Friday, October 3, 2014

Pages from Flora (the journal) and announcing a blog break

In my last posts I've been showing you some new endeavours in some new sketchbooks. Or maybe they were old endeavours in some new sketchbooks. Field notes, sketching and doodling, it all took place in the journal this year. But slowly my journal is returning to its roots of...well...just journaling.

For me my journal is the account of my days, a diary, the story of my life written by me, or maybe the story of my inner life written by me. Something like that. A sketchbook is something different to me, a place to practice my art, and I feel the need again to seperate them. That my journal is artsy does not undo the fact that it's still 'just' a diary, an illustrated diary.

For me the art practice and the journal are still very different things. One is not more important than the other, but I do distinguish between them in my head and heart and often also in my books. I need both to stay sane, that's for sure. ;-)

So over the past week Flora is becoming just a journal again, whatever that means. I know what it means to me, but I find it impossible to clearly explain. I'm doing layouts for writing again and alternating them from time to time with what mostly reminds me of what in this day and age are called smashbook pages. Pages where I just put ephemera from everyday life and my own photographs together.

Here are some of my latest spreads:









I love that I'm doing my layouts again. It seems my journal style always comes and goes in waves. Sometimes I do it this way and sometimes I do it that way. Maybe that's just my way of keeping it interesting or maybe it just reflects my flaky nature, haha.

Now for something completely different.
Today I am starting my fall vacation. Next week I'll be staying in Amsterdam for five days! I have rented a quirky apartment and I intend to visit several museums, walk the streets and take many photographs. I have already planned this trip since my short visit to Amsterdam with two friends in June (read about that in this post). I really wanted to stay a week, but I just can't afford it. Five days in Amsterdam, even last minute, is costing me as much as two weeks on one of the islands! Still: five days isn't bad and if the pictures can be believed my apartment really is cool!

Anyway, this means I won't be blogging until somewhere after 13 October. I'm sure I'll be back with a slideshow though so you can all vicariously travel with me. And if you want to travel with me real time you can always befriend me on Facebook as I will probably do a quick daily report there.

Wishing you all a wonderful and artsy week!

14 comments:

  1. Well, that's a relief. I thought at first you were taking a long hiatus from your blog, and I just couldn't manage that. Good that it's only a few days, and enjoy your stay in Amsterdam. Looking forward to the pix you bring us after that.

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    1. Haha,, didn't mean to shock you and thank you!

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  2. I echo the sentiment from Boud....I was afraid you were going to be away from your posts for a long time. Whew. Glad you will be back in just a short while. I love all your work so much. I just cannot believe you have the patience to write and write and write the way you do. I cannot put my inner thoughts on paper in case I die and someone finds the books and reads them and knows what I was thinking...Yikes!! I am much too...too....I don't even know what it is. Too secretive?? Whatever it is, I admire that you are not afraid. Have fun on your vacation.

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    1. LOL! I'll be away from the blog for about two weeks probably so that's a lot of time for me, since I do try to post every few days. As for writing, that just comes so easy to me that I don't really need to think about it. Most of what I write is not all that secret, just stuff that's in my head. About most things I don't care if people read it, but it is definitely NOT written for them, but for me. I do consider my journal to be a private place, but not a top secret place.

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  3. Have a wonderful vacation

    Annie v.

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  4. Your journals are more than just art. Every page is beautiful and meaningful to you and those you share it with on your blog.
    Have a great 5 days vacation and I know you will be sharing tons of pictures with us.
    Oh, how do you gather soooooo many different ephemera on your journal pages????? I would have to spend years to gather what you accomplish just on the pages you put up today.

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    1. Well, the stuff I have is of course the result of many years and things get added all the time and used all the time too. I collect imagery from all kinds of sources. In the above spreads there's things from packaging to magazine pictures, my own photographs, children's stickers, postcards or images I find online. From time to time I cut up a couple of magazines so I have words and images to add to my collection. So I don't go looking for images when I'm working in the journal, they are already there to select from. I just mix and match from my big stash.

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  5. Thanks for sharing your journal pages that are so varied. Have a nice holiday in Amsterdam that I love so much!

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  6. Prachtige pagina's weer, ik ben geinspireerd maar durf telkens de stap niet te nemen om ze ook te maken (of gun mezelf de tijd niet?)
    Veel plezier in Amsterdam, heerlijk lijkt me dat! Ik zou zo een dagje in je rugzak willen zitten ��

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    1. Gewoon doen hoor Bernardine, het is zo leuk!
      En in mijn rugzak zitten? Daar is het altijd al zo vol, haha.

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  7. Have a wonderful trip, Caatje! It sounds amazing, and I know you will make the most of it. I like hearing your distinctions between a journal and a sketchbook. And then you throw in those Smash-book-style pages, and you have some really wonderful variety.

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    1. Thanks Andria! I did have a wonderful trip, will share soon.

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