A year in the Life of an Art Journal put out a new challenge on February 15th, and the prompt this time was to journal about our favorite quote. I have so many favorites, and the one I chose is actually not among my top 5 .... but it is a quote that spoke to me; and I need to listen to it.....
- Write the book you want to read -
The letters and images are colored in using watercolor pencils and a waterpen. The yellow and orange areas are colored with pastel chalks.
I had measured the watercolor paper incorrectly, so it turned out to be too big to fit in my art journal - but maybe it was meant to be hanging on my wall as a reminder, over the desk where I write instead of hiding inside my art journal.
I used several rubber stamps this time. There are quite a few from Cherry Pie Art Stamps (Shakespeare, pens, old typewriter, ink bottle, ink splatter, the hand holding a pen). The eyes, the scribble text, and the small ink bottle with feather, are all stamps from my first stamp company, Stampinavia, and the rest are stamps I cannot remember where came from. That's the drawback with unmounted stamps, isn't it? For the past few years I have written the company name on the back of the rubber when I buy new stamps, but these ones are old ... from long before I began marking them.
People often ask me if I regret selling Stampinavia back in 2005, and (thankfully) I can say that I don't. I had gone back to college and was swamped with work, and I didn't think it was fair to my stamps that they just sat there while I took a sabbatical, one I didn't even know how long would last while I studied. The company that bought mine (Kreativ Hobby in Larvika, Norway), takes such good care of my line of stamps, and it's always a thrill to see "my" stamps for sale in stores all around :-) I will always be proud of my first line, and I'm especially fond of the Norwegian Santa (fjøsnisse) and petroglyphs (helleristninger), plus the eyes I used in my journal page above (I drew that stamp image, looking at a photo of k.d. lang, so if you're reading this, k.d. (fat chance!), thanks for lending me your glance! :-D)
I'm digressing - let's go back to the art journal prompt for a moment, and some of my favorite quotes:
- Never look back unless you are planning to go that way. (Touché!)
- To affect the quality of the day, that is the highest of arts.
- Leave room in your garden for the faeries to dance.
The latter quote is available as a calligraphy stamp at Quietfire Design, and I want to do a journal page using that quote, too, so stay tuned!
Thanks for stamping by!