Whew- the past few days have been a crazy whirlwind of relaxation and activity. I’ll be sharing more tomorrow, but wanted to give a quick update since I haven’t updated in four days- eeek! I went on a Wise Woman Emergence retreat this weekend with a group of amazing women led by Chonteau of Soul Care University where I’m also taking an herbal correspondence course. I chose to have very limited phone and internet usage so I could really focus on being present in the moment. I returned home Sunday afternoon for Easter festivities with my husband and Goose. To say I was tired today is an understatement! I spent the morning resting, unpacking, and allowing the magic of the weekend to soak in. But that doesn’t mean I haven’t been creating fun stuff each day! Here’s a few teaser photos with more details to come tomorrow about how I created while away from home and then back home again. I hope you all had a lovely Easter and are feeling the rebirth that spring offers us in your own lives.
I had so much fun taking bits and pieces I worked on last week and using others that I had started years ago to create some finished projects. Or at least finished for now as two of them will be used as art journals.
I spent days 7 and 10 painting upcycled papers that I was going to thrift, but decided to use for some art play. I added a few pieces of mixed media paper that I use on my work area to protect the top by catch paint. I cut these to size and mixed them in with the upcycled pages. I then used two pieces of painted card stock that I had been practicing techniques on as the cover. I machine sewed the two pieces of card stock together around the edges. Lastly I folded everything in half and machine sewed it down the middle. Voila, an art journal ready to paint, draw, and write in!
My next project for today was to take some upcycled bubble wrap envelopes that I painted over a year ago and make a storage thingamabob. I cut the ends off, machine sewed down the middle, and added a flap and a snap. I’m going to use it to store images and words from magazines for collages in my art journals.
Lastly is a magazine travel journal that I finished at midnight so I’m counting it in today’s creative stuff…since I had already blogged yesterday! I stayed up way too late finishing the initial part of this, but once I started I couldn’t stop. My friend Jaci had told me about this and then turned me onto Crafty Hodges on YouTube. I used this video to learn to make it. I may be hooked! I can’t wait to start doing some art in it. I think I’m going to use it to do a weekly art journal spread. I’ll let you know how it goes!
So that’s what I’ve had going on today. I’m super excited to have been able to bring some projects to a finished point even if two of them will be used to create more art in later. The journals themselves are done so I’m counting them as finished 🙂
A great big thank you to my awesome friend Debra for my coffee mug in the above picture…so true!
Do you have a favorite journal you like to create in? Share below.
Last week I wrote about cleaning out a cabinet that had lots of different types of papers in it. I was going to thrift them, but then decided to use them as play paper for some art projects. (Full post is here.) Well today I decided to paint on the other side of the papers that I had painted on Day 7. It’s so much fun to see how different they all turned out. I’m going to be using these papers in an art journaling book that I’ll be binding later this week. Since the pages will already have the background done, I’ll be able to use this book to play with creating more finished art work like the mixed media girls I’m wanting to paint, but have been avoiding doing recently for no good reason. Time to start pushing through some of that resistance!
In the meantime I’m going to finish up this project this week as my brain is going into overdrive with other art projects that I’m wanting to do! Doing some sort of creative project for myself each day is doing exactly what I had hoped it would- reignite my creative passion and generate more and more ideas!
This new creative habit combined with my word of the year, completion, is really helping me to focus on starting and finishing projects. This is no small accomplishment given I have a very active monkey brain that is sometimes challenging to keep focused on something. But knowing I’m showing up everyday in my studio to work on something for a small amount of time is seeming to help me focus on some longer term creative goals. I may not finish things in a linear fashion, but I am finishing projects in the past 10 days- big and small. I’m excited to see what the next 355 days of creativity bring!
How do you focus your mind to finish your creative projects?