Art journaling and your approach to it is like a life journey- it keeps changing, developing and growing as you do. That is the magic of this visual form of art- it is so close to human expression and need to connect with inner world that is able to take you to new places of your own personality. The process may be not straight forward, often difficult and full of disappointment, but by the end of day you get a priceless reward in a form of seeing your own ego and being able to overcome it. I am not such a master yet, far away from that but I am definitely trying to steer in that direction. Hence the reason my art journaling process is becoming slower and more complex. Here is the last week adventure...
I missed April Artstirrer so this one is a joined version for April and May called "Spring 2016". Very yellow as we heading towards the summer and some inspiration for your creative life with my typical sprinkle of humour.
Hope you enjoy!
Creative life and connecting with you true artist within is so much more than sitting in your studio with paper and art supplies. I deeply believe once you had started being genuinely involved in process of making art it goes so far beyond that. It becomes your self development project and in result your life starts being devoted to digging deeper into the creative voice and it is not one off happening. It is the process of constant renewal, where you go from one stage to another all the time: ready to try, fail, accept and move on.
Episode 5 of Subconscious Collage for Art Journaling is now out! This time I am trying to get you thinking on the matter of self-care. Something we tend to ignore, temporally put at the back of our mind just to find out later that forgetting about it brings more trouble. Self-care is not being selfish either self-centred. It is a necessary part of functioning, required background for your personal growth. Saying that we all know how difficult it is as there is feeling of guilt, duty and devotion that keeps popping up in our mind when we need to say "no" to certain things and "yes" to ourselves.
When my daughter is given a set of Lego there is a creative battle in the house. Her mother (me!) never wants to follow any instructions to build what is showed on the box...and Lego doll's hair may be replaced with horse's tail. People with that mindset are called in Lego movie "master builders" as they build from their imagination, heart and passion rather than instructions. Are you one of them? Visual art is watched outside but comes from inside. The process requires a journey from what is deeply rooted in imagination to what we can actually see- colours, shapes, lines, the whole visual aspect. Making art that becomes your healing process is really about what is going on in your mind rather than what comes out. If you treat your creative process as something personal and having impact on your mental state, then start the journey from that direct source- your mind. Become the master builder...
Everyone was born with some sort of free spirit- something unique in their behaviour, personality, something specific just to that one person. There are as many styles of art journaling as people and as many expressions as life stories. Sometimes it takes years or decades to "return to yourself"- to awake that spark that has been sleeping or simply uncovered. That free spirit gets covered with lots of stuff and majority comes from others but also ourselves - believes and preconceptions. I have a privilege to meet some women who joined my project of art journaling and admitted they have not created for years, some of them just started digging into their subconscious mind of past and presence. Their free spirit simply awakes, forms and becomes alive. How is your free spirit doing?
I find it hard to believe that it is already Episode 4 of Subconscious Collage project! This time I am challenging our perception of Identity-the concept that we have a certain, solid identity that goes with us to grave. Yes there are some core aspects of identity- we come from some places and cultures and that is definitely shaping the whole process. However naturally as humans we also grow and change, we start as children searching for answers and gradually find out through the course of life that some will never have answers.
March ARTstirrer is here- a little bit earlier this month due to trying to film next episode of Subconscious Collage before Easter break. Some green and spring images for you, humour and reflection on identity. Hope you enjoy!
Wishing you some fresh creative energy this week!
You may look at some art work and "get it" or stare at hundreds other pictures and forget them next minute. Some visual content is just hitting our heart or simply not. They may be artists who paint one thing over and over for 20 years and never have enough, others are attached to colour, develop specific style. It is all about visual language- that language with no sound but stronger than a shout. Language that exists in you and maybe wants to scream- do you know how to find it?
Art Journaling is becoming a stronger trend every year and more artists are offering new approach or insight into it. Number of techniques and supplies used is limitless and for the beginners is may even look terrifying with so much information to take on. My personal journey into art journaling went through different phases but somehow always leads to the same point- making it personal self-discovery and journey into places less travelled in my mind. Art journaling with yourself is like opening the book of possibilities, asking yourself questions and looking where creativity is taking you. Instead of that trend of creating "pretty, colourful and sweet" pages there is raw emotions, unexpected feelings and your visual emotional baggage. Give it a go...get to know yourself more!