Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Art Journal Before and After

In my last blog post I left you anxiously awaiting what I was going to do to this art journal.  My apologies for leaving you wanting, on the edge of your seats and thirsty for more (our landscaper has been busy all day flinging mulch, so I figure why not fling a little of my own).

 I have to say I am not in a good creating place.  I am currently wasting time, procrastinating in a way.  Why?  I am not sure.  What am I avoiding?  Not sure about that either.  I need to start working on the May's retreat supplies.  I promised my LSS I would get to work on possibly working on some classes in both gelli printing (be still my heart) and Pan Pastels (the devil I tell you).  My daughter's big 13th birthday party is coming in July (an Instagram theme...where do I even begin) and I haven't even started to design the invitations.  There are teacher appreciation gifts to get to work on and Mother's Day cards.

And all I can say is BLAAAAAHHHHH!  I just want to color.  And watch You Tube videos on how to make pretty things.  And sleep.  And play golf.  And tennis.  And lay in my hammock and read books about how to make pretty things.  And ride Henrietta (that is the name of my vintage bike so get your minds out of the gutter).  And drink fruity cocktails and eat seafood. The dungeon is a mess.  The house is clean.  BLAHHHHH!  What the hell is wrong with me?

Part of me blames it on the pollen. Oh the pollen.  If North Carolina's color wasn't already blue, it really should be yellow. And since they are thinking of changing our slogan from "First in Flight" to something else, they might as well include pollen in there somewhere.  We have had to stop opening our windows because it literally forms drifts on the hardwood floors.  We have very tall windows that I love opening to the breeze and the sunlight.  NO CAN DO for fear of the pollen apocalypse.

It might be that I have a birthday coming up in less than a month.  I will be 41.  40 sucked.  Just saying.  I lost my sweet dog  I was very sick for most of it.  I lost my uterus. My ex-husband has made life hell.

It might also be You Tube.  I watch a lot of YT in the hopes of learning.  However, I really watch so that I can feed my people watching desires without ever having to leave home.  And a lot of times I watch these people wishing I could do what they do.  All with the understanding that I should be out there doing (because that is what these women are doing) not wishing.

All of that to tell you (in the worst incomplete sentence-laden blog EVER) that I finished my art journal entry.  Remember the one about all of the crafty things that are constantly running through my head?  It looked like this:

And so, after adding all the crafty bits of things that run through my head on an hourly basis, this is what it now looks like:
I may like it better in the before than the after, but I really am not sure.  I do know that I enjoy looking at this when I open my art journal.  That is something that can't be said about all of my art journal entries. If it didn't teach me anything else, I did learn that I love the layered look and process of this kind of art journaling.  Flat art journaling isn't for me (but for some reason, I continue to try and master the doodle).  I also learned that I still have a lot to learn about listening to my inner artist (and not the critic....kind of like the angel and the devil on each shoulder except I have a little artist and a critic that resembles the big guy with glasses named Gene somebody that used to review movies long long ago).  No matter what the outcome, you know I would rather be doing this INSTEAD OF THE LAUNDRY.  In my long rant of all I wanted to do above, I never, not once, mentioned household chores.  I will figure out this creative slump I hope.  Any words of advice would be appreciated.  I have thought maybe I needed to read "The Artist's Way" INSTEAD OF THE LAUNDRY because it seems to offers some insight into getting back your creative mojo.  If you have read it, I would love to hear what you thought.  And if not, maybe you could tackle it with me (totally INSTEAD OF THE LAUNDRY...cheap shots I know but a girl has got to do what a girl has to do for her little blog).  Thanks ya'll!

1 comment:

  1. I love the pages in your art journal. In fact I would love to have them as the cover to one of my journals. I don't do art. It would be sort of like I sing - not so good I'm afraid. This would be a beautiful art journal cover. I do decorate my journals and planner with washi and stickers. That's my art. Enjoy visiting your blog. If you have time, I hope you stop by another Southern Belle's blog. Donna www.mylifeonestoryatatime.com