Symbols and Gift Tags lead the way into a new art journal project.

Today, I gesso'd my new art journal's first few pages. The feeling reminds me of applying gesso to a canvas, energetically and physically laying the ground in preparation of what is to come. There's an excitement, anticipation and being content with not needing to know what comes next.
It is a centering process. 
I'm looking forward to starting this new project, it's been percolating for months but I've been journaling for the 'Metamorph' e-course and still have a couple months left to complete, so I've decided to use both journals simultaneously because I really feel the pull to get started.
I have no idea what the content of this journal will be, other than I am using the final box of diaries, the ones I have carried with me for the last 40 years, as material.

That in itself is timely, as my plan is to throw them away in the near future. I nearly did recently but felt I should hold on to this last box as there was an art project which wished to reveal itself. Seems the journey has already begun.

I imagine it is going to be eye opening, how often do we get to truly revisit something from the past with the purity of the moment it was then.
I have only just begun sifting, but already have found material in my childhood diary, which correlates to the spread I made in my art journal in December 2016.

A connection. I will look a little deeper.
This will be the intent of my first spread.
Where are the connections to me as a pre-teen and me now? 
What are the themes that jump out and can I allow them to reveal themselves, through the process of art journaling in my new book? 
 

Art journaling Symbols and Magik -2016

Art journaling Symbols and Magik -2016


It is amazing to think that the draw of code and symbology was there inside asking for expression even as a child. I sift through the diary sleeve contents to find stickers, bus tickets from HK and a number of notes, to and from friends, along with bossy overtones of being the club leader.

1979 code for a secret club

1979 code for a secret club

Another image grabbed my attention as it echo's a post I made just recently about giving.
It was kinda spooky, especially after I had just made the connection to 'the secret club code' and the 'alchemical codes' I had recently used in a spread, being so similar.
Perhaps there are many connections awaiting. I am open. It is interesting for sure.

These cut outs were in the sleeve of the childhood diary of '79

These cut outs were in the sleeve of the childhood diary of '79

It seems I cut out the words from gift wrap in 1979 for some purpose I can't recall. 
A fascinating first day. 
Below the photo from the R-evolution project post I referenced.

'A gift for you with love' tags from 2016.

The R-evol-u-tion project gift tags 2016

That is part of the journaling process though, connections are made and you act on impulses, make discoveries and sometimes then cover it all up with a layer of media. It is all about the process and not so much about the final product on the page. Although, usually the final spreads have quite a lot to say.