Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Morning Glories

So I came outside on the deck this morning to take some shots of the Soul Journal Process I am following and had to stop and stare at these beautiful Morning Glories. The photo makes them look electric blue but really they are the deepest, richest purple. Such a treat to see the seeds you planted in late April be full-bloom plants in the July sunshine.

Chica looks suitably impressed, doesn't she ?

Anyhoo, I am still following the Soul Journal fun that Sarah has been prompting us to do over at Caspiana. One thing about this great, free-form play is that it is EXTREMELY MESSY !

Check out my worktable. Yikes !!!!! :

The fun I am having following along is well worth the mess and the eventual clean-up ! The prompts Sarah is providing right now is what she calls "Collage Potpourri". It is a whole bunch of suggestions for adding layers into your journal pages. Her main instruction is that we do as many of the suggestions as possible yet never in the same order on any given page.

One fun lesson was "Magazine stencils" which making stencils and/or masks from figures of people cut out of magazines. They give a cool ghostly impression on the page when you use a make-up sponge to dab paint around the shapes. I also loved the effect of leaving watered down acrylic paint pooling and dripping on the page and letting it dry for a couple of hours.

Here are page 1 & 2 of my 6 pages of Collage Potpourri. I also included a couple of "sweet spots" shots I found on the page.

Pages 1 & 2

Sweet spot on page 1 - wine label ephermera, yellow adjective scribbles, drippy white paint

Sweet spot page 2 - pooling orange paint, magazine stencil, bought stencil of #2

I am really loving the process. It is sometimes hard to keep the critic or control freak in me away as I play but giving myself over to the process is really good for me right now ! It feels like each session I sit down to is a mini-vacation ! I highly recommend it for helping our soul !

Cheers !


Anonymous said...

Just got caught up on your postings
Wow! Kimmy, good job.
It's very inspirational in so many ways! Keep up the good work.
Love you my precious one.

Anonymous said...

Wow! c'est superbe!
J'en veux des comme ├ža pour ma maison.
Tu es tellement bonne!

Kathy McCreedy said...

Awesome, awesome, awesome, girlfriend! I want to come over and play, it looks like so much fun! Hey, could you email me and translate the comment written in francois? (Did I say/spell that correctly?!?)
I've missed "talking" to you... thanks for the congrats comment, it means a lot! xoxo, K.

Virginia said...

WOW!!! Your page is awesome!!!

Karen said...

Kim--Thanks so much for your encouraging words over at my blog. Lately I've been feeling very 'un-brave'...

Love the stuff you've been doing on Soul Journaling! I went over to Caspiana and am going to start back from the beginning--I love stuff like this, and I'm thinking it will get me out of my rut...

Thanks again!

Olivia said...

Kim, I love your beautiful collages, and think your workspace is great---evidence of lots going on there! Wonderful post!

xxoo, O

Anne said...

Your potpourri pages are glorious! I love all the richness to them. They have such vibrancy and color!

By the way, if you'd like to trade blog links, let me know! (Just click through my name and e-mail me!) One of my favorite parts about this Soul Journaling process is not only doing my own Soul Journal but also seeing what everyone else created. It's so much fun! :-)