I recently stumbled upon 2 old gardening journals that I kept long ago. I'm glad to have found them and when I look at them, I wonder why I stopped. Only so much time I suppose, and this practice was something that fell by the wayside.
Here's a look through one of the two journals (I'll show the other one next post). Made from a book "Herbs", bought on sale at Barnes and Noble. This was back in the altered book craze of the early 2000's. Remember that?
It was pre art-journaling for me too I'm pretty sure. Art journaling came shortly after 2002 I think. At least my regular passion and practice of it anyway.
I was really into photography then. All film still. (And look, I loved succulents then too.)
Black and white, color, polaroids, and even photo emulsion transfers. My brother and I took an all day class once, it was so fun and I loved the results:
Unfortunately, all the equipment required, and if memory serves, the rather involved process as well, made it another one of those "only so much time" items too. Whenever I look at the things I created in that class though, I have a tinge of regret. Maybe someday...
A different kind of polaroid film and some illustrations too.
Some more realistic, and some more playful.
And already a love for flourishes...
Oh, and birds, birdcages, and letters too...
And the beginning of backgrounds too.
Funny to see the beginnings of my love of art journaling emerge when looking at this garden journal from years ago.
I can't wait to photograph and share the other art journal, the one before this one...it's got an abundance of rose photos in it. A welcome sign of Spring's promise to come for all!