From the Studio

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Another Ripple scarf!

I love this pattern so much that I’m making another scarf, this time in jeweled tones for a dear friend’s birthday next month. I imagine her wearing it with a vibrant fall colored outfit.

One of the things that I love best about this pattern, besides its wonderful rhythm, is the way you can choose 2 different yarns that coordinate in color but contrast in texture. As you only use one skein of each yarn, it’s also a great way to use up leftover yarn from a bigger project.

I’ve returned to my art journal pages. I put my journal aside for awhile when it was time to create some pages of your home, the one that you’ve felt most comfortable in. I’m sure that the intent was to journal about what home means to me. Well….in the past 6 years, I have faced a lot of challenging questions about that so this was an interesting exercise for me. After putting it off for days and days, I finally sat my butt in the chair and just started drawing a house.

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I’ve created my dream house with big windows and skylights. I love the idea of living in a home filled with light, illuminating my sacred living space in a wash of warmth. I have yet to find this place of my dreams in real life. As my writing states,

“Under an ocean of stars, I hope to find my true home.”

The house itself (on the left) is made of a brown paper bag glued onto my journal page as a pocket. Our assignment was to create some paper dolls of myself and the loved ones I live with. As my kids are grown and I am no longer married, I have decided not to make the dolls but I will place some beloved photos of myself with my family in the house pocket.

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The next assignment was to find a couple of interesting body shapes in a magazine and cut them out precisely. I laid the body shapes onto my page and then, using a makeup sponge, painted around each shape, thus creating a beautiful silhouette. I especially love the shape on the right and thought that she needed some wings. Then, using a gold gel pen, I wrote down as many descriptive words as I could think of. That exercise really sparked my imagination. I found that sitting outside in nature was the perfect setting for accomplishing this.

Visual journaling gives me such a calm, peaceful feeling…

“Every spirit builds itself a house, and beyond its house a world, and beyond its world a heaven. Know that the world exists for you.”

~Ralph Waldo Emerson

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6 comments on “From the Studio

  1. judysheart says:

    Oh I just love the pages you have worked. It’s like you’ve been journaling for years… the houses are so cutek and the body shapes are powerful. I can imagine how relaxing those pages must have been. It shows.

  2. Snap says:

    I’ve just discovered your blog and am catching up (I have a lot of catching up to do!). I love the ripple scarf. I love tea. One of my favorite things. I plan on visiting often. Nice to meet you!

  3. artandtea says:

    Thanks Judy, I’m really enjoying this art journal experience. Thanks for your inspiration!

    Hi Snap, thank you so much for visiting! Nice to meet you, too. I’m going to go visit your blog and say hello.

  4. Ruth Ann says:

    Where can I buy the pattern for the ripple scarf? It’s great!

  5. artandtea says:

    Hi Ruth Ann, I’ll send you the link. 🙂

  6. Snap says:

    PS (!!) I’d like the link for the ripple scarf, too!

    Thank you!

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