And work I did! The first night I got help making a 16 page journal from a single sheet of watercolor paper and a "junk" journal, and I started working in the 16 page journal right away. I decided to work on the theme of hands, specifically my hands, so I could explore what this injury means to me.
These two pages are a spread. Each page is 8 x 10. The bottom page is one of the flaps in the book. It counts as one of the 16 pages. It is fun to have the smaller work surface the flaps create.
Creating these two pages was a real challenge. I was trying to do "my own style", which I like to think of as being very loose and sort of grungy, but initially they were a mess! I knew they were, and asked Teesha for help. That was one of the best parts of the weekend, getting one-on-one help. I made a bit of a fool of myself, saying that I didn't want to copy her style, so hadn't put borders on my pages, she was so patient, explaining that borders tie the whole page together, and draw the eye in. I also had a lot of glaring white on the page, and she showed me how to tone it down, so the eye didn't go immediately to the white spots. I had to sleep on her advice, but while I was sleeping, I "got it" by osmosis.
The next day I worked for about 8 hours on my pages, I was in the zone and so happy. I have learned that I can work on my pages for as long as I want to, adding color, collage, borders, doodling, words. It is all fun, it is all meaningful, it is all intuitive. I thought that intuitive meant "do it fast". Yes...and no. It is also intuitive to keep working until it really speaks to me.
This spread isn't necessarily my favorite in this journal, but it will always be important to me because of what I learned while working on it.
This page speaks to the fear I had/have about my livelihood as a massage therapist. Including the photo of myself, happily working at PLAY despite my cast, speaks of survival and hope for the future.
And that photo, that is a print from Fran's Pogo, a tiny Poloroid printer that you attach to your camera. The prints are a little smaller than a playing card. The best part? The print is a sticker! Just peel off the backing and slap it in your journal! Fran says that your camera has to be pict bridge enabled, but many newer digital cameras are. Thanks, Fran, for sharing such a cool toy!