Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Journaling My OLW: Rest

Life is a great big canvas, 
and you should throw all the paint on it you can. 
 ~Danny Kaye

Let me say, that I'm not a art journaler - and I'm not an artist per se. I take photos, am a digital scrapbooker and I create things in photoshop.

Two people in my life - my cousin and a friend at church - on the other hand, are both artists. I watch enviously as they create amazing things with ink, pencil and paint. There's just something beautiful in what they are able to make out of simple items.

I guess, subconsciously, I want to be that creative.

While shopping last weekend at Hobby Lobby, I found a small "art journal" on sale - mixed in with the Mardi Gras stuff (the things I really went to check out.).

Somehow, that journal ended up in my cart. Since then, I've found myself "testing" out my skills at art journaling.

There's something about creating with ink and colored pencil.

I'll admit, I'm a bit clunky right now. I almost ripped out the first page (above) when I first started.

My attempt at art journaling isn't perfect. It doesn't look like the idea I saw on Pinterest (you can be inspired by that idea here).

So far, I've filled two pages - using them as a "launching" pad. A lot of scribbles, but some glimpses of creativity poking thru. 

So this is my attempt to find rest thru art - a chance to stop, turn off the screens (laptop, iPhone, etc) and simply allow myself to make a few mistakes, in the hopes that I find art in the mix.

Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes.  
Art is knowing which ones to keep. 
 ~Scott Adams


  1. I like that you are trying something new. It's fun to just play and that is when something amazing will happen. And according to my definition of an artist, you are an artist. If you create with words, pictures or paint than you are an artist. Good luck with your journal!

    1. Thank you for your encouragement! If tomorrow is snow day, I plan to try some more of this!


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