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Spread #75- Less Is More November 5, 2009

Posted by Orly in Uncategorized.

Spread 75- Less Is MoreMy journal pages seem to be always overflowing with images, textures, colors, lines, and words, sporadically jotted down, scrawled and scribbled in layers upon layers. I am all for mess, don’t like sterile surfaces…I love a good mystery. I am mostly in favor of putting more ‘more’ than less on my pages…not that big on Minimalism. But when I came home from Journalfest with a spiral Journal I made from scratch, out of bits and pieces of recycled papers, wax left over papers from previously done painting, gluing and gesso’ing, tissue and sand papers and used images of mine, I didn’t know what to do with it. Here it was, ready for me to journal on, but I didn’t. You know why? Cause I liked it ‘just the way it is’, Minimalistic in nature, yet full of character and strength. I didn’t need to do anything to it. I like this journal. So I’ve decided to let it be. To honor that book, scanned a few of its pages, and let it speak. I did add this picture of me as a little girl; it has that same quality as the pages of the book have…a simple image recalling a whole world. No need to always use so many words or images, or lines, or too much of anything to say something profound.


1. Brian Kasstle - November 5, 2009

MMMMMMMMMMMMMinimalism good! Enough said… your speaks volumns to the observer.

2. rcscreations - November 5, 2009

I am also a MORE is MORE kind of a gal…as my two art rooms can attest to 🙂 But I like that you are going to keep them minimalistic…adding only meaningful things to them…LOVE your photo, what a sweet little girl you were 😉
I, too, am addicted to making these lovely books, and was SO happy to be sitting next to you in class, as we created these little gems! Such a happy day that was!

3. judy wise - November 5, 2009

I am a writer of many words but a painter too and so often I’ll create a page that I have to force myself to write on. Because the painting is “it”. It’s just what you’ve done here. And BTW, I’m sorry I missed meeting you at Journalfest. I heard that your class was extraordinary and I hope to sign up with you in the future.

4. Donna Watson - November 6, 2009

you are so right— sometimes less is more– I am trying to go in that direction myself after my trip to Japan. love these journal pages.

tina - November 6, 2009

I love this. The picture makes the page. It was great to meet you and Pnina? I loved writing my name in Hebrew in my journal and I still remember it reads from R to L rather than L to R. I wish I could have taken your class; I actually signed up for it, but I guess it was oversubscribed. Congratulations to you and say hello to Pnina.

5. eb - November 7, 2009

knee deep
in wabi sabi ideals
yes – less
more or less…

BEautiful spread
wish I’d been there too

xox – eb.

6. dorit - November 7, 2009

Hi Orly,
I am so glad you had the Journal fest experience! These retreats are lifetime treats! I (and so will you) feed on them for many months to come!
Thanks for sharing your beautiful minimalist and maximalist pages!

7. aimee - November 10, 2009

it’s not always easy to stop when you feel like you could put more on the page. i go through this decision making process too with my lettering – i usually put colors in my letters, but sometimes i just like the stark black. sometimes less is better. it doesn’t detract from the beauty of your pages here in any way.

8. Stephanie - November 10, 2009

You less page speaks to me of many layers, would love to see more.

I have neglected my journals, such a busy time….but I find I play with my 3-d pieces in much the same way, experimenting with textures and layers. I look forward to the day that I can slow down and make a mess in my journal….



9. Shannon - November 10, 2009

Less is very often times… more. Thanks for the nice reminder. This page of yours is one of my favorites. I’m working on a new scarf and felt it wasn’t yet “complete” because it just needed…more. Taking the less is more approach I can see that it is ready…just the way it is. Sometimes it’s just that simple.

10. Seth - November 11, 2009

Sometimes simplicity fills a space so well. And that is definitely true in this case. Less can sometimes be so much more!

11. Gil - November 11, 2009

My father and I often look at these entries together. I a nice opportunity for father/son bonding, via sister/aunt admiration.

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