It’s been a long time since I participated in Get Messy Art Journalling. As a matter of fact if I go back to this link it seems it was week one, season one : that is February this year. And here we are at the end of 2015. This has been a crazy, busy year for me … and for most people it seems. Is it me or is time accelerating?! 2015 has seen me : close my little art/craft shop/studio/workshop space, move everything from my shop space to my home (oh the mess!), start graphic design again, attempt to build a new website for said graphic design business (this is still in progress), join Jamberry to sell nail wraps, incorporate my craft shop into my blog, give my blog some attention, start a new jewellery shop, run a subscription box service, try to keep up with snail mail, manage a household and look after three kids. Phew!
Anyway back to my art journalling journey. I first came across art journalling when some local ladies were running classes and I popped along to a couple to see what it was all about. Being a scrapbooker from way back and having quite literally a mountain of supplies, it seemed like an awesome way to use those supplies while incorporating my love for painting and journalling. I’ve always kept a journal of sorts so I love the idea of making those journals a little more creative. So it was with gusto that I embarked on the Get Messy journey at the start of the year.
But then the old enemy time got in the way and here we are at the end of the year and I’ve finally thought about getting back into my art journalling. And what at time to rediscover Get Messy – the season is MAGIC. If you want to read more about Get Messy Art Journalling go to this post. This could not have come at a better time for me because Magic is on my mind a lot. I am in the throes of reading Elizabeth Gilbert’s book “Big Magic”. Have you read it? You really should. It is one of those books that I know I will refer back to again and again. This year I made the decision to start living my life more creatively and this book really embraces that. If you want to create – just do it. Let the magic move through you and create, make, write, bake, do whatever makes your heart sing.
The first prompts for week one were to think about what magic means to you. To me magic means many things, and mostly it is everything. It is love, beauty, fairies, stars, wishes and whimsy. It is toadstools and whispers, secrets and goodness and mystery. It is life. I’ve experienced magic many, many times in my life and the reminder for me that it is always there, is in synchronicity. The moments we experience where everything falls into place, when things happen for a reason, when you meet the right people at the right moments. Those times.
I am really looking forward to creating more pages and exploring this theme and writing my thoughts. Here is my first layout.
As we speak I am working on my next pages. I’m experimenting with stamps, lettering and collage. It is so important to make time for creativity. I’d forgotten that over the past few months. Even though I work in a creative industry – as a graphic designer – I am working for someone else. On their ideas and dreams. I put my own aside. Play is crucial. It’s good for the soul. It creates magic.
Are you participating in Get Messy Art Journalling? If not – you should!! Here is a link to join up. It’s not only loads of fun but you’ll meet some fab fellow creatives who will cheer you along on your journey.