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Greetings, dear readers ~ I am excited to present my detailed Intuitive Forecasts (formerly known as CycleCasts) to this blog! Join me for a guided tour of our journey through life's subtle energies, and stay for my musings on arts and crafts, current events, a little of this and that ~

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Journal Page with a Woven-Paper Background

Here's something I actually made after being inspired on Pinterest (the link is to my Pinterest profile, in case you want to follow me.) After seeing several posts on paper weaving and using strips as collage backgrounds, I remembered that I have a fair-sized collection of paper strips in my stash. I sorted through them and picked out the brightest, most random-looking assortment of strip colors and sizes I could find. Then I found a random, half-painted page spread and went to work.

The pic above shows the right-hand page with the weaving done - because that's when I remembered to start taking pictures! On the left page you can see the half-painted background over some old notes. 

Now for the steps:

Here's the left-hand page after I put a strip of double-sided tape across the top and stuck a collection of strips to the tape. Helpful hint: don't use repositionable tape like I did, because it didn't stick very well to the paper! Fortunately it was easy enough to work some glue stick under the tape to secure it to the paper, and then glue-stick another strip of paper on top of the woven strip ends. But it would be much easier to use permanent double-sided tape in the first place. Word to the wise!

The left-hand page with the weaving begun. I put some double-sided tape down the side of the page at the outer edge, to hold the horizontal. The coolest thing was when I discovered to use a ruler as a treadle (or whatever that weaving thing is called) to separate out the vertical strips that go "over." It makes that whole "over and under" thing much quicker and easier to do.

The weaving is finished on the left-hand page but not trimmed. Somehow I also meshed the left and right horizontal strips together ...

... and trimmed them up to get this woven beauty. Don't ask me how I did it, but somehow I meshed, trimmed and glued the strips where they met in the center. This spread is so fun and colorful, you'd think I would have left it alone. But I didn't. I'm so into backgrounds,  and I wanted to see what it would look like with gesso and/or iridescent medium over it and figures glued on ...

And here it is, in its final glorious state! I painted white gesso on the left page and iridescent medium on the right (so I could see which does what), then added a few figures cut from magazines. I definitely like the iridescent medium effects the best, because it gives a softer look and sparkle is always good. But it's nice to know what can be done with this technique if I ever want to try it again.

And that's my paper-weaving journal page! I'm happy with it :)

I'm Back, Thankfully, After a Glitch in the Intertubes!

I'm generally not interested in bloggers' explanation of why they haven't posted for a while, so I don't expect my readers to be interested in mine. But for those who saw a "this site is for sale" message over the last few weeks - that was glitch, my bad, and it's gone now.

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No, the glitch is not LOLcat-related; I just thought it was a cute picture :) It seems I let my domain registration expire in mid-March. That was my bad. So when I tried to renew it, I found myself tumbling down a rabbit hole of various hoops to jump through before I could get 'er done. Well, today it got done and I am so relieved. One less thing to pull my hair out for! lol

There's always the thing of how, for me, writing for income interferes with writing for blogging. I'll have to try to do better at that, I guess. I really don't mean to go for months without posting. So before this day is over I promise to get another actual interesting (I hope) on doing a journal spread with a paper-woven background. Won't that be fun :)

Thursday, January 9, 2014

Treasure Map for 2014: The Vase and The Key

I have decided to present my 2014 New Year's Reading in the form of a collaged Treasure Map ~

Original collage (c) Jan Burch 2014

A Treasure Map is a visual representation of goals and visions for the coming months. They be created at any time for any person, and this time I created a Treasure Map for Us - the people in the world. The images on the map represent archetypes or universal energies that will help us move through the year with ease and grace:

At center of the energy pattern are The Vase and The Key. If we can practice the state of open receptivity symbolized by the Vase, them perhaps we can access the Key of individual realization the universe offers us.

Our moving forward is supported by The Glove, the attitude of give and take. This is about letting the world know who we are through our actions, while accepting assistance when needed. The Gifts represent of our attitude of gratitude, of appreciating and returning the favor. It also reminds us to put to use our talents and abilities for the good of all.

Our foundation for this movement is found in the energies of The Maiden, the side of us that seeks the best for everyone, and The Bell - our ability to attract and attune. Dancing at the edges of our consciousness, The Jester is our expression of truth through humor. And The Gate reminds us of the perils of opportunism even as it encourages us to responsibly check out the potential of opportunities that come our way.

Emphasis on relationship will be a theme for the year, and that include cooperation and partnerships at all levels. Lessons of the year will revolve around seeking harmony while developing individual judgment, so that illusions of fear will not pull us off center.

It going to be quite a year! Best wishes to you and all of yours for a great 2014!

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Tuesday, December 24, 2013

December 24 Musings: What Brought Her to This Point?

Yesterday I did the last of my pre-holiday shopping and errand running, along with just about everybody else in my part of Albuquerque, making the main streets and intersections packed and jammed. The next to last stop on my agenda was my favorite health food store, the Vitamin Cottage. I remarked to the clerk that the store seemed like "an oasis of calm" compared to the madhouse outside. 


As I got back in my car, a pleasant-looking young woman of about 20 asked if she could wash my car windows to earn a little money. I was a little flummoxed - the windows actually needed washing but I was in a hurry to get to my next and last stop ( which was Target), so I told her I didn't have the time. She nodded but as she turned away it looked to me like she was trying not to cry.
Boy, I felt terrible for her.
Then as I maneuvered from the Vitamin Cottage into the back entrance to the Target parking lot (the two stores are back to back and share a driveway in the complex), I saw the same woman walking towards the main Target lot. So I pulled up beside her and asked if she'd still be willing to wash my windows. I was going to shop at Target and she could do it while I was there.
The look of relief on her face was like a ray of sunshine. I made some comment about how I hoped I could find a place to park (the lot was packed) and then she spotted someone leaving who was right ahead of us. I parked and she came up and got started while I was getting out of the car. When she pulled her cleaning materials out of the big purse she carried, I was impressed that she was unfolding sheets of newspaper, because not many people know that newspaper is the best thing for cleaning windows.
So, I gave her $2 and went off to do my shopping. When I got back to my car, my windows were nice and clean.
I'm happy that I was able to give someone a little help and a little boost. And I'll always wonder what her story was - what brought her to this point of needing to ask for useful work in a store parking lot?
When I pondered what might have brought her to this, I suspect that she might have been a single mother who perhaps had gotten laid off, and she was trying to raise the money to get something to make her child's Christmas a little brighter. Or perhaps she did have a minimum-wage job, but didn't earn enough to buy something nice for her child. Or maybe she just needed to buy food to get through the end of the month. There's a lot of that going around. In retrospect, I think perhaps being kind to her, and giving her the opportunity to do what she was asking to do, was the best thing I did to help her.

So my holiday message to one and all is - be kind, and extend a helping hand whenever and wherever possible. We never know the kind of struggles that someone might be going through, but we can all know when a little bit of help brings a smile that's like a ray of sunshine.

Note: This blog post is slightly revised from comments I posted yesterday at DailyKos.


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