I've been away for so long that it feels overwhelming to catch up, so I'm going to jump right in with a recent trip and new journal love.
I made this journal to take to Mexico several years ago and never used it. It was done in Mary Ann Moss's wonderful Remains of the Day class.
Luckily, it was a perfect fit for my trip to New Mexico. I had enjoyed making it, but wasn't sure if I would like keeping a journal in it because I'm used to working on blank pages and these pages were already pretty full with collaged bits and trims. But I loved working in it!
The pages added little challenges to find areas to sketch or write or collage in.
It pushed my sketching in new ways as I had to figure out how to fit things in.
I didn't add as much to the pages as Mary Ann did. I knew I wanted some blank pages for sketching such as these for sketches from the Museum of International Folk Art--one of my favorite places on the trip.
I did put in quite a few pockets like Mary Ann does and they are now filled with gallery cards and other bits of paper.
I enjoyed working in it so much that I came home and made another one for my upcoming trip to Los Angeles. This one has a lot of my hand-painted fabrics on it and that gorgeous button I picked up in Taos.
A few of the busier pages inside and many are blank with a little edge or two.
And a few of my favorite shots from the trip: Love the adobe architecture. This is Mabel Luhan Dodge's house, one of the prettiest.
The colorful shrines reminded me of Mexico.
These wonderful masks were from a children's art center.
Lots of places to take in Folk Art.
And some quiet beauty too.