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Daily Art Devotions: Day 26

For Day 26/40 of #DailyArtDevotions #artjournal journey with Elizabeth Foley, I decided to create my night sky representation using watercolor and Bombay inks. I really love how it turned out.

Something I learned in Tamara Laporte’s Creativity and Wellbeing Summit with Lucy Brydon is to put two layers of watercolor on the page to make the colors more vibrant. I also learned from Lucy how to make the galaxy stars using white ink and a toothbrush.

Something else I added for effect was salt, and I also used a dryer to move the watercolors around on the page. Then I put watercolors on a mop brush and slung them across the page. I will be doing a lot more of these. The effect is beautiful.

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Daily Art Devotions: Day 5

For Day 5 of #DailyArtDevotions with Elizabeth Foley, I created an #artjournal page that represents my inner creative terrain. I started out with a tree woman that had come to me during meditation, but when I went to pick up my son, I was struck by the limitlessness and clarity of the brilliant blue sky, the wispy white clouds, and a single soaring blackbird, and I knew that that was a better representation of what my inner creative terrain looks like. There was a page in my #repurposed cookbook that already had birds and tree branches, so I added my own interpretation of my inner creative landscape to it.

Lately, I have been hearing song lyrics repeating in my head, some of them I haven’t heard in decades. Sometimes they even wake me up in the middle of the night. So, I added a music stamp and a script stamp with archival ink to represent the words and the music floating around in my inner terrain. I added Bombay inks over a patch of watercolor paper to represent the art and creativity that is inside me, and then sprayed Bombay inks on the original page to represent the expansiveness and texture of my terrain. I then used a mandala stamp with archival ink to represent the complexity and beauty of my inner creativity, and a tree swing stencil with archival ink to represent my inner child artist and my dreamy imagination.

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Daily Art Devotions: Day Three

For day three of the #DailyArtDevotions 40-day #artjournal journey with Elizabeth Foley, I used day two’s quote for inspiration. I had planned on creating a self-portrait as a way to symbolize showing up to do the work. However, my first attempt was…well…terrible is putting it nicely. So, I pulled the watercolor paper off the page with the intention of gluing another sheet onto the page, but then I saw the rough surface, and I wondered what it would be like to create on the remnants of a torn off sheet of paper. I thought it would add some really cool texture to the drawing, and it did.

My intention was to try a self-portrait again, but it didn’t really work out that way. I used a photo of myself and then traced over it and transferred it onto the page with transfer paper, but when I did, the features did not show up on the rough surface. So, I just added features myself. I then used Ecoline markers, Bombay inks, and Posca pens to create the page below.

The quote from Julia Cameron does not have “love & approve” in it, only “approve,” but I accidentally put “love” so I added the “&” and kept on going. I made a lot of “mistakes” with this page, but I am proud of myself for staying with it. It is helping me to build confidence and proving that I can come up with solutions to unexpected issues both in my art and in my life.

For this 40-day journey, I am willing to give up my need to be perfect and create perfectly. Instead, I am just going to create, create, create, and hope that the perfectionist, critical voice will be silenced or at least will be a very gentle whisper by the end of the 40 days.

Though I was very hesitant to repurpose an old book, it is now one of my favorite things about this journey. I never would have thought to make an art journal out of an old cookbook!

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