One of the things I like most about conducting this class is seeing the creative growth and exploration of each of my students. I thought that I would share a couple examples with you today.
Tina has jumped into art journaling with both feet. Her first journal is an amazing documentary of her rather extraordinary life, and I know I speak for the rest of the class when I say that her insights, wisdom and humor delight us. Tina told me today that she has forty pages of artwork in her first journal. She's on the ball!
This journal spread used a wax crayon and resist technique with black acrylic paint. Tina wasn't pleased with her initial results, so she went back over the crayon with watersoluble pastels. She photocopied an image of herself and her siblings and Mod Podged them to the pages. We all love her results.
Her brothers seem to glow in the light of the moon as they linger near the haystacks. Tina did an effective job incorporating her memories into this technique. She told us she still isn't finished as she has two more brothers to add into this scene.
Patti surprised us with this beautiful journal today. It's a labor of love for her daughter's fortieth birthday. I wish the photo showed how thick and textured the journal is. She took the (Teesha Moore) 16 page, 1 sheet of watercolor paper technique inspired by the journals we made a few months ago, and made it her own. She cut her sheet of watercolor paper down even further to make this 40 page, "Forty Ways I Love You" journal. She used canvas paper for the cover and bound it together with ribbon yarn. She's going to paint a yin yang on the cover.
Patti gessoed and colored every page in this journal before writing her heartfelt thoughts to her daughter. What a lovely tribute to her daughter. I know she's going to be thrilled to receive such a special gift.
I can't tell you how much fun and sharing goes on in our class, and when I see the wonderful creations my students are making on their own, it's verification to me that I am most definitely in the right place at the right time. Helping others unleash their own creativity brings me an immense amount of pleasure as I "Celebrate, LOVE, and Create!"
Come back tomorrow for "Thursday Journaling Class Part Two", where I'll share today's class assignment and classroom snapshots with you. Don't forget to comment on this post below, and the posts from Tuesday and Wednesday for my BIRTHDAY GIVEAWAY! (TO SEE THE DETAILS OF THIS GIVEAWAY, SCROLL DOWN TO THE "TUESDAY TIPS AND TECHNIQUES" POST. The more comments you leave, the more chances you have to win!
So I know you're all wondering what "The Princess" received for last night's gift, and the answer is, Bodhichitta Botanicals, Nurture the Goddess Bubble Bath. It smells really great and contains lavender and sage. Keith said he couldn't make up his mind of which bubble bath to get me until he saw the word "Goddess"! Did I mention I LOVE this man!?