Sunday, August 17, 2008

Soul Journal - Days 2 thru 6

Sadie and I have been spending the last few nights working on our Soul Journals. Once we had finished our writing (today I feel ... ) we covered all the writing in a fairly thick coat of Gesso. Some of the words were still visible, but it didn't matter ... the next step was Claiming Our Journals. On the first page we wrote "This Book Belongs To" and our full names over and over and over ... I can't say that I am pleased with mine (makes me feel like I have a muddy mess of a soul ...), but I'm taking one of those brave steps and sharing it just the same ...

(it helps to remember that the pages are not set in stone. I can revisit, rework, add, modify, and/or change the pages anytime I feel like it ... I seriously think it needs some sparkle and at least a little less random kindergarten scribble).
After marking our territory, we built some Soul Armor. I like the direction this one is going. I do want to add some color ... fear seaps in (ok, completely soaks me to the marrow) ... step away from the book! I added words, written a whole bunch of "I choose" statements, added a touch of pink ... more color can wait (anyone want to give me a crash course in color?!?)

Here's the 2 page spread:

Sadie was ready for the next step, so on we went. Sarah provided a list of 24 things (a smile, a hand, an eye the same color as our own, etc.) that we were to find in magazines. We spent some time pouring through a bunch and called it a night. The next day we painted a dark wash over two pages (previously collaged and Gessoed - is Gessoed a word?). Once this step was done we cut our pictures into 1" squares and attached them in grid patterns ... eyeballed. Sadie opted to do a modified design; her pages look great! I added six more images (30 total) so I could have five rows of the pretty little pictures.

Here's where we are:

and a couple of details to check out:

Click on any image to see a larger view

For more information or to get the actual promts we are following, please visit Caspiana - she starts talking about the Soul Journal project on July 13th in a post titled "S. Journaling".


wahm922 said...

I love that you are doing a Soul Journal with Sadie, how cool is that!

I'm going to check out the links you posted and possibly try this myself, maybe just maybe it will help me find my muse.

Mary S Hunt said...

your artwork has such visual loveliness...the armour page is exquisite!

i haven't made it through your blog yet
but before i forget anything i want to say i say it as i move along...i am very forgetful somedays
you will probably see more from me

Connie Carpenter Macko said...

very cool...! i've been wanting to start something like this - i'm so glad you shared your thougths and progress on this so that I could visit the source! i hope this brings you joy to work on.

inventivesoul said...

As soon as your page loaded, a scene from the movie a Knights' Tale, was where the main character
was getting his new and improved armor.
The closeup of the screen was pretty close to the page of your journal that I was viewing.
Pretty cool coincidence!


Sandy Michelle said...

Hello Sweet Michelle! Thanks for your wonderful comments on my blog! I can see you have been busy crafting and reading magazines! I love your soul journal pages!


MARLOU B. said...

It's great ideas!
Thanks for sharing!

Marilyn said...

Michelle, your pages are fabulous--I'm so glad you've shared them! What a great project--I may have to take a look at Sarah's blog:) and I LOVE that you and Sadie are sharing this experience!
hugs, Marilyn:)

Anonymous said...

Leave the armor page as it is, it sits well with the color on the adjacent page. The spread works! Great to see your journey.

LaY hOoN said...

Those pages are so impressive !! Love them all.

Clevelandgirlie said...

Hey beach girl. I love what you're doing here with your journal pages. I've got myself a book and am going to try one to - thanks to you.

mermaid musings said...

they are wonderful pages!!!
Congratulations! your artwork of course is perfect!