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Wednesday, September 7, 2011
Wise Words in the Altered Book
I really needed to take a break and relax a little this week so I turned to my usual indoor solution - the altered book project. Click the picture to make it larger. I don't really understand why but making art just for the sake of making art - "playing" if you will - is really difficult for me. I suppose it is the upbringing of my very practical parents. If it doesn't serve a purpose of make money then why would you spend time doing it. Capturing my favorite words and quotes in the altered book seems to be the only place I can really just play. Apparently my twisted reasoning sees collecting these words as a justifiable "purpose". Go figure!
I really did find the Paper Towel Wisdom on a paper towel. There is some kind of lesson about paying attention to what we encounter in our day to day lives in that. The words of wisdom are definately my outdoor source of relaxing!
I don't know who to attribute the quote about perfection to but I read it on Judy Wise's blog and it really struck a chord with me. I can't count the number of times something has been going along just fine and then I decide I need to make it better or more perfect and the whole thing just runs off the road. The stamped letters are not spaced just right and that bothered me at first and I considered doing it over and then I READ THE WORDS. Well, duh.
Did you notice I used some of the sparkly embelishments Cathy sent me? Loved using with those!
Plenty of lessons in this relaxing, if I just pay attention. Can you play? Do you make things and just put them in a drawer? Please share. I would love to hear what you do when you don't have a reason!