A Little Bit O’ Arty Rambling

December 15, 2007 at 9:37 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Since I’ve been busy working on some round robin journal pages, I’ve been channelling all my emotional energy there….so instead of coming up with something original to say here (oh yeah, except that I uploaded some pictures of me with my fancy schmancy new watch ….love it!!!…to Ringo so that you could see it Shasha! Too much coolness!! ).

So here is an excerpt of an email (with a couple of grammatical alterations that I noticed upon further review….lame-o that I am) I sent to a friend….it thoroughly sums up my day….



I LOVE Michelle Ward!

I have a couple of her websites bookmarked. I have a set of her stamps….the ones with all the birds. I have thought of participating in one of those challenges and sort of never really rose to the occasion. I’ve finished my altered book club for the year. It doesn’t pick up again until February. So I have until then to start a new book (choose a theme, start decorating it). In the meantime, I’ve signed up to do a round robin journal of sorts. There is a woman on one of my yahoo altered book groups who has sent a bunch of journals out into the ether…..the participant does fifteen pages in fifteen days and sends the book back. My book arrived in the mail yesterday and it has a big "67" stamped on the inside front cover (it was brand spanking new! ) so I assume she has at least that many circulating.

While I love to do altered art and journalling, I don’t have enough self discipline to sit down each and every day and work on it. My life is too scattered and full of dishes and laundry and sippy cups and vacuuming. I have no schedule or set routine since I never know how I will feel on any given day so I do stuff while I have the energy and when I don’t, it just doesn’t get done. Then again, when I feel like I have something to say, I usually blog about it…..then I feel like I have nothing really important to say left over for the journal.

Anyhoo….so now I have these fifteen pages to do. But what do I fill them with??
I did a two page spread this afternoon….I started just gluing random things down and a theme sort of emerged…"The measure of a man". Then I journalled in some personal gripes, kinda smudged them with paint so they are hard to make out and now I’m ready to start another set of pages….

Soooo….I checked out the latest challenge you were referring to (#15) and realized it would be cool to have some pages in the journal about where I come from and where I am. So if it is any good and I don’t HATE it, I will scan it in when I’m done on the challenge site.

(Followup note…. I scanned it and it’s on my companion site: www.feelingarty.typepad.com)

I always bookmark and save those projects they ask for to be printed in future magazine issues in the somerset and stamping magazines. Then I put them off and so I’ve never ever submitted anything. L-O-S-E-R

Anyhoo…..the first collage-ing I got involved with was a yahoo ATC group. Then as I developed my own style (i’m a bit schizo….i have a few completely different styles), I participated in trades….and then I kind of outgrew them. There were too many people with either styles that were too cutesy for my tastes or it seemed like they just didn’t try very hard. (There were of course some AWESOME artists in the group that I really admired…but then again….frustration with the others!!)

There was a woman and her daughter that were running a bunch of round robin swaps and ….either the girl is VERY young or she is mentally disabled because the resulting cards were AWFUL. BAD. HORRIBLE. EMBARRASSING. ICK. I joined a few more ATC groups in the meantime and mostly just lurk, hoping for inspiration….

Anyhoo…..so I haven’t done any swaps of atc’s in so long that I have really gotten out of the habit of making them. I have lots of blank backgrounds just waiting for inspiration to be finished up. I’ve no problem making backgrounds. I have a couple of recipe boxes filled up with backgrounds…..argh!

Inspiration, where are you???


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