As you might realize, most of my journaling is drenched in candy shoppe colors: hot pink, bright orange, electric teal, citrus yellow, and lime green. I love this particular color combination but it only represents one part of my internal landscape. I am also deeply drawn to a more monochromatic palette and after some introspection, I realized I had been neglecting this aspect of my personality.
I looked around me for inspiration: a book on Edward Gorey I'd discovered in a used bookstore, Mary Ann Moss's recent sketch portraits (scroll to the end of her post), and my own previous limited palette work. I pulled down a simple journal made from a single piece of watercolor paper (a la Teesha Moore). I collect papers and supplies in certain themes so all I had to do next is pull out the overflowing "red & black" box and begin to play. No time wasted gathering!
All this week, I'll be showing pages from this mini journal that has singlehandedly reignited my passion for journaling. Here's some important observations that I've made while working on this project.
- Sometimes it is OK to take a 180 degree turn from the usual and the expected.
- It is important to listen when your internal GPS tells you to make that hard right turn.
- I like short journals that can be completed in a couple of days to no more than a couple weeks. I need that sense of closure.
- Spontaneity is essential. By nature, I am an extreme planner. However, unpredictabilty brings balance. I think that often a sense of unease signals that something is out of balance, be it physical or emotional or artistic!
- I love contour portraits! Every portrait is this book was made with sumi ink while looking at a photograph or engraving. No do-overs or erasing!
- I like telling little visual stories that may or may not represent anything about me or my life.
- The limited palette (black, white, cream, red, gold, silver) feels cleansing and refreshing...