I’ve been scanning a lot, lately.  Pages from National Geographic (so many interesting shots – I should make a list of my favorite photographers from those, as a reference sheet for other artists to study) currently, and others from iD magazine, Purple Fashion and Paris Vogue to come later.

I use the images that I scan as reference for color palettes, shape and texture in fabrics, locations for research projects in assignments and personal tinkerings that I take on sometimes.  I’ve always wanted to explore digital collage, as I love mixed media collage already and enjoy Photoshop and digital photography and imagery.  I’m hoping to experiment with using scanned images when I start to delve into that process.  Also, I tend to recycle the magazines after I have scanned in my favorite images – or use the physical paper in future art journaling activities.  Phew.  Very time consuming, but so worth it.

I’m inspired by a lot of the art journaling/crafting books that have been coming out lately.  Still waiting to purchase a couple, including Journal Spilling by Diana Trout (not yet released).  It’s amazing to come across others in the realm of art and mixed media with similar practices, but also new insights.  I peeked inside the preview of the book at amazon.com, and was delighted by the author’s honest words.

School has started up again – this time the last year of my undergraduate education.  It’s been a journey, for sure.  I’m taking a light, but interesting load: (1) Capstone community service project – art, (2) Digital Illustration & Painting and (3) Motion Graphics.  These classes are keeping me fairly busy, but also helping to serve my creative needs, too.

I’d like to get into the habit of taking more pictures, regularly – and now that I’m back at school and have access to a printing lab again  I’ll start printing my favorite shots out and forming a more concise portfolio.

Some recent art journaling scans:

*Edit: Larger sizes!

*Text in page #2 says:

I search for truth now.  For better things like “you” — you
that rings true — this is how we take a step toward
a greater deed — a nice emblem of that which
we also are — this is why I take steps into a very different
kind of how we always are…this is my entrance into a
greater being and part of me — this is how we seek a
different step — this is my passage, now.  This is why we
seek a same step into a just passage — this is my pur-
pose in all things — this is why we have come to pass up
these (soon) opportunities — they is why I have changed
course in a new direction — this is my changed way —
this is a beauty, simply put — this is how — this is a
smaller thing — a change in the current — this is a change
in the tide — this is truly how we seek change — this a
true law and a change of action that makes this worry
now — this is something now — this is a different step to
take light into, now (something that I change now — ) —
this is a breath that excites me, now — this is how we
can take this now.  — ❤

*Text in page #4 says:

This, a light freedom —
this challenge
and change —
this, too
I admire, this I
cherish, treasure and
admit to
in Grace
in Divinity