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Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Less than a Month…

I have to admit that I’m kind of proud of myself for even thinking about sitting down to blog. It’s just been so hard these past few months and when I’d think about it, I’d find myself breaking into a sweat, my heart palpitating, my head all kinds of dizzy, too.

Then all I’d want to do was lay down.

So I would…sometimes for days.

Such a vicious cycle.

But like I said in my last post, I’m working on getting better. I even have artsy things to share with y’all this time! (I know, shocker, huh? lol)

First though, my oldest daughter, Savannah, has come to live with us. She got here at the first part of April, joining her son (our grandson, Noah) who came to live with us back at the first of November last year. I don’t know if I said much about it on here but I’m doubting I did…suffice to say, our house is a bit crowded these days with 4 generations plus my hubby all under one roof.

Because of the need for another bedroom for Savannah, I had to give up my art studio. Now our bedroom is also my art room and that makes it extremely FULL…and I don’t know if I like it.

In fact, I know I don’t like it.

In fact, it really sucks.

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But I just don’t know how it can be any other way right now. Everyone needs space so, whatcha gonna do? Damn, that makes me feel like a total doormat. *sigh* (By the way, don’t judge the unmade bed full of my furry babies…it was one of those days.)

I tell y’all what…I have so much to spill; so much to talk about, but I know that I can’t do it all in one post. Hell, I’m figuring that I’ve already lost about 50% of you by now and another 25% are close to dozing off. LOL

15409969896_3c42630a01_zOn the art front, I’m really struggling lately to and I’m hoping that getting back to my blog will help inspire me. One can hope, right?

This is an art journal page I have in progress today. Just getting started so it’s kind of funky right now.

Hey, ya got to start somewhere, right?

I’ve also been doing a few other crafty/artsy things to keep myself busy…and sane.

Things like beading on a small loom. You know, with tiny little seed beads…I’ve got a cute little beaded bracelet almost finished.

I’ve also taken up stitching some special kind of mending on some of my favorite clothes. It’s a bit of a cross between embroidery and a Japanese mending or darning. Whatever it is, it’s very soothing to do as I watch tv or listen to my favorite podcasts.

Speaking of podcasts, do y’all have any favorites that I’m not already addicted to? I love This American Life, The Moth, the new one called Serial, and Garrison Keillor. If you’ve got favs that aren’t on my listening list, drop me a note in the comments and clue me in on the ones you love.

Anyway, I think I’ll call this one done for now and head to the kitchen to work on our dinner…chicken spaghetti, yum!

Ta ta for now…
Barb

 

 

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

What it’s like...

cause-of-depression

Every single day for the past few months, I have sat down at my laptop and for just a moment I feel like I might actually have something to say...but each day the same thing happens. Nothing. Not one single word comes to mind. I just go blank. Totally and utterly devoid of any coherent thoughts; nothing to share.

Don’t get me wrong, I want to be here, creating and sharing and helping everyone along on their Art Journaling and general creative journey. Unfortunately, I am really having a hard time just helping myself.

Each day that passes that I don’t blog/share, I feel like more and more of a failure here...more of a huge let-down to everyone here and in my real day-to-day life.

Just writing this is taking more effort than I think any of you can really imagine.

Please know that I’m trying...I’m working on myself and I’m working on finding some semblance of normalcy so that I can come back and be myself again, with lots of creating and journaling and actually having fun again.

I know that I’m getting there, getting closer to the old me that loves life, and I know that because I am here today, writing this, and that gives me hope.

I make no promises beyond telling you that I’m trying very, very hard....and that I hope to see you soon.

With much love,
Barb

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Choosing Images – AJ Wednesday

I have been wondering if things are ever going to get better for me and my family. Since the grandboy came to live with us, things have been really rough. Rough financially, health-wise, stress-wise, just rough in every kind of way.

I feel like my hubby and I really need some time away from all the day to day stuff for a just little while; some time to reconnect. Finally we are planning a little something and I am more excited than you can imagine. It’s been probably 3 years since we had any real time away. Not sure what we’re going to do or where we’re going to go but, dang it, we’re going somewhere! lol

Anyway, back to the subject at hand, art journaling....and now it’s time to focus on choosing your images, both primary focal images and secondary images.

Here’s a video showing you how I choose images for my art journals:

Here is the video I mention at the beginning of my video above…this great video is from Teesha Moore:

I love how Teesha explains things...so clear and to the point. She makes it all look so easy...and it is, really. You just have to get your brain and thinking out of the way and trust your intuition, then the art will come.

