The Torn Edges of Life Are Beautiful
Mixing the bits and pieces of art and life
Sooo, I took a course this past weekend with my friend Joyelle. I don't usually take classes as they intimidate the crap out of me. Joyelle is a seasoned class taker and even teaches them. I don't sign up for her classes either but hers definitely intrigue me and I will likely take one of her classes at some point (yes, you can hold me to that Joyelle). The class this past weekend was led by Dina Wakley and held at Clipper Street Scrapbooking in Langley. It was an art journaling layers class. I hadn't been in a scrapbook store in years and certainly didn't know it would have so many art supplies. Scrapbooking sure has evolved. Being rather like a fish out of water I was kinda relying on the fact that Joyelle would be sitting right beside me. Nope. We found out quickly that the ladies that were already there had booked in early and weren't moving. In the end I think it was a good thing as it forced me to believe that I could figure it out even though when I looked at what was staring at me I thought I would barf.
First, let me just state I don't actually keep an art journal in the form of a book. I have often wanted to start but have never actually done it. My creative process, I believe, is a form of art journaling in that how I do it is a form of self expression based on how I am feeling. My end result is not to keep the design in a book. This is something I learned during the class. That said, since I LOVE how art journals look, I may just have to start.
I ended up buying the journal recommended as I didn't have one to bring. I also didn't know what the parchment like paper would be for, or the sheet of watercolour paper and vintage piece of paper from a book. Dina explained it all in class as they would become part of the layering process. I did bring a bunch of paint brushes as required from the sheet of "supplies" along with paper towels. Baby wipes was also on that list and I haven't had those in the house for years so I really had no clue what people used them for in this setting. I learned that some used them for cleaning their stencils. I still see no need for baby wipes ~ I don't clean my stencils and I tend to spritz my stamps with water and blot with paper towel to clean.
I also learned that in order to follow along with the class I had to let certain "teachings" pass over my head. For instance, when Dina said to use a paint brush I didn't. I much preferred to spread the paint over the page with my hands and apply with a paper towel, per my natural process. I don't often use a paint brush when creating the layers in a background. That suggestion, stalled my creativity as if it was too "formal" for my brain.
Since I realized pretty early on I knew how to layer I spent some time observing those around me. I realized that what seems to come somewhat naturally to me does not to others. I saw many struggle with the idea of how to layer and what to layer with. In other words they were thinking too much and I just let the feeling of the moment dictate the direction I would go. They seemed to worry they were doing it wrong and I just did it knowing it would be right. For the first time I saw myself as a confident artist and ahead of many in the class. Some of the ladies had more "tools" than space but when it came down to actually creating they seemed to struggle with being precise. Art is less precision and more a feeling, in my opinion. Once you take the worry away from whether it is right or wrong the creativity flows. In the end, all created beautiful artwork.
All in all the class was great! I did learn a few techniques but mostly I learned a lot about myself. I learned I would have no problems teaching a class should I ever choose to. I learned I couldn't teach a class that large and would prefer a more intimate setting. Dina was awesome though, she captivates the room and has an fantastic sense of humour and teaching style especially with so many in the class. I learned to appreciate all that I know how to do and the ease of how it all comes to me. It may sound strange but I really did have that moment of clarity that I should feel confident in my ability. I am grateful for that realization. I also learned I love lots of layers and my two page spread ended up looking pretty kick ass!
I have had a bit of a created slump lately. I have been questioning how I am doing things and exactly "what I am doing" and the timing of things to come. There is so much that is unknown when you have a creative business. It is the creativity that you yearn for yet it is the business part that takes up a lot of time. Many don't understand this and think I just paint all day or just play games on Facebook or take photos for Instagram. Usually I am categorizing files, editing, writing, emailing, following up, connecting with buyers, advertising, going to the post office, making lunch and so on. All this being said, it doesn't mean I have stopped creating, oh no... that is being done but it all isn't being revealed.
This video was shared via a LinkedIn discussion page I follow and I just had to share it here too. I love it! This video is part of a documentary and there are other videos in the series and all can be watched by clicking HERE.
If you have been feeling stuck or needing some direction. Just snuggle up with a cup of whatever and watch the videos. That feeling of unknown...it's just part of the process.
Father's Day is coming up fast, in fact it's on Sunday, June 15th. Have you got your Dad a card or gift yet? There is so much buzz over Mother's Day it seems that Father's Day doesn't seem to get the same attention.
I have been lucky to have a truly awesome Dad. In fact, the card to the left was created for him.
My Dad growing up was very involved in my life and whenever he would say, "I love you" I would always reply, "I love you more..." In my 40s although I don't see him that often I still feel the same way.
Here are some other Father's Day cards and if you have a Dad who keeps a journal here are a couple more masculine journals I have in my collection. Now, here's another idea for you. How about YOU keeping a journal, a collection of every day thoughts about either your Mom or your Dad and then next year present it as a gift. My agendas are perfect for that type of journaling as there is no "start" day but just enough room to jot down a few words.
Is your dad a rockstar, either literally or just an all around awesome guy? If so, here is a great card just for him!
Does your Dad inspire you to do great things? Does he live his life in such a way that makes you feel tremendously proud to be his child? Let your Dad know you find it him inspiring with this fabulous card.
Has your Dad got the strength of twenty people put together? Has he been through a lot that it's often surprising he has managed so well? Does your Dad's strength of character shine like a light on a dark day? This Father's Day, let him know that you see all that he stands for especially his huge heart.
For the Dad who keeps notes and/or journals check these out:
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