I love words and turns of phrase. I always jot them down in a notebook, or in the notes app on my phone. I call them word harvests. I collect the ones that speak to me, that I connect with, or that make me smile. I find they make great fodder for practicing lettering in your journals as well.
Generally I put silly or fun phrases or words into this category. I also collect quotes and mantras, but those are more for personal growth, where as these are for fun.
Above and below are some of the word harvests I cam across in journals while working on my Favorite Art Journal Spreads series of posts.
The Swan honked mockingly has always been one of my favorites, but I forget where I read it!
I tend to find them in fiction books I read, in fact, the soul of hope is a word harvest from a one of Shakespeare’s plays!
Below are some examples I pulled from my notes that I have yet to journal from the fantasy series Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor that I wanted to share so you can see how whimsical and fun (and sometimes melancholy) they can be:
- Pollen and stars and hinges
- hope makes its own magic
- temporary horns fashioned of parsnips,
- on the cusp of something ineffable
- she had a sadness that was so deep, but it still could turn to light in a second
- all of night crowded into the slanting places beyond the reach of the dawn
- it was all a fugue
- patched together out of glimpses
- jade for grace, diamonds for strength and beauty
- there are maps in me but I am lost
- echoes and reverberations of fate
- stardust gathered fleetingly into form
- her life felt new: lost and found, both lighter and heavier at the same time
- your heart is your strength
I could go on for ages, but will stop here! Do you collect words or phrases? If so I would love to hear how you store them and what you do with them!