Not too long ago, Diana Trout published her book: Journal Spilling: Mixed-Media Techniques for Free Expression. While my pages aren't really Diana's style of pages, I do feel like I've spilled it all, all over the page.
Some of the pages in my diary-style art journal are simply made up of random bits of stuff like doodles in a phone book. Doodling with everything: pens, markers, even the collage.
Sometimes these books end up a lot like the books in high school, when you doodled around the pictures and text in notebooks and then stuck stickers in the book and glued, stapled and taped stuff on top of it all. Totally unplanned. Spilling it all on the page for no other reason than to put it there. Nothing's really finished in these books, nor is it unfinished either. It's just there.
Perhaps what I've done with the pages of this book is more along the lines of K&Company Smash 365 Folio style. But I've been doing this for years and years and years in books I've made by hand, and Smash books are a new product that's partially already put together. With Smash books, you don't so much make it, as finish it. Still, I think they're a lot of fun, and I think I probably want one.
At any rate, the pages above are from the same book as the page in yesterday's post.
When I make books, I make so many books. So many radically different styles, bindings, and designs. Some are serious, some are whimsical, and some can't be catagorized at all, and they don't need to be. But sometimes it helps to have one book for one thing, and one book for another. Any way you look at it, it all adds up to lots of books. Containers, really. Containers of artistic expression. This book is a container for the doodles of my life, and most of those doodles are bits of collage.