Spread 102 – "My Voice Box"

Spread 102 – pages 5 & 6 – My Voice Box

Altered Book, black gesso, private photo, acylic paint, Tim Holtz Distress Ink.

26 August 2012

When I was little I could spend hours creating. For many reasons I stopped. Finding my artistic side again has opened my eyes and enriched my life. I feel whole and a peace I have never known. I create every day. In my garden, cooking, homekeeping, and yes art journaling. I don’t create a whole spread every day, I do a little here and there. One day I might find and download images off of the internet. I collect paper and ephemera every day in my travels I am a collector. One day I might collage some papers, or lay down a first layer of gesso or acrylic paint. Another day I might doodle while watching some tv or relaxing in my garden. One day I might feel like spraypainting in my journal. Before you know it there are many layers. I steal time for myself. I am luck in that I have a job that allows me afternoons where I have big blocks of time to journal and it is pure joy, but it does not happen every day. I would like to spread that joy throughout my life so I make art journaling and creating my way of life. I believe it’s made my art journaling deeper and richer and my as life as well along the way.

View the other pages below:

1 & 2

3 & 4

2018-05-03T13:39:56+00:00August 31st, 2012|Art Journals|5 Comments


  1. Mary August 31, 2012 at 10:27 pm - Reply

    I so love the layers and depth you achieve in your pages. When I began to visual journal several years ago, a place of creativity opened in me…and has overflowed to others areas in my life…creativity does that doesn’t it…

  2. Orly August 31, 2012 at 11:24 pm - Reply

    …and this is my favorite from the bunch…what you wrote is heartwarming. I think we can all relate.

  3. Monica September 1, 2012 at 12:36 am - Reply

    I love this spread as much as the others you’ve shared here Brian. I can see that there is some minimalism happening in this altered book that feels quite calm…I look forward to seeing the rest of this altered book as you continue to share the pages you created in it =-)

    Also love the sentiments written here – art journaling doesn’t have to happen all at once, as some folks seem to think it does, it can evolve over a period of time and it’s fun to see a spread/page emerge in due time!

  4. John September 1, 2012 at 3:51 am - Reply

    Brian, we seem to be having a Dr. Seuss theme, you and I. Fun! You say so much with so little. Perfect!

  5. Phyllis Fell September 1, 2012 at 7:56 am - Reply

    This is so helpful, I long to record each moment of discovery and
    record the fleeting moment in which I stand still and listen.
    This approach of giving myself permission to just just add one element to a page, sounds very freeing. Thank you for this insight.

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