Wednesday, 10 August 2011

TROUBLE WITH MY BRAIN ...

Unreliable brain cells were the subject of this page - I'm sure you know the ones, which refuse to release info you know is in there, or absorb new stuff that you need to remember ...? Yes I thought you would. The basic outline below isn't an original idea, but one I saw somewhere (probably in the Stampington art journalling magazine) and rather liked. I actually drew it on the page some time ago, but had quite a long wait before inspiration struck.
I drew the black flames (well that's what I thought they were) with a Promarker pen, but the rest of the colour was added with Caran d'ache watersoluble crayons. I make no apology for the colour scheme - I LIKE pink, and my hand just automatically reaches for it ...

And that was the point at which I wrote the large white words on the "flames" ... probably because I'd been going to write about something else, but forgotten what it was before I could do so. Yes, you know that feeling too, right? Anyway, I was thinking about cogs slipping and whathaveyou, wondering why my mental gears were always crashing (for those of you who drive automatic cars, that's to do with using a manual gearbox, when the gears don't mesh and you get the most awful crunching sound).
And so it went on, with me whinging away in similar vein, although I would really REALLY like to know the answers to these questions. I used to be quite clever (honest, I was) but a combination of menopausal brain death and Fibromyalgia fog have reduced me to the mental capacity of a gnat ...
Still it made a nice page didn't it, and I got it off my chest!
By the way, I bought some Pilot drawing pens for journalling that I'm really pleased with - right from a very fine 01 to a nice wide 08, and of course the white pen is the superb Uniball Signo, the best I've found. The pilot pens don't blur or run whatever you throw at them, including Promarkers, and seem to suit me better than the Letraset ones.

Persons with similarly recalcitrant brain cells that won't remember mobile phone numbers or the names of the persons standing right in front of you (even if they are related to you) may now leave sympathetic messages ..... We're all in this together sisters!

12 comments:

Artyjen said...

We certainly are in it together! LOL
At least you now have a page to remember that once you could remember if you get my drift!!! HOL
Love those Pilot pens too but need to try that white one. Your white words always look so.....white!!
xoxo Sioux

Lisa said...

I can completely relate to this page!! I have "chemo-brain" as a result of my treatments for breast cancer. It is so frustrating! I repeat myself, ask my husband the same question 20 times because I don't remember asking him. You have so inspired me with your art, I am moving closer to conquering that blank page...if I could just remember where my book is!!

Sue said...

LOL I have recently decided that I have the attention span of a gnat....can't remember a darn thing!!
Love the page, it says it all!

alexa said...

I am sure we can all relate to your glorious page! At least you have the talent to express it so beautifully from the heights of art journalling. I am just lumbering around in the foothills of frustrated despair. :) (The word verification has just come up with 'slyperat': sounds like a good epithet for a recalcitrant brain!)

Kim Dellow said...

I love it! The colours, the design, the content! Perfect. I'm totally with you Sister! Kim

Becca said...

Love your page and I can totally relate to this!

Ro Bruhn said...

I know the feeling, I've found fish oil capsules have helped elevate me from a gnats attention span to that of an Aussie mosquito, keeps coming back until it gets you.
I also agree the Uni Signo is the best white pen. Great journal page.

maggik1 said...

Oh! You read my mind! (What little of it there is left) This made me feel that I am not alone - thanks for that, Rosie. (BTW I will see you at the Sept meeting as my trip's been cancelled)

Linda said...

Oh I love this Rosie....especially the bit about the hymns and mobile phone numbers (that's me to a 'T').
Great stuff!

Beacee said...

Another great page! I can certainly identify with the sentiments too. x

Nikki D said...

I came here to comment but cant remember what I was going to say :(

Lora Dawn said...

Been clicking through you blog today (came over from Joanne Sharp's lettering blogpage).
I am loving your bright colors, your experimenting over time, your fill-the-page with the flow of your thoughts. LOTS to like here!
Thanks for the inspiration.
I did the SR1 at the beginning of the year, too!