I recently ordered a booklet printed by the Nature Printing Society -- they show techniques for taking things like leaves, insects, shells, and fish, inking them up and printing them.
The trick is in the paper - having it be thin and wet.
It makes for wonderful ephemeral kind of images.
I am going to try the fish idea, in Japanese it is a highly regarded art form called Gyotaku. (You can google that and find out all about it.)
As an artist, I have made it my life work to look for the wonder and beauty in things, including in myself.
This world with all its troubles is not my concern -- I am glad others are around to help (and by the way, Tuesday I will do my part to try to get someone elected to be president who thinks more like I do than this last guy.) I am not advocating ignorance, but I am advocating focusing on the part YOU can do to improve things - in your own house, in your family, in your neighborhood, in your village, in your small corner of the world.
Today I move my studio to a new larger space, and I am going to be away most of the week following, so I won't be here for a bit, but when I get back, I will have a new slew of journal pages to share with you, and hopefully some new refreshing insight. . . . I am going to the beach for a few days, and I hope to try some Gyotaku there. In the meantime - here are some pages I was inspired to do when I learned about this:
"Stuff your eyes with wonder, live as if you'd drop dead in ten seconds. See the world. It's more fantastic than any dream made or paid for in factories." --Ray Bradbury
"Your task is not to seek for love, but merely to seek and find all the barriers within yourself that you have built against it." -–Rumi