Artist’s JournalSeptember 18, 2006
A writer can practice her art in a journal with pen and paper. A painter can practice her art in a journal with paper and paints. How does a quilter practice her art? In a journal with fabric and needle and thread? I’ve been puzzling over this for a while now. Would a journal in which I write benefit my quilting? Would a journal in which I draw with pencil and paint benefit my quilting? I can see how, in the long run both could benefit my quilting in indirect ways. But if I am going to devote a block of time daily to this journal I’d like to see direct benefits immediately…OK, short term.
A little voice in the back of my head keeps telling me that my journal needs to be in fabrics, not pencils and paints. The monthly exercises that I have done for the Journal Quilts Challenge have shown me that kind journaling yields great benefits. These small projects have pushed me to experiment and to try new techniques. I have tried new compositions and color combinations. And while some have been more successful that others, they have all been beneficial (and fun!).
I’d really like to be able to do my journaling on location, though. Can’t you just see me setting up my sewing machine on one of the cafe tables at the River Walk? With scissors, threads and a large pile of fabrics at my feet I could just ask the waiter for a “Soda, please.”
That’s not going to work. But the brain is working on it. We’ll see what it comes up with.