Life stories, Mission statements, purpose…in the last week I’ve been pondering quite a bit thanks to a really great online story telling workshop I did with Pip Lincolne and this weeks Get Messy art journaling prompts. I think it’s good to think about these things from time to time, but not get bogged down in it. Balancing reflection with action, busyness and serenity. ” Live Laugh Love” isn’t exactly my mission statement in life, but it’s a good reminder to live life well and I happened to have it on hand as I did my page last night.
Following one of the prompts I had spent way too long down the rabbit hole that is Pinterest, looking for inspiration and for ideas of new techniques to try. I was searching the #getmessyartjournal and finding fellow Get Messy art journalers to follow. Of course though, after all my searching for a new technique to try I was actually feeling a bit stuck , and there was a little bit of “other peoples pages” envy slowly but surely creeping in ( not to mention just general Pinterest board envy).
Fortunately one of my GM pals came to the rescue with a couple of suggestions about gesso and tape transfer. I had been thinking about using my stencils and voila, paper plus gesso plus packing tape and a photocopied quote and within about 15 minutes I had a page. ( Thank you Karen !) This morning I added some doodling to it and stuck on a traced image (thanks Miss P) and called it done.
For my second page, the prompt involved using a picture of ourselves and using someone elses page for inspiration. My Inspiration came from a page by Tanyalee ( Thank you ). I thought this would be a fun way to test drive my new selphy photo printer and it was ( after taking about 50 selfies till I had one that I felt was ok!).
The journaling is about what the main thing that comes between me and serenity is ….Me. Yep, I totally believe that! It’s all about the choices I make and how I choose to respond to what happens around me. So having just typed that I am now going to wind this up quickly and start the process of finishing the day, head off to bed being calm, so that I can be all fresh and full of beans tomorrow. I’ve got a few projects on the go and some things to Pin on Pinterest ha ha ha.
p.s if you are a pinterest fan, please feel free to find me over there so I can follow you. I am @squiggleandswirl