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Soul Journaling: Days 8 and 9

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Soul Journaling Day Eight: The painted tape pages

Soul Journaling Day Nine: More work on the inchies

We’ve had snow on the ground today. We’re enjoying a quiet day by the fire, and amid our art materials, of course! My daughter created a lovely painting of the snow fall, and her friend painted a sunset over a stream flowing down the mountains. I’d share them here, but they haven’t given me permission, so you’ll have to use your imagination.

These pictures show some of the work that I’ve done today. I am loving these Soul Journaling prompts because I am learning so much about visual journaling, book binding (I’m learning that on the side), creating pages, making backgrounds, using art materials (which pens work on which types of paint, for example), and the whole never-ending process of creativity.

I saw a video today of someone using their artwork to punish children. I was a bit disturbed! What quicker way to turn children off from a desire to create and express themselves? I guess some people will use anything to create a “teachable moment.” Art should be used to foster positivity, joy, and hope. It’s such a healing and self-affirming activity. Many of the skills and knowledge gained from learning to create beautiful work translate directly to learning how to create a beautiful life.

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1 December, 2009 at 2:04 pm

AEDM Day 30: Fun With Tape

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Soul Journaling: Hidden writing beneath tape

I had to post something on the last day of Art Every Day Month, and this is what I worked on today. (This is from day seven of Soul Journaling, and it will be worked further for day eight.) How did the month go by so fast? I can’t believe it’s over. But it isn’t over. My adventures in art are just beginning. There’s a new community on Ning started by MLB Studios where they are making zentangles and homemade journals — another (even better) manilla folder journal — and I’ll fit right in. So much fun to look forward to, so many cool things to do!

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30 November, 2009 at 11:26 pm

AEDM Day 29: Inchies

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Soul Journaling Day Six: Inchies

I wasn’t crazy about this cut-and-paste exercise from the Soul Journaling prompts, but I’m loving my handmade journal. The pages are really tough (“solid” is a good way to describe them), especially when you start adding media to them, and they lay nice and flat. I’ll definitely be making more of these.

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29 November, 2009 at 10:18 pm

AEDM Days 25-28: Doodles and Sketches

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Day 25 – Incorporating words into a zentangle, done in the car (thus the wiggly lines)

Day 27 – I didn’t do anything that I want to share on Thanksgiving Day, but I did do artwork, and I did a lot of work on the following day. Here’s my attempt at a free-drawn girl. I need a lot of work in the area of drawing people without having anything to look at!

Day 27 – Zentangle in red

Day 27 – A drawing of a random person in a magazine. I do much better when I have something to look at.

Day 28 – My daughter is a fan of Michael Jackson, so she wanted me to try to draw a picture of him (also drawn in the car, and leaving a lot to be desired, but at least it looks like him).

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28 November, 2009 at 6:21 pm

AEDM Day 24: Setting My Soul Free

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This page is based upon Sarah Whitmire’s Soul Journaling prompt for Day 3 called “Soul Armor.” The instructions say to find or draw an image of armor that will nourish and protect your creative spirit. Personally, I’ve lived long enough behind armor! What my creative spirit needs, what I need, is the courage to live openly and comfortably in my own skin.

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24 November, 2009 at 10:31 pm

AEDM Day 22: Sketch of Andrea

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Andrea, Thanksgiving 2006

Today I felt like sketching. I chose my usual inspiration — one of my children. This drawing comes from a picture taken of Andrea on Thanksgiving three years ago when she was ten. It doesn’t look exactly like her, but I’m not always concerned with exact likenesses when I draw my children, or people in general. I consider the person I’m trying to draw to be a jumping off point in an attempt to create a picture that looks like somebody. My aim is to capture a soul, a certain spark, or a glimpse of what it means to be human. I’m not sure I succeeded here, but I like it, and I’m happy that I’ve confronted my fears and attempted it.

I’ve avoided doing much sketching for AEDM because it scares me. It makes me feel naked and vulnerable to do it and to share it. I’ve been becoming more aware that it’s something that I need to do for precisely that reason. I’m even considering following AEDM with a sketch-a-day month in December. They say it takes three weeks to make a habit, and we’re three weeks into AEDM. I’m comfortable doing art every day when that terrified me in the beginning. Now I’d like to become comfortable with sketching.

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22 November, 2009 at 9:09 pm

AEDM Day 21: Easy-Peasy Art Journals

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Jessa’s Journal

My Journal

Yesterday Jessa (my ten-year-old daughter who has been doing AEDM with me) and I made these Easy Peasy Journals as instructed by Samantha Kira. They are made with manilla folders for extra thick paper, with the pages sewn in, which is something I’ve never done before. Now we have our very own hand-made journals that should hold up to paint, gesso, glue, sanding, and just about anything! What fun. Here’s the first instruction video (there are two):

Edit: I have just discovered a purpose for my new journal. I’m going to use it to explore the Soul Journaling prompts from Sarah Whitmire. You can find the original prompts at souljournaling.com. Sarah now tweets a prompt a day and you can follow her here: Soul Journaling Collage Potpourri: A Tweet A Day! So many ideas, so little time! (Thanks to Tammy at Bonsai Habits for sharing the prompts.)

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22 November, 2009 at 9:46 am