Recently I posted about how art heals on my Facebook page and I was happily surprised about how many agree with me! We are so fortunate to have found a way to not only express ourselves, but also a way to fill our lives with joy.
For myself, when I get my hands dirty let the world go and play with art I feel so much happier. Such joy in the act of just creating something!! Whether it’s for myself or for others…just that ahhhhh feeling comes over me. Now I wonder and ask, is it like this for you?
An empathy feather inspired by Tamara Laporte!
Besides it’s healing effect, I also enjoy trying different forms of art! On a recent trip to the library I came across the Pam Carriker book, Mixed Media Portraits. I have done a few sketches from it in an altered book. It’s such a fun and different approach for more lifelike faces.
Try something new today, and feel that soothing healing feeling for yourself!
It’s just amazing that art is literally everywhere! From a blade of grass, a beautiful sunset, or the smile of a loved one! Taking the time to appreciate this art is something that’s just good for the soul.
Art can be created just as easily, from a simple pencil line to an intricate and precise detailed drawing…we just need to take the time to see it.
Here is some recent art play in my art journal. It started out as a junk page that I put extra paint on from other projects. (Some are Dylusions sprays, various stencils, and DecoArt metallic gold craft paint) I found a note my 5 year old wrote and glued that in, and a small piece of washi tape that came from some happy mail recently. Lastly I added the face with Stabilo All pencil.
Playing is so much fun, even when you don’t have a plan. I find that not having a plan actually puts LESS pressure on you, and we are more FREE to create! And we all know free is good 🙂
Here is a recent page inspired by a lesson from Life Book 2016 from http://www.willowing.org that was super fun to do! It was more involved than my free page, but still kept those creative juices flowing!
Let’s all open our eyes to the art and see what beauty the world has for us!
For the first time, I have joined an online class called Lifebook 2016 from Willowing.org and let me just say..WOW! This is a year long class broken into weeks taught by 26 different teachers. This experience has just been so amazing, from the warmup session called creativity takes courage:
Taught by Tamara Laporte, to another lesson about freeing your inner child taught by Anna Hamman:.
All of the classes so far have been amazing and have reminded me gently, and kindly, that I can do this! And guess what? If I can do it, you can too! Check out videos on YouTube, all for free and all for fun!
Art journaling has been an amazing journey, one I’m still on! But maybe you’re wondering how to start or what its all about.
Thinking hard, my journey actually began waaaay back in highschool when I would be in the art room looking at others art thinking…wow, I can never do that. Why did I feel this way? Why was I too afraid to even try? I’m not sure, but its taken me until recently to realize that YES I can! I can do art, and I CAN be brave and try! And so can YOU!
Fast forward to adulthood and this amazing thing called the internet and YouTube and BAM! There are actually tons of resources out there that can help! I found that videos from Carolyn Dube (www.acolorfuljourney.com) and Tamara Laporte (www.williowing.org) and Jane Davenport (www.janedavenport.com) who are some of my favorites 🙂 and PS…some of them are even free too!
So I watched lots and lots of videos, ignored my internal fear monster, bought a mixed media journal (Canson brand) used some paints, tissue papers, glittery beads, and created this!
It kind of looks like everything is just plopped out there ha-ha, but it was my brave first step at art journaling. I used what I had and I played, and guess what? It was FUN!
It’s been a little over a year, and I am still loving it! Now my pages look more like this:
For me, its a wonderful release, where I can be a kid again! Where I am free to create anything! I hope you start or continue on your journey too! Start small, takes steps, be brave, and PLAY!
What creates joy? So many things make me happy, the sound of my children laughing, hearing my favorite song on the radio, the feeling of a paintbrush in my hand. Creating with color has always brought a smile on my face and I am so pleased to share it with you!
I am in love (and not just with my husband…shhh don’t tell!) with colors, with mixed media and art journalling! Here are some fun examples of my art play!
For me, it all began slowly, taking one step at a time, being BRAVE and realizing that this is play…remember playing with art as a child? Well it can be fun again! It’s playing with colors…its creating joy. I found it, and so can you!