I’m exploring fabric. I was delighted to find over a dozen free sample books of beautiful fabrics from an interior design store. This can be a great way to find fabric for art projects. Using fabric opens up new possibilities, and I’m considering buying a simple sewing machine to play with. The idea of sewing in my art journal pages interests me, and many people do this with beautiful results.
Flower Bird in a Chair, journal page using fabric, collage and gesso
I’m still such a beginner working with textiles and I know there are hundreds of ways to use this media to enhance my journal as well as other mixed media pieces. There are great books out there on mixing collage with fabric, fabric art, as well as wonderful images on Google.
Woman with a Paint Brush, art journal page, fabric, collage, and gesso
So, experimentation continues and any new ideas are welcome!
Phoebe’s Garden – art journal page, fabric on gesso
This is why I love teaching the Soulful Art Journal classes! When a 16 yr. old girl I’ve just introduced to the mixed-media art journal, produced this wonderful piece, I have to admit, I kind of wished I’d done it myself. There is so much for the imagination to play with when we allow ourselves the freedom to explore different media and approach the process with an open and curious mind, when we allow ourselves to follow our hearts. Following our impulses let’s us discover what works and what we like. It gives us a push into the unknown. We discover that we do not need a map. We do not need to know what the end result will be. In fact, one of my teachers said to me, “What would be the fun in that?” The media has a way of telling us what to do.
Kids have an amazing reservoir of creative energy. They want to express themselves authentically and be free to experiment in a safe environment. There is something safe about working in a journal. It can be an intimate dialogue between you and the muse. You never have to show it to anyone, but you can and probably will. You don’t have to be intimidated by expectations that you should produce perfection, but your pages will be perfect because they are yours. This is why so many of us are hooked and have become best friends with our journals.
Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up.
– Pablo Picasso
Kartika’s art journal page
I’m loving these pages! They make me happy. And, I’m so lucky to be able to create and to work in my own journal while having classes in my home. I get to work with wonderful women who are kindred spirits in my “Soulful Art Journal Workshop.”
This week, I’ve been having some personal sessions with a friend’s 16 year old daughter. There are those people who take to the creative process like the proverbial ducks to water. They sink like stones into the zone of timelessness. They begin to journal and experience the joy of self-reliance. Self-reliance comes with this territory as we learn to trust ourselves and our perceptions of what works and what doesn’t for us. We learn to let go of the fear of what others will think of our creations. We take the flying leap that is required to dare to make art, to accept that we can and are creative beings who can start whereever we are on this path to self-discovery.
Kartika’s art journal page
Having the time and the resources to play with art, to be creative, is truly a blessing. But even if we’re extremely busy, it’s important to carve out some space for some kind of creative expression, especially for those of us who say things like, “Someday when I have time, I will write a book,” or when I retire, “I will learn to paint.” Tomorrow may never come.
“If you have never kept an art journal, the prospect of doing so many seem intimidating, but the beauty of keeping a journal is that you don’t ever have to share it. It can be a unique and private place in your life for personal exploration. Journaling may allow you to express yourself in a way you never thought possible and can help expand your artistic skills and confidence. – Dawn DeVries Sokol
Soul Divination Card, “My Voice,” collage on 5″ x 7″ card stock
Next month, several women in my The Soulful Art Journal Workshop will be taking my workshop – Soulful Divination Cards: A Workshop for Women. I was inspired by the work of Seena Frost, who created and teaches a method called, Soul Collage, to begin this journey. I began creating my own one-of-a-kind cards inspired by inquiry into my personal archetypes and energies that I wanted to explore. I wanted my cards to be art pieces, but more importantly, part of my process of self-discovery. I also wanted to explore using them for readings and divination. I’m looking forward to sharing my approach to this process with other women in my workshop starting next month. It will be exciting to see what we all come up with and where this process takes us.
The card at the top is called “My Voice.” It represents the importance of self expression and how communication, writing, singing, and expressing my creativity is an essential part of my life. This card represents how important it is to find one’s voice and be able and willing to speak one’s truth.
The card below is called “Fiery Goddess.” It represents the part of my spirit that is passionate and has the internal and external fire or energy necessary for transformation. It represents the willingness to defend the defenseless and call out established powers that exploit the earth and marginalize those without a voice.
I plan to keep you posted!
Soul Divination Card, “Fiery Goddess,” collage on 5″ x 7″ card stock