Here's a couple more loose leaf journal pages that I completed since yesterday. I'm actually starting to feel a tad grateful for the sucky weather as it is allowing me to rediscover a love for stenciling. Back when I did more "crafty" things than art, I used to stencil a lot but the tools were pretty limited. Since those days, the selction of pre-cut stencils has improved dramatically and I have many other skills and tools in my bag of tricks.
These pages are grand fun to work on and if I "mess up," I just layer in some more paint or paper and keep right on movin'. Better still, I just let it go (although that is the more difficult option.) Having loose pages is also refreshing as I get oh, so tired of having to deal with the !#$@& wire on spiral bound journals! I don't think I'll try to bind these pages in any way...I'll either simply keep them in the portfolio I already made for class or make another, smaller portfolio...hmmm...the second option sounds like more fun...and I'm all about fun these days. These pages are still pretty precise in layout but I am learning that there can be a happy marriage between precision and sloppy, planned and unplanned, perfection and serendipity. I used to think I wanted to become a "messy" journaler because if I couldn't let go, I wasn't being authentic but it is dawning on me that these pages are a reflection of the real me, someone who loves to play but who also craves order. As I progress in my journaling, I am hopeful that the magic inside will bubble forth just exactly as it was intended all along.