Follow That Flame
Many...perhaps most...of my journals are full to bursting with pages in which every square inch is filled with something: writing, collage, pattern, doodling, photo snippets. I think that in this journal of handmade paper it is fitting that I often take a more simplified approach and let my pages breathe a bit. Since the pages take multiple layers of paint so beautifully, I often concentrate on creating a subtle but intricate background and keep other imagery to a minimum. Sometimes I work for days, even weeks on a background, waiting for inspiration to strike as to the ultimate theme or focus of the page. The pages are naturally textured so I play around with color blending and pattern, letting process take the lead over product. Push, pull, push, pull...in that quiet artistic rhythm, much can be learned.