Thursday, June 21, 2018

Journalette

I've been working on the jelly-roll quilt a little bit each day. It has been sandwiched and the quilting has begun. A master quilter I am not, and it is good to have a "throw" quilt like this to practice on. I've had to take a little break from the quilting today, however, due to a puddle (lake, river?) that crept into my studio during last night's thunderstorm and surrounded the pedal of my quilting machine. Luckily, the pedal was not submerged (unlike the cars up the road last night -- who knew that the flat road could hold so much water?), and I am hoping that a day or two to dry will see it right.

In the meantime, I'll share a little project I've been working on.  A few years ago, I started a visual journal in a day-planner, having seen the idea in a book for using small visual entries to tell about your day, rather than relying only on words. I was good about keeping it up for 3 - 4 months, then missed a day here, and two days there, and before you knew it, had an entire empty week in the day planner. At that time, I threw my hands up in the air and gave up. As a perfectionist, having the empty pages meant I had not done the project "right"!

One of my daughters, while downsizing her possessions to move, passed on to me a small moleskine storyboard book. Each page is 3.5" x 5.5". A month ago, I found it again and went "aha!" This could be the solution to my empty page dilemma.  With no days or dates pre-set in the book, I could miss a day or two and still have full and complete pages. I've been having fun with it, experimenting with format, and think that, for now, I have settled in with what I want to do. Take a look:


Coloured pencils will probably be my go-to medium (watercolours don't work so well on these pages), but I'm leaving myself open for a multi-media approach. I look forward to seeing this book finished, and won't worry about the occasional "missing entry".

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