Monday, 28 January 2013

ALL THINGS PASS ....

This page began when I read an online thread about dribbling with ink - which made me want to have a go, and as you can see that's what I did.  Sadly I am rather put off doing it again by the fact that I then upended half a bottle of ink all over the desk.  This rather put me off ink and I haven't used any since ... well I haven't got that much left!

Anyway, this is a Distress Ink background with the black ink dribbled onto it.  The next part was the big writing in the middle - which tells you everything you need to know about my frame of mind at the time.  I was (am) struggling with something I can't change, so needed to do some work on shifting my mental attitude - and isn't art journalling just fantastic for that?  I've worked so many things out this way .....

The "spatters" are actually a stamp, as is the picture and the number at the top.  After I'd done all the writing above, it was just down to doodling and drawing (my favourite part) until I felt the page was "finished".
Orange feels to me like a strong, positive colour - just right for the message I was trying to give myself.  It did work, and this is one of those pages I go back to sometimes to remind myself to look at life from the half-full rather than half-empty perspective.  The other thing that helps lift my mood when I get a bit down is smiling - yes really!  I heard that it triggers good hormones, something to do with the autonomic nervous system?  Anyway, it also works and I recommend it .... but not when anyone is looking or they will wonder what you've been up to!!

5 comments:

Rhonda H said...

I just found your blog through Art Journaling and have been very appreciative of how you show your wonderful journal pages. I love that you show what it looked like first, then part way through then the finished page. It inspires me to make something more of some of the weird beginning pages I have. Thank you!

Deborah said...

The dribbling looks so effective, Rosie - I hope you don't give up on it.

alexa said...

I like the dribbling and the little dots/blobs along their edges. This is such a comforting message, I always feel. Though I tend to reach for it when things are gloomy rather than when they are bright! Lovely to read that despite the struggles, you came through with smiles.

Sandra Hall said...

Ah Rosie its good to visit your blog! I always enjoy you taking us through the building of your page :) Have to say I like the ink dribbles! x

Anjas-Artefaktotum said...

Gorgeous creation!