When Tammy asked me if I would “test drive” her new art
journal prompt cards I jumped at the chance. One, because Tammy is full of good ideas and I’m always
delighted to participate in her adventures, and Two, because I just don’t use
my journal as much as I’d like and this seemed like a good motivator.
You can check out Tammy’s full description of the cards here, but
I’ll give you the quick synopsis.
Each card is a Bingo board and contains 24 different words (and a wild
card.) To use the card you mix and
match one word from each column and let those words inspire your journal
page. She sent me 5 cards (for a
total of 120 different words). If
I was better at math I could tell you how many possible combinations those five
cards provide. Suffice it to say,
it’s a lot.
|plus, they are really beautiful and lovely to touch and she sent them to me in this sweet little origami envelope.|
You could use these a lot of different ways. You could just read the words and pick
the ones that speak to you. Or you
could use dice to select your words as Tammy suggests, or you could choose one
pair or coordinates, such as B5 and then use the word found in that square from five different cards.
I liked the idea of having the words
chosen randomly and since I didn’t have dice I used scraps of paper numbered
1-5. I tossed them in a cup and
without looking, pulled out a number to correspond to column “B”. I threw the number back in the cup,
pulled out another number for column “I” – etc.
here are the words I came up with:
Here’s the page that came out of it:
I immediately interpreted “fall” as the season rather than what happens after you trip on your shoelace. Fall is a tricky season for
me. It starts out so crisp and
clear and colorful. I have never
lost my association of “back to school” and so fall always feels like a time of
new beginnings. I find myself
energized by new ideas, and the world seems full of promise. But then…. we change the damn clocks
and it gets so dark, so early, and my mood and energy plummet. Sometimes to the point of
depression. And so while I’m
starting to get excited about a new school year and the cooler night-time
temperatures and changing leaves, I am also starting to dread what comes next. The gray starts to creep in by late
October, and unless I work very hard and take appropriate measures, it will
move in as a permanent resident until April.
I started my page with a collage of black/white/gray papers.
I rolled on a light coat of gesso.
I wrote about the false promise of fall and all that comes next
with a fine point pen.
I glued down some translucent yellow papers in the middle of
I got out my black ink
and cool little bamboo dip pen and wrote some larger words around the perimeter.
and then stamped charcoal inkpad over my stencil of bare branches.
(forgot to take a picture)
I continued to smudge the inkpad around the center of the
page, leaving only a small triangle
I wasn’t expecting to get so emotionally dark when I sat
down with the cards, but it was very therapeutic and I guess that’s what
journaling is all about.
But since that page was so bleak, I decided to take another
stab at it using a different bingo card.
this time the words I got were:
None of these words were really speaking to me and I wasn’t
sure where I was going to go with this.
I wandered over to my bookshelf to try and find an old book that
might have some images of desks.
Instead I found this rather large book I got at the library book sale
called “Water Atlas of the United States”. I bought it because it had some cool maps in it. As I thumbed through it, it occurred to
me that instead of pulling the maps out, I could just use this book as an art
journal. I could choose to
incorporate the map and text, or I could just cover it up. Either way, the size of the book is so
different from anything I’ve used before (the spine is 9 inches high and the
pages are 13 inches wide. when
opened it creates a 26 inch spread) that I felt compelled to use it.
I grabbed the book and opened it up on my art table,
contemplating how I could turn it into something about desks. Jake (a.k.a. Mr Helpful) immediately
jumped up and stretched himself across the full 26 inches. Naturally I had to take a picture.
And then I realized how many other
pictures I have of Jake on top of this work-table. And couldn’t this table just as easily be called a desk?
and so this page was born:
|"my favorite desk accessory"|
book, cover map and text with gesso
add many many layers of paint using a plastic card, fingers, stencils, and
Twist some string, drag it through black paint, press it around the
edges as a border. Decide this
does not look as cool as you’d hoped. Find the funny “Velcro” hair curler
laying around, dip in white paint and twist
in a circle on the page.
way this looks and make a bunch more twists. Print and glue pictures of Jake on the desk. (no, no, no, silly! don't glue them on the desk....glue them on the page!) Add a few other
images of things you might use at a desk.
Stamp some text. Crack self up. Look forward to using the prompt cards
again as soon as possible.
Like maybe tomorrow.
As soon as I wake up.
Thanks so much, Tammy for
sending me these beautiful samples.
I had so much fun playing with them and would
recommend them to anyone who is stuck for ideas, or who just likes to play with words.