My flower is fully open now. I love roses. I love lilacs more, but they are not in bloom yet. :)
For years now, I have been hearing about journaling. I have seen a lot of articles in Quilting Arts magazine that relate to artistic journaling. I have seen friends make journal covers for their journals. I, myself, keep a journal/diary. I have always used pre-made blank books though. I actually possess every diary/journal that I've had since my very first one! I was about 13 I think, when I started keeping one.
I 'think' that the journaling I have been reading about, or seeing off and on, over the years is different in some way. Since digging out my book The Artist's Way, I have been thinking I might want to start one of these 'art journals' and use it to work through the book. I haven't read much of the book yet. I don't even know if a journal is the right tool to use WITH the book. It is only a feeling I have; that I might need or use a journal...along with the book.
About a month or so ago, I purchased a small blank artist sketchbook with spiral binding. I made a cardboard cover for the front of it because it only had a paper cover. I guess, in the back of my mind, I always knew I was going to head off in this direction someday! I guess 'Fate' was letting me know to buy that sketchbook in order to be prepared.
Today I tore up pieces of tissue papers that had come with my eQuilter orders in the past. (I keep a lot of odds and ends here in my studio.) I put some glue on the cover and placed torn tissue papers all over it. Then I tore up more bits and tossed them, like a salad, onto the cover. I poured Modge Podge over top and smeared it all with my fingers! I felt like a kid doing finger painting. :)
Now to leave it sit for a year or so, while it dries and I read more of the artist book to see what happens next!