Kaboodle Doodle Two

We Brits aren’t generally known for our demonstrative natures ~ quite the opposite, in fact. But when I read this Kurt Vonnegut quote I have to admit that I actually punched the air and yelled ‘Yay!’


I’ve written it out on hand~made paper, which I made several years ago and dyed with metallic paint. The background is sprayed with alcohol ink in ‘Vintage’ blue, green and pink.

Vonnegut ended the quote with the words: ‘So do it.’ (which, ironically, I accidentally missed out!) Here are some pages from my Art Journal, which show how thoroughly I’m interpreting his advice:

Testing…testing…testing…here I’m trying out some of my pens, pencils and pastels and discovering what they do: chalk pastels are far messier than oil ones ~ so I’ll use them with extreme caution, if at all.

Wherever on the page I begin a sketch, I end up straying off the end, or having to squidge the drawing up to get it all in. The Artist has a natural sense of proportion, so he can’t figure out what I’m doing wrong or show me how to correct it. He suggested I draw a grid. It didn’t help… 😦

…so I just made another random multi~media collage ~ no~one can tell whether that’s right…or not! πŸ˜‰

Well, that’s enough soul baring for one day.
More kaboodle doodles coming soon.

p.s. Apple’s new iOS8 won’t let me add links to related ‘Kaboodle’ posts ~ the text box covers my keypad. If you’d like to read them, please feel free to scroll backwards.

8 thoughts on “Kaboodle Doodle Two

  1. I love the quote and how you’ve presented it. You left off the “so do it”? hmmm
    Okay, here’s what I think about the fact that you end up straying off the end of the page: this is your soul speaking about not wanting to be contained. I am not an artist, so hey my opinion is worth just that……..but is there a way to incorporate this voice of your soul into your art work….maybe this could become your trademark…having drawings go off the end of the page.

    1. Thank you, Joceline, I thought hard about why I’d left off the final sentence too! I thought about writing it all out again, but had used up all that paper. Then I stuck a scrap over the name (like a band~aid) and wrote it on that ~ but the inverted comma was in the wrong place. Then I decided that I didn’t want to trash it completely, so posted the original photo, mistake and all.
      I absolutely adore your explanation for my errant sketches and the idea that it could be my trademark, not something I must strive to correct. πŸ™‚ When I read it out to Martin, he agreed wholeheartedly ~ and he is a proper artist, so you must be right! πŸ˜‰

  2. Love your paper — and the color. Handmade paper seems so “bohemian-elegant” πŸ˜€ This brings to mind — at one time, I wanted to learn to make handmade paper — hmmm, wonder how I was side-tracked???

    Collage looks great — benefits for the viewer — they don’t know if it is right or wrong — if you left something out or placed an item in the wrong spot!! Liberating, isn’t it? πŸ˜€

    1. Thank you, Becca ~ I haven’t made any paper for a couple of years but it’s such a thrill that I hope to get back into it now I have my dedicated art space. ‘Liberating’ is a good way of looking at my process ~ I’ll bear that word in mind when I tell myself ‘it’s rubbish!’ πŸ˜‰

  3. Well, I love what free form represents! There’s freedom in your creations that really speak to me, and probably best illustrate (to me) the wonderful Vonnegut quote. He surely didn’t stay withint the definition of a grid. πŸ™‚

  4. Thank you,so much Brenda ~ I have felt nervous about sharing my artistic journey, thinking that my interpretations are naive and not good enough to publish on the Internet. But this quote and your brilliant affirmation is so encouraging that I’m glad I broke through my inhibition! πŸ™‚

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