Tuesday, May 21, 2013

21 Secrets - Journal Soup

the storybeader's new soup box
I've spent some time this past weekend watching Kate Crane's (Journal Soup) workshop video in 21 Secrets.  She has a wild imagination and neat techniques.  It's fun watching what she creates.  There's lots of different materials we can use as our base - I'm saving the completed pieces for inspiration and to use for later art journaling. 

Wild Swans card
One of the lessons Kate showed us was using ink spray on top of glued paper.  She emphasizes including objects related to our life in our artwork.  My card (above) is about the book, Wild Swans, that I'm reading for my book club.  One of the activities we partake in at our meetings are choosing quotes from the book that move us for some reason.  I included two quotes on my card that I have ready:

"A place a cat tries to hide in is a lucky place." 
Dr. Xia (the author's grandfather) said this when their city was being bombed.  He and the cat were in his bedroom.

and

"It doesn't matter whether the cat is white or black, as long as it catches mice."
Deng Xiaoping, the secretary general of the Communist party, said this after the horrible famine in the early 1960s.  There is an underlining meaning to this, having to do with the pragmatists putting through a succession of major reforms after Mao's mismanagement, I believe. 



Anyway, I thought my friends at the Glue It Tuesday lounge would get a kick out of this card, and the idea of journaling outside your journal!  Catch what other art journalists are gluing over at Aimee's blog, Artsyville

15 comments:

Linda Blatchford said...

Love the images and quotes.

Natashalh said...

Very cool! I enjoy reading when you post about Wild Swans because I liked the book and it's fun to read about someone else's journey through it!

pasqueflower said...

Love the cat quotes!

Splendid Little Stars said...

a great card!
I like the idea of choosing quotes. My book club meets tonight and I will mention this.

Memories for Life said...

The pages all ties in so well with the theme and the quotes!

Abby / Linda said...

I think that would be a fun part of your book club meetings--picking quotes!

aimee said...

what fun! i'd love to flip through that soup box!

BeadedTail said...

Love the kitty and the quotes!

Deborah Weber said...

What a great book club idea that no doubt inspires some wonderful journaling. Fun cat piece!

Rose said...

You know that a lot of your readers love those kitty quotes!

Susie said...

cool, I'm in 21 secrets and this is wonderful

Maria Ontiveros said...

Such great quotes!
Rinda

Marit said...

Kate Crane is very inspiring indeed and aahhhh... look at your card. Wonderful!!

Jenny said...

I love these techniques!

Neat, neat work!

Dawn Paoletta said...

Beautiful card- love the cat and colors...

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