I'm going to try to post this while the stuffed peppers are baking.
I started a fun project with a friend of mine and today I spent hours working on it.
I might begin by explaining that I bought one of those "Wreck This Journal" blank books and sent it off to my friend Sara and she did some stuff in it and I got it back today!
She had written that she felt as though she wanted to be free to do what she wanted in the book and not follow the directions- I agreed after reading some of the instructions more closely.
I think I thought this would be cool to penpal with and that she would keep the book in the end.
It seems that the actual point is that the book is supposed to be torn up, chewed, glued, dropped from great heights, hung on a string and tossed, written and destroyed by strangers and friends all in the search of ART.
I guess I don't really need to have directions for each page but it still seems to lean toward destruction instead of creation.
Now, I like to use a hammer and tear stuff up- there is no better feeling than wearing yourself out ripping and tearing through phone books, spilling paint everywhere or dying stuff or when re-modeling your home and that tile needs to come down. So, I get it!
It is funny but I tend to prefer to make lovely or pretty or beautiful images. I might wander over to the spiderwebs in the corners every now and again, but mostly my point is to enhance someone's day or life with Joy and I try to create from a happy place.
I enjoy dark and somewhat creepy stuff too but I really am not gonna slash a vein to paint with the blood, even though that would probably be kinda cool. It doesn't say to do that in the book but there is a lot of tearing, crumpling, and destroying going on. Maybe I am too careful. Maybe I think about the life of an object too much. Maybe I do need to free that part of myself.
Anyway, It is fun and I hope she enjoys it too.
I think I really like vintage, old, brittle papers with stains and dust and prefer to age everything with antique type decoupage medium, not to mention using burnt sienna chalks around the edges of everything. I think I might even do it on the next quilt I make.
I love that look.
I spent all weekend trying to learn some stuff in Photoshop.
I actually found so much information on brushes, blending, textures and fonts that I was like a kid in a Monopoly Factory!
I felt stupid as I repeatedly tried to "make this thing" and then couldn't figure out how to do it and I have been trying for days to finish all the tie ins for the final chapter of Isabellas story.
Please indulge me just a bit more...I know you are all on the edge of your seats- will she find her one true love?????
Perhaps tomorrow or the next day....When I do finish it I will have it in a page on the sidebar here on the Blog and I'm hoping to re-do some stuff around here- give it the old razzle dazzle!
That's after I learn more in Photoshop...the textures alone are worth the expense! The brushes...oh, my!!!! I am delighted! One day when I grow up I want to be a graphics designer, no, um, I want to be a fabric designer, no, um....wait.....yes! It's like that! I want to do it all! and so it goes...one calamity right after another...
Love & Stitches,