I've joined in to Crusade No. 30 created by the lovely and talented Michelle Ward. This crusade asked all the journalers out there who want to play, to show and tell how they use writing in their visual journals. I don't always have a lot of writing on my journal pages. Sometimes just a word or two. But sometimes the writing muse calls and I am inspired to pick up a pen or pencil and have good long rant or chat about this or that.
I call this my secret writing. I teach my students that if they don't want their words easily read, to write around the edge of their journal page, moving inward as they go. Going out from the center would work too. You get to let it all out, but it's very hard to really "read".
Sometimes a few words on a page do the trick. Both visually and as a description or reminder of the impetus for the page. In this case, I'd spent a lovely day at the Port Townsend beach and used just a few words to describe my time building a sand sculpture.
This is another page, from this year's sand sculpture outing. A few more words fill in the space created by my drawing. I think words add a lovely texture to the page, imbued with personal meaning.
This is my way of doing super secret writing. At a retreat I kept "Morning Pages" and because they are very personal and private, I created a pouch for them on a journal page by gluing an envelope to the page and painting over it. The "morning pages" fit nicely inside and are not easily read by the casual observer.
Sometimes I use writing purely as texture. The repeated words of a poem cover my background here. Pencil is a nice, soft alternative to the harder edge of a pen. It smeared with a coat of matte medium, but I think it adds to the background texture.
Check out the other "Cat Got Your Tongue" Crusade entries here to see how other journal artists use their words.