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 ❤️
For Day 39 of#DailyArtDevotions (only one day left!!!) we created a representation of “the sands of time.” I decided to go a little wild with my page. I wanted to try out new things so I used my new Daniel Smith watercolors and new Brusho Crystals. I used molding paste over a clock stencil for the clock. I used resist for some of the water, and then painted over it to add variations in water color. I used a script stamp with gold archival ink underneath the sand to add variation in sand color. I am pleased with how most everything turned out except the perspective. It is off so it looks like the whole world is weighing down on the clock, which now that I think about it, is pretty accurate!
For Day 38 of #DailyArtDevotions, I created a sketch that represents how I feel about being in nature…well, when it’s not thirty degrees outside. We went from very warm summer temperatures right into very cold winter temperatures skipping right over my favorite season: fall. Maybe I will have to create fall on the page!
Also, I started adding color to my latest mermaid sketch. I used acrylic paints and acrylic pens for her scales and my new Daniel Smith watercolors for her tale and the rock. Then I added shimmering color to her tale with a sparkling brush pen. I will keep adding color as the colors come to me. Each day I sit with her to see what comes to me.
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.
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.
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.
For Day 31 of #DailyArtDevotions we were to create snowflakes to represent our external support system. Though I have largely isolated myself as a means of safety and survival, I imagine a day when I will have a large, deeply connected support system as represented in my snowflake collage.
My birthday is tomorrow (10/18), and I decided to make my snowflakes out of birthday cards and thank you cards I have received. It helps to remind me of who is in my support system. I attached my card snowflakes with gel medium and then used black acrylic paint and a face stencil to represent myself.
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.
For Day 28 of #DailyArtDevotions, I created a rainbow waterfall that is flowing into and filling my well of inspiration. I think I may eventually add some encouraging words along the rainbow or words representative of things that inspire me. For the color, I used Tombow dual brush markers.
For Day 27 of #DailyArtDevotions, we were to create an #artjournal page in the style of Monet. So, I created a page that represents sunrise in my backyard.