The internet is buzzing with talk about choosing a word for the coming year instead of making resolutions. Choosing one word seems more practical than making a list of things I will never do. Here are some photos to verify that I have actually chosen a word, and not just fantasized about it.
Some technical stuff: The page backgrounds are Gelli-printed deli paper collages. The flowers and leaves are stencils, the peacock feather was cut out of scrapbook paper on a Silhouette Cameo cutting machine, the "mind body spirit" is from a Stencil Girls Stencil Club stencil designed by Jessica Sporn. The three round swirly patterns in dark pink, to the left of the peacock feather, were made by heating a foam "marshmallow" from Michaels with a heat gun, then pressing into a carved pipe bowl to make a stamp. In person, the pages have a fair amount of shimmer from a Wink of Stella brush pen and Daler & Rowney FW Acrylic Inks. I did all the lettering by hand, except for "mind body spirit", with Posca Paint Pens and a Pentel EnerGel .35mm pen. If you are new to art journaling, don't worry about acquiring all this stuff at first. It's expensive. I did not get all these supplies overnight. I've used Michaels 40% off coupons, Jo-Ann's online sales, and special offers wherever I can find them. Just use what you have and enjoy yourself!
|An act of holding close with the arms,|
an enclosure or encirclement,
|Here's the whole page.|
|This is the facing page. It's not finished.|