An Experimental Life

Thursday, November 03, 2005

Getting gluey

I spent some time this afternoon playing around with things in the sidebar - it took me ages! I'm rapidly teaching myself html just from playing around with what goes where and seeing what it does, and I'm pretty happy with how it looks considering I started this crash course... oh... 2 days ago? I know there's more I could do with it, but I'm taking the baby steps approach.

Some more gluebook pages...

One of the things I like about the gluebooks group are the daily prompts, not that I get a chance to do something everyday, but it forces you to put a creative spin on something that might at first seem kind of ordinary. Gradually I'm getting faster at doing these quick collages, but the slowest part is going through magazines looking for that ever elusive 'perfect image' to use. I usually sit and watch TV or listen to an audiobook while I work, though some days I just clip pictures and phrases to use another time. Some days I have to be quick to grab the glossy mags that come with the newspaper before Mum puts them out with the recycling!

These are pages just from the prompts, though I often do unprompted spreads too.

The prompt for this was 'woods'. Because we don't usually say woods in Australia - it's usually forest or 'the bush' - when I hear the word woods I think of fairy tales: Red Riding Hood, Snow White, Hansel and Gretel, plus a million others I'm sure. Also the song Teddy Bears' Picnic which I remember from my childhood - we had a cassette tape of fun kids' songs that was well and truly worn out! "If you go down to the woods today, you're sure of a big surprise..."

This was for the 'fire' prompt, although I'm not really that happy with this page. It just lacks something. But I had fun ripping up the cellophane (which has been stashed in a box probably since I was in primary school).

My 'weekend challenge' page, using only things that played a part in my weekend (a couple of weeks ago now). I visited a tiny art gallery in Dandenong that was featuring an exhibition of digitally altered photographs which had been printed onto either canvas or silk. Some of them were really effective with beautiful luscious colours, although my favourite ones were those that you couldn't tell were photos of anything since they'd been altered so much. I also did the Sudoku in the paper (a Saturday morning ritual), sang at a wedding on Saturday afternoon (you can't really tell, but I included some of the nice paper used for the order of service - I didn't know the bride and groom so I didn't feel that guilty about tearing up the booklet!), and went to a scrapbooking party on Sunday afternoon. The Toffee Crisp pretty much speaks for itself...

Prompt: moon. I found this picture totally by accident, but I love its shimmer and mystique. It didn't scan that well unfortunately, but I love this page, even though it's so simple.

Another page I liked for its simplicity; the prompt was 'bare branches'. I had been looking for interesting pictures of trees in winter - one of my absolute favourite things, as you can quickly gather from my Tasmania photos - but when I saw this picture, I knew it was the right one.



  • Hi! I loved that book too, and I really like your blog and all the journal pages especially (half a horse) - I found you on librarything, my username is "colllapse"

    By Anonymous Anonymous, At 4:39 am  

Post a Comment

Subscribe to Post Comments [Atom]

<< Home