Tattered Past

Tattered Past: My ongoing journey through genealogy, history, writing, self-exploration and art. ~~~ Rita Ackerman

Monday, July 4, 2011

Excitement in the Air

Happy Birthday, America.

About two years ago I took a class in raw art journaling at Changing Hands Bookstore in Tempe. The class was taught by a very vibrant and inspiring lady, Quinn McDonald, who has since become a friend. Sharing art does that for people in case you haven't noticed.

Raw Art Journaling attracted me because it is like mixed-media art journaling but simpler and touches me on a different level. In the class Quinn showed us one of her journals that had a wonderful tree on the left side with the cutest little bird flying away towards the right where she had made some notes pertaining to business calls and such. It was done with InkTense Pencils and was lovely.

Quinn travels around the country doing workshops for business and other venues. She journals on the go with pencils, a waterbrush pen, markers, and a few other odds and ends. When she asks for something to drink on an airplane she asks for a cup of water and pulls out her pencils and a waterbrush and she is set for a relaxing trip.

About a year ago Quinn, through her newsletter, asked for submissions in different categories of journaling for a book she was working on about raw art journaling. I sent in a found poetry piece and it was accepted. My first bit of published art. The books will start arriving this week and I can't wait to spend a few hours studying it. We met for coffee about a month ago and I got to see the book itself but I just breezed through it at that point... I didn't want to take up the visit time and I also wanted to savor each page.

You can see the book at amazon.com (my artwork isn't shown.) and learn more about Quinn here.

If you are in Arizona on July 27 join Quinn at the Changing Hands Bookstore. If you haven't been to Changing Hands it is an experience in itself.

I look forward to receiving my copy of this book and immersing myself in creativity.