Monday, January 7, 2013

A new journey

It is with great trepidation that I begin this blog again.  Life is a series of journeys, and often we have no idea where they are taking us.  Shortly after starting this blog, I found myself on one such journey.  I was suddenly facing the possibility of losing everything that my life was built on. As an artist to be faced with blindness, was pretty scary, albeit I know there are a number of talented artists with visual impairments.  I was also looking at the loss of the use of my hands.   How could I be creative or teach if I am unable to even pick up a pair of scissors?  The lesson is to have faith and wait to cross the bridge when you get to it.  Ha, how many times had I heard my own mother utter those exact words?  So, I waited and endured the treatments for a brain tumor and today I am on the mend.  Eye sight, motor skills, Check and check. 
So what is my purpose here?  For many years I have kept various journals, and I wanted to share with you, my journey of Art Journaling. " What is art journaling?"  That my dear friends is simple.  For me, an art journal starts out as a blank book.  A lot like this blog.  With in the pages of the book I write, ideas, goals, pose questions, and add doodles..lots of doodles.  "Do I have to be an artist to do this?" No, you do not.  An art journal is a great place to try things out,  put clippings from magazines, old greeting cards you love, wine labels, seed packets,or just doodle.  You cannot mess it up.  It is for your eyes only.  Unless you want to share.  Think of it as your creative muse.  "Well, I have Pinterest." Fantastic.  You already have the concept of "art journaling" as far as collecting.  Let's take this a step further.  
I have been a rubber stamp artist for over 24 years.  The post for this Art Journaling blog will resemble my own AJ.  I will explore and share with you, many techniques that I have developed over the years, such as antiqued enameling, and painting with paper.    Please be patient as I become tech savvy, and post doodles and more to the blog.
Until next post, when I will journal about color.


dzinermom said...

Glad you are embarking on, and sharing this journey! I hope to take a little something, and learn from you!

Can't wait to hear and see where you will take us Terri!

Regina said...

Glad you are letting us in on the 'doodles' - it will be a fun journey!