Daily Art Devotions: Day 40

I did it! I completed the 40-day #DailyArtDevotions Art Journal Journey with Elizabeth Foley. I have enjoyed expanding my creativity with the daily prompts. I really enjoy flipping through the journal and looking at everything I’ve created. I do still have to paste into the journal some of the entries that I created on separate paper. Along with those I’m going to add some other pieces I’ve created these last forty days, and I believe those together will fill up the entire book. Yay!

So, what’s next? Well, I’ve made a commitment to once again return to finishing my novel. I’ve joined a six-week writing program that offers support, structure, accountability, and fear busting so that I can fulfill my one main goal this year: having a polished first draft of my novel completed by 12/31/18. This novel continues to call to me no matter what I’ve done over the last seven years to avoid writing it. It’s clearly a story that must be told.

I don’t know how much art I will be doing over the next six weeks, but I am considering doing a short blog post each day to share my favorite line from that days writing. I realized today, as I was speaking with Elizabeth Foley, that I love art so much because of the connections I’ve made. Writing is a lonely process and there isn’t a beautiful piece of art to share at the end of each day. Connections get lost, and since I’m already fairly isolated, losing those connections is difficult for me. So, I will have to come up with a creative way to connect even while dedicating myself to completing my novel.

For the final day of this art journal journey, my page represents the gift of gratitude. I put gesso on the page first. Then I filled the entire page with what I’m grateful for in turquoise ink. I then added more gesso and some gold acrylic paint and used a brayer to spread them both across the page. I then added some Brusho Crystals in red and violet and sprayed them with water. Once the background was complete, I added my present made with cardstock with an embossed mandala (which is the first time I’ve embossed anything! Woohoo!). I then added a bow on the top with gold ribbon. And my gift of gratitude is complete as is this special journey ❤️

Daily Art Devotions: Day 37

For Day 37 of #DailyArtDevotions we were to create an intuitive doodle with our eyes closed and then open our eyes and color in what we saw. I decided to draw my intuitive doodle with my non-dominant hand.

Very quickly, after opening my eyes, I saw eyes and then a face emerged. But as I began to add color, the image transformed several times. Originally, the swirl with the circle was the mouth, then it was the heart, and finally I realized that it was something hidden within the large heart.

After coloring the image, I then wrote down phrases that kept coming to me throughout the process.

Daily Art Devotions: Days 35 and 36

I have almost completed the 40-day #DailyArtDevotions #artjournal journey with Elizabeth Foley. I have learned so much about my creative practice over the last several weeks. Most importantly is that I create cyclically, and sometimes it’s important to take a few days off to fill myself up with other activities so that I can return to creating with a refreshed mindset.

For Day 35, I revisited the mermaid sketch I created as part of this practice. I wanted to see if I could scan the sketch and print it on watercolor paper. I’m often afraid to add color to sketches that I really love, so figuring this out would allow me to keep an original sketch. Though it is not exactly what I had wanted because of sizing issues, I was able to scan in my sketch and then print it on hot pressed watercolor paper. I am now waiting for the Daniel Smith watercolors I ordered with my birthday money to arrive so that I can add color to the printed sketch. I like the way it printed on the page leaving a lot of space at the bottom so now I can add some water below the rock she is sitting on.

For Day 36, I added a special red thread closure to my journal to remind me of the connection between us all. I then added a “just breathe” medallion to help me remember that stopping and taking the time to breathe is the best way for me to reconnect with the Divine.

Daily Art Devotions: Days 32 through 34

For Day 32 of #DailyArtDevotions I created an art journal page inspired by candles and flame. I decided to use my favorite stencil over a page I had previously washed with watercolor. I used black and gold acrylic paint and then used a yellow Posca pen to add the light to the lanterns. I’ve always loved glowing lanterns and this page reminds me of all the light in my life.

My Day 33 #artjournal page is dedicated to Georgia O’Keeffe. I recreated The Lawrence Tree in watercolor.

For Day 34, I created sprouts that represent some of my biggest dreams. I added little blooms to represent hope for their fulfillment. And each one has a word that describes its essence.

Daily Art Devotions: Day 29 and 30

For Days 29 and 30 of #DailyArtDevotions, I added extra support into my repurposed art journal with various washi tape and then created a page representative of what my heart wants me to know.

I used torn up pieces of the watercolor coffee filters I had created earlier as part of this practice in order to form the heart and affixed them to the page using gel medium. I then used gel pens to journal messages from my heart by letting the words just flow on the page without stopping.

Daily Art Devotions: Day 25

For today’s #dailyartdevotions #artjournal practice, I created a watercolor representation of my tidal wave of inspiration. Of course, I had to add a mermaid in the mix because…well…I absolutely love mermaids and just thinking about them brings me artistic inspiration.

Daily Art Devotions: Days 22-24

I had to take a few days off to heal from multiple illnesses and a migraine, but I’m feeling better, so it’s back to making art.

For Day 22 of #DailyArtDevotions we were to go on an artist’s date which I took perusing Pinterest for mermaid inspiration which resulted in the sketch below. We also created a special pocket in our repurposed art journals to collect items that are special to us in order to create a well of inspiration. I used an art piece I had created previously and created the special well in my journal.

For Day 23, it was creating a page of gold. I created this page using only my intuition as a guide. I laid out all my gold media as well as my stencils and stamps and let my intuition do the rest. I absolutely love the results.

For Day 24, we were to collect items to fill up our well. I have been discovering all kinds of inspiring things going through my art supplies. I decided that I wanted to make a full commitment to this art journey I have begun, so I sold a bunch of things I didn’t need anymore in order to make space for a dedicated art space in my dining room. I still have much to organize, but I now have a space just to create art, and we can finally eat on the dining room table again.