I began creating a labyrinth journal specifically to record and draw a variety of forms as samples for a workshop I led earlier this summer at Sandy Bartholomew’s Studio Beehive. Initially I started with a pamphlet style handmade journal, to record samples… I still use this larger book to record new (to me) forms and larger labyrinth ideas.
In the class, I taught the participants how to make their own Meander or Maze Journal, which acts as a 3d journal version of a labyrinth that you can draw on both sides with. I made myself a much smaller version that used gelatin print covers, and fits in my purse for trips…
On vacation this summer I had a chance to start filling up that journal. I love how it folds and flips to reveal the next page, and sometimes I made use of a four page foldout for a larger labyrinth.
The book is probably no larger than the size of my hand, but believe me, to tangle any of these labyrinths still took a bit of time. I mostly used my 01 Micron to tangle within the forms. Working slowly and staying in that mindfulness space was easy as the labyrinth really invites this kind of intention. I often worked in 30 minute bursts at a time, so when I needed to lay it down, I knew it would be easy to pick up and continue my way on the path.
The labyrinth on the right probably took me about 5 sessions to finish, but I love the way it looks with the folded pages opened out. I also used a brown 01 Micron to tangle the walls of the labyrinth with orbs, for some contrast. Filling in the spaces in between the tangle Flux added some more contrast and was done after the first round of tangling.
Here I experimented with a few different labyrinth forms, as well as a playing with the simplest, a Greek Key motif on the bottom 2 pages.
I’ll be teaching a different version of The Tangled Labyrinth again at the Beehive in Warner, NH this coming November 9th, 2014… as part of a very exciting 4 day “Art Swarm” !