Archive for the ‘Towers Art Journal’ category

Hovering Bees Vibrating in the Sun

July 17, 2014

Still at it, frigging around and worrying things on the computer. I got 1.5 hours of sleep last night and an extra 2.5 hours after the alarm went off at 5:30. Details, details, driving the mind.

Needless to say I am not exactly on steady ground today. I decided to do my routine card draw and blogging, and then I must get to some sewing. I finished a book but I am so anxious generally that I can’t sit and read. I feel the anxiety like a clamp across my chest and arm muscles—it really ramped up. Uptight, uptight, tight.

HONEYBEE – Heart Awakener – VI (The Lovers)


Vibration, sensitivity, a coming home to the self. Not much fun when you’ve let your Self vibrate away into obsession and insomnia.

So Honeybee is bringing me balance. I’m going to concentrate on happy tasks like finally, finally working in my handmade Towers journal after all this time. I had let it go, discouraged because the woman who gave me the original impetus to make the journal and had asked to start a study of the tarot Tower card, disappeared on me and seemed to lose interest. She was a vibrant, creative person, I felt such a letdown.

However, another artist and poetry lover has decided to work with me on this. I’m finding it hard to bring myself out of hibernation (I refuse to call it depression!) to work, but I have to learn to relax and let things go and just flow with art and words. I have to learn to trust people, as well as simply trusting myself.

You know how you build things up in your mind? This journal was like that for me as I went to extraordinary lengths to make it. So I’m afraid to wreck it, afraid to trust working together with someone. Afraid, afraid. It’s not that big of a deal, if I make a mistake, it’s not a big deal. It really isn’t. It’s about expression and working deeply with archetype, and I enjoy that. So just enjoy it Jude, let it go for bloody sake. Sheesh.

Interestingly, part of my poem for the title page uses sun and here the sun is shining: could be a sign maybe?




Update Shmupdate

February 4, 2009

I’ve got so many tags for this journal project I forget what I’ve got it listed under sometimes.

This is my final update on the making of the Towers Art Journal. I will occasionally post montages of pages and stuff and anything relevant like doodads, snoo-snicketies, froo-frums and the like.

So here it is with its companion journal for notes and preliminary poetry and sketching. I love the look of it–so feminine and with a Renaissance look too. My friend Steve’s superb floral prints grace the handmade paper beads on the ribbon closure, and there is also a small pewter dragonfly buzzing around the flowers. I have had such fun! I always have fun with my cards, there is nothing like working with them in some way to cheer up the day.

The endpapers have the 35 cards I am studying pasted down, but I have yet to label them. Henrietta is pleased with the way it turned out as well. She has vowed to faithfully guard my notes for the big journal and fight off Goo Globbity Gnashers from eating the paper.

All is right with the world.




Tarot Visual Journal Cover

January 30, 2009

I finally got this done. I haven’t quite decided on the beads, but there will be a few in black, grey and pale blue dangling somewhere. The flap is slightly scalloped and I thought the scrolling vine looked very feminine and picked up some subtle elements in the cover picture.

This was great fun to do. I haven’t seen many handmade journals with inked covers, but I like the clean look of it.

Next up is collaging reproductions on the endpapers of the 35 cards I have picked to study. I’m hoping to have room to ink the title of each deck below the card for clarification, and a reference when looking at the pages for that card.


Tarot Towers Art Journal

January 17, 2009

I’ve got the journal sewn together and I’ve just glued the endpapers in, so I’m finally nearing completion. I can’t decide what to put on the cover–I’m leaving it blank for now as I’ve got to get going.


Gluing is not my favourite thing, and I got a few smudges on the endpapers so I decided to collage on them using printed scans of the 34 Tower cards I will be using. In order to fit them all in, eight or nine cards to each side of the endpapers, I printed them at 45% of their full size. I printed them on matte photo paper and will spray them with fixative. Here’s a little draft quality mock-up I did, while the endpapers are still being pressed.


Then I’ll ink in the titles with gold or white ink which will look nice against the black paper.

I’ve already got a few ideas for pages–probably going to start with the Dante Tarot. These 34 cards are so yummy to work with.


Robinson Jeffers Has a Tower Experience

January 7, 2009

I went to look a poem up in my Robinson Jeffers anthology, and the first one I opened to fits with a project I am doing.

I am currently working on a project to study 34 cards of The Tower in tarot in an art journal. I’m hand stitching art paper into a slim 7 x 7-inch journal with a hand-painted suede cover. Then I plan to respond in some way or other–haven’t got there yet as I’m still getting materials ready.

by Robinson Jeffers

Stone-cutters fighting time with marble, you foredefeated
Challengers of oblivion
Eat cynical earnings, knowing rock splits, records fall down,
The square-limbed Roman letters
Scale in the thaws, wear in the rain. The poet as well
Builds his monument mockingly;
For man will be blotted out, the blithe earth die, the brave sun
Die blind and blacken to the heart:
Yet stones have stood for a thousand years, and pained thoughts found
The honey of peace in old poems.


When I read this poem is clicked for me with The Tower. I’ll have to use it in the journal. So here’s a visual to go with the poem, and this is my card of the day. . . .sort of.