I thought I would share some new "tools" to my artwork. Everyone seems to be on the bandwagon with art journals but if you ask me they take too much time away from you 'real" art. Unless you really love to do it and for some that IS there art medium! I am a journalist and I write in one daily. I have probably 4 around the house to write my thoughts in. But I wanted one specifically for my art ideas. So, I went to Barnes and Noble and picked the 5 dollar blank book up. It is beautiful and such a deal...nice crisp 8 x 11 sheets. I can put all my thoughts and ideas and sketches for new quilts..etc...I can tape pictures in there from magazines or copied out of books for inspiration...I mean this is not for anyone else be for me to see...so you dont need to worry about spelling...stealing someones work..I put pictures of other peoples work for inspiration or to remember an element about it that I like and may want to try in my own way someday...Its not so pretty that it takes time away from my real art...but everything is in one place. So, now when someone tells me about an iron cleaner that works well to get fusing off your iron...I put it in my journal. It isnt the most organized becuase then again, it would be taking too much time away from my art...and while looking for a tid bit of info...I come across things I ended up being glad I came across anyway!
The second is a beautiful leather book that I got a thrift store for soooo cheap...(compared to what most leather bound books are these days). I am going to use to showcase all of my artwork. especially my art quilts and hooked rugs. Then I tote this with me when I go places where someone might be interestd in looking....like my grandchildren brag book.....although I dont have grandchildren...YET!