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


“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…


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”


In progress…

And the finished piece…


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”


“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”


“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 🙂 )


In Review – JUNE

12 Posts


No idea of the amount of rainy days this past month has seen…

Another month gone by so quickly again!  It seems that time drags by when I’m in Uni, the holidays can’t come quick enough but now I’m on holiday it seems that the months are passing too quickly!

My favourite posts of the month are (in order of most recent to oldest…)

1) Circles Project – Week 3 (https://artreviewed.wordpress.com/2012/06/14/circles-project-week-3/)  I liked the photos that I had taken for this post and that I have not centered totally on the circles within the frame.  There is something a lot more subtle about the photos and I may start to play around more with showing the “circles” in situ rather than zooming in on them and making the image totally about the item.

2) Nature (https://artreviewed.wordpress.com/2012/06/16/nature/)  This is my favourite image I have taken so far, and it happened quite by chance.  I love the detail on the bee and the colours of the image.  I’d love to take more photos like this! 😀

3) Interrupted – Uni Summer Project Wk 1 and Wk 2(https://artreviewed.wordpress.com/2012/06/16/interrupted-uni-summer-project-wk-1/,https://artreviewed.wordpress.com/2012/06/30/interrupted-week-2/ ) I’m glad I have finally started to get this project off the ground and am now playing round with ideas that I have had and seeing how they come out.  There will be more of these to come!

4) Weekend Project – The Garden! (https://artreviewed.wordpress.com/2012/06/30/weekend-project-the-garden/)  I was pleased to start doing weekend projects and starting to play around with my cameras and film again, and I’m really pleased with the results of my first weekend project!  I originally spoke of these “Weekend Projects” being day projects as it only takes a day to shoot images but decided to make them into weekend projects as I needed to get the images printed and scanned in to the computer to upload and that can take a few days!

5) Cards… (https://artreviewed.wordpress.com/2012/06/30/cards/)  As I said in the post, I haven’t done any card or scrap booking for so long and it was nice to start-up making things again!  And for such a good cause too!  I had forgotten how relaxing I find card making and am aiming to make more to sell!

Things to work on in July…

1) The amount of posts I make!  I was aiming for a post a day but after having some image upload issues that have continued I was slightly put off as I got so frustrated!  I am going to try to post more this month and catch up with everything!

2) Uni Projects.  It is all well and good having ideas but it would be a good idea for me to put them into practice and make more images instead of thinking about them!  I have a tendency to over think something and then not do anything about it so in future I shall start doing as I think and maybe I shall get further along than I am! I have a few ideas that would be good to write down and start working on, especially one for the Interrupted project that I am working on!

3) Circles Project.  As above really!  I have a few ideas that I want to work on, including one that moves away from photography and into printing but that is going to be kept for another post!

4) Weekend Projects.  I have loved doing the first weekend project and am going to be working on another one this weekend so hopefully there will be more images to share soon!  My only problem is deciding which camera to use next!  I’d love to use my medium format cameras (my Holga TLR and Kodak Box Brownie TLR) but have not got around to purchasing colour film yet.  Or finding out if I can get it processed in Asda.

5) Working on my Bucket List (https://artreviewed.wordpress.com/2012/05/17/summer-bucket-list/).  I am not sure how many things I have done on my Bucket List so far but I’m sure an update is a good idea!

Weekend Project – The Garden!

As blogged about (here https://artreviewed.wordpress.com/2012/06/23/weekend-project-1-the-garden/)! I have finally had the prints done and the photos have been scanned to share!

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Considering I have never used a fish-eye lens before, or the camera, I am really happy with the way these have turned out.  The circle frame on some of them has given me an idea for my circles project where I could use the fish-eye lens to capture and frame objects.

I used my Canon EOS3000 to shoot with, a Pro Series HD Xtreme Fisheye 0.15x lens (Macro) attachment, Kodak Colour Plus 24exp 200ISO film and had the negatives processed and images printed at Asda (7″x5″ prints) on a 1hr processing time (costing £7).   I did have a bit of trouble with the processing as the first batch were printed incorrectly as the machine they used got a bit confused by the framing that the fish eye lens produced, throwing off the alignment of photos.  However, I went back and they re-printed for free.

Circles Project – Week 3

This week I took photos of objects found in my allotment.  It made me realise how many objects are designed with a circular structure in mind.  I want to explore circles in design and structure further and think that my research should follow this path now.  I remember in school doing a project on castles and why a lot of them had curved corners as it strengthened the building when it was under attack.

I am also looking at cycles, such as the life cycle, water cycle etc, as part of my inspiration for this project.  Also circles as symbols, such as in religion and magic and in history.

