Saturday, 20 June 2009

Ahhh ... finally

Thanks to some lovely peeps on UKS I now feel inspired to give this blogging a go. I've also discovered an interest in art journalling which I've started this weekend. There are two artjournalling blogs I feel inspired by at the moment, the one by Emily on her blog Life is Beautiful which asks 52 questions to prompt journalling and also, the one that I've decided to have a go at first (as it has step-by-step instruction) Soul Journalling which is here.

I've had a go at the first day's work - covering blank pages with ... erm other ripped out pages. Should have been from a book - but I just couldn't bring myself to rip up a book. I guess that comes from being brought up to respect such things. Felt a little annoyed with myself that I couldn't bring myself to do it and be more 'free'. After pasting in these pages the next step was to write using the prompt "Today I feel ..." thought I would find that difficult but was quite surprised at the stuff that came out. My journalling included things like ...

"Today I feel ...

annoyed with myself for being so precious about books

annoyed with myself for sitting inside doing this when it's sunny outside (but I still feel the need)

undecided about what I'm hoping to get from this

slightly stupid, childish and self indulgent for doing this ... is that a good thing?

slightly out of control

I feel I need something new and exciting

I want a different life

I feel I should find something to be glad about .... Joe :-) (he's my partner by the way).

and I finished by asking myself ... Is that it for now?"

Feels oddly liberating. Feels like I've made some room in my brain for other stuff to come in if that makes any sense. Yeah ... feeling quite good so far :)


Pam said...

You have to find an old book that would otherwise end up in a landfill-and recycle it into art. You will feel much better about ripping into a book then.

Sarah Whitmire said...

Your doing a fabulous job Dee. I love your armor too! I get my books from friends of the library book sales or yard sales. The way I see it is, I'm making something beautiful out of an unloved book that would be trashed or otherwise forgotten about. :)



Dee said...

Thank you ladies, I enjoyed doing the soul armour piece. I think I may have another go at these exercises some time and see how I've changed.