Monday, August 3, 2009

The view from my loo...


As promised, a little light blogging from France. We  are staying in a beautiful house, situated in the middle of nowhere, surrounded by fields full of hay bales and scampering hares. Our bathroom has a floor to ceiling window and this is what you see out of it when you're sitting on the loo. Sheer bliss! 


While I'm here. I'm having a bit of a go at journaling. The first page was begun on our train journey from England and finished the following day.  I make no claims to great, or indeed any kind of art. The materials that I had with me were two fibre tip pens, a little pair of scissors, a tube of Pritstik and some train timetables. This was my first page:



I'm finding journaling to be very challenging. It is so very hard to stop thinking, to just be instinctive, so I decided to develop an idea from the first page, to remind myself that I was on holiday. The face looks like our friend from Luton! 


Eventually, I began to enjoy the simple pleasures of cutting up paper and doodling. I have bought a cheap packet of felt-tip pens but actually, it's lots of fun to stick to using very little:


On Saturday, the rain came. We weren't annoyed as it is the first rain they've had here for some time and the garden really needed it. My journaling materials that day were two cheap tubes of acrylic paint, a little glue brush, a felt pen, Pritstick and a copy of Le Figaro. As you can probably tell, by now, I had really loosened up and reached the "who gives a *@%* " stage. 


Yesterday, we visited a local fete which was actually an entire village taken over by what the French call a Brocante and we British, more prosaically, a car boot sale. Such is my love for these type of events that it would have been very easy for me to have completely lost the plot and run around like  a headless chicken but I managed to stay disciplined, concentrating on ephemera and photographs. As I'm on a limited budget, some very difficult decisions had to be made but I have found some lovely bits and pieces and below is a photograph of some of my new stash. What stories will reveal themselves? I will have lots of research to do!

8 comments:

Tumble Fish Studio said...

A post full of treasure! Your journal pages are fantastic! I so admire you for jumping in - it is something I would love to try and haven't found the courage. It will be much inspiration for me to watch you overtake this medium! And your ephemera and picture snagged swag - I am drooling! And lastly, if I had such a view from the loo, I might not hurry off, just bring the journal pens and pix in with me! hee hee

Tumble Fish Studio said...

Oh! And now you've made my visits doubly enjoyable - I have to go visit your other blog too!

Lumilyon said...

Marsha, I've found two photographs that I think you'll especially like. I'll scan and send when I get home x
P.S. thanks for the kind comments, it took a lot of courage to post those journal pages!

La Dolce Vita said...

oh goody you have resurfaced! your journal pages are really wonderful especially the one where you gave up! I hope you have a lovely holiday!

Sandra said...

I'm jealous of your stock, cannot wait to see what you create with them!
And you are rocking those journal pages, WOW!!
hihi loving your view too ;-)

pondlife said...

Bloooody 'ell... I like this better than t'other one!

'an yer did that on a train??

I shall open a bootle of rouge demain soir and toast you and 'im and say quietly, "bienvenue en France, from another little quartier where the lake water is cooling and refreshing especially after chalet painting in 30C+"

Pondlife

lynne h said...

lumi, i LOVE your journal pages!! i could never do such wonderfulness with two pens. i'd be whining and wishing i had a whole box full of paints and pastels and...

i'm so happy i finally came to your other blog!

xo

Mixed Media Martyr said...

Love your journal pages! Especially "Il Pleut"!!!