5 Reasons You'll Love Dancing on Raindrops
If you're not already familiar with the work of Roxanne Evans Stout and you love visual storytelling, I'd encourage you to seek her out her blog and/or her wonderful workshops. Roxanne is the author of Storytelling with Collage: Techniques for Layering Color and Texture (North Light Books, 2016) and has just released her second book, Dancing on Raindrops: A Visual Journal. This second book is a great companion to Storytelling with Collage in that the first book teaches you Roxanne's hands-on techniques for working with found objects and Dancing on Raindrops is actually meant for capturing your own visual stories—this time more two-dimensionally—right inside the book! With Roxanne's permission, I've included here several of my favorite spreads from the book so you can see how lovely it really is.
I asked Roxanne what she learned about herself putting this project of love together and here's what she said:
One thing I learned is that my art and my photography truly are as much about my love of storytelling as they are about the tales each suggests. That I am passionate about encouraging storytelling in others; stories of all moments in time.
Here are five things I think you'll love about this journal:
Reason 1: You'll Begin Considering the Previously-Untold Stories of the Objects You Surround Yourself With
The pencil you use at your desk every day; the pebble that sits in a bowl—you don't know what to do with it, but you love it; the yards of vintage lace you purchased at a flea market because it spoke to you; all of these things are elements of your story and Roxanne's art and photo vignettes remind you that there's more to these objects than you realize.
Reason 2: Prompts to Answer Soul-Provoking Questions You Wouldn't Think to Ask Yourself
The little questions are there on so many pages. They are gentle whispers, so you might miss them the first time you thumb through, but when you stop to hear them, you're actually delighted to have had someone ask! I love the answers that come from a deep place when I give them space.
Reason 3: What You Capture Will Serve as a Catalyst for Future Work
The writing prompts here as well as the gorgeous art itself encourage the jotting down of ideas and inspiring thoughts that you can come back to later as a jumping-off point in your artwork.
Reason 4: It Will Inspire You to Capture More Tidbits from Your Own Life Through Beautiful Photos
I'm always incredibly inspired by the way Roxanne captures her world in photos. She really lets light, shadow and texture be the words of her story and I just love how she brings to light the smallest pieces of her day—her surroundings—and lets them speak for themselves. She encourages me to stop taking for granted the "mess" on my worktable and to frame the objects in my world in a new, loving light.
Reason 5: You'll Consider Using Poetry More Often as Your Means of Expression
Poetry is a wonderful excuse to use words as expression in any way you are moved to. I see poetry very much like abstract or expressionistic painting. A place where there are no rules and anything goes. And the little bits of blank space on these pages are perfect for a little haiku or whatever other way you'd like to artfully use your words.
Just as I often enjoy a good guided meditation (times when I simply want things to be a bit . . . easier; when I'm in need of a just a bit of support), there are times when I may feel like expressing a few thoughts/musings/ideas, but I'm feeling a bit stumped to approach a blank page. This guided journal is the perfect gentle nudge to get me out of my own way, while at the same time, letting me remain completely myself. If this sounds like something you could benefit from, too, I hope you'll check out Dancing on Raindrops and will enjoy your own brand of storytelling.
If there's a story you're longing to get out, but you are feeling lost as to how to go about it, remember, helping in such a way is truly my passion; let me support you. xo