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  • December 17th, 2009 | 4:39 PM
My first writing vision board

I may have mentioned that I am starting to "play" with art a tiny bit. Play is a hard word for me to use because it's not something I do often or well. And art, well, I just thought that was the name of some guy I hadn't met yet. But I am trying. And I'm inspired by many posts about creative journaling from newport2newport , like this and this and this.

There's also been a whole lot of "visioning" going on, such as talked about over here on Shrinking Violets and earlier in the week d_michiko_f came over to work on vision boards with me. You can see her finished board over here.

And here's mine. (Click through to see larger pics.) From First Forays into Art"
This was how I started - with a magazine page glued over poster board and pens cut from Levenger catalog. I had a vision of a board of pens but I'm not crazy about the final version with the pens. I would have rather had a group of them like in this picture.

From First Forays into Art
Vision board foreground - This is the board when I thought I was done and before I got the bright idea to play with a background.

From First Forays into Art
Vision board background. I had been watching way too many YouTube videos and wanted to try playing with an acrylic wash on a large piece of poster board. I figured it wouldn't matter because most of it wouldn't be visible once I glued the vision board on top of it. Alas I didn't consider how hard (impossible) it would be to smooth out the wrinkles working backwards like this.

From First Forays into Art
Final vision board for my writing life. I made so many beginner's mistakes on this one but it was a learning process for me. I didn't set out with the intention to mount it on anything so this ended up being built from the top down instead of from the bottom up. Gluing mistakes caused a ton of wrinkles which make the perfectionist in me cringe but I just keep telling myself that the wrinkles merely represent the bumps in the road on my writing path. I also did packing tape image transfers and while it was fine in theory, I didn't like the shiny bits of tape that came through. I roughed it up where I could with my crayons. After doing this one I feel better about moving forward into my vision journal.

More art in the next post too.

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December 18th, 2009 12:52 am (UTC)
Gorgeous!!! I love the wrinkles! I love it, love it love it!!
December 18th, 2009 06:38 am (UTC)
Thank you! I am trying to embrace the wrinkles but it's hard. I knew better than to do what I did and I did it anyway.
December 18th, 2009 01:19 pm (UTC)
These are wonderful!
December 18th, 2009 05:45 pm (UTC)
Re: wow
Thanks, Jeannine!
December 18th, 2009 02:28 pm (UTC)
"Gluing mistakes caused a ton of wrinkles which make the perfectionist in me cringe but I just keep telling myself that the wrinkles merely represent the bumps in the road on my writing path."

This resonated with me. I'm there with you on learning to accept wrinkles and bumps and imperfection (in all aspects of my life).

December 18th, 2009 05:46 pm (UTC)
It's so hard, isn't it Tracy, to accept those imperfections when the images in our head are so darn perfect?
December 18th, 2009 05:14 pm (UTC)
Wow, Susan. This is GORGEOUS! I'm so impressed. Especially with all the sophisticated techniques you used!

December 18th, 2009 05:47 pm (UTC)
Thank you, Robin. I had a lot of fun with it and the mistakes are going to be great lessons for me. Now I'm going to begin a vision journal so I can devote pages to each aspect of my life.
December 19th, 2009 09:09 pm (UTC)
What a beautiful vision board. I have a vision board too but mine is a sloppy bulletin board. Maybe one day I'll try something like this (although I have no artistic ability). You have inspired me. I love the wrinkles and everything else about it!
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