Over the months I've shared a lot of pages out of my journal Sampler Resolutionary. I'm so happy to have finally gotten it done that I created a video. It's been fun for me to see it all come together.
Of course if I were to do it again I'd do it differently, but that's bound to be the case three years into any project. And can I just say what a RELIEF it is to hear that the latest "resolution trend" is to choose one word for the upcoming year? ONE word. Can I have an "amen" on that?
For anybody new to this project, it's my story of learning the German language (especially those umlauts), as well as getting used to the culture. Every New Years Eve I made a list of words for each letter of the alphabet.
Nearly everything in the journal was done old-school because it was important for me to explore what would happen if I didn't use any commercial papers, stamps or embellishments. I think I was having a major internal tantrum about all the supplies I can't seem to "get" here in Germany. So I basically flipped out and said to myself, "OK I'll show YOU. I don't need your CRAP. I'll make it on my own!!" In the end cool, but also the reason it took 3 stinkin years to get done.
All the images (except Oprah's head) are my photographs or drawings. And I don't have a lot to say about Oprah except I miss her so much and wish at least her magazine was here in Germany. Strike that. Forget the magazine. Just send Oprah herself!
There's tons of handwriting, stenciling, and doodling over watercolor and acrylic paint, spray paint, color pencils, crayons, markers. Any decorative looking papers are also handmade from other stuff I was making. There's lots of printing both from hand carved linoleum as well as hand carved stamp blocks. I glued and sewed things into the pages. I worked on again and off again for three years jumping all over the place through the project. Sometimes intentionally focusing on words and sometimes randomly working on stuff. Some of the words German, most of them English. My mixed media story.
So here's wishing y'all a very happy and healthy New Year. And I deeply hope that all your resolutions come true for you...