Will you call yourself an artist?

Anna Meade breathe through your truth

In the first few months that The Art Journaler Community was in existence, Teresa invited us to call ourselves artists. It sounded more than a little crazy to me, but I wanted to believe it. So I did it. I called myself an artist. Teresa is a very convincing sort of person.

One of my favorite books in the world is A Swiftly Tilting Planet by Madeleine L’Engle. A major theme of this middle volume of her trilogy is “naming”. The way to escape the evil darkness is to be named. It matters not how big or how small you may be. It is the naming that makes the difference.

One tiny being who is named can change the universe.

Yes, this book is a work of fiction. However, I believe it is no small thing to be named. For me, the process of naming myself “artist” has worked from the inside of my soul and gradually transformed my outer shell.

About 18 months ago, my husband and I went to a 35th birthday party for a good friend. There were many people there whom we had never met. They were chatting about “how do you know the birthday girl?”… A man turned to us and plainly asked, “Are you artists?” In no time at all, my discomfort at being the oddball turned to elation at being seen and correctly named. It was the first time.

It has happened to me a few times since then. Once, a coworker down the hall stopped me and asked if I made art outside of work. In Hobby Lobby, a confused patron asked me what kind of paint he should get, because I “looked like I would know.”

Today — many months after naming myself “artist” at Teresa’s invitation — I have started carrying my Right Brain Planner around work. Last week I asked my graduate assistant if it made her uncomfortable because it was different. She declared the opposite. That it made her jealous that it was so fun; it made her want to go home and make her own.

Naming myself an artist first started as an inner declaration. It crept outward to become an clear distinction to others. Recently it has reached even farther and encouraged others along the same path. There is great power in naming oneself. Even when the fruit is not seen immediately.

Will you call yourself an artist today?

If for no other reason than you want to believe the statement to be true? You have been drawn to this community for a reason. You belong. You can claim the name, however bizarre it sounds in your head today.

You are an artist. We believe in you.

- Anna & The Art Journaler Community


Anna Meade is an idealist turned cynic turned hopeful. She is learning to thrive amid the perpetual in-betweens. A seasoned listener and observer, she found her voice through art journaling and painting. Her life dreams are to break boundaries, build bridges and roam free. She tells stories at annameadearts.wordpress.com

Week 6 //finding words

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We have to dare to be ourselves, however frightening or strange that self may prove to be. -May Sarton

Collage {glue-booking} … working on the same page with the intention of journaling-through something light-hearted {or difficult} is an overlap of meaning that becomes an art-full expression of handwritten notes, words and color.

The images from this week’s post are from a glue book page {collage} I created last year. It remains one of my favorite pages — as well as a means to move through situations that seem to have no words to describe or process …

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April Theme // Trees: Rooted & Grounded

Rooted and Grounded April The Art Journaler

You’re imperfect, and you’re wired for struggle, but you are worthy of love and belonging. -Brene Brown

April’s theme is “Rooted & Grounded” — our journal prompts and charm prompts {1.5 inch squares with images or drawings} are art-full trees.

Having prompts and art-full elements simplifies the art journal process. And this month’s download can be printed in a booklet format – you could opt to use the booklet itself as a journal. {no blank pages + colorful art!}

There are (5) pages included in the April download. Content includes:

  • weekly guided journaling prompts // 
    • Essentials
    • Centering
    • Naming Strength
    • Capturing Images
  • 30 daily quotation prompts & Haiku prompt
  • 35 charm prompts and elements to cut out for {art} journaling, or use in your planner, or simply hold in your hand to prompt thought-full pause
  • 21-Day Mini-Journal {for rooting & honoring growth}

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Join us, Braveheart?

The Art Journaler is about finding your voice — jotting and collaging and noting the whispers of your heart, Braveheart … about valuing your-self, your-dreams, your-being. And you belong … ♥

Art Assignments {allowing every/thing to be art }

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I love art such as mind-mapping {ideas and connecting the dots of your thoughts with art} as well as other ways of creating art from streams of thought and discovery, observation and allowing every/thing to be art.

As a visual thinker, doodler and collage artist — and someone who adores the visuals in the movie, A Beautiful Mind — I was thrilled to discover Deb Sokolow’s art!

Deb Sokolow has been steadily inking her way into the hearts and minds of Chicago’s art world. … Her whimsical drawings analyze pop-culture phenomena, such as the movie Rocky, office culture and Americans’ fear of terrorism, and mix the aesthetics of children’s books, diary writing, New Yorker-style cartoons and personal sketching. [Source]

The Art Assignment is a weekly PBS Digital Studios production that featured Deb Sokolow and her Stakeout practice.

Leaving art* to be discovered is something I have enjoyed for the past year or so … A way of sparkly daring myself to share my art via library books or art cards left various places when I venture out for an artist date. Although I have never done a stake-out! ;)

My artist-dates have felt flat and un-art-full … And perhaps incorporating some of the stake-out details would allow the artist date time to become more meaningful.

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So, in addition to photographs of where I explore and abide and ponder — I could begin to journal notes about the details of these dates {weather, setting, other random noticings}. And perhaps even compile short stories about imaginary situational realities of the people I come in contact with!

