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View a Couple of Roz's Past Fake Journals Roz's 2009 fake journal takes place in an alternate Twin Cites, where disease has killed the human and bird populations. (It ends up being an upbeat tale of friendship.) Watch a video flip through of Roz's 2009 fake journal here.
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Remember, "Life's so short, why live only one?"
Sunday, April 14, 2013
A Peek at a Page in Roz's 2013 Fake Journal
Left: Pages 78-79 in my 2013 Fake Journal. Page size is approx. 9 x 12 inches. Read below for more details and some views from the earlier stages before the background was painted over with white to further isolate the sketches. Arrows are rubberstamped. Click on the image to view an enlargement.
I feel a little frustrated that I haven't been able to post any pages from this year's fake journal. For several weeks I've been the go-to family member focusing on getting my extended family in a stable situation.
I have one rule I've held to ever since I started blogging at Roz Wound Up in 2008. Creative production trumps documentation. If it's a choice of meeting my creative goals or posting about what I've been making, then posts always lose.
I haven't had time to put two thoughts together for my blogs (and I'm going to have to start doing that soon as my prepared posts that I pre-schedule are all used up!). But it looks like I'm going to fill this journal by the 18th so I wanted to post something in advance of that, and in advance of the video flip through I mentioned the other day.
I can't really start at the beginning today and fill you in on what's happening as I only stole a few minutes to post some particulars about this spread. I'll write more, in pieces, in the coming weeks.
Above: The page spread at the start of the process. You can see the Gelli-Arts printing plate prints on the pages and the collaged paper in the top left (also gelli-plate printed). And you can see my finch sketches—Faber-Castell Pitt Artists' Calligraphy Pen. Click on the image to view an enlargement.
The journal is totally unsuitable for the type of mixed media visual journaling I've been doing in it and my character finds it totally suitable. Most of my friends who have seen the 42 page spreads (84 pages) I've completed so far, think I'm off my nut. I am.
I asked a friend I trust artistically on Saturday if she liked it or hated it (she had a look of horror on her face). She diplomatically said, "Wait until the end of the month, put it away until June, and then look at it."
We had a good laugh.
Above: Detail of the finch sketch at the top center. Click on the image to view an enlargement. (This is before the background was overpainted with white.)
I hope you are all having a good laugh at least some of the time with your 2013 fake journals.
I can say that I've discovered a lot of things about me and a lot of things about materials (art materials). I can't wait to share them with you.
I'm working in brief bursts of writing to make intelligible and helpful posts that won't overwhelm your day with "reading." Because after all, you have pages to create too.
So there's one peek, and more to come. I have to say that while the jury is still out about the entire book (and that's a story in itself) I have to admit that I really liked this page of aviary birds, especially when I put in the white background paint—they look like those old printed bandanas people wore in the years before "Survivor" popularized the stretchy "buff."
If you hit a time crunch, keep working on your project and worry about showing it to people later. (Yes, Roz should have picked a more manageable approach as she's always telling people to do—but we never really know what's going to happen do we?) So keep working, and work hard, and have fun.
To learn more read "What Is IFJM?" Follow the other explanatory links listed in the introduction to this blog. See the right-side bar column for this year's contest guidelines. Also in the side bar column find lists of participants who posted their fake journals and browse through their adventures. Use this blog's category cloud to find "tips." Browse the blog to learn about fake journaling—but also to learn about how you can improve and deepen your own journaling habit. Life's so short, why live only one?
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