Friday, August 16, 2013

From the White Book

The White Book continues steadily as I fill it up with my journaling and collages.

In all my artsy endeavours it is the journal that is like the baseline of everything, the one thing that keeps going no matter what. I like that. I also like that over time I have accumulated in books a sort of story of my life. It's like a reflection of me in words and images. It very literally is my life's work.

I always have this sense that if people want to know me they should just look at my journals. Not just a few spreads, but the entire collection. A spread is just a moment in time, like a picture, but all the books together are my movie. ;-)










The pictures on the fourth spread and the girls and doggy on the last spread were gifted to me by the wonderful Jennibellie. And she wondered if I would use them! Ha! ;-)

For those who want to know these things, the White Book is originally a Seawhite of Brighton sketchbook and measures 25x25 cm (10x10 inches). It's getting really thick already and I'm nowhere near finished yet. I think by the time I'm done with it, it will be impossible to close, but for this once I will consider that a good thing!

Wishing you all a wonderful and artsy weekend, make it a good one!

22 comments:

  1. I LOVE your books. The first time I saw your work it had been featured on TAT...on Jennibelli's web site. I just could not believe all the writing! But I loved it! I still do. I love the way you write and the way you think and all of your art work. Thank you for sharing so much. And I still read every one of Jennibelli's articles and watch every one of her videos, too. B
    etween t he two of you, my life has been so enriched and inspired.
    From the Smoky Mountains,
    North Carolina, USA

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    1. Aw, thank you so much! Jennibellie is an inpiration to me too. I love how she shares all she knows so generously and I've yet to meet a blogger more resourceful than she is!

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  2. I love your art journals so much! (Esp. Glenda's page!) This might be a stupid question, but how do you write so straight across?! Do you use a ruler? or is it years of practice? Or is it a natural gift (that I was totally not born with)? I always end up with an upward slant, no matter what I do. Not only is it not very pretty, but it makes for difficult reading afterwards!

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    1. I'm afraid I have no trick. The writing seems more straight than it is I think, because if you would put a ruler next to it, you would see it goes up and down a little. I think over the years I have learned to correct my slanting fast enough for it to get back in line so to speak. I have been doing written journals without lines for almost twenty years, so I've had a little practice, haha. I don't think I wrote so straight in the beginning. I think it just developed over time. In the end I think the writing itself is more important than how straight it is. Getting your thoughts out is what it is about. If they come out all over the place, so be it. Pretty is not the purpose of journal writing. If you really want to write in straight lines you could always put in lines in pencil and erase them later or make your lines part of the page. Check my tutorial on journal writing for some tips. Good luck.

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  3. Very nice pages. You are right that the whole collection needs to be viewed to capture a sense of who we are. I have tried many styles in different books so if anyone looks at one book it would be like touching the proverbial elephant's tail or his tusk but it's not the whole elephant! My sisters were looking at a few of my watercolor ImaginaryTrips journals and one remarked that it is really odd to see me making pages as if I was really there in that spot. The other sister said no, I always have lived in an imaginary world so even sisters get different views of me (and I don't ALWAYS live in an imaginary world - just mostly ;) )

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    1. LOL, no matter who knows us I think they only know part of us. Maybe not even we ourselves can see the whole picture. But it is interesting to see how different people look at you. I once was part of a training at work where we all had to share our impressions of each other through a system of colours (the colours represented the dominant personality trait). Some saw me a quiet and laid back and others saw me as outgoing and social and yet another saw me as rather domineering! Go figure. It's all true, it just depends on the situation and the person your dealing with. I suppose the same goes for our art, if that were to look exactly the same all the time that would probably mean we were pretty boring people! ;-)

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  4. Oh my, these are just amazing pages. It would take me a very long time to even do one layout. lol I "might" give this unique style a try in a manilla folder journal that I have made. Just the writing is outstanding.
    TFS
    Barb
    USA

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    1. Thanks Barb. It can take me a long time to do a spread too. Some are done in half an hour, but others can take up to two hours, depending on the pen work and details. And that's before the writing (which I do seperately in the mornings). I usually have journal sessions where I will do a couple of spreads in one sitting of three to four hours. I love how the writing seems to fascinate people, it makes me smile, because for me it's so ordinary and comes so easily. It helps me realize I'm Lucky to be able to express myself that way.

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  5. I love how you worded this, that all of your books are your movie. You and your journals are beautiful! Smiling now, kath

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    1. Thank you so much Kathy, so sweet to say. ;-)

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  6. It is always such a joy to look at your pages Caatje.... They would be even more wonderful irl
    Cheers
    De

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    1. Thank you so much De, glad you enjoy them.

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  7. OOh WOW!!!Your Books Looks AMAZING,Love it.

    Greetings Jeannette

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  8. Your books are so amazingly creative...and sometimes I'm in awe by the amount of writing you manage to put in them! I can never think of that much to say...and tho I cannot actually read what you've written, I can see the script is so even and consistent. Very impressive!

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    1. The writing is just stream of consciousness really, just all the drivel that's in my head. Sometimes it's profound, but mostly it's just repetitive boring stuff. It's just to clear my head. The consistency of the script is the result of years of writing without lines.

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  9. I feel the same way about my journals lol I wrote once that if people really wanted to know me they would look at what I make & read what I write... It always surprises me a little when people who know me mostly thru my art and/or journals say I am open & honest about my feelings- because everyone else always seems to be saying the opposite!
    I love all your pages- as always :) Oh- and those Lindt dark chocolate bars are amazing, I have the wrapper from the Intense Orange taped into my journal ;)

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    1. No matter who sees us or our art, they never see the full picture. I suppose both observations are correct, it just depends on who was observing and what they were looking at. Maybe your journals are the place to be open for you, who knows.
      As for the chocolate, I bought this one in London, somehow the British are as fond of the combo between chocolate and mint as me. A local store sold Lindt 85% dark chocolate for a while, which is like close to chocolate heaven. I don't think many people felt the same though, because they stopped selling it after a few months. I guess I was one of the few that bought it.

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  10. Your books are fantastic, you give me a lot of encouragement to go on with mine...

    Annie v.

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    1. That makes me happy Annie! Thank you.

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