February is the month of love, candy and sweet things. This month I challenge you to share what you love about art!! You can use these prompts to inspire your social media posts or use them as inspiration for pages in your art journal. An art journal? What is that you ask?
An art journal is simple really. It is a sketchbook, preferably one with heavy weight paper, like watercolor paper, that you create in. Your pages can be painted with watercolor or acrylic, you can draw, use markers or pens, stamps, stencils, scrapbook paper, or even stickers! Pretty much anything goes. Your art journal is a visual journal just for you to play in, explore, record your thoughts, feelings, hopes and dreams. You can use it to practice new art techniques. You can use it to record a travel journey. There are so many possibilities with an art journal! The best part is, it is yours. You can keep it all to yourself or share, only if you want to.
If you are interested in getting started with an art journal but not sure where to start here is a list of supplies on Amazon. Just click on the words: Art Journaling Supplies.
I have also included some photos of pages I have created below..
If you really want some inspiration I also have downloads, available on my website, that are full of prompts to inspire your pages. January's prompts are all related to dreams and February's is called How Sweet It Is. You will find in January's download a list of suggested supplies, tips on how to start a page and 15 motivating prompts! On February 1 How Sweet It Is will be available and this art journal download will have a list of suggested supplies, a step by step photo tutorial on how to create a page, and 10 inspiring prompts inspired by the word Sweet! How sweet is that?!
I hope you will be inspired to start art journaling. I love to art journal. It is relaxing and energizing and even healing! Do you have an art journal? If so, What do you love about it?
I also hope you will try out the February social media challenge! Be sure to include the hashtags #ILoveArtChallenge and #CreativeArtsOasis so I can follow too!
This quote speaks to me this year and has at different points in my life. This time I feel like it is giving me permission to keep going with my creative dreams. Especially the ones that have been simmering in the back of my mind. The ones I have been afraid of pursuing for fear of them not working or not being good enough. I have had set backs and challenges these past five years and loads of regret. But, I have come to a place where I feel like, if I do not pursue these ideas and dreams now, when will I?
What dreams and ideas do you have that you've been putting off for fear of rejection or not being good enough, or that they might not work?
For me the dream of writing a book has been with me for a looooong time, since college, maybe since childhood! I finally feel like I have the ideas, the knowledge, the experience that I want to share in a book. The first few weeks of the new year has been extremely productive and I am excited about the ideas taking form and coming to life.
My first written creation that is available for download is called Find Your Focus. It is a guide of activities to help you find your focus and set achievable goals for any area of your life, but especially your creative dreams. You can find it in the SHOP section of the website! I am super excited about this as it combines my knowledge and experience as a life coach and education as a counselor and teacher.
My other books in the works are also How To's...
How to Teach an Art Class: for Artists and Crafters
This one is also super exciting to me, well they all are! I am creating this to share my years of knowledge and experience as a teacher to help creatives share their craft with others. In person art classes are a great way for artists to diversify their income. This will be the definitive guide!
Another book in the works is Diving Into A Creative Life: a book of encouragement and practical exercises to dive into a creative life, keep going and not give up on yourself and your creative dreams.
I am also working on step by step drawing books for kids and a How to Paint Expressive Flowers in Acrylics for beginner painters.
All of this requires hours of brainstorming, writing, sitting at the computer and lonely hours in the studio. Creating something tangible feels amazing but my inner critic still loves to jump in and pull me down. When this happens I take a deep breath and say,"I won't know what will happen with any of this unless I give it a try." So, here I sit at my computer writing each morning from 9-11 and then I head over to my studio for a couple hours every afternoon. All I can do is let myself dream and do the work, fear be damned!!
May you pursue your dreams and goals!
Encouragement. We could all use a little more of this in our lives I think. Too often we have ideas, hopes, dreams, things we would like to try but they fall flat without a little nudge from someone else.
Every year I choose a word for the year, my touchstone, so to speak. A word I can turn to, to inspire me and keep me focused. This year, if you haven't guessed yet, my word is Encouragement.
I had a hard moment last week when a family member said to me,"It isn't always about YOU." And that got me thinking, when is it ever about ME?! That's when I realized what I need and that is some encouragement. I also realized I am not the only one who could use some encouragement either!
My hope and intention this year is to provide you, my creative friends, encouragement, inspiration and hope. And I can do this through writing blog posts, providing classes in person and online, posting art tutorials, and I am starting some book ideas: step by step drawing and painting books, a How to Teach an Art Class book, and a book to encourage us all to keep going and not give up on our creative journey. I hope all of these things that I share will encourage you in your creative endeavors to try something new, explore ideas, and just keep going.
In return I am encouraged when I receive comments, questions, students, readers and kind words of support. I encourage you to take a class. Make time to create. Find a supportive friend to share your creative journey with. Start a written journal to record your thoughts and feelings. Be gentle with yourself. Give yourself time to rest and play. Encourage someone else! That is the best feeling of all!
May your New Year be filled with hope and inspiration.