concerts.

 The second page is the one for the concert ephemera prompt. Unfortunately, any that I may have is in my shipment which is on its way. I saw the Rolling Stones in Montreal in 1989. I was 14 years old and I went with my dad. It was the most amazing concert I had seen at the time. I bought a t-shirt with the logo and wore it almost every day for the next 5 years.

In 2014, the Rolling Stones were playing in Hong Kong. I immediately bought tickets. I never thought I would get the chance to see them live again, twenty five years later! I was so looking forward to the concert. Unfortunately, my father passed away and my plans changed. It was so strange that he died and that that was the reason I couldn't go the concert as he had been the one I saw them with before.

Sympathy for the Devil and Paint it Black are two my favourite songs by the Stones. Paint it Black is also associated with my father as we used to watch Tour of Duty together and they used that song for the opening credits,

A final spread for this week. On Saturday August 21st something incredible happened: The Tragically Hip played a final concert and it was broadcast live on the CBC (our public broadcaster). A third of the population of Canada tuned in: that is 11.7 million people listening to this concert. Why would Canada effectively shut down for a concert from a band that most of the world has never heard of?

Because Gord Downie, the lead singer is dying of brain cancer. At 52 years old, he is in terminal phase. He asked his doctors to help him reduce the tumour enough so they could do one last tour. Basically, he did the opposite of what Bowie did. They released an album and played some dates in August. And last Saturday was their last ever concert and the CBC aired it for three hours without a single interruption. 

We all cried collectively. We all were able to thank them for the gift of their music. On a personal note, The Tragically Hip are at the very foundation of my identity. I listened to the album Day for Night obsessively, all of it for three years. That was my favourite album but I listened to each and every one of them. Their songs have always been in my playlists. The song I used here is called Wheat Kings and is about someone being wrongfully imprisoned.

I can tell you how the beginning of each song on Saturday brought back flooding memories, tugged my heart, fully and completely (pun intended). When Gord broke down during 'Scared' - one of my favourites from Day for Night - we ALL broke down.

This is a screenshot a friend took. This video shows his feelings during 'Grace, too'.

''I come from downtown, born ready for you
Armed with will and determination, and grace, too''

The final song. I am grateful that we had this chance to say goodbye. To send them our love and gratitude. And now this lives on in my art journal.

I urge you to read this article, it explains everything and has a link to Wheat Kings, the very song I illustrated here. I'm still kind of reeling emotionally.

Here are today's pages in my Sound of Silence journal.


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mercredi 24 août 2016

Colour Chaos || Pink Lady

The very last journal I got to work in was Katie's Pink Lady! I have to say that I LOVE pink so I had a lot of ephemera to put in it. I had to pace myself.

The first page was very fun because it's quite inclusive and now Katie has everyone's initials on her first page!

The page on the right is mine, I like the dreamer/gamer dichotomy. 

There were some very cool gelli prints pages in the Pink Lady. I added some cutouts, transparencies, tissue paper and ephemera pieces

This was another fun collective page. I opted for coffee of course!

When I was younger, I had a really awesome t-shirt that said 'Pink is Punk'. I wore it all the time, I loved it so much. So it was fun to revisit this idea on the page on the right.

Both pages are mine here. The left one has a watercolour landscape. It was made by a Hong Kong artist. On the right, is some photography by an artist who uses a special film that makes green look pink.

Because both sides of the photo were so beautiful, I turned it into a flap that opens up.

X marks the spot indeed.

Again, having fun with all the cool pink ephemera I had on hand.

The very last page had another fun collective idea, to draw your favourite animal. Because I had just a little space, I used some pink washi with lovely bunnies on it.

We are done! We managed to participate in 7 art journals, based on one colour. We each made pages in the others' journals.We sent them back and forth across the globe! It's been an amazing experience. the next journal that I will share is my very own, completed Gold Journal! I can't wait for you to see the treasures it holds.

In the meantime, take a look at everyone else's work: Lauren, Katie, Julia, Patricia, Karen and Sharon.

lundi 22 août 2016

Recent art journaling pages

I felt a bit stuck one day and reverted to my favourite technique when this happens to me: I made an ink blot.

 I went with colors that spoke to me and smooshed them together.

The squiggle lines came to me afterwards and are a symbol of the 'fil directeur'. This is a French expression to say the common thread applicable to a situation.

In my case it is that I am still on an emotional roller coaster. Some days are really good and others are bad. The tipping point is always really close.

This second spread deals with the death of a family member. The spilled milk is a powerful symbol that I associate with this person. Before her husband died years ago, he said to me that there was no use in crying over spilled milk and it was better to accept things. Something interesting happened to me when I was doing this spread.

When I was putting the neon pink paint in the corner, I wanted to splash just a little paint but the pen opened and all the paint spilled out unto my page. I was frantically trying to put it back into the pen while trying to save it and my journal too. I was freaking out because I know that they don't sell these paint pens here in Beijing and what would I do without my favourite colour? In the middle of all this craziness, I just stopped and started to laugh. Of course, she was telling me not to worry about spilled milk!

Message received my dear. And thank you x

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