Happy Thursday to everyone…I can’t believe the week is flying by so quickly. I’m participating with Ali Edwards’ Week in the Life project, posting my pages daily. It’s really interesting to review your day in photos, makes you appreciate the little things and how cool your regular ‘ole daily life really is…I’m loving the process. I’ve also discovered a cool way to bind single pages together watching Karin’s mandala journal videos – talk about cool! Although it’s meant for stronger, thicker pages, I was still successful using the binding technique for my little minibook…I just love how it looks!

Otherwise, my creative workspace is filled with piles. Partial projects to be worked on, books and sketches here and there…

…but more interesting is some progress on these paintings I’ve had lying around.

I’ve posted previously about how I got stuck and wasn’t able to move forward with them. Letting it all stew in the back of my mind until I was ready. I realized that I wanted to add some words and since this all came out of the Italian book of lucky numbers, I added in little phrases in italiano. Hopefully I didn’t make a bunch of mistakes, since I’m not a native speaker and still have so much to learn. It’s funny how you can communicate in a foreign country perfectly fine, but still make a million grammatical mistakes 🙂

So I’ve always disliked my handwriting, very chicken-scratchy fitting the stereotype that math majors have illegible handwriting. Only mine doesn’t actually look cool illegible, like you see in mathematical proofs or mad scientist papers, it’s just really inconsistent and plain messy. It’s something people have always been surprised by because they assume a girl must have really cute neat handwriting. Oh, the woes of societal misconceptions! I’ve certainly tried to work on my penmanship and can probably do something decent here and there, but that’s with much effort. My natural handwriting is still crazy messy. I’ve realized like with everything else it just takes practice and learning. You choose the handwriting style you want to use for the particular purpose and go for it. For these paintings, I wrote really slowly and embraced even the mistakes. I think it fits with the theme of how we try to control and bend luck to our will, yet at the same time it seems to just happen by chance…flowing out in whatever which way…

I’m going to keep working on these today and see where it all takes me. Fun fun…

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