Thursday, 19 January 2012

SORRY I WAS AWOL THERE ....

My computer was having a funny turn and had to go and be mended. I'm embarrassed to admit how much I missed it and the online community which brings the world to me ... my life as a disabled person who has to stay home and sit down a lot would be so much worse without that window on the world.

Anyway, hopefully all is now fixed and Polly PC will henceforth run beautifully. The enforced idleness from cruising the internet actually resulted in a great outpouring of stuff into my journal - it can only be good to get it off your chest right? Anyway I began this on a day when I was seriously having to take my own advice about counting my blessings, or fall into that dark hole where we all go sometimes. With that in mind I got out my watercolour crayons and splashed about in the brightest colours I could think of. Lots of people ask if I know what I'm going to say when I begin and the answer is 'sometimes', but not on this occasion. I added the Stampotique girl to represent me - she makes me laugh, she has to sit down, I also wear shoes with very thick soles or my feet hurt too much, and the brolly is an inadequate defence against the things which not infrequently drop on her . The handprints are there to represent the way I'm always getting sticky with arty stuff!
And then of course I knew what I wanted/needed to say, and the writing just flowed. I HAD forgotten that I'm lucky to have time and space to make art, and do need to be reminded frequently. I suppose its about not letting the bad stuff drag you down to a place where you can't see the bright seam of gold which runs through and illuminates your days? I know, I sound like Pollyanna don't I? I'll be doing that "Jesus wants me for a sunbeam" thing any minute ...
And having reminded myself of all the seriously Good Stuff in my life, there were still rather too many blank bits for my liking (I do prefer to make really BUSY pages, FULL of life and colour).
So I filled some of them up with doodles and drawings and this brilliant curly/dotty stamp which I absolutely love, use all the time, and have had so long that I can't remember where it came from. No actually I can - its from a clear set by Impression Obsession and its called Spring Squares. I've never actually used any of the square stamps in the set - though looking at them now I wonder why - but this curly one has been so useful.

Which brings me to wondering .... if I designed some stamps specifically for art journallers which like this were just elements you could use anywhere on a page, do you think there would be a market for them? It's something I'd LOVE to do ...

7 comments:

roc said...

in my world - there could NEVER be enough stamps!!

SHARY said...

yes definately!! I'm not a very good doodler and I'd love someone to bring out some stamps in the design of your BUT word. Love your work , I've just got into art journalling and your work is very inspiring to me.

SHARY said...

oh and the hands. x

'The Crafting Owl' said...

Hi Rosie, your pages really inspire me when I'm feeling abit low or need some inspiration. I love how you combine stamps and free drawing. You never can have too many stamps!!

Rosiemac said...

I'm another who just can't freehand doodle. I know some people won't understand that but stamps would be fantastic. Go girl !
I just love your blog.

alexa said...

Yes, please to dotty stamps :). Looks like your life is filling up beautifully. If you have any space left over, what about a e-book on your lovely techniques? And the value to art-journalling/the how-to on those days when you want to crawl underneath a blanket? I'm in!

Alix said...

i can't read all that wobbly writing rosie, so i've taken to just reading the comments!!!
love this page, hon xxx