**I’d like to make an apology about the photos in this blog entry, I have been experiencing problems when uploading the photos and am not sure why, I did edits to them but they have not been uploaded.  I also had difficulty in uploading the photos as they were.  I have no idea why.  So apologies for the photos, I know some of them have come out a bit dark and all that but I have had to upload the unchanged images.**

In Review – MAY

I can’t believe May has come and gone!  It doesn’t feel like that long ago that I finished uni for the summer! (Not that we have had much of a summer yet, 1 week of hot sunny weather and the rest has been wet and miserable…)

Anyway, as this is a review of May I shall be sharing my favourite posts with you along with my favourite ideas that have cropped up along the way!

So, this month my favourite posts were (in most recent – earliest)

1) Heat. (https://artreviewed.wordpress.com/2012/05/31/heat/)  I really like this post as it was a spur of the moment blog that I wasn’t going to do.  I was originally going to blog about something else but had taken these photos in the garden and they captured (to me anyway) how hot it was.  The photos I took were calm and peaceful, which the day was, it was one of those days where you could smell the warmth in the air and there wasn’t a cloud to be seen, let alone a breeze to be felt.

2) Circles Project Week 2. (https://artreviewed.wordpress.com/2012/05/25/circles-project-week-2/) I liked the first weeks photos but am more pleased with how the second weeks photos turned out.  I feel that I have pushed myself and challenged myself to be more creative with the photos I have taken, used different view points and become more investigative with my pictures.

3) Summer Bucket List. (https://artreviewed.wordpress.com/2012/05/17/summer-bucket-list/)  As I am not in uni now for quite a while and (seem to) have time on my hands I thought it would be nice to compile a bucket list of things I would like to do during the holidays apart from just concentrate on uni work and photos.  Some of the items on my list I have tried and have had fun with, some I have ideas for and some I have yet to start or do, which is ok as I do have a lot of time to be able to do these things in!  At some point there will be a post about what I have done on the list and photos too!!!

4) My Cameras. (https://artreviewed.wordpress.com/2012/05/12/my-cameras-photos/) This post where I spoke about my cameras made me realise that I do own an awful amount of cameras, some I have not used for ages (maybe even years) and it got me thinking about them and how much I loved taking photos with them, all for different reasons.  It has made me think about starting to use them again and think about projects I could do using them!

5) A Model Family. (https://artreviewed.wordpress.com/2012/05/11/a-model-family-the-finished-product/) I’m not sure I can even begin to explain how happy I am with this project and the way it turned out in the end, especially as at one point I felt that I was battling with it and on the verge of giving up.  This project is not just a grade to me, it is blood, sweat and tears and a reminder to myself not to give up and keep going even when you feel like it is not going to work.  Just a little more effort and energy and belief in the idea can make it work!  And I’m so glad I didn’t give up on this one! 😀

So, that’s my favourite posts but I have some ides also that I would like to  follow on with in this month.

1) Day Projects  (https://artreviewed.wordpress.com/2012/05/26/day-projects/)  After I had this idea and had blogged about it I thought about what I could photo in a day and have now made a list.  I am hoping to be able to take photos on a saturday each week and then get them developed on sunday with a view to posting in the week.  I decided that I was going to use film for these projects as I want to get back into using film and really like the effects you can obtain with film.  I like the idea of doing short projects that can be done in a day as it means that the projects can be based purely on photography and are quick and less time-consuming!

2) Illustrating a Story. (https://artreviewed.wordpress.com/2012/05/25/illustrating-a-story/)  I like this idea which was a project we had in uni back in January.  It can be as simple or as technical as you like and could be quite interesting.  im not sure if I will choose a story to illustrate at the moment but I would like to keep it in mind for the future.

Things to work on in June.

1) Uni Summer Project.  As I now have 2 completely new ideas I need to research them and decide whether to do them both (as both are viable options at the moment) or whether I should just do one.  This decision can only be made once research is underway and I can see where I can go with my ideas and the volume of work each idea produces, and then where these ideas take me in terms of photographs and the quality of the ideas behind them.

2) Circles Project.  I seem to have lost momentum for this project slightly.  I’m not sure why, but over the next few weeks I am going to be editing some of the photos I have taken and really start playing with the ideas I have.  One of the ideas for this project is to create something and I’m keen to get started with it and see what happens!

3) Day Projects.  I am determined to start this project and use all of the cameras I have, if not to produce good work but to re-familiarise myself with film and the cameras themselves.  I will be aiming to do one project each weekend, with shooting on a saturday and developing on a sunday!

