Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Getting A Little Messy Lately

Lately, I've been getting a little messy.  I've been bitten by the Art Journaling bug and find myself spending early mornings surrounded by pencils, pens, brushes and paints.  After a year of thinking about it, I finally delved in during Advent and loved every minute of it.  After teaching a one-time class at church with Callie, we both began in earnest on our own, often sharing pictures back and forth via texts.  We used the wonderful Advent Art Journal by The Handcrafted Story.
For the most part, it was a daily practice for me, but even when I missed, I was able to catch up without getting too far behind.  Although there were days when my creations were not quite what I had pictured in my mind, in the end, they looked pretty great as a group and really helped to focus my mind on the story of Christmas.
At the beginning of January, I switched to using a hymnal to do my personal faith journaling.
I have continued to use 15-20 minutes each morning to flip through the pages until a hymn sparks an image or thought for me.
It has become a time I look forward to for the creativity and reflection I discover in the process.

Some days, I just practice hand lettering---with some days being more successful than others.  :-)
Again, some pages are more creative than others, but, in every case, I find myself more in touch with the words of the song and the feelings expressed through them.
Recently, I began adding washi tape tabs to the pages.
Callie and I even have a new class beginning in a couple of weeks to help us (and others) journey through the Lenten season together.
I'm learning as I go and one way I've chosen to do that is to join the Get Messy group over here.  (By the way, it is not too late to become a messian yourself)  I'm hoping to learn lots of new techniques, learn to be okay with imperfections and maybe even get a little messier in the process (Sorry, Ron,  we might never eat at the dining table again).   The first "season" of Get Messy began yesterday and the theme is:  Happy.  For my first pages, I made a title page and then reflected on a quote that was provided, using colors that just make me happy. 
Everyone is an artist.   If we allow ourselves to explore that part of ourselves and to cultivate and savor what we find, it can be such a rich world and a wonderful way to learn more about ourselves and the world around us.  For me, having some sort of creative outlet is as essential to me as BREATHing -- not only does it help me de-stress, but it lets me express myself when words escape me. 

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JJB said...

Such a beautiful ritual and such a treasure to keep!

Deb @ inner compass designs said...

so many wonderful pages. i love the hymnal you are using - looks fabulous. i am a hand-letterer as well - so much fun. yours looks great

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