To start at the beginning. In two weeks I will be attending a set of workshops at
Art From The Heart in Harrogate with mixed media artist Dina Wakely (all the way from
America). I only have to take two things : photographs for inspiration and "my Art Journal".
Mmmmmm...... well I do have one. It's been sitting on the shelf looking beautiful in its
unspoilt, pristine condition for months.
My friend Lyn said that I couldn't take it like that, it would be too embarrassing and not
artistic. So yesterday she MADE me spoil it by spraying and rubbing paint on it with my
These are the results.....
And it went on the cover and other pages
Now, apparently, I have to write things on the pages...... artistically.
I find this very difficult. I am a northern lass (apologies to more artistically able northern
lasses) and am not good at putting down feelings and things.
I did try it once for an exhibition with the Bolton Progressive Threads group entitled
"Memories of Childhood". I printed childhood photos onto fabric and free machined text
in white on white, which from a distance just looked like a pattern but up close revealed
Well, I found myself sobbing! It was so traumatic!
So I might have to use other peoples' words or song lyrics (happy ones!) or something.
At least I have made the first journalling step (thank you Lyn) and won't be going to the
workshop with a totally blank book.
Best regards, P.