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I finally finished the huge journal that I've been using since last year. It was a big challenge for me, because the journal was not only big (I usually like smaller journals), but it was also unlined. I had never had an unlined journal before.

I have to say, it was a liberating experience. I'm not decided if I'll go back to a lined journal or not. But I do know that I did a lot more art and collage work in this journal because I had the blank page to work with.

However, there were times when I really wanted to just write about something, and the unlined paper not only made that a challenge because I'm really anal about my handwriting and keeping things straight (to the point where I'd put lined paper underneath) but also made me hesitate sometimes and go, "Ugh, I'm too tired to do this."

I tried some new stuff with this journal. For one, I got inspired by PostSecret, and sort of did my own "postsecrets" in my journal, and I really liked those. But some are too intimate to be sharing on a comm (and some are NSFW). I also got a list of really good journaling prompts that asks you to write about random things from political beliefs to pet names. Those helped on days when I felt like I had nothing in me.







In case you can't read the text on this one (because my scanner is the suck and doesn't show the text as well as the actual page does) it says: "Sometimes I wonder about the things that Michaelangelo threw away. Do you become great when you stop making mistakes or when you just make better mistakes than everyone else?"





This image was made entirely from bits I got from ads in magazines. The sun is a bit from an orange juice advert, IIRC, and the hills are actually foundation/concealer from a makeup advertisement with the compact edges cut out around them. And the tree is from a yogurt advert. Don't ask why I remember this nearly a year later.






A random clipping collage I did that I liked because it sort of made me think really good spiritual thoughts. It's sort of...zen.





I used acrylics for this one and the pink didn't come out like I wanted. The pictures are from an old opera magazine.





This is one of my personal favorites from all my journal pages. I love taking random clippings of words and headlines and sub-headlines and organizing them into sort of weird poetry. Putting words unexpectedly together really seems to turn my brain on. Plus, I love how pretty and feminine yet bold the colors are, as well as the model.





Another random word collage. The birds were actually cut outs I did tracing a pattern on some construction paper. Turned out nice, I think.




The figure on the right is actually a charcoal sketch study that Seurat did for his famous Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte that I found in an art magazine. The words are from Dr. Horrible's Sing-a-long Blog, which in addition to be funny, is actually secretly one of the most philosophically deep pieces of media I've seen in a while. I just felt like the picture and the text went together, especially since (and it's hard to see because my scanner is the suck), there is a wistful sadness in this picture, and a darkness in the other sketches in the set that really struck me.





This is just a random fact about me. I don't like birds. Same pattern cut out as before.





Why yes, I do love Eddie Izzard and wish to run away with him. Or away from the bees with him.




This is one of my "post secret" type collages.




This is one of the question prompts that I did. I really liked how the colors blended on page (again, my scanner sucks so it doesn't show as well here).




A little collage for MLK Day 2009, because it was historic, considering what happened the next day.




I'm currently trying to lose weight, and my sister (a physical therapist with a degree in exercise science) gave me some exercises to try. And they hurt. So I wrote haikus about it.




I've gotta go make dinner now!
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