Monday, November 26, 2012

Unexpected Convergences Begin

I have a ton of new work comin' at you this week dear readers as I have been on a journaling binge, playing, experimenting, & pondering to my heart's content in the past few weeks.

As I have mentioned before, I consider myself an "extreme compartmentalizer," separating out each theme, technique, and/or medium into different journals.  However, deep down, I often wish I could be what I call a "kitchen sink" journaler as in someone who puts everything but the kitchen sink into a single journal.  I'd certainly have more room on my shelves but I also think I'd have more completed journals. 

Apparently 28 journals is just not enough because I'm working furiously on a new one I'm calling "Unexpected Convergences."  It is my attempt at a "kitchen sink" journal and while I don't know if the pages look different from any of my other journals, I do feel like I'm working a bit differently.  I definitely feel like I'm pushing the boundaries of my comfort zone as I am trying to mash things together, if not on one page then in one book.

I am using the monstrous Dylusions "Creative Journal" from Ranger and Dyan Reaveley for this endeavor.  This journal has 64 pages and alternates between two paper types: a white heavyweight drawing paper and a manila cardstock (similiar to what you find in the traditional sketch Moleskeine.)  I'm not totally in love with the drawing paper as it doesn't take much abuse before disintegrating but the manila paper is divine.  The journal is not only weighty but large (at least for me) with page dimensions standing at 8 and a quarter inches wide by almost 11 and a half inches tall.  I'm not sure how long it will take me to finish this journal, especially with so many other journals in the works, but I try not to concern myself with such details.  My mandate here is simply "PLAY!"

The pages still look fairly neat and composed even though I'm working with more abandon than usual.  And I've not strayed from my typical color palette.  I think this means I am staying true to my personal style while trying something new and I think that's a good thing.  Anyhoo, look for lots more from this journal and others in the next few weeks.  Thanks for visiting!


5 comments:

Jessica Sporn said...

Hard to imagine you have so many journals going at once. These pages are just spectacular. Such great colors and movement and the red rose is a strong focal point. Loving it.

Marcia said...

That's a lot of journals. Your pages are magnificent!

Sim said...

I'm still in love with your art Michelle! :)
Continue to be true to your personal style, it's EXCELLENT!

Heather said...

I'm also a compartmentalizer when it comes to journals, although not as extreme as you (I'll use maybe a dozen different journals/notebooks at a time), and I also dream of one day being able to put everything in one journal. I don't know if that is possible. I like for each of my journals and notebooks to have a specific purpose, and once I have decided what that purpose is, then it simply feels wrong for me to use that book for anything different.

It is interesting to see you attempting a "kitchen sink" journal, and I'll be definitely be interesting in reading more about how this journal works out for you. These pages that you share here have a bit more of a looser look to them, although they still look great. I think that even though they were created "with more abandon" as you said, the fact that you used similar colours throughout still ties them all together.

Tracy said...

I"m glad I'm not the only one with so many journals on the go!
These pages are beautifully coloured and detailed with so many layers.

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