I've nearly completed this art journal; which feels like a worthy achievement considering recent health challenges. The picture above was an experiment with watercolour and ink. I realise I'm no painter and the perspectives/techniques are awry but nevertheless I was quite pleased with this page. I think it turned out okay simply because I didn't care. I'm learning to sometimes just enjoy the process with no result in mind. The wording on the page below was inspired by this.
This started as a collage, progressed to an exploration of the inks in my collection and then ended as an experiment in stamping with found objects. I tried stamping with a folded tablet box, peg, Lego man, and plastic button.
The page below is important to me because it uses tapestry threads that I bought in March using my Birthday money. Back then my vision/head was much worse and the purchase became a positive incentive for the future. It took me until last week to be able to use them. Instead of a large fabric project I decided to paint some card, prick out a random doodle design & use some of the lovely coloured threads. I really enjoyed it.
As well as these pages, the past fortnight has seen me writing a little more poetry and writing realms in my written journal. I've been creating for the simple joy of it. With this attitude I've learnt new things and had some results I'm quite pleased with. Would it have been the same if I'd stressed, struggled and tightly controlled? Or if I'd panicked about my health reducing my productivity and tried to force myself? I think not.