Saturday, January 24, 2009

More Pages

I still can see no reason that blogspot uploads picture in the order they do... the following scans of journal pages are in totally screwy order, and not the order I uploaded them. It should be obvious which pages go together to make up a spread. I am experimenting to find my own style, following prompts has me trying to do similar style, and that is fine, but I want MY style. Sometimes I want to write, and sometimes I don't!
So I am doing my own thing. I still aim to do a page a day, and I like that. I also like the smaller journal a lot.

Trying to use different supplies, masking tape and some colored electrical tape, also an altered photo. I am "painting" the backgrounds with caran d' ache, coloring it on the whole page and then brushing water over, sometimes going back with another color while the page is still wet.

I am using what I have, and what is fast--having fun. I hope you are having fun, too!

Thursday, January 22, 2009

I have an Escape Plan!

Nearing the end of week three of "My (broken) Left Wrist", I have been feeling very sorry for myself and very useless. I haven't even been journalling much. Then, on Tuesday, I had my stitches removed and was given a hard cast. The cast makes my wrist feel much more secure, and I don't need to use the sling as much, so it is easier to do some things.

Yesterday I got an email from Teesha saying she hadn't been able to fill my cancelled spot at the journalling retreat after all, and did i feel like changing my mind and joining in! It took me about ten minutes to decide that I ABSOLUTELY wanted to do it!It is nice to feel wanted, and to have something to look forward to. I went to this retreat last year, and it is heaven...four days of solid journalling with a small group of wonderful people. Inspiration to last for months, and it is in Port Townsend, one of my favorite places on earth!

Friday, January 16, 2009

orange is one of my favorite colors

Misty is using color prompts this week. I am not really following the prompts, but as I was eating my beautiful pinkish-orange orange this morning, I decided it would be fun to do a page about it.I have some pages already painted, and thought that my oranges would make a nice contrast on the gray page. I used caran d' ache to draw the oranges, then added orange scraps from my table, and a scrap of orange kimono fabric as a flag. Quick and easy and fun.

Thursday, January 15, 2009

real life, a page a day

I am still doing a page a day, something I started from a challenge on Misty Mawn's blog, with an
unintended hiatus for a broken wrist, which I wrote about a few days ago. Fran Meneley, a wonderful journaler with a beautiful blog, suggested I journal about it (thanks,Fran!).

The idea that I have NINE screws in my arm just boggles my mind, never mind the fact that I can't work for a couple of months... I am really glad for Fran's suggestion, it made me realize that I have quite a lot of subject matter for journalling, as I navigate these weeks of recovery.

I haven't NOT worked over 35 years, except for about sixteen months when I got pregnant with our second child until she was about a year old. And any mother knows that that wasn't a vacation!

This isn't a vacation, either, I can't drive, I can only type with one hand, and there certainly isn't any disposable income around. I do have long stretches of solitude (and no babies!) to fill and the contemplation of what this accident will mean for my livelihood.

Check out another page-a day journaller here , her post for Jan. 14 got me thinking. All of her posts have been beautiful and thought-provoking, though.

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

another page

The colors are not good in this scan, the blacks look purple, possibly because they were also shiny... I want to learn to use photoshop during my "vacation", and I could have used its help here.

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

I am back!

i am back, with a journal page a day. This may not be one of my better pages, but considering that I did most of it with one hand, I am happy! The background and the fabric border were done months ago, I added the photo, the drawing, the journaling--all with one hand. Thank God that I finally mastered scanning, trying to line up a photo would be tough! I had surgery on my left wrist almost a week ago. Thanks to a nerve block in my left arm and good drugs for when the block wore off, I really have had no pain, which I think is amazing when I look at these x-rays of my wrist. That is one plate and NINE screws...

When I go in to see the surgeon next week I will have the large splint removed and hopefully be put into a removeable brace. There is no lifting with the left arm for at least 6 weeks, and then only a gradual return to enough strength and range of motion in my wrist to go back to my work as a massage therapist.
I don't talk about my work in this blog much, but I really love being a massage therapist, and this accident has really made me realize how important it is to me, aside from the fact that is the way I earn my living!
The next couple of months will be hard, but at least I can work in my art journal to process the feelings.

Friday, January 2, 2009

What a trip...

the best laid plans... slipped on the ice today and broke my left wrist in 2 places. hopefully i will be able to do more after i am in a cast, but who knows? i am hoping for the best.

Thursday, January 1, 2009

Happy New Year

I promise to do a page a day for January, and hopefully beyond, but I will consider this first month as my first deposits to the bank of good resolutions. I have two journals I am working in now, and my entrys will be in one or the other. This is a lovely hand made book, made by my friend, Catherine. I like the size of the pages.

I tried scanning the page, I clearly need to learn how to trim off the useless edges, but it is faster than photographing and editing, etc.

Happy New Year to all!