There seems to be a bit of excitement going on with a few choice monsters.
I have never tried art journalling, and apparently, I’m missing out. I’ve heard it relieves stress, brings creative clarity to ones mind, allows one to express their emotions in the form of bound art, and is oodles of fun to make. My friend, the Artist at PeonyBlue, who runs the Wishkeepers Creativity Collective, has been needling me to start playing with this form, ever since she helped me set up my own kingdom here at LBI. I’ve seen amazing examples of this new found hobby of mine strolling through the vast Land of Internets. Here’s one of the Artist’s, in fact:
Perhaps I, too, could create a fun and artful expression of myself?
So many Kingdoms, so many ideas. Luckily, my artist friend’s site is especially entertaining — the Kingdom of Wishkeepers Creative Collective. Have you been there? It’s so much fun to look around at all the creative ideas, fantastic resources, and have conversations with the resident monsters. The artist was kind enough to let me stick around for a cup of coffee, and then she and her monsters gave me a gift to encourage and guide me in my art journaling adventures.
It’s the most fun I’ve had with pen and paper in a long time.
But the monsters didn’t stop there, those cheeky little things…they showed me more inspirational and crafty ideas to keep my interest alive. I was hooked. I knew I had to have one of my very own copies. I may not be able to ignore the kiddos for hours on end to experiment with all of the wonderful prompts and prose, but I will manage to squeeze in some weekend free time to just sit and start making.
It’s one of those requirements I have to keep my sanity.
I know reading a good book was one of the activities to do to take care of me, but what if that good book was created by me? I think that’s a brilliant amendment to rule! Not only should you take the time to read a good book, but you should also take the time to create a good book. I’m not talking about writing a novel here…unless you must…I’m talking about taking some ideas and turning them into bound art, such as these:
It’s easy to get all caught up with the chaos of life.
I try to find an escape wherever I can. It’s usually at my sewing machine, or in the kitchen. I do believe I have found a new route. Pick up your copy today and start a new hobby, a new escape, a new way to take care of you. I have mine and plan on making the most of my “free time” (if there ever is such a thing…being a mom of 3 teens and a moose creates a bit of a chaotic time suck) by getting started on my first art journal. There’s a link on the sidebar to the artist’s page (or clicking one of the above pictures will take you there, too). About the monsters who reside at the Collective, they are rather friendly and quite witty, fear them not.
And if you are looking for a little more in-depth stuff to get started with (or you need a jumpstart to get past that first, blank page that your “moose” keeps drooling on), there’s a brand new class over there, called Observation Journaling, that’s on my wish list.
All monsters, I hear, are optional.