Yay for serendipity, synchronicity, and smmarrt for matching us up! I'm so glad you're happy with your haul. I am too. Yeah, totally creepy antique Victorian children's art huh? And the graphs are from this crazy hardback from the 80's on how to play the stock market using...I don't EVEN know what system, because this guy is CRAYZAY and thinks someone else is going to understand this stuff. I LOVE the graphs. Dot matrix and everything. And yes, it feels so good to know those marbled papers have a loving home where they'll be put to use!
The really cool thing about this swap is that these are rather ordinary items, but they're chosen by someone else, so they end up being things you'd like, but not necessarily things you'd have. Especially when your partner makes special effort to include things specificallly to your taste, which is what my partner, zcrafter did.
Yes, those are real, old card catalog cards and card pockets. I know, how awesome is that? Other things you see are 2 dustcovers, transparent wrapping paper (love transparent papers), magazine images, alpha die cuts, alpha stickers, chipboard shapes including my stars, sparkle paper, little stickers and bits and bobs featuring my themes of stars and butterflies, old book pages including super cool Latin dictionary pages, fabric clothing tags, a scary-cute safety diagram, local ephemera, fuschia ribbon (fave color), and black lined paper.
I was especially touched by her inclusion of a butterfly calendar, since Butterfly is my totem animal right now. Another synchronicity was her inclusion of a book card pocket of a book by philosopher John Locke, since I'm a huge Lost fan who deeply identifies with the character of John Locke, who is named after the philosopher.
She made me a gorgeous card I plan to frame:
I'm really grateful to have been paired with not only a wonderful swap partner, but a new friend. I really love that these are ordinary things selected with me in mind, but from her world. That's really inspirational to me and I've already started using some of the items in my art journal this morning. Thank you Patty. And thank you Smmarrt for putting us together and running this totally fun, super neato swap. I could do this every month. And really, I wouldn't even end up with any bigger stash, it would just change all the time!
I think this is the best kind of swap, because when you collect ephemera, you have to buy the whole book or deck or pack or whatever, so you end up with way too much good stuff, and if we all trade, we can have tons of variety that is all good stuff! I've been finding way too many super cool vintage and even antique books in the thrift stores lately, and I really need to spread some of this wealth around. I didn't even think about what I would want to get back until I filled out the questionnaire...LOL...I was just stoked to share my good stuff with people who would appreciate it!
Wow! This place is really jumping! I keep planning on jumping in, but then I get behind on posts and the system here doesn't really support comments left on old stuff in a fast list like this! But I gotta start somewhere, so I'll post my two spreads from this week and say that the journaling on this list has been so inspiring. I love to see all the really unique creativity being displayed, not everyone doing the same thing, and there is just every kind of genius here.
My spreads are both me working with The Desire Map by Danielle LaPorte, exploring what Core Desired Feelings I want in my life, as well as experimenting with a very relaxed, intuitive layering process. I really like how they both turned out, and they were both just so low pressure and fun.
And one thing I am learning to do and it is very hard...is to stop apologizing for my work!. I've gotten to the point of not actually saying "This is not very good, or I'm not an artist but...". Now I have to stop thinking it. We are our own worst critic and very harsh on ourselves. So don't say anything, accept the praise and smile. We are artists, we are good, we are Craftsters!
Yes yes yes! Go girl. My dream is that artists, and especially women artists, simply share and love their own work. Whenever I come upon an artist that does that, no matter how 'good' their work is they are the most inspiring to follow. Les Herger and Jennibellie are both wonderful examples for that.
Three years ago, almost exactly, I started my very first visual journal inspired by the original thread for this. It changed my life, and now I have a couple dozen, a few of them even sort of finished. I am SO glad someone has resurrected and EXPANDED this! I love to see every possible interpretation of the word art journal or visual journal or creative journal, and from people at every stage of their process. I just got a brand new computer and have no pictures on it yet, but I did just happen to take this one of a page in progress with some supplies I was organizing (don't mind the bare toes), so I'll share that for fun. It's done in a hardbound book about nature that I'm altering. It has thick, sturdy pages so I'm not tearing any out or gluing them together, and I'm really trying to use some of the imagery in the book as a foundation to my own art. The butterfly, fish, and shell, plus the word NATURAL, were all in the book. I gesso'd over everything around them, then wrote with big brush pen (which was dying, so it's streaky and light) about what the page is about, then I think I acually left it open and smeared color that was leftover from another project all around the images. The theme is one that is personal and powerful and ongoing for me, to I'm letting the page evolve as its different parts come to me.