Monday, October 8, 2012

The Evolution Of A Journal

Back in October of 2009
I was just starting to really dip into art journaling.

I had been making journals long before that.
That was the part I liked doing, the making, but not too strong in the filling them department.
At that time Stampington & Co. was getting ready to put out a new publication.
{dang, that was a long time ago}
and Pam Garrison was gracing that first cover.
I couldn't wait to get my mits on it.
In the meantime, I made myself an Autumn journal.
I wrote about here and here.
I even made a little art inside of it.
And then it was shoved to the side and sadly forgotten about.

That is...
until last week.
I found it.
Under a pile of other half empty journals.
{yeah.  it's how I roll.}
As I thumbed through the first 8 pages,
those that actually had something on them,
I had to "wow" and giggle.
Those pages are SO different from how I journal now.
Not that I don't like them...
there are bits and pieces of them that I do.

It's just that...
well, they are hardly grungy at all...
very precise, in fact.
And hardly a lick of paint.
I don't even know how to function without paint nowadays.
So at that moment I decided to see what I could do about filling in a few more pages this Autumn.

Two down...
forty to go.
{yeah, I just snorted there, right along with you}
Here's to evolution!
I wonder what I'll think in another three years.


Photocat said...

Yeah for evolution and finding back. And seeing where we changed and where we still are the same. Art journaling: the essence.

Monica said...

I'm great at making journals, and so BAD at filling them, too! I feel a bit intimidated and often scared by putting my heart and soul too much onto the pages...
Yours are just divine- you definitely are an inspiration!

Jillayne said...

lol - I wonder if that's why I don't keep much of what I make!
It was fun to see the differences in your early work and later on. I understand what you mean about precise and organized as I seem to struggle with a lot myself. I do love those last two pages you have here - the colours are fabulous - love the muted softness of it all!

Dorthe said...

Alisa, What a difference some years makes , lol-
your new pages are so artistic, and filled with exiting stories, and pictures- dodlings,stamps,painting ,and all a heart can wish for---so WONDERFUL.
Hugs with wisches for a happy day.

kandeland said...

yes i definitely find an evolution going on in my journals too. i especially find differences when i am being inspired by different kinds of art journaling styles. pam carriker to mary ann moss to orly avineri...all so different but i love to get inspired by all kinds of different artists and styles. that changes what supplies i use as well. it's fun to see the evolution that come with the years! wishing you a great week Alisa, xo

Margaret said...

I love that progression in art, the idea, the development and the way we approach it, its like looking at old blog posts and thinking did I do that?! can't wait to see what you do in your found treasure, love that tree superb! Mx

Robin Thomas said...

I'm really glad you shared this. I guess this is exactly why journals are important. They are different kind of snapshot, right?

Love all your work. Always. With or without paint.

Lorrie Orr said...

Wouldn't it be more scary if we didn't evolve? Change is a part of life - it's fun to look back, and kind of embarrassing at times, but that's who we were back then. I think fashion changes in everything - decor, clothing, even art. Have fun filling your journals!