Well here we are in a brand new month, being kicked off by a full moon. I’m certainly ready to see what kind of magic we can co-create. I don’t know if it’s the fiery energy of July, or the fact that this is my birth month and I feel a natural affinity for the energy of this time, or whether it’s the idea that we have now entered the final half of this calendar’s year, but I most definitely feel a kind of urgency to move things forward. Are you feeling that as well?
I think a good way to tap into this energy is with pops of hot colors, and so how fun that this week’s Summer of Color palette is two reds and a metallic of our choice. My personal parameters for this challenge are to create a small journal in which I’ll be recording in words, art, and photos the happenings of the week; and in making the journal to use only materials readily available within reach in the studio (no digging) and to use at least one piece of handmade paper. Bonus points in keeping with the seemingly established pattern of incorporating flowers in these journals as well.
Here’s what I created this week:
I’ve been thinking a lot about flow this week, and I’m especially delighted I was able to incorporate some of that energy into this journal. It’s one of the energies I’m invoking with intention, and since this is my birthday week it feels particularly auspicious to have my journal reflect that. I chose copper as my metallic, which always evokes a sense of alchemy for me. And I love this particular piece of copper paper because it has a lovely moire pattern which is certainly flowy. The handmade paper is the bit of marbling. I took a marbling class a number of years ago, and using this paper reminded me how much fun it was. One of the things we did was pull a couple sheets from each “pattern” – one for ourselves and the other to be cut up and divided among all the participants. So we all went home with lovely little stashes. I also have a stash of copper components – I was using them extensively at one point in my jewelry and ornament making, so it was no problem coming up with a couple of coppery flowers with red centers to add. I bound the journal with copper wire as well, so there’s lot of alchemical magic invoked, and I used a mix of rounded and straight edges to remind myself to soften all the places that are resistant so flow can actually happen.
Speaking of rounded edges, it’s lovely to celebrate the full moon tonight. This one is known by a number of names including full Buck Moon as this is the time bucks begin growing their antlers. It’s also known as Thunder Moon, Hay Moon, or Mead Moon. I think it’s fun to make up your names as well, and I’m thinking of calling this one the Venus-Jupiter Moon. Have you had a chance to see the dance Venus and Jupiter have been doing over the past couple of weeks drawing ever closer? Lovely! And calling this my Venus-Jupiter moon also feels like a sweet shout out of love (under the auspices of Venus) to my recently departed cat Jupiter.
What about you? Are you moon watching tonight? Invoking something special this summer like I am with flow? Playing with color this week? Do tell – you know I love to hear.