Yesterday I posted a couple of pages from a new art journal I'm creating that uses copies of letters as the pages. Those pages were letters my husband and I exchanged some 25-30 years ago. I also decided to include in this art journal copies of letters which my parents exchanged 55 years ago, during their engagement. My mother was still in Houston, Texas, but my father had already moved out to California to start his career. My fabulous sister found their letters, scanned them and made books for each of us kids a few years ago. At the front and back of my art journal, I have envelopes in which I have tucked letters - one from mom to dad (in the envelope above) and one from dad to mom (below):
I added some index prints from their wedding pictures (my same fabulous sister scanned my parents wedding pictures and put them on a disk for each kid) and a little stamping onto the letters. I'm not sure why it scanned so poorly, but you get the idea. I have a few more pages to go to finish up the art journal, but I'm really liking how it turned out.
In one of Dina Wakley's classes, she mentioned an artist that often used letters in his art - I think it was Matisse. I remember that the idea caught my attention then, and I've been wanting to get back to it. The book "Good Mail Day" (which I blogged about and offered up in Pass the Book at this post) brought that thought up again and provided the spark of inspiration for this art journal. I'll be teaching a class based on this idea (not just for love letters) in April, if you are in the Bay Area and would like to take it. Have you ever used personal letters in your art or layouts?