You think you’ve seen this before, but you haven’t – not really. You saw my journal page about the Winter Weeds here, but this is something new, surprising, and strange.
I love things that are new, surprising, and strange, don’t you?
What happened here is one of those creative process things, and that is what this blog is about, so I will tell you the story, which may seem off the subject for a minute or two, but it will wind its way back soon enough.
I was shocked to find that I have as many art journals ON my iPad, as I do in my studio.
It’s not an either/or thing – I avidly keep journals both ways since I discovered iPad art journaling early in 2011.
In my paper journals, I spend a LOT of time on my sketches, and therefore, everything doesn’t make it in there. Say if I am on a trip or something. I may come up with a couple of beautiful pages, but not my itinerary, what I saw, where and what I ate, insights and other thoughts that came up because I was away and able to think more clearly. Facts I learned while Googling something I saw or learned about on the trip.
SO, I also keep travel art journals on my iPad, and the process is similar, but so much faster and all encompassing. EVERYTHING gets in my iPad journal because it is ALWAYS with me and sharing ALL my experiences.
I was going through some of my iPad journals to find some pages I wanted to print, and I realized how much I LOVE the magic of all of it.
Last year, I made some small noises about holding an iPAD Art Journal Retreat and got a lot of interest, but I had a full schedule and did not do it.
Well, this year, I am going to make the Santa Fe Retreat an iPad only Journal Retreat. I love this so much that I have to share it.
Turning Point . . .
Now, we start the journey back to the beginning of this post.
I am working on the description page for the retreat – making a sample page to show, and I realized the drawing of my weeds was not on my iPad. I knew I used it in that blog post, so where was it?
I had scanned it to use in the blog, so it was in the laptop someplace but I couldn’t find it.
So, I went to find the blog post to make sure I wasn’t imagining things. There it was.
For some reason, rather than saving the blog picture and sending it to my iPad, I decided I would just take a picture of it onscreen with the iPad and it would be there in my iPad photos where I need it.
That is not a normal thing to do because the laptop screen is a different resolution (and is also pulsating, but we don’t usually see that). In the old days, you never wanted to scan from a printed magazine page because the different resolutions would create weird patterns called moirés and ruin the image.
I figured that might happen, but I never figured, it would look like the journal page had been painted on canvas! That’s cool.
I’m not saying I know what you might do with this idea, but it sure is interesting.
If I were a scrapbooker, and into patterned paper backgrounds, I would really be excited . . . look at this enlargement.
So, that’s my little piece of fun for today.
You will be hearing all about the fabulous new retreat within a day or so. There has never been anything like it, and there is nobody else who could teach it, so it’s pretty special.