HOT Discoveries and Tidbits:
1. Baby Wipes: Who knew? The baby wipes that were on the table were NOT only there to wipe our hands...NO, they were used to wipe off paint from our journalling pages. It was awesome to paint over a bunch of junk I had just glued down and then see what "appeared". For those of you who don't know, I took Juliana Cole's Visual Journalling class. I have yet to "process" the whole experience, but I do have some such tidbits to share detailing my initial observations.
2. Working FAST while art journalling is fun and yields some interesting discoveries. I feel that the number one thing I did differently while working on visual journal pages was working very quickly. The one thing that Juliana kept repeating was to reach and keep "touchin' your stuff"..your art supplies silly. sheesh...Ok, so it worked. Every page was different. The page unfolded by itself and told the story. Letting go of "control" (aka our critic) can be very liberating and enlightening in the creative process.
3. My fave supply I brought: Sharpie White Poster marker pen. Thanks to Ruth Rae, who generously gave us journal junkers pen suggestions! Ruth, you totally Rock. I used this pen more than anything. It was able to show up over layers of junk I "obediently" layered down during class instruction. I am engaged to this marker. Tomorrow we will marry. A woman I called "jersey girl" at our table who was obviously very learned and talented in journal writing inquired on "what pen I was using". I softly said..."sharpie poster peen....Thanks Ruth Rae, my online friends are the best. I felt like I was "in the knoooow"...LoL.
4. I bought 5 neocolor watercolor crayons last year and they are still going strong. I reached for those more than any other supply I brought (other than my White Poster Paint Sharpie). I LOVE them and I feel like a kid coloring...but these crayons are like godiva in chocolate as far as crayons go...
1. I should have brought less EPHEMERA, ie: paper, scraps, whateva you call it. Sheesh. Like, man, I brought enough scrap paper to cover the freakin' empire state building already! Guess what? Paper is plentifyl at art retreats. There exists what I call (ok, that's good english) ...a "dump" table in every class. I literally could have gone without a stitch of paper and done just fine. In fact, even if there was not a "paper dump" table, I could have just brought one vogue magazine and been good for the whole weekend.
2. I should have brought more cheap acrylic paints. So, I went and bought the expensive paints on the list for my other 2 classes. These annoyed the crap outta me cause I'm not used to squeezin' them outta a tube and all and mxin' them and all that junk. I found that I really, really love cheapo paints. Did I bring even one of the 143 bottles I have. NOOOOOO... I had to take time to dump, mix and paint from my new designer paints.
3. Not all brushes are made alike. I should have brought some small brushes. Yeah, I was the one with 129 foam brushes in my arsenal. Foam doesn't do when you are taking a visual journalling class that includes writing with brushes. Ok, so I major league missed the boat there...
4. No. 2 Pencils. Like, isn't that the No. ONE thing you were ever told to "bring to school"??Do ya think I had one freakin' one? I had an ebony pencil, I had a pencil that wrote on glass, metal and sheetrock, but do you think I had a freakin' no. 2 pencil? NOOOOOOO. Next question. Never underestimate the power of everyday basic materials. ching ching. pencils are like, practically free.
5. Don't be late to a class. I was late to my first class because I had to leave the very morning of my class due to family committments. I "apparently" walked in seconds after the teacher said, "I hate when people are late"...and thus I became, "oh, you were the girl that was Tarrrrrrrrrr-dy". Coupled with the fact that this instructor ended the class 45 minutes early, I don't feel I got alot out of this class.
SO, that's it's for now friends. More later as my frazzled mind digests the experience. I promise to have some good things that happened for you. I'm saving the best for last! :) Thanks for being the wind beneath my wings friends! xoxo L.