April 2012 was my first foray into Roz Stendahl‘s International Fake Journal Month but I knew I needed to have reasonable goals if I was going to be successful. Most importantly, I kept my sketchbook small and limited myself to one page a day. Because of this it was easier to keep my goals… work daily, work fast… approximately 30 minutes per page, directly to ink, and from life… out in public. I was able to get in there with the PPBP, splash some watercolor around and call it done. This was essential as I was simultaneously working in my own personal journal and couldn’t let everything slide for the month.
I worked though April 16 before I undid the elastic, unfolded and refolded the book to expose the blank pages. The folds were sometimes on the spine or fore edges and sometimes at the head or tail so even though I sketched my people “right side up” as I went through the pages… the unfolded sheet looks as if I didn’t.
You can see how the portraits are flipped when the sheet is unfolded.
When I started the month my character was unformed and I had only a vague idea of where the story would be going. I’ve often heard writers speak of their characters developing their own story… almost writing themselves… but I didn’t believe it until it happened to me! My character… funny, she never did get a name… surprised me! I found her getting wordy and… OMG, she has a family I hadn’t planned on!
Woo Hoo! … a successful IFJM! I’ve never considered myself much of a writer so having a story line was totally unexpected. I also had success with journaling daily which then carried over to May when I participated in EDiM – Every Day in May.
I will do one thing different with my next Fake Journal. Roz talks of each fake journal as a stand-alone artifact… no explanations provided. Therefore, when I do this again I won’t have a title page announcing this as a fake journal and I won’t write my wrap-up on the last page. Maybe my next journal will really fool someone!