Saturday, February 14, 2009

Happy Valentine's Day!

I took the theme of "Birds of a Feather" and put little chocolate eggs into golden heart boxes... Please take a chocolate and join my page for the Valentine's Day party!

I've just joined the Soul Journalling Group on Yahoo and am beginning to make some mixed media pieces based on the original prompts by Sarah Whitmire.

Somehow I got quite carried away and have wandered well away from those prompts.

Here is what some of the pages look like at the moment, in no particular order, most have just had a new thin coating of gesso:

Soul Journal Pages in Progress - 1

Soul Journal Pages in Progress - 2

Soul Journal Pages in Progress - 3

Soul Journal Pages in Progress - 5

Soul Journal Pages in Progress - 4

The last one of the pages above has a trace of a suit of armour on the left... I've gone through various versions of this and am wondering just where its going to take me.

But the strangest part of the process for me, so far, has been my tendency to doodle instead of write!

That and the sheer joy I'm getting from playing this way.

UPDATE: I'd written this last night and scheduled it to post this morning. When I woke up I just had to add this to one of the pages:

The Rules

And yes, even spelling correctly is clearly optional.

And since I'm adding an update - look what I got for Valentine's Day:

Valentine's Day 2009

Jim's Valentine card features the bay in Cornwall where we were married in 2000! Isn't that sweet.

And wonderfully not-too-sweet is the 99% cocoa bar - as I avoid sugar as much as possible this is definitely my type of chocolate.

Do have a square if you'd prefer it to one of the eggs.

And then go visit more partiers at the Birds of a Feather Party


Anonymous said...

Caroline - your pages look great! Happy Valentines Day!

Anonymous said...

It looks and sounds as though you're having a marvelous time! I like the way the doodles look over the gessoed words.
Happy Valentine's Day, Caroline! xo

Caroline said...

Hello Megan - thanks for dropping in. Happy Valentine's Day to you too.

Tinker - I've always had a bit of a tendency to doodle... it tends not to show that much on my blog but in journals there is no escaping it!

Genie Sea said...

OH! Dark chocloate! YUM! My fave! I bought myself some for tonight as well. Hehe

Your journal pages look yummy. I particularly love "Make a Mess even Art Needs to FESTER"! Brilliant!

Your "rules" are perfect. I could definitely follow those :)

And, and, and... :)

How genius putting chocolate in your mixed media piece! Hehe I'm squealing in delight here! :)

Caroline said...

Genie Sea - So glad you are enjoying the chocolate and that we both have some for real!

The No Rule Rules are my best way of giving myself permission to do my own thing whilst also getting inspiration from others. ;-)

A tired retired recluse @ said...

Here I found two of my favorite things, art journal pages and chocolate. i think I will just sit down and stay awhile!

Lisa said...

Yay! Another place to play with you. :)

I'm taking a heart and just the tiniest nibble from your chocolate bar. Hope you don't mind.

Your hubby did great! Love your journal pages!

So many exclamation points! I am an excitable girl.

Caryn Lynn said...

Wow, you have been very busy creating in your journal. I love your make a mess page.
Have a sweet day!XoXo,Caryn

Christy said...

Yummy. I want the eggs but that Lindt looks very good too! Happy Valentine's Day!

Shell said...

Happy Valentine's Day, Caroline. I'll take one of the eggs to eat. I enjoyed seeing your pages. I agree with you: No Rules and always listen to your Muse!!

{Daydreamer} said...

That's right! No rules! Have a Happy Valentine's day! :D
Heather :)

Sarah Whitmire said...

You're absolutely right, there are NO rules. Play with abandon! :D



Lady North said...

NO Rules and Wake up To a Story! Whoo Hoo! Great things to take away from your blog..thanks so much for the Inspiration!
Happy Valentines Day!

Jorgelina said...

Happy Valentine's Day!

Sandy said...

Great pages, who said you need to write? I love the doodles! Have a sweet day!

Kathryn Costa said...

Thank you for the lovely egg. How sweet! Your Soul Journal pages are just what they are suppose to be your safe place to experiment and play. I'm with you - I tend to doodle more than write. I also found that I have a hard time writing in straight lines. I would rather draw a circle or square to write in than a page of lines.

Thanks for coming out to play today.

Happy Valentine's Day
{soul hugs}

Thauna said...

Yummy, chocolate! Happy Valentine's day....your blog is great!

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femminismo said...

I had a square of chocolate. Love that stuff. Happy hearts day, Soul Journal sister - Jeanne in Oregon (keep journaling! you are doing great!)

Dawn said...

Happy Valentines Day! What a great start to your journal... happy discovering!

Judy H said...

Love to see pages in progress. I flip back and forth between "regular" journaling and trying to be more "arty".