Saturday, 10 January 2009

Begin at the beginning


It seems ridiculous to be creating yet another blog but of all my passions, journaling is my greatest love (apart from my husband, children and grandchildren).

So this new blog will 'journal the journal' - I will post finished pages not only of the journals I create, but also the pages in my accompanying notebooks. These include my experiments, ideas and experiences discovered whilst journaling; samples and achievements and if things failed, why.

I journal in many places: workroom-cum-laundry room, living room, attic space, garden, shed and - when we are away, in our car, caravan or motorhome. I have journaled on beaches, by the side of rivers, up mountains, on walks, in aeroplanes; anywhere I can perch with a  notebook, you will find me pen in hand. 

8 comments:

  1. what an inspiring image of you journalling during your travels - success with the new blog and thanks

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  2. Thankyou so much Rosie for your kind words. They will encourage me to continue blogging - for I am so new to all this and still struggling with the software! Ann.

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  3. i love this photo of you journaling--it's fabulous! i put a link to it on my blog this morning. it makes me want to grab my journal and hit the road--thanks!

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  4. Rice (sorry haven't found how to add special punctuation marks to postings yet!) - how good to meet you. I am so glad my blog made you want to 'hit the road' - grabbing one's journal is the key factor. The worst thing in the world for me is to go out, even into the garden, without paper and pen in my pocket; there is ALWAYS something I want to record. Once, on a beach in Northern Ireland, all I had when one of my 'poetry moments' came over me was a pen. Upon what to write? I picked up a white stone; the pen was wrecked but I still have the stone and will post a pic of it on my blog one day, when I find the stone amongst all my other stones. Ann.

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  5. I love the look of your Welsh diary and assume you made the book yourself. Is there a name for that style of binding (I'm interested in trying something similar myself)?

    Looking forward to your blog posts & thanks for sharing your journey!

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  6. M, I'm so glad you like the look of the Welsh diary, and yes I made it all myself, other than the paper for the pages. It's a very simple binding, nothing too complicated (I am totally self-taught and spend more time experimenting than actually creating!) This journal was actually finished because it was a commission to provide instructions for creating a travel journal. So I had to do it!

    The binding: each page is punched with a screw-punch, eyelets cover the holes, then all the pages are gathered together loosely (for there are many embellishments inside) with a leather thong. I have kept sketches and measurements of what I did and intend to post the journal and my notes at some future date. But if you would like a pic of the front cover (which shows the binding) and a scan of the relevant notes, just email me. (Email address given under 'my profile').

    I cannot find a link to your blog and would like to add it to my list of blogs to follow. Do let me know what it is. Ann.

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  7. Great photo of you in your car with your painting-table. Thanks for sharing. Best place to see some of my journal pages is my flickr page. Look forward to many updates.
    lindamay

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  8. hello lindamay -thankyou for visiting my blog. My husband made me the lightweight painting table; it's actually in our motorhome. He uses the living area to manipulate the photos he takes to accompany my articles, but he needs all the blinds down! So I sat in the cab and it was hard to paint on my knee and stick bits of paper etc onto my journal pages. This way, we each have our own space. Ann

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