January 09, 2013

What to say for a New Year

I have been pondering what to post to start off this New Year.  It is hard to come up with any words to express what is on my mind.  I'm not sure why that is.  
I want to be positive but both my husband and I have been sick - him more than me and it is worrisome to say the least.  On New Years eve. he woke up with pain and thought he was having a heart attack (pain was similar to when he did have one 9 years ago) so I took him to emergency.  We sat there for 8 hours having tests done and in the end, they said there was no sign of a heart attack.  That is good news but he continues to feel poorly every day.  What in the world is going on? 

I am looking forward to this year because I am geared up and taking several online courses.  Last summer I discovered Art Journaling and it literally has been a life saver in the midst of everything that happened.  I have always been creative and artsy fartsy but in a controlled and perfectionist kind of way.  Taking mixed media courses has allowed me to go ahead and fling paint and find out what beautiful things can happen.  I love the freedom that I have when creating an art journal page.  The best technique I learned was to journal negative thoughts and then cover them up with paint or gesso.  How cool is that - to write all your bad stuff and then release it by covering it with beautiful colors?  
I took Art Heart and Healing from Tamara Laporte (Willowing) and loved it so much that I signed up for Fabulous Faces and Life Book 2013.  She has a lovely compassionate way of teaching her courses. 

In November I found the site of Effy Wild and really found out how to not be afraid of layering color and paint on the page.  I took two courses before signing up for Book of Days 2013.  She even taught us how to make our own hand bound journal...... that was awesome!  Effy is a giving soul and shares her talent with anyone and everyone.   

This is the first hand bound journal I have ever made  and it will be my Book of Days journal for 2013.  Effy gives weekly videos with lots of good information.  Some free classes too!

My BOD has a canvas cover which I gessoed then painted many layers of paint and stencils over until it was a mottled color I liked.  I love how the canvas looks like it is aged!   A length of purple Sari Silk wraps to close it.
 Four signatures sewn together using a book binding method taught by Effy Wild.  (link above)
Hemp cord is used to bind the signatures of watercolor paper together

A recent course I signed up for was Unravelling with Susannah Conway  In it, we take weekly photographs and are then given a writing assignment.  It is designed to make us more aware of our surroundings and get real about our thoughts.  I am looking forward to this.

I so badly wanted to have a thought provoking post written for the New Year but I can't seem to dig deep and find the right words.  Maybe that will come with the Unravelling course.  

I do know that I appreciate every single one of you who read my little blog.  I want to be more active and inspirational this year.  I will take pictures of my art journal pages and post them soon.  Can't wait to share!

Thank you for your comments and support as always!!


AntiquityTravelers said...

So sorry to hear about your husband - I do hope he finds out what is going on! And hope he feels better soon!! I think your art journaling is a fantastic idea! what a great way to channel negative thoughts! might have to try that

Christine Altmiller said...

How is you husband doing, Katherine? Healing thoughts to him and you. Your art journaling must be a lovely way to express a lot of feelings without often cumbersome words. Your Book of Days Journal is Gorgeous!

A Polymer Penchant said...

I was thinking of your family this holiday season. I hope lots of love brought you through. I'm sorry to hear that you aren't well and your husband, well, very scary that they couldn't determine the cause. Hopefully that answer is on the near horizon, moreover that you are both feeling better soon.

I think your journal is just beautiful. I was nodding while reading your words - I suffer from some kind of "don't use it up" sickness. I have lovely supplies and I'll go to start an idea and if I don't have it a lot of the way worked out I struggle to make that first move not wanting to waste. I need to stop that! thanks for the reminder

A Polymer Penchant said...

and Happy New Year!

Anonymous said...

I hope your hubby is feeling better ♥ I really enjoyed reading about your new projects for this year. Your journal looks beautiful, and the photography course looks amazing. I love the way you are branching out with your artwork and creativity.
I hope you have a wonderful 2013....my best to all of your family.
Sending hugs your way ♥