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My name is Emily and this is my dedicated space for documenting my journey with creative living. It is my hope, that I can inspire those of you who visit, read and look through this space to find the curiosity to follow your own inner voice, seek out and do the thing that makes you go “this is what life’s all about.”

Art journalling with prompts

Art journalling with prompts

I created a large journal spread a couple of weeks ago, inspired by a lesson from the yearlong mixed media online art course I take, LifeBook. The lesson was by Tamara L'Aporte and Effy Wild and involved journalling using prompts. I thought this sounded fun and challenging so I diligently printed out all the given prompts, cut them up and put them in a box and every ten minutes, picked out a new one; working for about two hours. 

It certainly was a challenge! I'm quite used to how I art journal now, and comfortable with certain techniques. I don't tend to collage much (although recently I've been on a bit of a spree!) as I dislike(d) the messiness of it and often I don't have a lot of time in the evenings to wait for stuff to dry etc. However, I decided to put all preconceptions a try and give it a go. My prompts were these:

  • Use a stencil
  • Add love hearts
  • Wavy shapes!
  • Flip spread upside down
  • Quick drawing of a flower
  • Add overlapping circles
  • Make some mud by mixing a warm and a cool colour and it to your spread
  • Orange
  • Use a colour you don't often use
  • Add acrylic paint using bubble wrap
  • Dots
  • Add some gold/silver

When I pulled out the first one, "use a stencil" I was like @are you kidding me?!" as I would never normally start a spread with a stencil and I only have one and couldn't find it! But, I took a deep breath and dug out some paper doilies and off I went! Interestingly, by the time I go to the prompt for making mud, I was really enjoying my painting and then I added a big bloody smear of greeny-brown right in the middle of the page and felt my skin go cold with dreaded feeling of what the f*** have I done, I've just ruined my painting. Oh no! Oh... Yes? I decided I wanted to continue until I liked the painting again - even though I knew this was more focused on process, not outcome - so I started layering inks over the top and actually,  I really began to love what had happened. I finished fairly quickly after that, as I felt in a good place and really liked the painting, despite it being much more abstract than what I normally create. 

This approach really took me out of my comfort zone and has encouraged me to try new things and keep on going even if I worry I've "ruined" a painting. After all, it would be pretty boring if I just painted the same thing over and over again, right? 

Here is the finished artwork:

and here are some close ups, as it's fantastically layered and rich in detail: 

Lastly, thank you to Tamara and Effy for pushing my creative boundaries! You can check out their websites here for Tamara: http://willowing.ning.com/ and here for Effy: http://effywild.com/

Please note, this is not a sponsored post, I just really loved the lesson, and LifeBook :-)

No mud, no lotus

No mud, no lotus

Philadelphia, November 2016

Philadelphia, November 2016