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To date, I currently have quite a few active journals and art projects:

  • three writing journals, two of which I intend to use daily, the other falling into a bit of disuse for serious hatred at the book itself, what a piece of crap,
  • four frequently used art journals,
  • three not so frequently used art journals,
  • five painting projects,
  • one collage “painting”,
  • and a collage mini book.

That brings my journal count to ten.  I feel a little bit obsessed.  IT’S WONDERFUL, totally absolutely brilliantly amazingly wonderful.  Kicker is, I want another journal.  Ten is not enough.  One more for writing letters in, letters I may or may not ever send.  A journal to write to Ace in?

As for the writing journals, one is my Morning Pages journal, and the other is a variation on that, being what I call the Day Pages (working title, I only just started it) journal.  Same idea as the Morning Pages (external source link), but for during the day, obviously.  To be honest, it’ll probably replace my actual journal (the piece of crap one).  It’s a much more honest journal than the one I’m currently keeping.  It’s totally crazy and incoherent and probably no one could understand it (not even me) but that’s not the point.  It’s nice to just let it all out.

Also, comp books.  I’m really learning to love comp books (also loving decorating them, such nice sturdy covers!).  Not so much the wide ruled pages, but it’s a work in progress, I’ll get there.

Starting this little Morning Pages project, bit of an experiment I guess, see if I can actually keep this up.  I like writing, need to do more writing and this seems perfect.  On the other hand, I’m a bit lazy, I’m terrible with routines, terrible with keeping things up.

Repossessed an old comp book, terrible green  cover what I’d written and drawn all over so I slapped some nice yellow paper on it.  Yellow is nice, nice colour for morning pages, nice colour to kick off the day with.  Nice nice yellow.

I started a cute little project the other day on a piece of hardboard, but the more I worked on it the more disastrous it seemed.  I’d hardly started it, but I just knew it wasn’t going to work out so I scrapped it – or more accurately I scraped it.  I really just meant to take off the ink (which, after almost a week, hadn’t dried over the acrylic paint!) and start that bit over, but then the acrylic paint itself started coming off, and then the paper beneath came off!  I was kind of annoyed at first, but then it became quite a cathartic exercise.

Normally, I’m not one to give up on art projects, but I do feel better now that I’ve stripped the hardboard panel down to its blank self.  The project was annoying me, but now it’s a beautiful brown piece of hardboard with some newspaper scraps left over.  It actually creates quite a pretty texture because the scraps are so thin.  In some spots the text actually printed off the paper onto the hardboard!  Of course, it’s black text on a dark brown panel…you kinda have to know it’s there to see it lol.  I know exactly what I’ll do with the panel though, after I’ve let it dry for a day or two.

That said, I’m not giving up on the original project.  I’ll just brainstorm a few ideas on how to execute it and start over after this piece is done.  Time to get to it!

The cover of one of my many art journals, though this definitely has to be my favourite. Yes, those are wrappers and yes, I ate all of those Tootsie Rolls (by myself, hehe)! Would you believe this is only a small fraction of the wrappers I’ve collected? I have enough to cover the back, and do it all over again three or four times.

I think maybe I have a problem. :\

Initially I glued them all down with the only glue I had, basic Elmer’s, but I’ve just finished covering it in a few layers of glossy Mod Podge. Feels a bit more sturdy now, and I’m just hoping they don’t start to peel off. Elmer’s isn’t really the greatest, especially for waxy things…

I haven’t done the back yet, but when I need a mindless task this is first on the list.

Papa took me to Blick’s today, it was awesome!  It would have been better had I remembered to print off my list, thus saving me the embarrassment of wandering around uselessly trying to remember what was on the list I made only yesterday. I get to cross a bunch of things off, though!

  1. Mod Podge Matte, 1 pint
  2. Mod Podge Gloss, 1 pint
  3. Pigma Micron Pen 6pc set, black
  4. Pigma Micron Pen 4pc set, sepia
  5. Sanford Impact Gel Pen, white
  6. Liquitex heavy body acrylic paint, white 7oz
  7. Masonite panels, gessoed and not
  8. Self-healing cutting mat
  9. Golden Archival Spray Varnish, matte
  10. Sanford Impact Gel Pen, gold
  11. Sanford Impact Gel Pen, silver

Not everything is exact, except of course the Mod Podge and Pigma pens.

Funny things about the pens.  I really REALLY wanted the set of 6 black pens in various sizes.  In all the excitement, what did I grab without really paying attention?  A set of 6 different colours all in one size (the brush set).  CRAP!  The set did come with one black brush pen, and now I have a bunch of different colours which I didn’t think was going to happen, so I guess that’s cool too.

Unfortunately, the shop didn’t have any of the gel pens I was looking for, but I’m desperate for a white pen so I settled for a different one.  I didn’t much like the test doodle I did with it, but like I said – desperate!  However, I won’t be buying it again that’s for sure.

I’m also kind of aggro at myself for something else.  I looked at a cutting mat, almost put it in my basket.  Then I just didn’t, and totally forgot to grab it later!  So no cutting mat, BOOOOO!

I started one of the projects I said I’d start!  Again – here comes some aggro – it’s not going very well.  The brush pens are not drying on the acrylic background.  I did a little test smear…it shouldn’t have smeared.

Whatever, I got a doodle book for my Zentangles, I’ll just go tangle my aggro away.