Write about the things that matter to you. Journal pages aren’t just meant to just be ‘pretty’ or to reflect someone else’s journey, they are an exercise in self discovery. Learn techniques from others and use them in your own way to get the most from your journaling experience. A journal is an extension of your creativity, not just another ‘project’.
In preparation for the Paris Retreat, I’ve been working daily with Conte Crayons in a Moleskine journal. The simplicity of creating pages with simple tools is both quick and very satisfying. I’ve been posting my ‘Page Du Jour’ on facebook but it dawned on me today that I can better manage my blog by posting them here (which conveniently also posts to FB) duh! So in an effort to unofficially keep up with the ‘Art Every Day in November’ movement, I’ll post the past 6 days worth and then work really hard to keep it up by blogging the pages daily the rest of the month. I truly do create every day. I can’t even remember a day in recent history that I haven’t done something creative. Not always is it art, sometimes it’s writing or even working on my website, but those count too. Creating is a way of life and even if it’s only for a few minutes, I make time for it every day.
With the return of Fantasy Football, I’ve found more time to work in my art journal. While my household of men aren’t obsessed with the game, (they don’t schedule everything else around it) they do like it, so while they gather around the big screen TV, I sit in my favorite chair, with my feet propped up on the ottoman and journal to my hearts content.
I’m still loving to play with my Conte Crayons and plan to use these as my journal tool of choice in Paris this December. Be sure to check out my Teaching page for the latest news on upcoming workshops. Hope to be adding another live venue soon.
I also like to knit a bit and usually look for one or two cool little projects to work on during the colder weather. I knitted and felted this knitting bag a couple of years ago in my felted purse craze. This year I’m going to start with a fun Cabbage Rose Cuff from a kit I got at Crescendoh.
I’ve not taken many Art classes past my high school days, but I loved walking into the Art room way back when. It had a smell to it, kind of earthy like clay and crayons. It was always kind of dirty in a cool way and finding an unbroken crayon, pastel or piece of charcoal was rare. I vaguely remember the funny little square Conte Crayons and have to admit, back then a paint brush interested me far more.
I bought some a while back and thought they’d be good for on the go sketching in my Moleskine journal so the other day I had a few minutes to play in my journal and I pulled them out. They were laying in the box, pristine and unbroken, each one nestled in its little compartment. I started to sketch and was quickly engaged, surprised at how smoothly they laid down on the page. I was even more impressed with the detail I was able to get with them. These pages took only a few moments, some Conte Crayons and a blending stump.
This medium will be perfect for working outside in the sunshine. I love to sneak out for a few minutes of solitude and vitamin D every chance I get. I’m liking these crayons so much I went back and ordered a box of colored ones. Sometimes the overlooked, simple supplies can be just the thing to inspire you to go back to the basics.