Saturday, 16 January 2010
THE START OF MY JOURNAL
Remember the art journal box I showed you a couple of weeks back? I finally got around to making the first page for it - they're going to be approximately twice the size of an ATC and in a loose format. The finished journal will then be a box of individual pages, hopefully about one a month, but my intention is to journal anything significant which seems to need it.
So this is my January page - a bit more of a literal approach in terms of it being a picture than I really meant. I was looking for more of a collage, but struggled to find elements which worked to convey the ice and snow ... so a sort of picture is how it turned out! You can't really tell but the icicles at the top are made from card which I then covered in glossy goo, to which I added very fine sparkly dust. I hope it gives a frozen(ish) effect ....
I was trying to record the snow days when everything seemed frozen in time, we couldn't get in or out except on foot, and the days were rather strange and surreal. Family couldn't get out to work so it was a sort of holiday which wasn't. Quite a festive atmosphere in some ways, at least until we all got very bored of the snow lying about for ten days ... bah humbug.
I hope I've caught something of what I wanted to record in these images without actually using a photograph (which is the whole idea), but just in case I forget the symbolism I've journalled on the back too as you can see below. I just wrote some random thoughts, which mainly represent the love/hate thing we had going on, where our garden looked like a fairyland but we soon ceased to appreciate it!! Come by again for more pages documenting the year ahead.