I have been very excited about running some journalling work shops There are opportunities for me to work with counsellors at work. It was funny I was researching images/ colour/ emotions / lines and I thought ‘hello’ abstract expressionism and art teaching . I found a couple of websites that looked interesting http://foxboroarttherapy.com/what-is-creative-self-care/ http://www.dentonisd.org/cms/lib/TX21000245/Centricity/Domain/932/1Abstract%20Expressionism.pdf I started thinking about resources that I could use as examples. I produced a series of doodles that represent me in various emotional states – I wanted to make things that were cheap and cheerful and not expensive for counsellors who don’t have lots of art equipment at hand I used a small mandala as a metaphor for me and put the circle Inside a square so that I could use the it as a boundary. This allows a space around the circle and gives a sense of how large or small the mandala is depending on how I feel – it also gives scope to be broken or me feeling larger than the box
I know that this is an over used phrase at the moment but it is apt . I have lots of things going around on my head and it is affecting my IBS
I decided to do a spread in my journal based on the word ‘release’ – I couldn’t resist adding ‘welease woderick ‘ which is a Monty Python quote that is bandied about my house quite a lot …. It helped lighten the mood , well that’s my excuse anyway
I drew a prehistoric Venus on a page that was all ready covered in blue acrylic and gold stamps. Then I wrote down everything that has been bugging me and overwrote it so that it is mostly illegible. It adds depth to the background ( well that’s what I tell my self anyway)
I have always liked the Venus statues and identify with the way the weight of her stomach pulls down her skin.( The boobs are beyond my imagination)
I looked up lots of different phrases and synonyms for release- (because my IBS is playing up) I I made the words radiate from her stomach – using my stash of blackmail letters
To emphasise the ‘release’ I doodled waves of lines radiating from her stomach in pen and then scribbled graphite and watersoluble crayon to add tone
This week the prompt was surviving the elements. Since I moved to Edinburgh my hair has got shorter and shorter because I couldn’t standby hair whipping around my face and in my eyes .I wanted to do smithing with a wet and windy feel
I was influenced by Robin Meads spread on the DLP website http://www.arttothe5th.com-http://www.insightsandbellylaughs.com/?p=1679
I drew flower doodles all over the page ( not that you can see very many of them in the finished piece )
Then I covered the pages with Gesso , blue acrylics , my own feather stamps and a doily stamp – I used blue and bronze Stazone ink
The top layer of feathers are hand drawn or my stamp on security envelopes.
I added the text using my ransom note letters cut from magazines .
I added the feeling of wind using a water soluble Stabillo pencil in great big swoops above and below the letters
The feathers felt like they needed anchoring so I covered the bases in a lace stamp and more stabillo scribbles
I am doing the arttothe5th documented life journal again this year. The prompt was ‘high 5’ and we had to use 5 layers- I miss read the prompt …… I prepared 3 circles to use as compass roses.
Here are my first 3 layers
2. Grey Dylusions spray ( wiped off with a baby wipe because I always forget how dark it is )
3) Pink ink sprayed through a large alphabet stencil
The overal effect was a bit grungy so I added strips of paper that I used to wipe my lettering stencil
I wanted to add some compass roses about travel and family – the pink didn’t really go with these so I added a layer of red acrylic with a credit card
I added my compass roses – 3 more layers and then was stuck with how to add the title ‘give me a high five ‘ it is a bit literal but I added a hand print
So the title now is ‘my destination is in my hand ‘ lol!
we visited London for a long weekend – family stuff needed doing . We stayed across the road from my brother in an airbnb apartment in Deptford.
My daughter was moving out of the brothers into a room in Greenwich which is all location location location about 2 mins from the maritime museum, the river and Greenwich park.
Sometimes when I visit family I get all disorientated. Deb used a compass as the motif for our skype art session last week and I have been unable to stop doodling compass roses. I don’t know if it was because we were travelling but lots of well used phrases kept popping up ion my head like ‘feeling lost at sea’ ‘ I need to realign my inner compass’ ‘I feel lost’
It was poignant being with my neice she sat on my knees her soft hair in my face and her weight on my lap made me want to hold on and not let go.
My son has been in South Korea and Vietnam for 3 years now has fallen in love with an American girl and may go and live in the US
My friends Dad died, it is 9 years since I lost my Mum and it is Mother’s Day soon. There is a constant reminder in the shop windows as I walk past.
My response to Deb’s prompt
Doodling compass roses
My journal page
I live in a lower ground and basement flat in Edinburgh Newtown. We only get the sun coming directly in through the front window between March and October.
Spring is coming – I used the Waterlogued App on my photos
Losing the light