The Wedding Guest Book and A Self Portrait Assignment

With October halfway done, I think it won't be long before I go into the usual Holiday frenzy mode. I like to imagine I'm one of those people who gets all the shopping for presents done before December swoops in, but it pretty much ends there. In my imagination, I mean. 

Early in the year, I often get ideas for presents (because as I've mentioned, I prefer personalized ones) only to be waylaid by what my hubby calls my loops. In my defense, I've countered that while I do tend to loop, my loops move on a forward track which should be a good indication of some sort of progress.

Hopefully, though, with the creative juices exploding in me (thanks to the Winter Hero's Art Journey course with Mira Reisberg and Maya Gonzalez), I may be able to come up with better presents this year.

The guest book is coming along nicely although I think the whole album might end up really thick. Most wedding albums are but this one might be REALLy thick. I've incorporated hand made books into a couple of the spreads and there are more spreads to do. I think it would be nice for the album to be a bit interactive. Instead of the bride and groom just turning pages, they could open things up or peek under a flap. This is a giveaway but since I know bride and groom don't read my blog, I'm going ahead. 

Each spread represents a place that both of them had visited together. On each one of those spreads, I'm adding an envelope with notepaper so that they can write their memories of the place, what they did together, or what made it special. Sometimes we go through rough spots in our relationships and while I don't wish that for them, I feel that reading what they had written may be gentle reminders later on. Of course it could go the other way--the "what was I thinking?" kind of way--but we're rooting for happy endings here!

This is the accordion spine for the flag book. I made a cover to make flipping it open easier. The bottom part of the accordion was glued to the page.

The "postcards" with guests' messages were glued on opposite sides of the folds so that when the book is open, the sides with the messages show up.

And this is the tool that now makes my paper crafting easier! It's a scoring tool by Martha Stewart Crafts which also makes crafting the envelopes a cinch.

This week has also been an exciting one. I actually made a self-portrait using paint and collage! It was this week's assignment for the Hero's Art Journey course. Maya and Mira reminded us that we have absolute freedom in the way we were to express ourselves (Maya says there is no wrong way to do art) and this allowed me to work on it without thinking of rules. It's funny but I seemed to be restless even in sleep because I couldn't wait to go back to my canvas to work on the portrait. I also feel the course is helping me find my voice. When you do lots of work for other people and you get used to creating for them (often in a style that clashes with your own), it's easy to lose bits and pieces of who you are in terms of your art. 

I'm learning so much from the course and the other participants are wonderful and warm and open. One day, I'd like to be able to teach a course like that and help people who think they have no creative bone in them discover they just hadn't bothered to look. Maya is right--it takes courage to make art and I think it's time to be brave. 


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