Having unscheduled downtime over the holidays recharged my batteries and made me realize how much my creativity suffers when I'm overworked and tired...and how often I am overworked and tired! This awareness came when I got out my art journal and began to paint backgrounds for future journaling. Once I got started, I couldn't stop. I experience pure joy when I sit peacefully on a stool at my kitchen counter, listen to an audiobook and play with color and images in a simple, organic, non-perfectionist manner.
You can read my first post about art journaling here and see some of my art journal pages on flickr here.
In April I'll be teaching a class called "Starting an Art Journal" for anyone who has never tried this, or any, art journal technique. Even if you aren't a beginner, come anyway and join us in the creative energy of the day! Information on that class can be found here.
I usually try to create several background spreads in one sitting so that when the urge to write hits me, the background page is ready for words. Here are the spreads I've done in the past few days. I apologize for the pages with glare. I took these photos quickly and didn't take time to fix anything. Mostly, I need to learn to use my camera better.
When I select the "X-Large" photo option on Blogger, half the photograph disappears soI set it on "Large". If you want a closer and more detailed look at the backgrounds, just click on the photograph.
Pepper gives the final approval of this page...