I have started this new venture this year which is writing daily. It is hard since so much of my time is already so full with painting, sewing, care giving, blah, blah and just creating but I wanted to take some time to work on my writing skills. I am always spouting in class, you only get better with practice so I decided to do some practicing. One of the many reasons that I want to write more creatively is to take the opportunity to capture moments in my life that are exquisite and meaningful to me personally. I want my new journal entries to also have those special moments that happen and often slip away if we don't record them quickly. We all have them we just let them slip away. Our journals are so perfect for recording those amazing moments in our lives. The thing is that you have to be open and willing to record it. Not every journaling moment will be super special but when they happen we need to grab them. I had such a moment yesterday with my granddaughters and wanted to share it with you. You may not find it as touching as I did but that's okay, all of us are unique and each will cherish different things. In my writing group we follow daily prompts and then write the first thing that comes into our heads. I guess after just a month of doing this when my granddaughter spoke it was as if I had a prompt! So this is what happened and how I wrote about it in Word and then printed it on Vellum for my sketchbook, I guess I could of hand written it but I knew it would fit like this.
|I saved some white spots and I added drops of water to my damp paper in the back to create the soft white spots to represent dandelions|
In my head I could picture the painting I wanted to do to go along with this scene. I had to paint a field of dandelions on a double page spread so I had room to journal the story. I wanted to freeze time and capture the moment. We all have moments like these in our lives that if we don't stop and capture they will be gone forever. So I found a photo Randy had taken of a field of dandelions in Santa Fe, NM and I was off. Then not wanting to cover the whole painting with words I decided to print on the vellum and cut it out and glue it on top. This would allow the painting to show through but the words to still be read.
|I then printed the words on vellum and cut it out and glued onto my painting at the top edge.|
I share this with you as a possibility for your sketch book and for being able to journal a bit more about a special event without ruining the painting. Have fun!