Artists in Blogland have been sponsoring an art journaling series called "Fall Fearless and Fly." The final prompt, is all about looking at something old in a new way. I did a couple of things with the prompt. From a journaling perspective, I took a fresh look at where I am right now. Truthfully, I've been feeling a little mundane lately - not nearly as amazing as I used to be. I feel like I spend far too much time attending to day-to-day appointments and running the house and not as much time doing interesting work or helping my family thrive (instead of just survive). But, when I took a fresh look at myself, I decided that perhaps I am amazing still - just in a different way. And that's what my journaling page is all about.
I made this art journal page in a journal which is also something old being used in a new way. This afternoon, I took a really large road atlas (each page is 11x16) and converted it into an art journal. The "dry" art journal I've been using for my Kelly Kilmer class measures 9x12, and I've really enjoyed working in a larger format. I was also inspired by a ledger-turned-art journal that Dina Wakley has featured on her blog. So I grabbed the atlas from the junk pile in the garage. I glued 2-3 pages together to give them so more heft and gesso'd a few pages to get them ready. I'm calling the journal my "monthly make" for January and looking forward to creating some more BIG art journal pages (the double page spread above measures 16x22).
I have really enjoyed the Fall Fearless and Fly prompts. The only one I missed doing on time was Challenge #6 "Divided by God." It rolled around in my mind, though, for quite a while, and I eventually created this art journal page on how I turn to prayer when I am stressed.
I created it as part of the Kelly Kilmer class, with lots and lots of paper and no paint. I hear that the sponsors of FFF will be doing something this spring, and I'm looking forward to it!
Have you repurposed anything lately or taken anything else "old" and made it "new" again?