Did anyone besides me listen to the (audio...actually vinyl) tale of Rumplestilskin where he sung this little song? One of my very favorite fairy tales! Crazy, the things you remember after so many years! Anyway, if you can believe it, I've signed up for an online workshop about art journaling - the "Artistic Alchemy Summer 2008 Workshop". It's just begun and is being taught by the lively and lovely Samantha Kira. I'm very excited to finally stop thinking and dreaming and reading about making some art and really start doing it!! (I guess to be fair to myself, I did have quite a long run with polymer clay a few years ago - jewelry making and sculpting figures, which was a blast...but evidently I burned out or something...) So anyway, I've had virtually zero experience (since high school) with two-dimensional art. I'm really loving getting started with my own art journal and I'm finding inspiration everywhere.
I hope the course is the catalyst - the magical alchemy - needed to begin the process of coaxing out my very reclusive (fearful? cowardly?) inner artist. What I love about art journaling is first of all, the truly alchemistic mixture of art and journaling (well, duh) but also, the vast array of media that can be transmuted from common elements to something of beauty and meaning. Can you tell I'm totally turned on just by the word "alchemy"? I love that Samantha chose this name for the workshop. It's Day Two and I'm following Lesson One and 'Finding My Space.' My hope is to make some pages that are not so completely embarrassing I'll be able to post them here. :)