My friend Julie Welsh (aka Jewels) saw a video of my art journal spread recently and told me she loved it. She remarked she had "lost steam" with art journaling, but hoped to do a page again soon. Having been through that myself, I quickly replied and said, "When you feel like doing something creative again, grab your journal and one element like a stencil, an image you like, or some paint, watercolor crayons and GO! Do something with something you like and I bet the entire page will follow! xo"
To my surprise, the very next day I found Jewels posting a lovely Vintage Gluebook style page in a small Moleskine notebook, the size of the one in my hand above. She added, "Sometimes you just need to do something silly to get the mojo back - Mary Green style gluebook page I did last night. Thanks for the kick in the butt Lenna Andrews :0)." HA!! I have been thinking of working in a small moleskine (3.5"x 5") for a while, but just had not gotten there yet. For the past year or so I have been arting up in the larger 9"x 12" Dylusions journal, but today with inspiration from Julie, I dove into a small moleskine that I covered with fabric a few months ago for my fabric project. This was so much fun!!
Here is the relative size of the larger and smaller journals . . .
Quite a difference, eh? The small size is refreshing to work in and of course, since there is not that much space, the work goes quickly. I had some monoprints sent to me by my friend Diana Kovacs of The Moon Rose Art Stamps in Huntington, NY and I quickly put them to use today. Thank you, Diana! =:o) Click on any photo for more details....
I absolutely love that I inspired Jewels . . . and she in turn inspired me!! Plus, it will be a lot of fun now to mix things up and work smaller for a change. I am looking forward to completing my larger art journal before long and will continue to work in it, but also see me having a lot of fun with the smaller moleskine. It's also pretty special that the small moleskine notebook is what Jewels and I used when we did Mary Green's online class together . . . Jo Urbani was there as well - and Frieda and Sharon too, so lovely that we are all still in touch & inspiring one another!