Falcon Travelers

Dutch Design Leather, Est 2013

Today I finally finished the second spread in Beate’s Round Robin art journal. I had some difficulty with this one. Her theme for the journal was Fools and or Divinities and in keeping with the theme, I wanted this one to be about fools. The first one, I thought, was about Divinities. I also wanted it to be completely different.

I ended up making this one about Divinities and the first one about fools. Somehow intertwined, as they are in life. Both being two sides of the same thing, forever connected and dependant upon each other.

I did find my quote for the first spread and together with that one I found the quote to go with the second spread. They are both from Ursula K. Le Guin.

“My imagination makes me human and makes me a fool. It gives me all the world and exiles me from it.”
I felt it was fitting with the sadness in her eyes and it expresses how I often feel deep inside.
But I only found this quote after I started making the second spread, which I set out to make about fools. I chose bright colors to go with it.

Added some pearlescent white and some pink circles.

Added my journalling, talking about how we are all fools and how that is a good thing and generally just pouring my thoughts out on paper.

Collaged some graphic 45 paper to it, as you saw last wednesday. And then I got stuck, completely and utterly stuck…

So went looking for the quotes I wanted to add to the spreads and bumped into two I felt were right. Then I realized I had it all wrong. The first spread wasn’t about divinities at all, the second one was.

So I added a graceful being, embracing the world.

Added the first quote to the first spread and the second to the second spread.

“I talk about the gods, I am an atheist. But I am an artist too and therefore a liar.
Distrust everything I say, I am telling the truth.”

It speaks about truth. The truth that lies beyond what you can see.

Truth as a changeable thing, as something to think about.

To question and explore.

I kept the white in the middle of the pages on purpose, as I like how it poses as a crack, a divide between the pages. Showing how, what you know to be true today, can be wrong tomorrow.

I had a great time working on Beate’s book, working with a theme I might never have chosen myself. It got me to think and I like that.

So now all that is left is to finish my sign-in tag and sent the book on it’s way. To continue its journey around the world, in the Round Robin hosted by Tracy, back to Beate.
Thank you for watching and I wish you all a wonderful week.
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19 thoughts on “Second spread in Beate’s journal

  1. Valerie-Jael says:

    Beautiful journal spread with a difficult theme, which you have mastered very well! Valerie


  2. Pia Rom says:

    How I love your art!! And that you share those yoummy closeups….so funny the wrinting 😉 ♥ Conny
    Piaroms Art Journaling


  3. Geen makkelijke, alledaagse opdracht…je hebt er een kunstige uitvoering van gemaakt Monique


  4. Tracy says:

    Both spreads are beautiful, Monique. I have no idea yet what I'll do for this theme. I guess I'll see what happens when the journal is in my hands.


  5. Susan says:

    A difficult theme but absolutely fabulous pages. I love your use of color! Gorgeous!


  6. Salla says:

    What a beautiful journal spread & great quote on a challenging theme!


  7. butterfly says:

    What magnificent pages, Monique… I especially love the page with the Imagination and exile quote – so earthy and beautiful. Love that gilded embossing too…

    Sorry I've not been around much. The big move (clearing and leaving the family home of 40 years) knocked me out, but I'm looking forward to some proper catching up over the next days and weeks.
    Alison x


  8. those pages are simply amazing… wonderful Monique!


  9. craftytrog says:

    Your art is so inspiring Monique! Thank you for sharing it.
    Alison x


  10. Joyce says:

    Wow Monique! Prachtig 😀


  11. I love the pages and how they took on a life you didn't initially intend. The quotes are just perfect.


  12. sheila 77 says:

    Colourful and thoughtful and beautifully designed. Thanks for the details of how these pages developed, sometimes the page tells us what to do (although it might take its time about it).


  13. Jeannette says:

    Wow,This pages its very,very Amazing,Beautiful painting,Love the colors and the theme 🙂

    Greetings Jeannette


  14. Karin says:

    wow dit is schitterend!
    Groetjes Karin


  15. Eifelwicht says:

    This is a difficult theme. I think you have mastered it perfectly!


  16. quote is perfect Monique!
    and AJ page is amazing, girl sketch is so beautiful!


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  18. denthe says:

    LOVE this journalpage. Really really great ….


  19. pauline says:

    Monique, i SO enjoyed this post… your page spreads are beautiful – i love the red one. The whole composition is beautiful. Thank you for sharing. xox


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