Welcome to our first lesson! I'm thrilled that you're here.
THE TOPIC IS:
LET'S BEGIN and THE POWER OF PLAY
Here's how it all will work:
- Read the content.
- Watch the videos.
- Get out your sketchbook/art journal and begin trying out techniques.
- Spend as much time as you'd like on the process.
Note: The name of the game is EXPLORE the PROCESS.
So, what is art journaling, anyways?
For me, art journaling is a no-rules artistic and creative practice that is both fun and transforming. I find that I go to my art journal to experiment and play with materials as much as to unload my heart onto the page. There's something very powerful about engaging my creativity in order to work through what's weighing heavily on my mind/heart/soul. In some ways, I find the work I do in my art journal is more healing than the work I do in any other setting. Engaging my right brain and getting out of my verbal centers is exceptionally helpful!
Here's a quick video on the topic. I'd be interested to hear what art journaling is for you (or what you think it is going to be) on our Facebook group page!
The POWER OF PLAY and LETTING GO
The first thing I want to tell you is: It's time to let go of your expectations! It's time to just drop your plans to make some incredible work of art. (Not that you won't, but I want you to let that go anyways!)
YOU ARE HERE TO LET THE PROCESS BE YOUR GUIDE.
What that means is, allow the materials and your heart guide you rather than A Really Important Plan. Put aside any image you have in your mind of what you're going to create so that you can really FEEL what is bubbling up inside of you that WANTS to emerge on the page. And if you don't feel anything, that's fine too. We're not about forcing it here. We're all about ALLOWING.
My nugget of wisdom:
The most important thing is to put aside your concept of what it "should" look like and instead, explore what it WANTS to look like! You may be very surprised by what your intuition (your unconscious) wants to do on the page!
Here are my top suggestions:
1. Meditate, relax or get centered in some way before beginning your process.
Hear are a couple of lovely centering guided meditations.
2. Choose colors (paint or pastels, colored pencils or markers) that call to you.
When you look at them, they are the ones waving their hands at you and saying, "Pick me! Pick me!" Don't worry about whether or not they "go together," that's not the point here. Choose colors that move you, intrigue you, entice you, or make you happy.
3. Play on the page.
Let go of your age, your education, your level of expertise...play like a preschooler. Scribble, fingerpaint, make hand and fingerprints, scratch, splatter, stomp. If you hear a voice that says, "I can't believe you are doing that! You're a grown woman. That's not artistic!" then you're doing the right thing. (More on those negative voices in later lessons).
4. For right now...NO AGENDA, please...
...other than to have fun, explore the materials and make some colorful pages. That is all.
And post your pics of your pages in our Facebook Group! (Click the button below to go directly there.)
Here's a video on how to use Picmonkey.com to tweak your photos easily (and for free). I use this web app to crop, resize, and adjust color and contrast of my images. It's fun!
In our next lesson we'll dive into PAINT--starting with fingerpainting!--on the page.
(You can access all the lessons in this course with the dashboard buttons on the righthand sidebar of this page.)