Even though I have decided to take a break from running around trying to keep a hundred plates spinning every day, I simply cannot give up the ones that are fun! I’ve been focused on a couple of other projects the past couple of weeks, and made great progress, but I missed “playing” in my Documented Life Journal. So, although the group is now working on the Week 12 project, I just finished Week 9 and have Week 10 started.
It is tricky trying to balance this thing called “real life” with the creative journey that I tend to take every day. Balance, juggle, slide into place and do my duty (which I also love, but sometimes there just isn’t enough of “ME” to go around!), fly around and keep a few wobbly plates spinning so they don’t crash and break – quick grab a paint brush, or a bottle of glue, some ribbons and lace, or whip out my sewing machine for a few minutes . . . . so goes my day!
The creative prompt for Week 9 as to collage any old recycled stuff you have laying around your house. Well – I don’t how all the rest of you keep up with the mountains of paper that somehow finds its way into every corner of a home, but most days I contemplate just lighting a match and burning that pile of . . . . what is it?
The bills I know what to do with; the true “junk” mail I know what to do with; the invitations and announcements I know what to do with – but it is the rest of the “stuff” that I can’t take care of right this minute, but I can’t throw it away either, because after all I am a responsible person and some things need my attention . . . . some day! So, into the pile the return until I pull them out another day. Or when someone is asking, “Do you know where ____________________ is?”
“Yes, It’s right here in this pile somewhere,” I announce and start pulling stuff out from that ever-growing pile of paper “stuff.” Eventually we find what we’re looking for (and usually I even get the bills paid on time), but lucky for me, when this creative prompt showed up for The Documented Life Project, I had LOTS of “stuff” to recycle for my collage!
I tore up some paper that I had painted on a year or so ago, pulled out a few envelopes from that lurking, smirking, annoying pile of “junk” mail, added a couple of images from some other, long forgotten project, a lonely piece of lace, and a few scraps that had been cut out of a larger piece of lace fabric some other day. I discovered a half-torn up piece of old sheet music (I’m sure just a photocopy because WHO would tear up REAL sheet music???) in my stash of papers, added a little clock face and cut out the letters to spell the work “TIME” and then just glued them all together.
And I didn’t like it. So it sat there for a couple days while I worked on some other stuff, but in the back of my mind, there was always this thought about what I could do to “fix” it. Even though I liked all of the various components, and I liked the composition, it just seemed “boring.”
I decided to write on it and see if that would help. A bit of journaling and some doodling with my black gel pen and I finally decided that I like it. Except I spelled one word wrong. Maybe that wouldn’t bother you, but I tend to be a bit OCD about words, probably because working with words is what I do in my “real life,” so I certainly wouldn’t want anyone to think I can’t spell.
I guess I was distracted by something when I wrote that word (no I am not going to tell you which word it is because I am going to fix it!) – distracted by the six other projects that were all on the table where I was working.
In any event, I will be working on Week 10 this evening after work, and after Gracie’s track practice, and Annie’s piano lesson, and supper, and laundry . . . . . if I’m still coherent. Can’t wait to find out!
If you haven’t checked out The Documented Life Project, come on over and join the group. It is a great opportunity for inspiration and encouragement, even if you don’t consider yourself a journalist or an artist – it’s just great fun to play with the paints, the glue, the markers, and whatever else happens to cross your path while you are having a great time creating. Hope to see you there!