Wreck This Journal Page 10, and…… Anti-Journal Pages 1 – 4

I know, I know…I did say that I wouldn’t be purchasing another journal until I had completed my “Wreck This Journal” but upon seeing other people’s “Anti-Journal” pages on instagram I made the decision to buy the book while it was on offer on Amazon for £3.85.  It was probably the best decision I have made.  EVER.  I am working on them both concurrently and have completed a few new pages, one in my Wreck This Journal and 4 in my Anti-Journal.  here they are…

Page 10 in my Wreck This Journal

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“Write One Word over and Over”

I chose the word Love based on it being one of the most used words we say and probably one of the words that has so many different meanings depending on how it is used… there is the traditional “I love you”, then “I love this/that/the other object” where Love is in place of “strongly liking” the object.  Sometimes, that word can be overused and become meaningless and I wanted to depict that but at the same time be able to portray it as its word suggests to me, bright, vibrant and happy.  I wrote the word “Love” in big graffiti style lettering and used Staedtler Triplus Fineliners to write the word over and over as the background, in bright, vibrant colours.  this page seemed to take ages as I kept having to swap over colours and write as neatly as possible, making all the background words the same size.  Half way through the page I nearly gave up though, as my hand was getting achy and I started to feel a bit fed up of writing the same word, but I’m happy that I stuck with it and really like (love!!!) how the page turned out!

Now, onto my “Anti-Journal” pages…

Page 1 – “Anti-Journal”

I chose this page as the first one to complete…

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I chose this page as I really liked the first square, (the one with the orange dots, under the title “Repeat and Alter”).  I decided to repeat the pattern and then on other squares use the elements from the first to alter each square.  The elements are 3 lines, one circle with a centre dot, two blank circles and four dots.  I had no pre-conception of how I wanted the page to look once finished, however I did decide that I wanted the lines to flow into neighbouring boxes so that the pattern created would link together.  I filled each square in black, creating the lines and shapes before choosing to add colour once I had fitted all the elements into each box just to add further interest to the page.

Page 2 – “Anti-Journal”

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In progress…

And the finished piece…

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This is the “Allow Yourself to Be Bold” page.  I chose to use circles to create a pattern that in itself is as bold as the colours I chose to fill the design with.  I chose circles as I have a bit of a soft spot for that particular shape though I really have no idea why.  And I really like how you can create designs by overlapping the circles to create “floral” shapes.  I outlined all the circles in black felt pen to make the shape pop a bit and then filled the shapes in with bright coloured felt pens.  I chose to colour the spaces between the “flowers” with a royal blue to act as a background for the shapes.

Page 3 – “Anti-Journal”

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“Colours I Love/Hate/Feel Indifferent About”

This page was really hard for me to create as I don’t think there is any colour I truly “hate”, not even brown…all colours have their moment, and in the correct setting, all colours are beautiful.  However, I am a lover of all things bright and bold – Neon colours are my favourite, so I worked from there as a starting point.  I then worked my way into the colours I feel indifferent about as to me, they are just darker versions of the brighter/bolder colours I gravitate towards normally and the only reason I chose browns as the colours I hate are that these are the only felt pens that I never use and never seem to dry up – seriously, some of these felt pens are from when I bought markers for my Foundation Degree $ years ago!!!  It kind of made sense, from that reasoning, to use brown for the colours I hate.

Page 4 – “Anti-Journal”

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“Be Quiet With Lines – Be Loud With Lines”

For this pair of pages I chose water and thunder as my inspiration for the lines.  On the left I tried to create wavy lines that mimic the flow of water and coloured them with calm, soothing colours, whereas on the right I chose to create zig-zag lines, with a lightening bolt through the middle to represent noise and loudness.  I coloured this with really bright, in your face colours in order to represent the noise.

 

I hope you are all enjoying my pages, if you would like to see more head over to my Instagram (you can find me on this link or follow me @siouxsietench), alternatively, I am on twitter, either @dreamnails01 or @suzitench 🙂 )

 

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Wreck This Journal Pages 6 – 9

Here’s my most recent pages, 6 – 9.  This past week I have surprised myself and managed to complete 4 more pages, 2 of them were completed on the same day which helped a lot!  Each of these pages probably had between 2 and 5 hours work put into them 🙂

Here you go…

Page 6

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This is a close up of the page I completed – “Draw Thick Lines And Thin”

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And this is the full-page!  I chose to do “ribbons” of colour that overlap and weave around the other lines as the subject for this piece.  Originally I wasn’t going to have a background colour but towards the end of colouring the lines I felt that it needed something to make the colours “pop” so chose this blue colour.  I used felt tips for the colour and chose to use an unbranded gel pen to make the lines.  I really like using felt pens as it is quick and easy, the colour is stable and the saturation more consistent than when using pencils… well, until your marker decides to run out toward the end (note the middle bottom section which isn’t as evenly coloured as the rest of the blue sections).  That is probably the only thing that I’m not entirely pleased about with this image and can see myself re-colouring it at some point in the future!

