Puzzling Free Lesson: The Edge
When we’re putting together a jigsaw puzzle, it often helps to start with the edge or a foundation of sorts. For some of us, myself included, that means putting together all the actual edge pieces, and creating a frame. For others, this looks more like finding a focal point in the image and pulling out those pieces to work from first. Whichever way it’s approached, there’s something both comforting and freeing about putting down a framework to begin working from, and that’s no different when journaling than when doing a jigsaw. In this lesson, we will begin with the biggest part of the edge, the choosing of a journal, and move into working on the edges of the individual spreads or pages. While the fear of a fresh page and where to begin is real, the freedom of setting down a base made of the bigger bits first is joyous. We will look at a number of different completed pages to identify what the edges were, then create a few of our own.
I’ve been using a square watercolor journal, but anything from a hand bound book, to a traveler’s notebook, or even a basic composition book will work for this journal.
Beginning with the bigger pieces creates a framework within which you can play, and it also takes the first step in getting over the perfect new page paralysis.
Big, bold words are a great way to begin a page. What words have been knocking at your head and heart?
Use a color that’s been calling to fill a portion of a page to get you started.
Choose a journal, keeping these questions in mind:
What mediums will I use that might need special paper or binding?
- watercolor or other wetter paints
- lots of layers that might need a binding that can hold a chunkier journal
- heavy ink that might bleed through
What size will be best for you?
- do you want to be able to travel with your journal?
- are you more comfortable working small, or do you need more space?
- Pull out a few larger pieces from what you’ve saved
- Choose a large word or two you want to write/stamp/sticker
- Select a color or medium (paint, fabric, etc.) that speaks to you
Put your big beginnings on the page, setting aside the fears of a blank page, and create an “edge” or base within which you’ll be able to work later.