Jodi of Art by Wiley recently pointed out to me that she couldn’t figure out where I live, so I took the time to update the “About Me” page. As I mention at the end of it there is a strong chance that my family and I will be moving to Australia at the end of this year, so we are in the process of preparing our house for sale. Part of this preparation was to change the carpets, which resulted in us having to move everything around and gave me a strong push to sort through the items in the study. This enormous task was made bearable by the pleasant interruptions of looking through my books, old drawings and studio journals.
I started keeping the journals after doing online class with Sharon Boggon “Artists Studio Journal: A Designers workhorse”. I found this course very useful and informative. Not only Sharon’s class introduced me to the practice of keeping visual and written record of the things that strike me as interesting, but also the design exercises were very helpful in dispelling (for novice like me) some of the mystery surrounding the making of the art and craft pieces. The course had a lasting effect as I’m still keeping the journal almost five years later and my six year old daughter got inspired to keep her own, which helps her fight the perfectionist streak as I keep on reminding her that they are for playing in and practicing.
Anyway, I was looking through the old ones and it struck me that I used to have so much fun in them – I experimented with creating colourful backgrounds, made collages, scribbled, sprinkled pages with glitter, doodled, wrote down thoughts and quotes. Nowadays it seems to be more about serious note taking and gluing in the postcards from the exhibitions and my travels. I should heed my own advice and start having more fun in my journals again. To fight the overwhelming seriousness I applied gesso to the random pages in my current journal to remind myself to play with whatever materials are at hand whenever I reach these pages.