Bumping this up a bit- I get a lot of inspiration from other's pages, so here are two of mine, so please post yours!

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Ahhh, I know that feeling- we just finished a week of rain. But with the drought, we needed it. I love that one with the window- ingenious!

These are nice, but I think more of a journal for pictures of something you might paint, colors you find you like, sketches, etc.  These, except for the ones who paint on them are more like altered art to me.  I might find inspiration to do something like this sometimes, but not exactly what I want in a journal, or not all of this type only..  I hope I am not offending anyone and am explaining what I want without stepping on toes. 

We are also still having a lot of rain. And, I am still trying to pack with trips to doctors and 3 to the hospital alone this month.  Still haven't found a place to move and it is getting urgent.  Long story, besides the place is making my health worse.  I rent from HUD and figure the place will be condemned when they come out Thursday to inspect.  I don't think they will give me much time.  My worker said, I want you out of there yesterday.  When they say move you have to move whether you have a place or not.  Needless to say, I am not getting anything painted.  It is all packed. I have not family here as I am not from here and it is hard with health problems.  I can't do much at a time.

Actually, an art journal is simply an illustrated journal- in any form and there are no "rules", nor limitations for media, so that is a bit offensive, and greatly limiting. The beauty of this particular form of art is the freedom in it!

The name of this group is "Art Journalers/ Altered books" as well.

" I might find inspiration to do something like this sometimes, but not exactly what I want in a journal, or not all."  --- I would never say such a thing about art to anyone, even if I thought it. It is rude, and the very kind of thing that could discourage others, though not myself as I have been doing this for 10 years.

In  truth, all art is subjective, and though there are Principles of Art and Design, it should always be a form of self expression, which is why it is so important to encourage one another. There can be healing found in it.

So, maybe you will do a page about your new place and all the adjusting that goes with it, Margaret, and Susanne, is the sun out yet?

Ha!  You are right, Susanne. :D  I deal alot with women who are having life challenges and am leading an Art Journal workshop. They are very very self conscious about their pages at first, which is why the previous comment  caught my attention. I feel protective of those who are trying out their wings in this art form- I love to see them fly!



Susanne Skene said:

Yes, that's what I read too Amanda.  This is why I'm attracted to journalling right now because it is something that only has to mean something to YOU.  You didn't offend me at all Maggie. With these first two AJ pages I did a mixed media just because it was something that kind of evolved.  If I felt like doing a pencil sketch then that's what I would have done.  Like Amanda said, "no rules, " which is so nice for a change.

Hope you find a place soon Maggie.  Take good care of yourself and try not to stress out. Leave it all in God's capable hands. 

Thank you for your nice email. I am having to leave everything in God's hands at this point as it is all way too much for me right now.  I am glad you weren't offended.  I would also like to include schetches if I saw something that I thought I might want to paint or just do in pastels or what ever, maybe just leave a sketch.  And, I can tell you that I am not a great sketcher and fairly new at painting.  i mostly did memory boxes for babies that die in the hospital. I really miss doing that and they need so many, 12 in my state alone they asked for the other day.  You can paint these, use stamps, or rub on's whatever you want.  One of the prettiest on their site (if it is still there, the box not the site) was a butterfly stamped with a rubber stamp and colored with colored pencils.  If you do rub ons and put two or three sealers on they look like they are painted.  I used all kinds of different mediums when I was making these. Hope I can get back to them soon.  We got the sweetest and saddest letters from people.  You wouldn't believe what they mean to people, that someone who doesn't even know them would take the time to do these for them.  I also belong to machine embroidery groups that send out embroidered angels to people who are very sick or have lost any loved ones, even pets. I can't get to my machine to those right now either.  I know a lot were sent to my mother in the nursing home when she died last May and she had them put on her wall where she could see them all the time.  They meant so much to her.  For those of you who like to decorate, making these boxes would be a blessing to many people.  They have a big convention in Los Vegas every year and even actual artists show up an paint a bunch.  Some people even just base coat them and send them on to the convention so the people who want to paint them don't have to worry about base coating and can just get the painted.  These are the paper mache boxes. I get them when I am painting when they have a sale at Hobby Lobby.  The link for the boxes is, www.memoryboxes.org.  You can also join the group.  All the mail that comes in is  states that need boxes and sometimes letters from the people who get them.

Hi Maggie, I just read this thread and i love it. You girls are expressing yourself, that alone is art, dont you think?? I will check out your website. I make quilts for Riley Hospital here in Indianapolis, In for parents that have lost their children. Ive also made quilts in the past for a local church that gives them to parents that have lost a child.

Just a suggestion (i havent looked you up so not sure where you are from) but i do altered boxes and i find some GREAT deals at our local Goodwill. I get them for $1 a piece or sometimes cheaper. I just found a very old hat box, not sure how old but its cool looking. I paid 50 cents for it ( id say 18" across the top), I love Graphic 45 paper and plan on using that to alter it. My sister is re-doing her bedroom in the whole shabby chic, paris theme. I think that is how i will go.

anywho, back to your conversation above. I dont know your personal problems but i can tell you that with every door that shuts a new and better one opens up, i know this from expierience!!! I hope your life turns around and i think you journaling it will help!!

God's speed

Christina

I wrote down the name of the book, Tree of Life.  I will see if the library has it. If not, maybe they can get it.



Susanne Skene said:

Yes, that's a great idea Amanda.  I will work on a journal entry that expresses all the changes in my life. I have to leave tomorrow morning to check on my cabin.  It's out in the woods in a very remote place (off the grid) and I'll take that opportunity to reflect and do some more journal pages.  You are so right about there being healing in art.  I think that I've remained calm for the most part of this "storm," from being able to express myself through art and of course my faith.  If you and Maggie haven't watched this movie already may I suggest renting the movie, "Tree of Life." It touched my soul deeply and the visuals are breathtaking.  I don't want to say more!

