Hey I’m taking a year long class called Lifebook. I like having classes to entertain me. I am usually taking more than one at a time. And this isn’t my first year long class and so I know that I usually fizzle out and loose interest at some point along the way. Not so with this one because I have learned that The Principle is the same.
Let me explain that a bit. I have taken many classes both online and in person. Invariability there is someone in live classes who needs their finished project to look exactly like the class sample. And I suppose there is some value in that. But that has never floated my boat. Well there was that one time when the teacher changed the class so much from the sample that I was not happy; but mostly I like to go my own way. Back in my courting days when women took to wearing pants out to the night club, I wore dresses. My hair stylist likes to part my hair on my bad side, I got her to switch…do you see where I’m going here…I think you do.
So when the Lifebook teacher taught a class on making a junk journal my little outside the box mind baulked. I don’t need a purse journal its not something I practiced, journaling while out and about. So I decided to use her technique but not on a journal. She started with white gesso, I went with black. I agree with Seth Apter that it add a richness of depth to a piece.
I started with a piece of junk like she did, but I used something bigger, the packaging that my crafty goodness came in just that day. I turned it into some I need: a pocket. You see I had spent the previous evening looking for my watercolor chart only to find that my Alex drawers had eaten it. After looking everywhere and I mean
ev-ver-ry-where in my studio and if you want to see why that is a frustrating endeavor see my previous post where I gave a tour of my studio spaces. I needed a pocket to hang on the outside of the Alex drawers to hold my chart instead of putting it inside where it could slip behind the drawer again. I didn’t even think that was possible.
Here it is empty:
And here full:
And so the principle was the same I just used it my way to make some I needed, something I’ll actually use!
Can you guess who the teacher is?
In His Hand,