Art Journal, an act of Mindfulness.

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‘Who in the world am I? Ah, that is the great puzzle’. Louis Carrol from Alice in Wonderland.

Flow Magazine landed in our shop a few years ago and that inspiring publication introduced me to concepts of mindfulness. By simply focusing on the present, checking in with my thoughts, feelings and what my body was experiencing, would create a state of mindfulness. This state of mindfulness is an inner space that can facilitate calm, healing and allows you to be fully present in your day to day. That is something to encourage right?

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Torrie’s art prompts for week 2 brought this into sharp focus for me. To list your own shortcomings¬† and then collage that material into a positive art journal page, as an expression of myself, seemed like mindfulness in action.

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Well, one page became three as I explored this prompt. I realised that, yes, expressing your creativity is an act of mindfulness, but, it is also an opportunity to transform. Concepts transform into art journal pages. Negative thoughts can have the opportunity to be accepted,and even moved on to more positive thoughts. The idea that we can transform ourselves, or our thoughts and beliefs about ourselves, as well as our shortcomings is a very hopeful thought.

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I chose the image of the tree and flowers because they represent the cycle of life and transformation.. I love to work with trees and flowers in real life as well as in design motifs. The elements of water, earth, air and sunlight are transformed to become these beautiful entities from the plant world.

I listed my shortcomings as well as my positive attributes on a separate page. Writing the words, then cutting the shapes, choosing my colours and shapes, I lost all sense of time and started to feel like I was capturing a moment of potential, weaving a lovely secret spell.

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The Season of Introspection.

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Season of Introspection, Week One.

So much about the Get Messy Season of Introspection feels right.

For one thing, here in the Southern Hemisphere, we are going into Winter.

This new Season of Introspection is a perfect fit for the coming Winter months. Did you know that Winter, in many cultures and in many alternate medicine modalities, is an opportunity to attune to the season by taking stock and getting in touch with your inner thoughts and inner self?  Further in that vein, Winter, is also the time to be mindful of where you are at on a physical level and then to take the time to build and nourish yourself for the coming Summer time.

And here is something else. I joined The Get Messy Art Journal Group to learn new techniques and challenge myself by getting out of my comfort zone. I have been out of my comfort zone all year so far and it has been an experience of expansion and learning. That challenge has continued with the new season request from Caylee and Lauren, that we try working with an altered book.

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This is my altered book choice. The Snow Leopard, written by Paul West and published in 1964. It is a book of poetry I picked up in an op-shop and has been waiting for just the right opportunity. Especially loving it’s petite A5 dimensions and natty board covers, it’s stitched-in pages and lovely aged papers. I started painting the inside cover, check out this little video!

Not to malign the author in any way, I knew that feeling ambivalent about the poems inside would allow me to ‘alter’ the books pages. It is a bit of a thing to get over that feeling that you are somehow defacing a book!

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The Ink Blot Tutorial by Vanessa, kick started the new Season with a fresh and fun painting technique that brings memories of childhood painting. It has been so entertaining reading the group’s interpretations ( a la Rorschach Test!) of all the ink blot creations in the Get Messy Facebook feed.

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Vanessa’s art prompt to use the inkblot painting as background to a self portrait, resonated with me. In my Ink blot painting, I first saw a leaf and then a tree. The trees branches hold some ideas that represent my connection to my environment, near and far.

Can’t seem to break away from the watercolour and Rotring pen combination!

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This page has it’s inspiration from Katie’s prompt – to show the special places you go to think and reflect. Recalling these special places to my mind,¬† I realise that I am lucky to have these places to retreat to when I can.

 

 

 

 

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