I believe there are a ton of great art journalers out there to learn from and I try to soak it all in. Teesha is a great one to learn from but remember, her method or my method may not be the way you choose to work in your own art journals. This is the point where I encourage you to trust your gut, follow your urges, experiment on the pages, do something crazy or wild in there. You can do anything you want...it’s your art journal.

I’m sure you’ve heard it before but I want to tell you again, there are NO mistakes in  art journaling.

 “But what if I make a big mess on one/some of my pages?” is something I’ve been asked many times. My answer is very simple...who cares, there will always be more paper. So go and make those messes, then turn the page and make another mess. 

Before I close I want to encourage everyone to ask any questions you might have, anything you might wonder about. I want you to be inquisitive...it can lead to some wonderful experiments.

Now, go and enjoy your evening, play in your journal (a lot!), have fun, make some extraordinary messes, and I’ll be back soon with more of the good stuff.

peace & love,
Barb

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Visitors

We had some unexpected visitors (family) show up yesterday and it was wonderful to see them. But that also means that I haven’t had a moment to catch up with anything for these two days.

I loved getting to visit and catch up with them, not to mention that we played many, many games of dominos while gabbing. All in all, a wonderful visit.

Tomorrow is my catch up on laundry, write blog post(s), dinner in the Crockpot kind of day. Just wanted to drop a quick line.

Back soon!

peace & love,
Barb

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Sunday, February 2, 2014

On the Border

Hi y’all! Sorry for my recent absence...no excuses, life just got in the way as it sometimes will. I’m not very good at juggling too many things these days but I’m still here.

Now, back to art journaling...

Images are such a huge part of my art journals that I am constantly on the lookout for new ones to add to my stash (hoard?) of images. I am definitely a magazine image kind of girl. But you might not be and that’s okay. (There will be times I cover things that won’t necessarily be of use to everyone...just take what you need.)

I do encourage you to read through these posts anyway. Something within these “not for me” kind of posts might spark something in you that you’d not come across in any other way. So much of art journaling is intuitive so just let go and trust your imagination and intuition to lead you in your art journaling journey.

Test your boundaries, push the limits, step outside of your comfort zone cause that’s where the magic happens.

Today I want to talk to you about borders.

Something I was told years ago that stuck with me is that every piece of art (and your journals ARE art, don’t forget that) should be framed. Frames = borders so think about how you want to “frame” your pages or spreads.

Some ideas for creating frames for your pages are:

  1. clipped images
  2. Washi or masking tape
  3. Doodles or drawings
  4. Papers (scrapbook papers, photocopies of completed art journal pages, dictionary pages, sheet music, copies of photographs, etc)
  5. Color (paints, markers, pastels, graphite, pens, etc)
  6. Stamping
  7. What other ways can you think of to frame your pages and spreads?

Remember this page I shared with you a while back:

See my framing on it? Two combined borders...darker coloring with my paint AND the lines and dots I drew in that serves to also frames the spread.

Frames and borders serve to make your art look for finished and presentable.

Imagine what this would look like without those two framing aspects....unfinished? boring? lifeless? dull? I’d say it would probably be all of those things in some way.

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On the page above, I’ve mixed my borders...washi tape and stamps across the top, collage bits along with magazine images and words around the other three sides. There are no limits to how you can create your borders and frames.

Now you’ve got even more images to work with and more experimenting to try out. Play with all of the different ways of framing your pages...and maybe think up some others I haven’t even thought of, yet.

Slowly your pages are starting to take shape. You’ve gone from the blank page and now you’ve got all sorts of great things going on in your art journal.

Do you think your page needs more layers? more images? more something but you just aren’t quite sure what?

When I'm feeling that way about a particular page or spread, I just keep playing with the different aspects of the page, trying new things. The only thing that says your page is art-filled enough is YOU.

Or many times I move to another page or spread and work on it. I usually have 4-6 separate pages/spreads going at any given time. This way I can skip from page to page to page, doing whatever things are feeling like what I wanted to do at that time. Almost never do I finish a page or spread in one sitting...my pages kind of grow and evolve over time. However you choose to work in your art journal is right.

Remember, this is play so just keep playing and having fun. Don’t sweat it and just let go!

Oh, and in case you haven’t already, I hope that you will all spread the word about what we’re doing here so even more folks join us. Spread the word, y’all...everyone needs access to art journaling and the how-to of it. I hope that you all agree.

Thanks!

I’m not sure what’s next on the agenda but I do know it won’t be so long this time. I promise.

Back soon with more of a good stuff.

Peace & Love,
Barb

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