December 01, 2012

Positive Light

A few weeks ago Julie did a blog post about redacted book page poems.  It reminded me of an art journal spread I'd finished up that employed a similar concept.

Sometimes in my art journal I write about the mundane happenings of the day-to-day. Sometimes I pour more feeling into it.  There are days when I use it to jot down notes:  a shopping list, a website to visit, a crafty idea, a quote I heard.  And sometimes, I may even rant.  ;)  Or at least put some things on paper to get them out of my head.

Most of the time I like to preserve these words so I can revisit them later, and treat them as "historical documents."  But sometimes there is just some yuck I want to get out and be done with.  I found it somewhat therapeutic to redact the crap and pick out positive words and phrases, some silver lining out of the self-loathing storm scrawled on the page.

Then, it appears that some virtual retail therapy was in order.  Lol!  I also use my art journal as a pin board for things I find in catalogs and magazines.  A bowl designed to guide the salsa onto my chip?  Yes, please!  And I'd love to build a magnetic folding chair out of pallets, too.  And embroider more.

Now, off to find a thick, black marker and see if I can make some redacted poetry from the morning paper!  Have a wonderful day, and thanks for visiting!