Monday, July 23, 2012

just because...

...it's a Monday, and that deserves something special...





wasn't this lovely?  by now you should have figured out that I love finding alternative versions of popular songs, and this one just jumped right out at me when I heard it!

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anyway, today I'll be starting something a bit new...recently I came across a post over on Patty's wonderful blog, and have decided to join in with something that she and Elisabeth Auld organized.  

go here for info
 
have you heard of the book The Crafter's Devotional by Barbara Call?  no?  well, neither had I.  and I stalk the craft/art shelves at my local bookstores...seriously.  stalk.  hat and glasses and all.  need them, I'm in so often ;)  anyway.  path is that way, Hol.  Get back on it.  Patty and Elisabeth have organized a study group, of sorts.  or perhaps an inspirational group would be a better term.  based around this book and using it to boost your creative spirit.  so of course, I joined right up.  the book happily resides on my iPad right now.  and today is my first day working with it.  the first day talks about journaling as a creative tool.  

my art journal.
colored pencil, Caran d'Ache watercolor crayons, paper and pen
you'll notice underneath that I'd started by journaling my thoughts,
and then covered it up.  one of my favorite techniques!
journaling.  do you?  I guess you can say that I'm a sporadic journaler.  I do both art journaling and regular notebook journaling.  but without any serious thought to it, nor with any sort of discipline nor regimen.  sporadically and haphazardly.  when I feel the need to.  and yeah, there's something to it.  I've also done my share of Morning Pages, a'la The Artist's Way, by Julia Cameron.  and I've found them immeasurably helpful.  but again, I do that in spits and spurts.  so I guess that once again I'll pick up and start journaling.  but likely, it'll be a combination of both art journaling and Morning Pages type of stuff.  we'll see how it goes.  one thing that I can tell you, is that in my experience, journaling tends to channel my thoughts and creativity.  I seem to find my self with more direction and positivity when I take pen to paper, or splash around with paints and pencils.  what's interesting though, is it wasn't until thinking about it, here and now, that I realized that.  huh.  

well, so then, do you journal?  if so, do you like it?  and how do you do it?  and will you be joining us?  please check out Elisabeth's blog for details.  I'll also be posting with the group on the blog hop dates, and will be tagging all of my posts appropriately, should you so be interested.  I'll also likely be posting sporadically about how my travels with this book are moving, so expect a few of those posts!  and I might even make a tag up at the top of my blog, should I get so inclined!  ;) 

2 comments:

Kristen said...

I will be joining in. I have not yet gotten my copy of the book yet. As for journaling I used to be really into it but with kids, beads and life it sort of went to the side. I don't really know if I will pick it up again. I just usually reflect on my day as I drift off to sleep.

CraftyHope said...

I LOVE that your journal is part art journal. I'd like to take mine in that direction also. I guess that means adding more supplies to my little pencil case. I'm so glad you shared your page with us. It is absolutely inspiring and exactly what I was hoping would come from being a part of the group. . .does this group have a name? Hmmmm.... Anyway, I'm so glad we're on this journey together and I can't wait to see what comes of it!

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