Perhaps you are in need of some new ideas for artist dates? Perhaps you could do your own art stakeout or simply create art to leave as “found art” to infuse life into your artist dates? Or possibility some other way of renewing your creativity of seeing something ordinary as extraordinary. If so, I would love to know about it!

*Keri Smith on sharing art as “guerilla art (or found art)”: is a fun and insidious way of sharing your vision with the world. It is a method of art making which entails leaving anonymous art pieces in public places. It can be done for a variety of reasons, to make a statement, to share your ideas, to send out good karma, or just for fun. My current fascination with it stems from a belief in the importance of making art without attachment to the outcome. To do something that has nothing to do with making money, or listening to the ego. [More + some ideas ...]

 


Teresa Robinson aka stargardener believes each day is a canvas awaiting the collage elements we decide have meaning — splashed with the authentic paint of our mind, will and emotions. Her canvases include “elements” from: Secret Rebel ClubThe Art Journaler and Right Brain Planner.

 

Week 5 //expression & hiding notes to self

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Gluebooks {art journals} are a means of processing and thinking through … venting and expressing. Words of the heart and the heat of the moment can be cut and glued strategically.

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Collaging {gluing} thought and elements as a way of honoring what you are feeling or sorting through for declaration and decision … You can conceal notes to your-self under flaps of color — permanently or attaching cover flaps in a way which allows you to lift the flap and reread.

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Pink is a color that keeps presenting in the journal pages & attention of The Art Journaler Community. Most of us wonder why since it has never been a color of choice.

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But this week, with my heirloom Redbud trees in full bloom, I decided to journal my thoughts about {pink} … and with elements of pink. I have an eclectic collection of feelings about pink {SO.many.feelings & situations pertaining to said color} 

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Themes of pink and collaged words that aided me in expressing the {un}expressible … cutting and piecing together what seemed to entangle my thoughts.

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I selectivity included words from the booklet I am altering + quotations from Traveling with Pomegranates, written by Sue Monk Kidd and her daughter, Ann Kidd Taylor. It is a travel memoir and reflects mother-daughter relationships and viewpoints of both authors.

The image of pomegranates is from the yogurt I enjoyed the day I created this page. Seeing it prompted me to find my copy of Sue Monk Kidd’s book and reacquaint myself …

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Pink is also mingled with my love with the night sky on April 15. The Native American named “Pink Moon” will be full + there will be a total eclipse of the moon (almost fully visible from North America). This feels important … something to celebrate and enjoy.

I wonder: instead of retreating and hiding, instead of pining for the way it was, what if I accept the way it is? This strikes me as both the most obvious thing in the world and the most profound. -Ann Kidd Taylor, Traveling With Pomegranates


A regular journaling practice is more fun {& meaningful} when we share our ideas and progress. When we engage in a ritual in order to create a habit. When we have a prompt to get us started …

★ {no rules//just prompts}

There are no rules, just gluing. 

What-ever strikes your fancy, Braveheart! ♥

What is your practice? How to you glue your way through?

Please share a link to your weekly glue-book/glued page — your blog, Flickr or Instagram — in the comments below.

Follow The Art Journaler on Twitter for the direct link or check back here for a weekly link up + use one of these badges on your web site. Use the hashtag #tajgluebook on Instagram.

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Week 4 //invention

junk journals

To invent, you need a good imagination and a pile of junk.
Thomas A. Edison

A pile of junk {mail} … or when decluttering old papers. I love creating journals from cardboard boxes, greeting cards, mailers and found papers {napkins, clothing tags, paper bags, the print color code from packaging, envelopes, etc.}

Staple at the center fold or bind “the cover” and pages with cord or rubber bands — and have an instant {free} gluebook journal!

There are no rules. That is how art is born, how breakthroughs happen. Go against the rules or ignore the rules. That is what invention is about. -Helen Frankenthaler

And what better way to make a creative portfolio, than to paint and collage over a padded mailer?

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Minutes at a time create a meaningful result! These projects took less than 15 minutes each; the portfolio took a little longer since I painted it and the paint had to dry before I added patterned tape. I will continue to “glue” {collage} phrases and other elements as desired.

{let’s share our glue-book pages and glue-project each week!}

A regular journaling practice is more fun {& meaningful} when we share our ideas and progress. When we engage in a ritual in order to create a habit. When we have a prompt to get us started …


★ {no rules//just prompts}

There are no rules, just gluing. 

What-ever strikes your fancy, Braveheart! ♥

What is your practice? How to you glue your way through?

Please share a link to your weekly glue-book/glued page — your blog, Flickr or Instagram — in the comments below.

Follow The Art Journaler on Twitter for the direct link or check back here for a weekly link up + use one of these badges on your web site. Use the hashtag #tajgluebook on Instagram.

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Link Love #1

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Here are five recommended links for art journaling as per The Art Journaler Community in response to Daisy Yellow’s Link Love for March 28: Five informative blog posts that you pinned/bookmarked for future reference.

What are {your} favorite information blog posts, Braveheart? Please feel free to leave a comment with your link + a brief explanation.