The sun peeked out today for half the afternoon and I can't believe how it lifted both my mother and my spirits!  I look forward to seeing more of your AJ pages Amanda.  And Maggie, try this exercise too.  It is giving yourself permission to speak from the heart and I think you would find it comforting right now.  If all you have is a pencil and some newspaper then that is all you need to do an AJ page!

Thanks Christina for your email.  I think anyone who is into art would enjoy doing these boxes.  I think they can only be something like 12 inches across.  They prefer baby colors, but one of the prettiest I did, I think was a heart shaped box I did in navy blue.  I stripped the bottom in blue and white.  The box bottom was painted white and I used tape to tape of and paint the blue stripes.  I painted the top navy blue and did a rub on bear.  I think I put about 3 coats of sealer over it.  You have to figure most people will keep these for a life time.  All they get from the hospital is a plastic bag with birth and death certificate, hospital braclet, maybe a picture or what they planned to bring them home in.  I try to get three of a kind so you can stack them and use a smaller box as the post office also charges for box size also.  Sometimes they pay the shipping from the group, but right now are out of funds.  They accept funds for mailing also.  Maybe some people could get their church to help out.  These boxes come in square, round, oval, and heart shaped.  I think the smaller one is like 6 inches by six inches.  I think that is the smallest width they want.  Could be like 4 inches deep.  I always try to stack three of the same shape together.  You can use boxes anywhere you can find them.  I used one that was my attorneys empty stationary box when I was going through a divorce.  It was a sturdy box.  You can't find anything around here.  I think people around here keep everything until it rots.  LOL  That one may have made someone in KY mad. I am sure it is different in bigger towns.  I know free cycle like in Lexington has some great stuff, but to far for me and no way to get much of anything in my car.  You can also use wall paint if people have some left over in acrylic that they don't want.  I get opps paint at Lowe's sometimes where people buy a color they don't like and bring it back.  It is cheap, even if it is an expensive paint.  The paint in the little artist bottles can get expensive if you do many.  Lowe's will match a quart or ever how much you need if you bring in a sample.  Never use Walmart.  It is awful.  I did once. Never again.  You can get lots of ideas on the link page, along with prayers to put in the boxes, and patterns if you want to paint.

Christina Mcclintock said:

Hi Maggie, I just read this thread and i love it. You girls are expressing yourself, that alone is art, dont you think?? I will check out your website. I make quilts for Riley Hospital here in Indianapolis, In for parents that have lost their children. Ive also made quilts in the past for a local church that gives them to parents that have lost a child.

Just a suggestion (i havent looked you up so not sure where you are from) but i do altered boxes and i find some GREAT deals at our local Goodwill. I get them for $1 a piece or sometimes cheaper. I just found a very old hat box, not sure how old but its cool looking. I paid 50 cents for it ( id say 18" across the top), I love Graphic 45 paper and plan on using that to alter it. My sister is re-doing her bedroom in the whole shabby chic, paris theme. I think that is how i will go.

anywho, back to your conversation above. I dont know your personal problems but i can tell you that with every door that shuts a new and better one opens up, i know this from expierience!!! I hope your life turns around and i think you journaling it will help!!

God's speed

Christina

I will check it out.  I wrote book and tried to fix it, but guess I wasn't fast enough.  I will see if I know anyone who has it and I will check YouTube.  Thanks.

I hope a door opens soon or I may be in the street.  If they condemn this house, which I can't believe they won't, I can't stay here.  I need out anyway as it is full of mold, leaks all over, and the floors are literately falling in from a leak that was leaking for years.  The main joist that holds up the whole house rotted and broke.  The walls are coming in and popping off the dry wall where the studs were screwed in.  It is driving my allergies crazy.  Since it started to warm up and rain it is worse.  I froze all winter and the gas company put a tag on the furnace Friday saying it is dangerous and cannot be used until it is fixed. We had a couple of pretty cold nights over the weekend, in the 30's.  Now it is damp and cold, but not quite as cold.  I have to get out of here.  I have no family here, so no place to go.  I do have my youngest son with me. He came here when he lost his job and couldn't find another one.  His unemployment ran out like a lot of people and he hasn't been able to find another one.  He is an OTR trucker.  He had to stop looking as he has to help me get ready to move. I can't do it by myself.  Hopefully he can find one soon when we get moved somewhere.  There are no jobs here either.  I am on disability and can't keep both of us up.  You can see why my mind is about gone. Painting would help a lot I know.

Susanne Skene said:

It was great talking with all you ladies!  It warms my heart that each and every one of you are doing something for your community through your gift of art.  God bless all of you!  Amanda I totally get where you are coming from in that I work with at risk youth and when I get back I will be offering a collage class.  You can't help feel protective over these hurting souls and you just want so much for them to be free and feel safe in expressing themselves.  Maggie I do hope your circumstances change and Christina is right about when a door shuts another is opened for you. 

Maggie- I am very intrigued by your box story. We had adopted a baby girl from Honduras while living there as missionaries. We had her for a little over a year- her first year. Saw first steps, heard first words, 1st birthday, etc. Then the laws changed and reverted custody rights possibilities back to birth mothers until they reached age 21. We couldn't live with that hanging over us, and shortly thereafter the mother contacted us and wanted Cassie back. I would like to do something like this for her. She is 12 now, but never forgotten. And doing it for hospitals is phenomenal.  Any photos??

@ Christine- I love to scrounge at GoodWill!  So much fun as you find things you never expect to find!

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