Time for an update on my art journal!
I worked on this spread while listening to The Graveyard Book, hence the “Dance Macabre” quotes. I started by scribbling with white crayon (a cheap, if poor-quality, masking agent.) I filled in the pages with watercolor pencil in browns and pinks, washed them over with water, then added the words in marker once the pages had dried.
I like watercolor pencils, but I’m not very experienced with them, and I think the effect I was trying for would have been more successful with actual watercolors. I’ll try again sometime, when I get some.
For the next spread, I played around with blue ink and more found poetry.
“kissing you, thinking I was sane”
“beautiful hearts blithely said evening”
For these pages, I played a version of The Alphabet Game with red doodles.
On each page, I scanned the text for the first word starting with A, then the next word I came across beginning with B, and so on. Once I’d gotten as far in the alphabet as possible, I doodled around the words. (They don’t make any sense, this isn’t found poetry. I was just playing.)
Then there’s this, the first piece of found poetry I’m actually proud of.
I don’t remember my tongue
my hair, my scalp, my head
my heart rate, my chest
the memory of fear, naked, trembling
my head, my knees, my feet
open, quiet, staying
I left a page blank to fill in later, because all of those “my” phrases jumped out at me as inspiration.
On Saturday, I went back with colored pencils and filled the skipped page in with a prompt from Weekend Sketchbook Challenges. It’s not at all what I consider my style–which is quite obviously intricate ink doodles, come on, you must see I’m all about fussy detail–but I like how it turned out, and it was definitely fun. When I need extra inspiration, I plan on going through the challenge back catalog, as I only recently discovered that Tumblr, so I started with #25.
And hey, I didn’t even wait five months between journal updates, this time, just two. I don’t have as much time to play with it as I’d like, but I enjoy being creative in ways that give me a break from writing/rewriting/editing.
Sometimes my brain wants to scribble!