Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Journal pages from Flora

My current journal Flora is almost full! I have about four spreads to go and then I can move on to my next journal. Yes, I've already chosen the next book, but that's for another post.

Today I'm showing you some of the latest spreads. I'm showing you the pretty ones and the not so pretty ones, because I want you to see what a real journal looks like, so you don't get too hung up on the idea of it having to be beautiful. I don't always have time to prep a page nicely and sometimes I just throw some ephemera together or a series of photographs. A journal is a living thing with good days and bad days and that's perfectly okay.











In the end the 'real' journaling to me is in the writing. The rest are nice extra's and I do like to do nice layouts in my book, but sometimes I just don't get around to that and write anyway. That's how it should be as far as I'm concerned. In the end the journal is about function, not about art. And Flora is functioning just fine, thank you very much! ;-)

Hope you enjoyed this journal peek and I wish you a wonderful and artsy day.


6 comments:

  1. Loved looking at samples from Flora. I'm curious, how do you choose your images for your pages? Is is based on what you're writing about on that day or is it just whatever strikes you at the moment and you decide to put it in? Thanks.....Linda E.

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    1. My writing has usually has nothing to do with the imagery. Every now and then I will comment on a picture, but very rarely. I do my collageing and painting and such at different times than my writing. I have a stash of imagery from magazine images to ephemera and postcards to my own photographs. I just pick what fits in my opinion. It's a very intuitive process, there's not really any rhyme or reason to it. I'll often choose more based on colour and size than on subject which can lead to interesting combinations. ;-)

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  2. That's an interesting way to work. I like that you interrupt the page with imagery before writing.

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  3. As I've said before, your journals must be the most wonderful archive of your life...what a treasure!

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    1. I do indeed consider them a personal treasure. I jokingly call them my life's work. ;-)

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