A couple of days ago my fairy godmother paid me a visit. She really did...... through the postal mail......... I recieved an envelope with a card that said......... I had a bit of extra fairy dust to share and this is for you......... cuz I love you. I have been seeing and reading about these new SMASH books. Do you know about them? They are supposed to be a kind of memory book, you know a place to store all those things you'd throw in a box or a drawer from that special moment or memory. There are all kinds of products to buy to go in to these books like tags and clips and all kinds of miscellaneous ephemera, which I'm sure is how they get you sucked in, and that's the intent. The books themselves are kind of neat in that they already have the lay out or ideas on the pages, simple words or sentences to start or spark an idea. The pages are pretty sturdy card stock, which I was drawn to, especially after spending so much time with my flimsy Moleskine. I think this book is kind of like a beginners art journal. If you're not sure where to go, what you want to do, the ideas are already laid out for you. Maybe art journaling/diary or scrapbooking 101. They come with a glue stick/pen all in one, so you can glue, write, doodle, and run. Smashing! Someone really was NOT smashed when they conceived this. Or maybe, they were.
You may remember that I do much of my art work in my van in the morning before I go into my work place. I pull out my "creativity bag" and there I sit for 20 minutes or so. It's a challenge navagating watercolors, glue sticks, torn paper, markers on my lap, but it brings results....... slowly. Here is another page and some closeups of the small, now very delicate, moleskine book. The paper in this was not meant, I'm sure, for gesso, or other glues used for resist, so I've been taping, repairing pages as I go a long.
Someone sent me a link to a site that generates fairy names. You put in your name and it generates a fairy name for you. Mine came out as Bindweed Rainbowfiller!!! Ha ha ha ha!! Just call me "Bin" for short. I like the last name. Rainbow filler; the one who fills rainbows. Kinda cool. While I am imagining what she looks like, I started filling this rainbow page of watercolors with doodles.
I'm trying to work on faces. That's my goal this year- to learn to draw faces. I found these gold doily things at Ben Franklin in the 4/$1.00 rack. I thought I could use them as stencils but they are way too flimsy, I think, unless you are spraying the paint on, so I cut them up as you can see. Also found in the special deal section were the little rub- on "Lily." stickers. You know the kind that you rub off from one paper to another with a popsickle stick and hope it comes off in one piece? She looks too regal to be a Lily. Maybe I should call her Queen Lily... Or Lilith....