Oh my..what a wonderful 4 days in Taos with 6 other adventurous women! We had an amazing time enjoying the beauty of the area and responding to the crystal clear air, the natural beauty and the ancient Pueblo life. I really wanted the weekend to balance art work with exploration of this place. There is so much to see; every little path, alley, cloud, shadows; all beg to be remembered (photographed, sketched, written about). The time flew by and was so satisfying to hear that everyone wished for a few more days in the atmosphere of creative expression and gentle challenges. I just love it there, and I love working with a group of fun, focused folks who are generous with their energy, humor and Taos spirit. Thanks to Ann, Kate, Jill, Devera, Mary and Susie...and Mabel, Millicent and Graham (as in Graham's Grille)! On to New York next month! What a contrast in location...
What a lovely morning in a magic garden at the Zook Cafe today! Thanks to our hosts the iced drinks were perfect and the food yummy - the conversation and sharing of our journals was terrific! If you are looking for a really nice spot for a true adventure journal experience check this place out. They are located in the Highlands neighborhood in Denver, part of the wonderful Puppet Theater space. Susanna shared a way to create unique stamps/prints using craft foam, for more info check out Clothe, Paper, Scissors web site. A few of the participants mentioned the need for a "sketching for journal pages" class - I am working on dates and location for an August workshop so please check back in a few weeks (workshop page). Our next meet-up will be in Niwot in July; join us! (all the details on the workshop page)
In this tutorial I am trying to show ways to prep the blank pages so it is easier to get going in a new journal book. I am guessing many folks have loads of beautiful journals, often still blank just because the thought of actually starting those first pages is terrifying. The materials I am using in this video are simple as possible: a glue stick, some text from a discarded book (or newspapers, or paper bags, dictionaries, etc), an old tooth brush, some watercolors, some odd things to use as stamps (old erasers, corks) and stamp ink that is washable (dye ink). That is it! Just start playiing and you will find the pages are much easier to work with if you try the layered approach. I look forward to hearing about your progress.