I have already taken some actions - paid for my art courses that I am taking this term - several Saturday courses for no credit. They are one day courses - show up, learn some technique, do some art and go home. I can hardly wait. I decided that my New Year's Day gift to myself was to get Jamie Ridler's Soul Reflections E-version. I haven't started it yet, but I will soon. I spent some time reading and learned how to do a zentangle (I have been seeing them at Hybrid J's blog. I'm not very good yet - I didn't like the doodle/designs I chose, but I understand them a little bit better now.
My biggest accomplishment today (aside from getting dressed) was to do my Full Moon Dreamboard for the Blue Moon. I worked on it yesterday, but I didn't finish. I'm not sure I'm done now, but it is closer to done, so I'm willing to share.
First, my first zentangle. I tried to rotate the picture when I edited, but I had to use a new program and it looks like it didn't save. I liked the idea of these, but I don't quite have the hang of it.
A couple of photos of my Dreamboard. I started off with this ad that I found in several magazings. The color isn't true in the photos, but I really liked the teal-y background color and the trees in the photos. I used two copies of the ad to be the background for most of the collage.
I started covering up the ad information with stuff. It was not the best technique - it made me put things in odd places to try to cover the ad info instead of where I felt pulled to place it. I also think I started gluing too early - usually, I try to arrange stuff and make myself happy and THEN glue. Still, I like where it is going.
I thought it was interesting that BEAUTIFUL came up so many times. I was glad to find ART and JOY and surprised to find RITUALS as one of my scraps. The teal-y color is really appealing, although it didn't go with the pink too well. I was looking for yellows to come into play, but they just didn't. I was also happy to find the word PINK and also the phrase: HEALTH AND WELLNESS because that is something that is important and will be a focus for me this year. I'm pretty sure that I will be using some of my Art Journal techniques on the collage to bind it - it feels unfinished in some ways and I am wondering if it isn't something to do with that. I almost did decided to make one of the amazing 16 page journals and do the collage there. I still may, but I needed to do this one first.
Anyway, this was a fun process. It is more fun to do it with my friends, but since that didn't work out, I'm glad that I did it in their honor and for my own look ahead into the year.