|Cover: Collage, gelli print papers, stenciling, stamping, graphite rubbings|
|Gelli print papers collages, ink jet transfer, old calendars, inks and stabilo pencil, washi tape, ink stamps|
Collectible memorabilia is the standard definition of ephemera. It's a a term used by journalists and those who work with decorated or illuminated pages to indicated bits and pieces they have saved to use.
The little title of this journal "Make a Wish" is a bit of ephemera from my grandson Mike's birthday card 3 years ago when he was 5 years old. Something so special about those first years of print making.
I love his direction to his grandma that I am to "make a wish" for my birthday (probably when I blow out the candles?" I like the idea of the topic for my 2nd journal.
It has become apparent to me that having a prompt for my Face book group journal project once a week is not going to "cut it for me" What about in between those prompts? What about life in between? :-)
I have absolutely fallen in love with Gwen Diehn's book The Complete Decorated Journal. It is not just a how-to book or dozens of idea of how to make marks or stamps or papers but rather a way of looking at life by immortalizing it with words and images so that you are more in the present.
I would have been hard pressed two weeks ago to give you that meaning for a journal.
Let me say that I've been chatting with hubby about this new awareness and now he asks me, "What did you journal about today?" so often I finally put a cover on the 2nd journal I bought and did a first page in it today.
I told artist friend, Cynthia, that I was "having a difficult time letting go of 2014" and moving into the new year. My analogy was that it felt like someone was knitting me a new sweater using the yarn from the sweater I was still wearing and the arms were getting shorter as the new sweater got knit but I wouldn't take off the old one.
This image of "father time" I found online is the only one I found that didn't show him as the grim reaper! Good Lord.
Ghoulish images that I didn't want. (note he is wearing my unraveling sweater.) I am analyzing all the reasons why I don't want to leave and jump into the new year. But, of course, there is NO choice. And I felt better after doing the page, by the way.
I think the journal images will help we work my way into it gently. Anyway…this is a new journal for my own thoughts. The other journal is the "prompted" journal from the Facebook group and she just gives one prompt a week.
Note: I am making a chart of "mark making" available to me..kinds of inks, pencils, crayons, etc. that I own. Which are archival and which not. Sumi ink is not archival but India ink is. Stuff like that. It helps to know this when you decide to coat a page with acrylic gel medium!