Happy New Year! I don't know about you, but I am very happy to usher in 2010. I like the symmetry of the numbers and the optimism of a new decade. Besides I like all new beginnings – a time to begin, again. I thought I would start off my new year with something new on my blog – almost 2 years old. And so I bring you – Field Trip Friday. I will try on most Fridays to post from my travels. I have a stack of travel journals that I don't have featured on my blog, so I'll share bits and pieces of them on Fridays. In all fairness, and in a spirit of full disclosure, I was inspired to do my own Field Trip Friday by the wonderful ceramic artist Rae Dunn. She has a lovely blog and really, really great Etsy Shop. I own several of her pieces and she's one of my favorite go-to artists for gifts on many an occasion. Thank you Rae Dunn, I hope you don't mind.
In 2008 my family and I traveled to Japan. This is the cover of the travel journal I kept, with little cell phone charms attached. It was amazing and I would go back in a heart beat. At the drop of a hat. On a moments notice. You get the picture. The food, the people, the clean, efficient transportation. The art. The craft stores. The buddhas of Koya San. Loved it. All of it.
Someday I hope to be able to be a little more artsy and more art journal like with my travel journals. Like two travel journalers that I really admire, here and here. But until I'm not traveling in a herd, I mostly journal to remember what I did and where I was. With a little art thrown in when I can. A glue stick, a pen, some tiny scissors and some watercolors are pretty much all I need. This page features a candy wrapper, a Japanese flag sticker, lots of writing about what we did and a little watercolor of a lantern in the Meiji Garden in Tokyo. I painted it and cut around it to make a little cut-away, flip-page piece. People always ask me, "how did you attach that?" Instead of "attaching" it, I just cut away the outside of the drawing. I really like this little lantern watercolor and have copied it and used it in other pieces.
Future Field Trip Friday posts will be less talking and more looking. Have a great Friday and an inventive, prosperous and contented New Year!