Wow. I can’t even think when was the last time I joined in with WOYWW. I think about it often, read the posts when I have the time, and miss the community that was built around it.
Medical issues forever altered life. Now there is the Covid. Ugh. It’s all just a bit much.
I won’t dwell on that. There is little point. ALL the WOYWW folk have had their struggles over the years. Some soldier on, some drop out, drop back in, drop out forever. We all deal in different ways.
When we moved, and I was diagnosed with a debilitating and rare myositis, my strength and energy levels were nil. Getting up to my craft room was harder and harder. I basically shifted completely over to knitting. Something I could do sitting on the sofa and even on very low energy days. I recently had a small window of improvement (sadly, now heading in the other direction, but with another new treatment to try perhaps soon) and it made me anxious to take up my art journaling again.
AGES ago (2018!) I made a journal based around inspirational quotes to do with strength and illness and the like. It was prompted by the Permission to Play workshop by Carolyn Dube (there is a link in the sidebar if anyone is interested – I loved it BTW!) and you can see more about that here. That was really one of the last times I did anything arty.
Last week I made TWO (!) pages. Wow am I out of practice. The first one had a couple of elements I really liked but overall was a hot mess.
Too many colours, too dark, overwhelming text… I loved the stencil I cut from a magazine image. Just lucky the wingspan matched the sides of the page pretty well! The figure also will work as a mask.
I scanned the photo and changed the contrast and saturation before printing on heavy cardstock to make a more substantial stencil. The other item I loved was the stamp. Made up of the numbers for the whole family’s birthdays, cut from sticky-backed fun foam and mounted on a strip of plastic placemat. Some of the numbers are a little wonky but overall I love it and expect I will use it a lot.
Those of a sensitive disposition, click away now. Warning of a rude word on what I see as the better of the two pages:
Happy with the more limited colour palette, the limited stencils and stamps, the increased white space. Not perfect, nothing to crow about, but not bad and not hot mess. A few more pages and I will reclaim my style…maybe. Pretty sure the leafy stamp is from a Scrap Magic crop class about a million years ago, the Anyone Home? bit is a section of a Teesha Moore stamp, the circle of numbers is from…Banana Frog, maybe? The Mona Lisa is from ….can’t recall the name! Some mail order only online stamp maker.
Not having taken part in a long, long while, I will have to see what happens as I try to comment. I have a dim recollection that one of the reasons I stopped was commenting issues, but I’m hoping that has been sorted. It will be quite nice to catch up on the work of some of my favourite WOYWWers. Fingers crossed.