Monday, April 23, 2007

A New Journey- Revealed

I am working on a new project and I can’t wait to show it to all of my readers. Someone asked me a few days ago (I think it was Jilly but I can’t remember) what I did with all of the cards I make. My answer is that they sit in a pile in the corner. Why? I don’t pass them out. Not very often, anyways. I like to go back and look at them sometimes. There are a lot of cards in my corner. A big box full.

I normally don’t put sentiments on my cards. Part of the reason is that I don’t have very many sentiment stamps; but the main reason is that I prefer a blank note card over a juiced up greeting card any day. There is something about a note card. Perhaps it’s the excitement to receive one when it is not your birthday or Christmas. Maybe it’s because they are like little pieces of art to be treasured in a special drawer. Then again, maybe it stems back to my love of fine stationary as a child. I didn’t have very much money, so the box of blank note cards gave me the most mileage. I can’t quite put my finger on it.

All of this led me to think: What more is there to stamping than making greeting cards that will never see the light of day?

There is art. A lot of possibilities. One day, I dream of a gallery opening. One day people can walk through and see things I made on a wall. One day when I am ready. Which leads me to today.

I have started an “art book” which I will refer to as “My art book”. It’s not a journal, because I don’t like talking about myself. It’s weird, but to me journaling seems very lonely. I am making 8x8” cardstock paintings to be bound into my art book. You can come over and flip through my art book without seeing “Get well soon” or “happy birthday” all over the place. You can enjoy the pages without noticing that I had a hair cut on that day in history. You can imagine whatever you want about each page.

I finished 2 pages today. I love working with this size format. I love that there are not the standard 4.25x5.5” limitations. I just love everything about it.


Auntie Jill said...

Did I miss something? Where's the book?

(who told you that you make really good stuff!)

Julie said...

It's debut is tomorrow. :)

Auntie Jill said...

Great, I'll be there.

Debbie said...

I can't wait to see it.

Tami said...

Sounds wonderful Julie! What a great way to record your art journey.