Day 20: Spiral. I started this spread last night. I’m getting near the end of my journal and I want to keep all the pages for this 30-Days-of-Creativity project in one book. I had a few blank pages at the beginning of the book, so I started working there. The binding was coming a bit unglued, so I used some torn pieces of white paper and matte medium to reinforce it.
I really didn’t have anything in mind for today but as I layered the torn white paper onto the pages I formed two spirals. When I showed my friend and colleague, Shook, at lunch today, she immediately saw the spiral design I had created and said it made her think of two things: a fiddle-head fern and a wave.
The natural world is full of spirals – curled green tendrils on plants,beautiful nautilus shells, a rose bud, a succulent, and a ram’s horn to name a few. I grabbed some images off the computer (including photo’s from Shook – thank you!) and after work I looked through my scraps of printed paper and pulled out bits with curly designs.
Before I started adhering the paper, I put down a wash of green with water soluble oil crayons and highlighted the spiral with yellow-orange. Than I layered torn pieces of paper.
I finished the collage, including this piece of map showing Drake’s Beach, before going to Jazzercise, but I was still picking dried matte medium off my fingers during class.
After dinner I added the quote from author and educator, Christina Baldwin.
When you’re stuck in a spiral, to change all aspects of the spin you need only to change one thing.
It is a good thing to keep in mind.
I’m NOT going to spend as much time crafting this weekend as I did last weekend. Much as I enjoy it, doing a spread a day in the art journal takes a lot of effort. I am trying to maintain some balance – I’m keeping up with my hiking and other exercise, but I’m not reading much at all and a lot of free time is at the craft desk. So – let’s see what I can create tomorrow with less time crafting.
I am treating myself to a visit to Imperial Day Spa in San Francisco (sorry, their site wouldn’t load) with a visit afterwards to Japantown for sushi and shopping.
Day 20 last year: Thick, Chewy Granola Bars.
Day 20 the year before that: Aluminum Tape Tags and Charms.
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