Sunday, February 22, 2015

Week 9

I like this series of art journaling "play dates" :-) This is episode 15, there's some 26 or so uploaded. 

Omens and signs

Firstly, get Callia Underhill's great book on divination.
In that book, she explains how to create your own system of symbols

Then I was thinking about Adrian Calabrese's Sacred Signs... now, I think the book is rather stupid and not very well written, but I do believe she has a point. I do believe there are no co-incidents.
Nevertheless, whether you believe in "signs" or not, the point is to believe IN YOU.
Any reason to make up your mind is about as valid as any other reason. 
They have studied people in dangerous situations, and those who survive are those who DO SOMETHING. They do what they think of doing, without analyzing and contemplating.
So, if you find tarot cards helpful in the process of making up your mind, use them.
If it helpful to believe in signs and omens, and keep your eyes open for such, do so.

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Week 8

I like this alphabet series on art journaling, so I would like you to see them all :-)

Then I'm going to talk a little about the other lifeforms that we share this planet with. I believe everything on this planet is alive, all the way through the planet itself, but I also believe there are beings, lifeforms, that we aren't used seeing - or are unseen by most people.

Elemental beings
"Communicating with the Elementals, Fairies, Angels, Unicorns, Dragons and Crystals"

How to contact your guardian angel
How to communicate with angels
How to communicate with your angels

how to communicate with fairies
communicating with fairies

I would recommend Findhorn first chapters about communicating with devas and God, and perhaps even the one about communicating with mythological creatures. I don't like the way Findhorn looks today, I don't like the way things turned after the first four at Findhorn. But the first chapters were lovely.

I would also suggest you read and experiment the Magickal Mystical Creatures by D.J.Conway

Sunday, February 8, 2015

Week 7

Hello, my darling...

This week I'm going to talk about layers.
There are two kind of layers in art journaling; translucent and opaque.

Translucent layers are things like
- tissue paper, paper napkins, kitchen paper towels- any translucent paper like vellum or glassine
- watercolors
- accent details
- glitter
- writing
- netting
- plastic, film, cellophane
- transparent tape
- washes and glazes
- drybrushing, brayering, stippling, swirling...
- spraying

Opaque layers are for example;
- acrylics
- collage
- photos
- journal boxes
- scrapbook paper and other opaque papers

Stamps and stenciling can be both - there are large stamps and stencils that cover a large area, and are then opaque layers.
The same goes with things like scrapbooking embellishments and opaque tape - it depends on how much you use and how big/wide the addition is. The more it covers, the more opaque layer it is :-D

I consider tip-ins to be an opaque layer, as they cover quite a lot of the page, even though they can be moved out of the way.

Sunday, February 1, 2015

Week 6

Questions to spark self discovery

Now, as far as I know, there's nothing to replace the "Tim Holtz' Distress Inks".
Applicator pad is easy to make - just get a bunch of thin makeup sponges and pine drawer knobs. Glue the sponges on knobs, trim and voila!
Here's another idea on how to make the applicators.

Here's a nice tutorial on how to make sponge daubers