samedi 30 avril 2016

V's 52 Pick-Up | 18

Do you agree that places hold memories? That the past lives still in these rooms? I do. It's when you go to a house and you can feel it's soul, its history.

This part of the poem speaks to me of being uncomfortable because one wants to go back to the past. When a traumatic event happens to us, we often wish we could still be that person in the photos from our past.

And so it is for Philomela, who, after being raped and having her tongue cut out, must have wished that she could still be the innocent girl she was before. This photos was in my stash. It is out of focus. On the back, a woman describes her new porch. As you can see, the image now has an opening and red strings (the thread of the past if you will) are seeping into the present.

And if you open the door, who is there? Young Philomela with flowers in her hair.

The past is with us always, it does not do well to sweep it under the rug. Better to deal with those demons head on.

vendredi 29 avril 2016

Get Messy Season of Messy Lists | 04

Lots of brights and coordinating colors to start off this week.

Being an artist rocks, don't you agree?

We have started the process of moving and I am getting excited about the possibilities in Beijing.

I had fun contrasting this black and white spread with the previous super colorful one.

I used this type of page in my March 30 Days of Lists album : black gesso and white writing.

This was a blast to do. I wish I could add two more diagrams to include even more books. It was cool to figure out the relationships between these books and how they interact.

And I always love a mark making session.

A final spread, not included in the prompts. Sometimes you have to make a page that says what you really think because sometimes social conventions prevent you from speaking the truth.

This was one of those time. For sure.


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jeudi 28 avril 2016

My European Travel Journal

Warning, this is a super photo heavy post! It is a peek inside my travel journal, as if you were next to me and we were looking through it together. Because I was in Europe for work, some pages I have had to keep private even if they had some kick-ass sketches on them! But otherwise they are all here.

The magazines on the planes always have really good fodder for travel journals.

Saturday am Vintage's journals was such an awesome base to work in. Love the enveloppes to tuck in tickets, boarding passes and things of the sort.

Beer labels also make great journal fodder! Especially when you're in Belgium.

This is one of my favorite pages. On the right, the flowers from the gorgeous magnolia tree near our hotel.

My arrival in paris where I spent the weekend with Caylee! You can see her travel journal here. It great to see how differently we used the same ephemera.

So much ephemera. So perfect. We had an amazing day.

Most of the sketching I did in the hotel room, when things were quiet in the evenings. The metro one I did on the train leaving Paris.

We also did some sketching at breakfast on the Sunday. That was such a great way to start the day. 

No way we were passing up a photobooth! The enveloppe contains some cherry blossoms and a ticket for going up the Eiffel Tower that we found on the ground.

Another favorite page, done with ephemera found on our walks and some cute stickers I found in Arras.

Anything becomes travel journal fodder : the label from my pop, the wrapper from my hotel soap.

My Caylee original!

How apt that there was a map of China in the book! My next great adventure.

You made it! Thanks for taking a look. I hope you enjoyed looking at my journal. I loved making it:)

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