It’s past 2am here on Saturday night – or should I say Sunday morning – and I couldn’t sleep so I thought I would get up and do something creative. So I sat down at the computer and surfed some blogs. Not creative you think – looking for inspiration – and I found it.
So here’s what she said to do:
- choose three pages from an old discarded book. Photocopies are fine. Put the book itself away to reduce temptation! (you can tuck what you don’t use back inside the pages after, if you like.)
- Have scissors at the ready.
- Scan the lines of text, not reading for comprehension but for the flavor of the phrases, for the way the words feel. Be like a reading divining rod, looking for a response from inside. Don’t overthink.
- Snip those bits of phrase, those words, those reactions out from the paper right way.
- Arrange, rearrange, respond. Perhaps a second delving into your three pages is needed.
- Adhere them to a journal page!
- This process should be fairly quick- and simple. React, respond, snip, arrange, glue. Then as my littlest says, “Ta- Daaaaa!”
- You can then work the cut edges of paper into your page with a china marker, a stabilo marks all pencil (they blend with water) a watersoluble colored pencil or crayon, charcoal, even a bit of paint on your fingertip, or what-have-you!
Give it a go!
So I gave it a go – well what else is there to do after midnight when everyone else is asleep?
Leonardo da Vinci’s Great Bird
Leonardo visited the marketplace
buy caged birds
setting them free
“Against the wind shalt thou rise easily”
do yourself any harm
bird will take its first flight
filling the whole world with amaze-
it will bring eternal glory to
the nest where it was born”
The words came from a book called The Shoulders of Giants – A History of Human Flight to 1919. The background is painted with acrylic paints and the words, bird and twig were accented with charcoal.
So – what are you waiting for? – Give it a go!