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lost my mojo…hoping to find it somewhere soon

It seems I haven’t been blogging much lately, nor have I been doing much art journaling. At first I felt really bad about this and kept feeling pressure to do something, anything…. but somehow this self imposed pressure only made things worse… And I lost my mojo completely.

Still I tried to finish the art journal round robin journal for Susan. Did bits an pieces here and there, Played with ink and paint, but somehow felt it just wasn’t good enough. 
So I put it away and forgot about it…well almost…
This week I finally got up the nerve to try and finish what I started. 
Susan’s book is beautiful and the work done in it already, was gorgeous. It’s theme was trees and leaves and/or anything related. I’m not good with trees, or leaves for that matter…but I gave it a shot.
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Jessica’s Journal, lovely Rita

The second and last spread in Jessica’s Art Journal was started in january, right after I did the first one. However with my hand getting worse I wasn’t able to finish it until this week.

I still have to be rather carefull with my hand so I gathered I would do something completely different from what I’m used to doing and go with aquarel paints. Up till now I have only ever done small doodles and sketches with aquarel paints, but I really like how it turned out.

I do have “some” (as in, a lot) pictures with progress and detail shots.
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Jessica’s journal, first spread

As promised, the first of the journal pages in Jessica’s Round Robin Journal. The second one is in a seperate post.

This first spread I did in Jessica’s wonderful journal somewhere in the beginning of january. I’m not sure if I can remember everything properly but I will give it a go.

First I would love to show you the envelope the journal came in, sent by Gayle from Canada.
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Another Round Robin Journal on it’s way

Finally I was able to work on Jessica’s Art Journal for the Round Robin, hosted by Tracy and finish the last spread.

January and the start of february have not been very good for doing any kind of creative and/or crafty stuff. Somewhere in november I started getting pains in my left hand. More specifically my thumb. By mid january I wasn’t able to use my hand in a normal way anymore without feeling like someone was driving a knife through my thumb. According to my docter this could only be resolved by surgery and luckily this could be scheduled fairly quickly, at the beginning of february.

I’m glad to say that surgery went well and my thumb is healing nicely and I am able to use it again.
The first thing I did, after I felt I was able to use it again (and the stitches were removed), was to finish some backorders of Traveler’s Notebooks and inserts for my shop. I am very grateful for everybody being so very patient with me.

The next thing I did was finish the second spread in Jessica’s journal and make photo’s of the spread I did before. Honestly, it’s much easier making photo’s with two hands in stead of one =)… also, I found, typing is a lot easier with my usual “two finger” system. The one finger (one hand) system wasn’t really working for me.

Since this post would otherwise be far to long and picture heavy, I will do a seperate post for each of the two spreads.

As you can see both spreads are quite different. The first one is made with my goto medium, acrylic paints. For the second one I chose to do something different and I went with aquarel paints.

I’ve been having a lot of fun working in Jessica’s beautiful journal. I love working in all these different journals and, I think, I am almost over my fear of doing something wrong in someone else’s book.
It’s like they say, there’s no right or wrong in art journalling =)

Thank you for watching and I wish you all a wonderful weekend.

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Tracy’s Round Robin Art Journal

I got Tracy’s journal in the beginning of December, just a week before I got Lee’s journal and all came to a halt. It’s a wonderful journal, in a format I never saw before.

I loved working in it, though I did clamp the sides down for easier transport while open =). But then, I have to that anyhow, since I like to muck around with paints, Which means I have to use protective sheets to keep the other pages clean.
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Art Journal Journey Theme for December

A while back Susi from Art Journal Journey asked me if I would like to think of a theme for December. I immediately said yes, because I love joining in the Art Journal Journey montly prompts. I thought a bit for a while and finally came up with the theme “Dark and Light”.

I think (hope) this theme leaves enough room for play and still ties in with the overall December theme. She also asked me to make an example.

So here it is, I even found a quote that ties in with the theme wonderfully.

There is in every true woman’s heart, a spark of heavenly fire,
which lies dormant in the broad daylight of prosperity,
but which kindles up and beams and blazes in the dark hour of adversity.
– Washington Irving

I made some progress pics and detail shots, but forgot to turn the camera on and make a film.
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