Friday, April 6, 2012
Still Plugging Along on Pilgrim
I didn't achieve my goal of finishing Pilgrim, the book I've been altering, in 2011 as planned. That's OK because it's a big book. It's a really big book.
Did I mention that it's a big-ass book? So far I've altered 135 pages that are 12 x 13 inches each. When I think about it that way, it's no wonder I'm still plugging away at it. If I had completed 135 of anything else in 2011, it would feel like an enormous accomplishment.
Pilgrim has been a wonderful place for me to play and experiment. Some pages are just about pattern and color because I like pattern and color.
Some pages are just about mark making and seeing what can evolve.
Some pages were inspired by The Sketchbook Challenge. Others by song lyrics, favorite artists, books, movies, or experiences. This page was inspired by a book about vintage board games to which I added a quote that seemed appropriate.
I couldn't resist one more hand image. I think this is the third one in the book.
I re-discovered my plastic alphabet stencils and added favorite quotes wherever they would fit.
I've had a lot of opportunity to practice my lettering on these pages.
This page was done on Easter last year. I can't believe an entire year has passed since then. I guess Pilgrim is proof for me that even a big-ass undertaking can be accomplished line by line, stroke by stroke, mark by mark, and word by word.
Pilgrim is really close to finished now. Filling the last few pages and adding a bit more here and there is both exhilarating and bittersweet. A celebration will be in order when this big book is finally declared DONE.