Hi Off the Rails peeps. Fiona here with you again. This time I've got something a little different to share with you.
Last weekend, I went away with some of my scrappy friends for a little mini retreat at Port Fairy. We had an absolutely amazing time but I have to say the best part of all was ....... the speed journalling.
Now I'm not even really sure how it came about. We were being silly (as you do) decorating a t-shirt for or #scrapfitretreat (long story) and while doing this, we came up with the idea of progressive journalling. Previously that day we'd been for a wander in the beautiful little town and stumbled accross some old books in some of the second hand stores. We purchased them with the intention of "trying something new". We were going to turn them into art journals.
This is one of the books I purchased for $5.00. It's a beauty!! Almost too good to paint in. I'll keep some of the pages journalled free so the book itself can still be a feature.
So we decided on some rules to follow (cough cough) loosely LOL! The first rule was that you only had 3 minutes to add a layer of whatever you choose to each journal and then you had to pass it on. You should have seen the anxiety that created!!!!
We gave ourselves drying time between each layer, or it would have just all turned to mud. There were six of us in total and we had to decide whether out journal would do one round or two. Depending on how much detail and depth you wanted. This created a great amount of discussion believe it or not. The true minimalists amongst us (namely ME!) really struggled with the concept of LOTS of layers!! But I braved it out and managed one "double rounder".
Apparently my response at the end was precious as I managed to say "Well It's very....... busy". But regardless of my apprehension at the time, I really love this one now.
So we basically started each one as a clean slate. We used gesso to prep the pages and then either did the first layer ourselves and handed it on or handed it on as a blank canvas. After 3 minutes ........ we passed it on and the next one was passed to us.
It was HIGH PRESSURE!!! Oh my Gosh did I freak out ....... I went into panic mode every time Leonie said "GO!". Do I use a stencil? what about stamping? What colour should I use? I could just spray or should I add some paper?????? The options were endless and needed to fit with what everyone else had contributed.
I ended up with three beautiful double spread art journal pages. I have to admit it got easier and easier to add my own little flair to each journal and the results were AMAZING!!!
It was the most fun I've had creating in ages!!! I would recommend it to anyone having a scrappy get together! This last spread is definitely my favourite. I got all the contributors to sign their name on the page so I would always be able to look back on it and remember how much fun we had.
I love the fact that I have this amazing page in my art journal that I didn't contribute a single this to except the coating of gesso at the beginning! it's like having a gift in my book :
Give it a go. You'll love it!
cheers Fiona xx