I took some time during this long 3-day weekend to unplug. Ahhhh what a fabulous feeling to play and create for the fun of it.
When you unplug to play what do you do?
I start a new journal.
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I ordered this "Musings" journal designed by my friend Lisa F. DeYoung, the Mountain Mermaid. When it came in last week I thought I would hold onto it for July when I plan to take some time off for myself. It is a journal with some hand drawn boxes intended for a daily log book of sorts...you'll quickly see in this blog post how I kinda play outside the boxes. I love the idea of a daily planner that you can add your own dates to and it really is designed for you to play with in any way you like.
There are a few pages in the front of the book to write down your musings. The very first photo in this post shows you how I added a pocket to this page. I randomly tore up some dictionary pages and added a few of the stickers that came with the journal.
The rest of the stickers and other bits that I've collected are tucked into the pocket.
The pocket was made from an envelope that I had designed. I cut the top of the envelope in a scalloped pattern and outlined with a black Sharpie marker. The sides and bottom were tucked in and glued down.
Those of you who know me well will recognize some of my favorite details: a mandala, hot air balloons, and an old timey illustration.
The message, "Make Time for Play" is perfect as that is what this journal is all about.
Turn the page and you'll see a new very different looking spread.
I was cleaning up my studio and came across an empty soap box that I had been holding onto for a while now.
I can't resist buying pretty things. I feel as though it is important to reward companies that invest in good design and lovely packaging. Don't you agree? I was tired of moving this empty soap box around. I didn't really have a place for it anymore. It seemed silly keeping it on display in my ocean themed bathroom. I decided to cut it up and put it into my journal. My journal is a great place to collect designs that I love. This design captures my love for the ocean, blue/brown color scheme, and the collage layered look. I had fun tearing it up and piecing it back together to fit within the boxes printed in the journal.
The facing page has a colorful border made of painted papers - scraps left over from some artwork that I had to cut down to fit into some frames. The center is a copy of a vision board that I had created years ago. I had reprinted a scan of it and sized it down. Again as I was cleaning my studio, I didn't have a place for this until now.
The collage represents how I'm feeling these days about my dreams and all of the lovely people reading my new book, listening to my broadcasts be it live FB videos, podcasts, or webinars. My dreams really are unfolding!
Turn the page and you'll find some evidence of doodling. Let's take a closer look, shall we?
Here the sun weeps on a mountain range. It has been a challenging week for my momma's heart. My son contacted me in the middle of my online book launch party with news that his lung had collapsed and he was admitted to the hospital for the night. The mountains reflect where my son lives (Colorado), the tear drops are the many tears that I shed this week, and the sun represents both me and my son...my son was named Mr. Sunshine by a teacher when he was a little one and I too have been known for providing sunshine to others.
Are you ready to unfurl? To open up? To change the pace of things?
I have cranked out so much work in the last two months.
It is definitely time to chill.
I cut up a color copy of one of my painted pages and fit it inside one of the boxes. Although the paper in this musings journal is a lovely weight, I don't think it can handle a lot of wet mediums. Collage is a great way to add a painterly effect with out making the pages buckle. Here I wrote "outside of the box." I didn't want to cover up the sweet spots of the painted paper.
This doodled section was colored after I had worked on the page on the other side. I'm so glad that I had waited. I discovered that I tend to have a heavy hand with colored ball point pens and it bleeds through. I have to admit that I was disappointed at first but then decided to not let it discourage me. I worked the curved lines into the design and then used colored pencils in a coordinating palette to fill it in. Phew...I saved it!
Note to self...ease up on your hand when using ball point pens.
Being a LEO, a sun sign, the sun motif shows up often in my journal.
This open space needed some help in a desperate way. A lot of marks bled through from the previous page...ugh!
I came across this collage piece that I had created years ago that was looking for a home. Itself was a sweet spot that I had cut out of a large less impressive collage.
In the end, I love how the spread turned out.
TIP: If you don't like something, collage over it!
The last spread is dedicated to the online book launch party that I hosted last week on Facebook.
The journal is a great place to record important life events and this was definitely an event in my life to remember.
You probably noticed the hot air balloons. I love them! I found these whimsical drawings on istock.com. Isn't it a great way to launch a book with hot air balloons?
If you are just discovering me, I am the proud author of a new book called, "The Mandala Guidebook: How to Draw, Paint, and Color Expressive Mandala Art." It is published by North Light Books and it just released about a month ago! I'm quite delighted to have 18 five-star reviews on Amazon right now. (I just went to link to the page and there is a 19th review!) Yooo-hooo!
I found a place for more of those darling hot air balloon illustrations and recorded a few notes on things that I want to remember for the next party.
I'm definitely spreading out the event over a weekend so more people from different time zones can participate.
The live video on Facebook really created a buzz and set the tone. I'll do that again.
There will be contests and prizes. Those were a hit and fun to host.
That's right, there will be another EPIC mandala party online. Save the date for October 15/16, 2016. I will be publishing a party planner in early September. For those who take up the 100 Mandalas Challenge (create 100 mandalas in 100 days) and make the challenge before the party...there will be a drawing for a cool prize. Not sure yet what that cool prize will be, but there will be prizes. I already have people eager to donate prizes for this event. Now how cool is that?
To not miss out on the party details, subscribe to my e-mail newsletter. You'll also get a coloring book of 50 mandalas when you sign up.
I'm not sure how often I'll get back to this journal but when I do, I promise that I'll post my pages here.
Until next time,
Collage Diva + Creative Dabbler + Mandala Maven