Art journaling has such power for me. Why? Because sometimes it reminds me of important messages from time to time. And that is exactly what happened today.
Notice her chin. There’s no paint there and that is rather unusual since this was a print from a fully loaded Gelli Plate. And then I stamped right over it without even realizing there was a paintless spot.
What was her message? Even if she takes one on the chin, she will be a survivor because she always knows where her True North is.
Here’s a video of how my Gelli printing turned into an art journal page.
Maria McGuire has spent hours and hours and more hours doodling, tangling, and drawing. I, not so much. She has, what seems to me, infinite patterns in her mind at all times. I, not so much. She is very generous and even took the time to teach me the joys of doodling. It was like 2 friends getting together over a cup of coffee. It just happened to be a fabric coffee cup from fabric designed by Jamie Fingal.
When Maria doodles, she goes into a meditative place and carefully, slowly, gently creates patterns. She tried to teach me that. It didn’t go well. I’m not a slow and meditative person. I’m more like Speed Racer. With wobbly lines. This doodling took all my patience, using one pattern, the circle. It took me hours (or at least that is how that 4 minutes felt).
I can doodle. I can doodle patterns but I have about 6 in my head. Any more than that takes mighty brain work for me. Maria has at least a million. And that is without effort.
But color. Well that is my happy place so I added a bit of color all around the doodles.
And then some more color. And even a little touch of stenciling.
This is what mine looks like, what does Maria’s doodling look like?
This all started by cleaning off my paintbrush. On an index card. And then letting it sit on my counter for days (okay weeks – I don’t like to clean…) And then all the sudden, out of the blue it became a card. And very quickly too!
A piece of paper cut in sloppy scallops and glued to the painty index card.
A little more blue to the blue birds. You can never have too much blue in my opinion…
Some pops of color with layers of painted book text and scraps of paper and these scraps on the counter all working together have become a quick mixed media card. And some proof that there is a great benefit to not cleaning…as if I needed any more fuel for my mission to avoid cleaning…
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