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.
I am participating in EMI’s year-long Quest, and for today’s sketchbook practice, I completed the first step of this month’s art prompt. The prompt had to do with marking your internal compass using colors, words, images, and symbols of your own choosing. Then throughout the week, you add whatever comes to you building upon the foundation you created. I used an old piece of round cardboard that had been part of the packaging of something I received in the mail (I can’t remember what). I covered it in white gesso, and then used a red paint marker to mark the compass. I then used acrylic paint for the color and symbols.
In the Quest, we are always looking for the red thread (common theme) throughout each of our steps, so I decided to write the four directions and their questions in red. Then I chose symbols and colors that spoke to me. For North/Earth I chose purple and the symbol I kept seeing was home. For East/Air, I chose green, and the symbol that came to me was wings. For South/Fire, I chose yellow, and the symbol that came to me was flames. For West/Water, I chose red, and the symbol that came to me was a magic wand. I look forward to seeing how this develops over the next week.
As a little extra, I thought I would also share pictures of my completed idea journal. The cover didn’t turn out how I had envisioned, but the rainbow cording I used to bind it together is divine.