August 24, 2005

Two of the quickie collages I made this afternoon, in my neverending quest to let go and get messy. “Don’t think!” I kept reminding myself. “Just glue!”

My friend Christine came over today and, after having a lovely breakfast at one of my favorite neighborhood spots, we made a glorious mess in the afternoon sun. It was so much fun.

I forget how important it is to do that—not just to make art and make a mess, but to do it side by side with another colorful soul. Sometimes, there’s chatter between creating (“Can I borrow a stamp pad?” and “Here, have some glitter tape.”), but there can also be complete and utter silence. Both are so nice. Both make the experience.

I broke in a new sketchbook, and it was kind of exhilarating. I’ve always loved the promise of a blank page, but now I’m also learning to appreciate the beauty of one filled with scribbles, blotches and brilliant, messy color.


  1. sarah says:

    christine, have you heard of decos and ATCs? you would be so good at them! if you ever decide to make a set of ATCs, i would so love to trade with you!

  2. jenny vorwaller says:

    i love the map and the text, “i remember”

    so happy you remembered to make a mess and create!

  3. penelope says:

    WONDERFUL! Man you rock so hard it hurts sometimes. :)

  4. becky says:

    so jealous of your time to get messy…I need to make time for that…soon.

  5. Feisty says:

    This is so lovely! Makes me want to break out my scissors and crayons…

  6. susie says:

    oh christine, i can practically feel the sunny days when i see the things you make! xoxo

  7. kristen says:

    isn’t it so liberating? i now have to have unlined journals, in case i feel the need to sketch or art journal in between writings.

    mmmm. now i’m in the “mood.”

  8. January says:

    so inspiring…

  9. barbara velasco says:

    very nice little form of creativity there – love the quotes as well – short simple and always poignant from miss christine’s mind.

  10. josie says:

    i love this. the strange thing is i’ve been trying to apply the “messy principle” on my own artwork, and have come up with something quite like this – though perhaps not as nice.

  11. Swirly says:

    I am glad you mentioned the moments of silence. I always appreciate when I can share a quiet space with someone, especially when there’s creativity going on. :)

  12. Stephanie says:

    You have much artistic talent. The collages are expressive and gorgeous.

  13. cathy says:

    this entry inspired me to get messy and i ended up making postcards for friends i miss dearly. maraming salamat, christine

  14. meg says:

    Some of the best art comes from the “don’t think, just glue” attitude.

    Great collages :)

  15. Basia says:

    Hello Christine, I’ve been a lurker on your site for many years. Reading your words has always been such a treat for me. In keeping with today being Blog Day, I’m nominating you for my Blog Day Top 5 Favorite Blogs…

  16. arvin says:

    thats sooooo cool! i love doing that!

  17. Aein says:

    ah, beautiful! :) christine, i do believe you once linked to someone who did scrapbooking with those journals… or am i just out of my mind? if you do know who i am talking about, please lead me to her.

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