Visual Journals as productivity tools

There is a good piece on using a visual journal as an artist’s planner over on D*I*Y Planner. It takes the angle that since many creative souls are disorganised using a visual journal as a planner increases productivity.

I have pointed out before that Visual journals do not have to be works of Art but can be used as extremely useful tools. Visual journals or sketchbooks are standard tools for art students If you are interested in visual journals there are a few tips from me and then you might like to browse these articles:

Journaling Arts and Art Journaling by Aisling d’art

The Language of Imagery: Keeping a Visual Journal by Kay Marie Porterfield

Inner Vision as it is a fascinating in depth piece on visual journals by art therapists Barbara Ganim and Susan Fox

14 Reasons Why Artists Keep Visual Journals

100 details for 100 days Day 17

Today I thought I would highlight a button cluster on one of my blocks. Buttons act to draw the eye to an area so when ever you want to add emphasis to a spot a button or two – or perhaps a whole cluster will do it.

This cluster has beads, sequins and a piece of broken jewellery in it. As you can see it runs over some old lace. It is actually hiding a spot where the lace was damaged. The edge of the lace has a small braid over it (the lace was tatty) and I have edged the braid with 3 detached chain stitches with a bead placed in the centre.

Day 17 and I am amazed at how many people are stitching along in one form or another. Susan of Plays with needles has returned from her vacation and has produced some beautiful seam embellishments. Renmedema is also stitching and experimenting with different fibers.

Charlene of When This You See, Remember Me is new to crazy quilting and has published her details and a small feather stitch sampler. It is very satisfying to me to report that Suze of Caricol Creations is also new to crazy quilting has finished a block.

Don’t miss Hideko Ishida’s delicate work as her interpretation of using buttons inspired by the detail on day 8 as it is lovely.

Annie Whitsed of Annies Crazy World has also been posting details of her crazy quilting projects has posted some more ideas of how to use buttons in crazy quilting

Pam Kellogg of Kitty & Me Designs has posted more charted designs suitable for crazy quilt seam embellishments.

For anyone just swinging by this series of posts are listed under 100 details for 100 days in this blog. Over on Flickr it is associated with the Crazyquilting Group and photos are tagged 100detailsin100days

A High Five in Wales

Regular readers will know that occasionally I post about the achievements of my daughter who works in a circus. I use the excuse that I am still on topic because I make the costumes, but I have to admit it is always with pride I write about Eve.

Recently Eve left Australia for a tour throughout England, Wales, Scotland and Ireland. The first photos of her shows are up in the Will o’ the Wisp galleries.

Last week, Eve was at the Workhouse Festival Wales Llanfylin, Wales as a roving performer. Here on stilts gives a High five to a passer by.

For Aussies the National Celtic Festival Port Arlington will be showcased on Postcards, Channel 9, Saturday 8th July 2006 at 5-30pm. Guess who will have the TV on to that channel, as I hope that Eve’s Highland Fling danced on stilts will not hit the cutting room floor.

Now I will stop bragging and get off line to do some work and later on in the day some stitching.