This week’s Documented Life Project prompt was to use “storytelling” as an “underlying fabric” in the art journal. I was not sure how to deploy either of those things in my art journal in a way that worked for me but I did, however, decide to continue with the overarching theme of using words and text as the predominant element. Perhaps because the “underlying fabric” aspect of the prompt made me think of layers but mostly because I had been rereading the poetry of Carol Ann Duffy, I arrived at the decision to use her poem ‘Valentine’ on my page. When I was a High School English Teacher, I taught the poems of Carol Ann Duffy, ‘Valentine’ among them. It serves as a useful introduction to conceits, given the extended metaphor of the onion for love.
Using a fountain pen and my own handwriting, I wrote the lines of the poem so that they became the layers of an onion. I then used watercolour to paint in the layers of onion surrounding the text and the “brown paper” skin surrounding it. It is another time-pushed simple art journal page from me but I am pleased with how well I translated my idea onto the page.
This is my final Documented Life Project page not just of the year but ever. The project coordinators are taking it in a different direction next year, one that focuses more on the planner than the art journal. I am, therefore, probably going to use a different set of art journal prompts next year, almost certainly Colour Me Positive which is hosted on another WordPress blog. I was going to just do my own thing in my art journal all the time but actually the weekly prompt is a welcome nudge for me to do something playful in my journal, experiment, and try new things. 2016 is looking set to be a very busy year for me creatively.