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I liked this one a lot better in theory than I do now that I’ve written all over it, BLEH!  I still like the look of it, maybe I’d like it more with smaller writing, but what’s done is done innit.  It almost kills me to do this, but here’s what I wrote:

The ocean is poetry in motion, the ebb & flow, low tide hight tide, bad times & good times.  Life is not a roller coaster ride, it’s the ocean.  Life is poetry in motion.  Endless depths, an endless supply of anything you could ask for (unless everyone else wants it too).  Life is a mess, it makes no sense.  Just an abstract poem, a piece of prose with no meaning.  You can say so as many times as you like that everything has a point, a purpose, but that doesn’t make it true.  We are not mindless tides, there is no moon dictating our emotional tides.  The timeline of our tides has nothing to do with time, time is a figment of our imagination.  Highs & lows seem to come so regularly, regardless of how long they actually take to get here.

Oh well.  Live and learn.  Next time, I’ll have to do a bit of planing out what I’m going to say rather than just going for it – didn’t work out so well this time!

The more I look at this page the more I hate it.  Time to go.

Got a new collage piece done in the challenge journal. Nothing to be said about it, really.

The choices we make define us as human beings. We choose the world we inhabit.

Quote from the show Outer Limits.

Today has been a pretty shit day.  And I mean shit – shit shit.

On the plus side, I did something I’ve probably never done before – despite being very upset, I started a page in my Challenge Journal to channel all the emotion.

I almost never make art unless I’m in the mood for it or I’m required to (school usually).  I was really not in the mood to start a page, but I looked through my list anyway to see if anything would somehow magically inspire and motivate me.  I’m really glad I did, because my need to create exploded when I saw the phrase “keeping secrets”.

This page was probably the easiest I’ve done so far, but also the most therapeutic.  In the envelope are a few pages of secrets I’ve been keeping recently.  Some of them have really been bothering me, and I was a bit emotional writing it.  Still, it felt good when I ran out of things to say.  The quote is by Charlotte Brontë:

The human heart has hidden treasures
In secret kept, in silence sealed;
The thoughts, the hopes, the dreams, the pleasures,
Whose charms were broken if revealed.

To be perfectly honest, this is probably my favourite page, and will remain that way.  Sealing the envelope (probably the most satisfying part of this whole shebang) sealed away so many emotions and worries.

All in all, doing this page has relieved me of quite a lot of tension, and today ended considerably better emotionally than it began.

PS: the bird cut outs are referring to the saying “a little bird told me…”

After almost a week of no art (I’ve slept away from home more often than not in the last few days!), today I pulled out TWO pages in my journal!

I was very suddenly inspired by the Florence + the Machine song “Cosmic Love”  and set to work before the song had even finished.  The word for this page is “dark”, and oh god it just fits so well.  Initially, I had the idea in the back of my mind to make this prompt fear based (I am 19 and still terrified of the dark!), but then I just couldn’t resist the lyrics in the song:

A falling star fell from you heart
and landed in my eyes
I screamed aloud as it tore through them
and now it’s left me blind.

The stars, the moon
They have all been blown out
You’ve left me in the dark

No dawn, no day
I’m always in this twilight
In the shadow of your heart

The page is a bit plain, but then it’s more visual poetry than anything.  Still, I love the final piece overall.  It was a bit tedious towards the end (read: cutting out, arranging, rearranging, pasting down every word individually), in fact I was sorely tempted to put it off “for later”.  I turned on the song again, though, and ploughed through ’til it was finished!

“Wildflowers” was a bit more loose and fast, and a lot more fun.  In fact, I think it’s one of my favourite pages so far.  I went through an old magazine and cut out rectangles of colours and textures that made me think of flowers, then pasted them down in a mosaic.  The page is bright, colourful, cheerful, and quite flashy.  I need to do more pages like this!

I really wanted to do something in my Challenge Journal today, but was totally stumped as to what.  I couldn’t seem to pick a word, and was reluctant to find one at random.  But then I thought, if someone else picks it, I’ll feel more obligated to.  So that’s what I did!  Ace picked out the phrase “no time” from my list, and off I went.

Initially, I had a clock scheme in my head, but was quickly bored of it.  A quick search on Google found me a quote by William Blake that just clicked – inspiration ahoy!

The busy bee has no time for sorrow.

I quite like the beginning of this page, though unfortunately I seem to have lost some of the mojo to finish it.  I really haven’t got much of it left to do, but of course what I do have to do is the most detailed haha.  I probably won’t finish it today, but the idea is cute enough I know I’ll come back to it when I’ve satisfied myself with my next piece.

It’s a terrible habit to get into, I know!  I really have no excuses, I must admit.