Page 7

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Here’s a close up of the start of this page which gives the instructions to “Document Time Passing”.  I had several ideas for this page but upon putting pen to paper, this is what happened…

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I went with a clock face theme and the words “tick tock” written over and over in different sized letters.  This image was inspired by school exams and times when you are bored, all those times when you are super aware of the minutes passing by, when you can hear the tick tock of the clock, minutes can feel like hours and hours can feel like minutes.

I used my Staedtler Triplus Fineliner pens for the outlines of the image and generic felt pens to colour the words.  For the background grey colour I used Aquash watercolour pencils and water brush.

Page 8

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This is the page I created for “This Page Is a Sign, What Do You Want It To Say?”.  I chose the words “Dream Big and Believe” as it is a saying that I try to remember when I need motivation.  I chose to do the lettering in my handwriting and fill the blank spaces with swirls and dots as it seemed to fit the theme of the quote really nicely.  I kept the colour theme to one shade of blue and one shade of pink, partly to fit in with the “dream” wording and because it just felt like the best colours to use for the page.

Page 9

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 Heres a close up of the page “Document a Boring Event in Detail”…

And the full thing…

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I decided to create the page using the phrase “It Was Really Boring” as when I get asked about a boring event that has happened that is how I normally respond.  I used the speech bubbles with “Blah Blah Blah” and “Yada Yada” as when I have to recall things that were said I can never remember them and it seemed fitting for this theme!  I also included the words “Yawn” and “Zzzz” as boring events seem to have the effect of making me yawn and feel sleepy, whether this be a uni lecture or a meeting or sometimes, even going out somewhere!

I have already made a start on my next page after completing another which I will share next time!  If you would like to see them in advance of my blog post then head over to my Instagram where I usually upload pics of the pages as I have finished them!

Wreck This Journal – Pages 2 – 5

 

I’ve been working on my “Wreck This journal” nearly every day this past week and was aiming to produce a new page each day but have found that some of my pages have taken longer than a day to complete.  The good thing about this is that I am always having something creative to work on each day, though I must confess that I had a day off from creating on Friday as I felt a bit “M’eh” in general. That has not stopped me thinking about my next page though and have an idea of what I want to do so the creativity is still there!

I’ve been choosing pages at random, flicking through the book  and stopping on a random page and working on whichever one I land on and so far this has worked for me!  I’m not too sure how it will work once the book gets more full though!  And although I have only *just* started this book I’m already considering purchasing another as I have found myself thinking of other ideas for the pages I have already completed!  I’m making a rule though that I don’t make a purchase of another journal until I’m at least 75% through this one!

Anyway,  here’s the next few completed pages of mine…

Page 2

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Create a Non Stop Line…. This page took me around 8 hours to complete as every time I thought I might be finished I saw somewhere that I could add more detail to.  I used Staedtler Triplus Fineliner markers for this doodle as I like the narrowness of the nib, the colours and that the pens don’t bleed through the page.

Heres a close up…

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Page 3…

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Doodle Over the Top of the Title Page…  This was on a check list of other instructions to doodle on different pages…I started with the Title page as I fancied brightening that one up first.  This probably, in total, took me 3 to 4 hours to finish.

Page 4…

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Make a Pattern

I used Washi tape for this page, choosing my favourite ones from the stack I own.  This page was super quick and easy, taking about an hour to stick the tape down and then to trim it to size and add the little square with the washi “quote” on it.

Page 5…

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Trace Your Hand.

I used my triplus fineliner pens for this and, aside from tracing my hand, this is the first page that I didn’t really have any idea on how I wanted it to look at the end.  I doodled some squares to start off with and then continued with them, making a tile pattern.  I then used my Aquash Watercolour pencils and brush to add some colour to the tiles.

I have really enjoyed creating these pages and have more to share with you all soon!!!!  if you fancy keeping up to date with what I’m up to, head over to my Instagram account and give me a follow!!!!

 

Wreck this Journal

 

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This is one of my New Year’s resolutions that I have made and one that I am intending to keep.  I blogged about my New Years Resolutions in THIS post and wrote about wanting to be more creative this year and attempt to do something creative at least once a week.  I also wrote that I had owned this book for over a year and never really done anything with it, vowing to incorporate this into my creativity.  I chose a page at random, just flicking through the book and randomly stopping and the page I chose had instructions to doodle over the top of the page, the text, the margins, everywhere!

I decided to not really think about what I was doing and just make some shapes and see where it led me…

This is the finished product…

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And here’s a close up…

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I’m really pleased with the outcome, which took around 6 hours to complete.  I love the shapes, the mix of colours (I used Staedtler triplus fineliner pens to draw with) and also the mix of textures I managed to create using lines and dots.

I have now started on my next page, which isn’t quite finished yet but when it is I shall share that too!  (If you fancy a sneak peek soon then pop by my Instagram which you can find HERE 🙂 )

I’m really enjoying just doing something creative without having a plan and am finding myself thinking about what I could do next, or what I could have done differently, I’m even thinking about purchasing another book so I can work on the same page again but work it all in a different way!

