Be Fearless

This quote is very fitting for me this week.

I am experimenting with different media and trying to exercise my art more frequently. I have been out of practice for awhile and so the fear tends to set in. I can’t draw, it has been too long. I only have 20 minutes, my art can’t possibly look decent in 20 minutes. What is my art “style?” Every artist needs a “style.”

Taking some classes on skillshare has been helpful. It is easier to take some pressure off if I am practicing as a “student.” The more that I draw and practice, the more fun I have. I am getting more comfortable and confident. I am learning everyday. The more I practice the better I will get.

So here I am becoming fearless. I don’t need to know what my “style” is right this minute. I can just make art everyday and maybe I will notice a reoccurring theme. My style will come. But one thing I know for sure, art sets my soul on fire.

What sets your soul on fire?

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Wild and Watercolor

I love watercolor but I struggle with it. I am too uptight and too much of a control freak to let the watercolor be wild, which ironically is what I love about it. This was a fun way to play with watercolor without worrying to much about imperfection. I am thrilled with the bright colors and how she seems to be glowing. I enjoy trying new techniques and expanding my horizons.

I was inspired this week by  a beautiful drawing by CeeCee’s Creations. I love the unique way she included watercolor as a part of her subject and not secluded to the background.

We Are All Broken

I recently saw an article about Kintsugi. In Japan when pottery breaks they repair the item with gold rather than making it look like new or replacing it. The new item looks more beautiful than before and the history is honored rather than forgotten. I love this concept. It has definitely sparked interest.

After reading that article I came across the quote, “We are all broken, that’s how the light gets in.” by Ernest Hemingway. After that, I knew it needed to be a journal page. I love how she turned out.

We feel broken sometimes.

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My Bleeding Heart

I am an introvert. I love people but I tend to be really socially awkward. I enjoy being with people but I also need alone time. One thing that I find frustrating about being so awkward is that I never know what to say. I am a solid shoulder to lean on or cry on. I will listen and I won’t judge. But I stink with words. I search for words of wisdom but they rarely measure up to the occasion.

I am an introvert but I love people. I am very empathetic. I feel your pain almost as much as you do. I want you to know that I feel for you too. But the words just don’t…

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Feeling Hopeful

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I am feeling hopeful. I can’t really say why except that is how I feel and so that is what I tried to express.

In my last art journal entry, the paper fought me at every turn. So this week I decided to try watercolor paper. I am very pleased with how this page turned out. Since I was working with a hardier paper I was able to explore with some different art supplies than what I am used to. I explored a little collage, inks, acrylics, water soluble pastels and much more. I really wish I could have purple hair like that by the way.

Do you have a favorite paper for mixed media? I would love some recommendations.

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My Own Wonder Woman

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So it has officially been one year since I started my fitness journey.

I am lazy, undisciplined and I hate exercise. At least that is how I felt a year ago. I have always been a little on the heavy side and pear shaped. Once I had children it became impossible to lose weight. I just assumed I was stuck with “mom” body, genetics and all that. I quit my job to become a stay at home mom, which is wonderful. But I noticed that I had more time to snack on junk food all day. It wasn’t really acceptable to sneak a snickers every 10 minutes while at work you know. I realized I needed to make a change. I wasn’t happy about it. I hated even thinking about it. But it needed to be done. I wanted to be healthy for me and for my daughters.

So it has been one year of healthy eating and exercising consistently. I have tried a few different things this past year. I fell in love with weightlifting though. I have had the best results with weights and it makes me feel strong. I love working out now because I feel my body changing for the better and my confidence is growing. I have found that my mantra to keep me moving forward is, “Become my own Wonder Woman.”

My daughters are into super heroes, which is so fun. Who needs a prince to save you if you are a super hero?  So here is my art journal page inspired by my mantra and celebrating my one year fitness anniversary.

It isn’t perfect. I tried some new things and the paper fought me every step of the way. But I am happy with how it turned out. I feel that the message came through.

What will you do to become your own Wonder Woman?

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Dia De Los Muertos

The Day of the Dead is a holiday that is very close to my heart.

I am not of Mexican decent nor have I even visited Mexico. However, I love the thought of celebrating loved ones lost rather than mourning them. Now don’t get me wrong, I do mourn the loss of my loved ones. I miss them terribly and I selfishly wish they were still here with me. Day of the Dead, though, is a day I remind myself to celebrate the life that I shared. I play good memories in my mind. I think about what I loved the most about the people that are no longer with me. I don’t go through all the traditions of building an alter and filling my house with mums but I do spend much of the day remembering.

This year I spent the day (well a couple of days) working in my art journal. It was very therapeutic for me. I used various scrap papers and pages from an old book to collage a background. I used acrylic paint, dye-na-flow ink, paint pens, prismacolor pencils, and my newest favorite art supply the Elegant Writer Calligraphy Marker. When you wet the ink from the elegant writer, the ink turns blue and purple. It is so fun to play with. I am pleased with how the page turned out. She is far from perfect but I love her!

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