Uni Summer Project – Review

As you know I have not been too keen on using my personal project (Circles) for my uni project but have been persevering with it anyway.  Until now….  An idea (or 2!!!) came to me the other day which are now beginning to formulate in my head into solid ideas that I can work on and explore for the Summer Project.  One is about interruptions in daily life and the other idea I have had is challenging an ideal or norm in society.   I have a few ideas of how I want to work my ideas but need to do some research before taking too many photos of the same thing and loosing inspiration.  I have an idea of who I’d like to look at artist wise too which has never happened before, usually I start with an idea and work on it and then do research, then look at artists and see what other people have done but as I said in my post (here https://artreviewed.wordpress.com/2012/05/21/approaching-a-new-project/) you don’t always need to go about things in a set way, everything is interchangeable and, for me, this way feels like the best and most natural way for this project to progress at the moment!

Circles Project – Week 2

I should have posted this on Tuesday, done a post on Wednesday and one yesterday but one thing and another kinda prevented me from doing so (lack of sleep, not coming home til late, the sun, sunburn, making things (which is an entirely different post…))  Anyway, its being posted now which is probably better late than never!

This week I have taken more photos for you to see of circles that can be found in and around the home.  I still have no concrete plans of how I want to continue with this project just yet as I’m not sure where it will lead me and what I may discover along the way.  This project is in its early stages and is an exploration into circles and why they fascinate me.


Anyway, the photos (I haven’t edited these, I figured I would just show the photos that I’m happy with for the time being and edit once I have “completed” the project)…

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Uni Summer Project

I had to go to Uni on Tuesday for my end of year review and to pick up the grade I had been given for the last module.  I must say I wasn’t expecting the grade I got for this project as my other projects had only ever been given C’s.  This last project, I got an A14 for it!  I am so pleased with it!  I think I’m more pleased with it because I went in to collect it without having any pre-conceived ideas of what I should be given grade wise.  I was pleased with the feedback too, I knew that I needed to do more research into artists that had done something similar idea wise as I hadn’t looked at any other artists work for this module and how they would have approached the subject I was trying to convey.  I was happy though, and so was my lecturer, that I had thought about how I was going to present my work and that I had made more models, simplified ones that I showed as a series, building upon each of them.  I was also pleased that I had chosen names for them that were equations of how they are made up, it continued the scientific theme I had going on.

While there I got given my summer project which is in two parts.  One is to visit an exhibition/show and write a review on it and the second is quite loose in terms of what we can do.  The main brief of our summer project is to produce a body of work which can be on any theme/idea of our choice and is to be self led and driven.  We can produce work that can be photographic/film/a book or whatever we choose so long as it is sympathetic to our chosen subject.

Now, I have already started a self driven project about circles that I posted my first images of here (https://artreviewed.wordpress.com/wp-admin/post.php?post=694&action=edit )  but I’m unsure whether to use this project as my uni project or to do another project that I can run alongside the Circles one that I am currently undertaking.  I sat and thought about other project ideas last night, (I won’t share the list just yet as I am still working out if I want to expand on the themes and choose one of them), I came up with 22, yep, 22, different themes I could and would like to do.  What I’m not sure of , is whether these ideas can keep me going from now until october, work wise.  With my Circles project, I don’t have a definitive timeline, I can continue it until I see fit, I can stop and re start it whenever I want as I’m doing it for myself but the uni project needs to be clear and concise and I need to have set ideas to follow and explore.  I feel like I’ve been given this task to undertake and I’m just floating around on it.  I will admit I’m a teeny tiny bit terrified of doing a project which has no boundaries or guidance, except for myself.  Is my own judgement good enough?  Can I produce a body of work that is not just visually pleasing but meaningful also?  And can I keep it going all summer long?

There is really only one way to find out, and that is to do it…if it goes wrong then at least I have tried.

Personal Project – Circles

As today is my last day in Uni for the year and my projects are now over I have decided that I’d like to do a project of my own to keep me motivated during the summer months.

I have chosen to do a project on circles, documenting them in everyday life and wherever they occur naturally too.  I have always had a fascination with circles and spheres and I have no idea why.  I remember as a child having a compass given to me and I would spend hours creating patterns using circles and geometric shapes.  I am using this project as a tool to better understand why they hold so much intrigue for me.

The Module 4 work I did, looking at family, friend and trust circles and creating sculptures using polystyrene spheres really got me thinking about circles in general and helped to inspire this project.

I am not sure the duration of this project yet, or the direction that it will go in but there will be regular updates about this project, and others to come during the summer, here!