New Year…New Resolutions

Happy New Year to all my lovely followers and blog readers out there!!!  I can’t quite believe (still, 7 whole days in), that it’s 2015!

I didn’t really make any resolutions last year which, at the time quite suited me, I was, after all battling to complete my degree, college course and holding down both a full time job as well as a part time one.  I think my very words to resolutions last year were “Ain’t nobody got time for that!”.  And, you know what?  I kind of missed them.  In a way I had a ton of goals already pre-set for me and they were more important (dissertation writing, project sorting and getting all my assignments completed for college) but I missed setting my own goals and tasks for the year.

This year I have given a TON of thought to my resolutions.  I have been thinking about them since December!!!  So, here they are…

  • Save money – easy huh?  But under this broad spectrum resolution, which I have made time and again, and never stuck to are ways of saving that bit extra this year which become their own resolutions, helping me to keep this one…
  • Budget my spending – I have already created a spread sheet for this, logging my income and main outgoings – bills, food, fuel, savings etc.  I can add to it each month with other spending I do which will help me have a better idea of where my money goes.  I’m also hoping that by seeing all my spending in black and white will put me off any “extra” spending that I don’t need.
  • Plan purchases – For example – I am a huge beauty product geek and will buy something just because its on offer, regardless if I need it or not.  Planning my purchases means for me, planning when things will run out and only buy when I truly need them, not want them.
  • Stop unnecessary spending on things I don’t really need – pretty similar to the above really, except this goes for “pretty, shiny things” – shoes, bags, clothes, the list could go on and on… I have a ton of bags that I don’t use as they just aren’t quite right and keep impulse buying more in the hope that they will suffice, and they haven’t. I’m always returning to use the same bag again and again as its big enough (read too big) but not that practical or smart.  I need to research any future purchases in detail before handing over the cash.
  • Scale down the contents of my bag, and stop carrying around the same, unused stuff on a daily basis – maybe then one of the bags I have will become the perfect bag….???
  • Plan my meals better – at the moment I tend to snack eat which isn’t healthy.  I really need to plan meals in advance, and if possible pre-cook and perhaps freeze them so there is always something on hand to eat when hunger kicks in.  Hopefully this will lead to saving money too.
  • Do something creative at least once a week – since finishing university and college, apart from creating nails I have not done much creative until now!  I purchased a “Wreck This Journal” by Keri Smith last year and vow to complete it by the end of the year.  If you have never heard of “Wreck This Journal” then check it out here .  This book, and the others in the series are sure to get your creative juices flowing!  I will be posting images of my “Wreck this Journal” to my Instagram if you would like to see them!  (You can find me here )
  • Take more photos and actually do something with them…I already do take photos but not nearly enough and I don’t feel like I have worked on a project in so long.  I have now started a new project which I hope to share a bit with you all soon!
  • Use all my cameras at least for one whole load of film this year.  I have hardly picked up a camera in ages, not since I have owned an iPhone, and somewhere along the way I have started to neglect my other cameras, and I own a few!  I’d like to be able to create something at the end of the year which documents, truly, the year I have had – the good, the bad and the everyday.
  • Read more books and make a list of what I have read- I love books and since owning a Kindle I have read loads more than I have done since starting uni (well textbooks don’t really count do they?) but I have no idea the extent of books I have actually read.  it would be interesting to me to see the number of books I have read in a year and the variety I have read at what times of the year too.
  • Go on more trips – I have a vintage camper that we started to use more last year that the year previous, I think we had about 10 trips (or more) away in it during the summer and I’d like to be able to travel around a bit more and experience more of our beautiful island.  Getting passports is another must do this year, we are planning a trip abroad at some point!!!

I’m sure there will be many more things I could add to this list of “resolutions” and probably will at some point but I feel this is a manageable amount, and the smaller the list the more likely I am to stick to them!
What are some of your resolutions this year?

 

Something bad has happened, not in a bad “I killed someone” way, or even in a bad “I’m getting locked up for years” way or anything like that.  This is bad in an “I got so angry I actually threw up” kind of way.

2 days ago I found out I had missed my graduation.  My GRADUATION.  That once in a lifetime celebration of passing a degree (trust me, I am NEVER doing a degree again so this was definitely a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.)  I had no email, no letter, no invite from the university, no nothing.  How did I find out that I had missed it?  Social Media. Social Flippin’ Media.  One of the girls who was on my course uploaded a pic of her at graduation and that is how I found out that I should have been there.  I was sat in Starbucks at the time, not that it is relevant or anything.  I was waiting to meet a friend to discuss a project I was working on, he was late, I was using the free wi-fi and browsing my social media sites and boom, just like that, my whole experience of uni came back to me in one foul swoop.

And now I’m sat here writing this, feeling really miserable and angry, left out, distressed, resentment, the list of emotions could go on and on but there is no one word to sum up exactly how I’m feeling.  And I’m pissed off because I got so angry that I puked.

And I don’t know what to do anymore.  Part of me thinks the whole uni experience was a waste of time, I might have passed the course but I’ve not been given the chance to “graduate”, nor have I even received my certificate.  What really, was the point of it all?