Art Journal Catalysts

068 Awe

068 Awe

Awe#gmseasonofaweThis season’s artwork is created by our guest artists Dear Messy Artist According to Panpsychism, the mind is a fundamental feature of the...

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Visualising a Poem by Noor Unnahar

Visualising a Poem by Noor Unnahar

FlowYour challenge, should you choose to accept it: Pick a poem or a song and visualise it into a work of art into your journal. Close your eyes and understand what the piece could look like when...

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Intuitive Collage & Paint by Tamara Egem

Intuitive Collage & Paint by Tamara Egem

Flow Your challenge, should you choose to accept it: Create your own flow moment. Action Steps Bring your imperfect, messy self, take what you need, and know that more than zero is enough. Click...

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Found Nature Objects by Arlyna So

Found Nature Objects by Arlyna So

SlowYour challenge, should you choose to accept it: Incorporate what you can find outside, in nature, and bring them inside into your journal. Part 1Part 2 Action Steps Bring your imperfect, messy...

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Flower Fever by Cathy Nichols

Flower Fever by Cathy Nichols

SlowYour challenge, should you choose to accept it: Create a field of flowers using warm and cool colors. Action Steps Bring your imperfect, messy self, take what you need, and know that more than...

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Textured Reflections by Amanda Trought

Textured Reflections by Amanda Trought

ChaptersYour challenge, should you choose to accept it: Create a reflective texture-rich art journal page. Bonus Save this file to your computer, print it out, and allow it to accompany you on...

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Breaking Patterns by Mou Saha

Breaking Patterns by Mou Saha

ChaptersYour challenge, should you choose to accept it: Use your art journal as an intentional self-healing tool. We will focus on spotting some of our unproductive thought patterns and creating...

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065 Chapters

065 Chapters

Chapters#gmseasonofchaptersThis season’s artwork is created by our guest artists Dear Messy Artist Recently,  I was lying on a stretcher in the ER. I...

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Gather, Spark, Create by Felicitas Mayer

Gather, Spark, Create by Felicitas Mayer

IdeasYour challenge, should you choose to accept it: Use your old paper scraps and other crafty left-overs to find new creative ideas for art journaling. Action Steps create something based on this...

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Movable Idea Catchers by Kiala Givehand

Movable Idea Catchers by Kiala Givehand

IdeasYour challenge, should you choose to accept it: Create an interactive way to explore and discover the ideas that live inside you. Part 1Bonus Save this file to your computer, print it out, and...

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Your World by Jana Clinard Harris

Your World by Jana Clinard Harris

EncouragementYour challenge, should you choose to accept it: Create a journal that shows what your ideal world looks like. This is a place you wish you could live in all the time. It should...

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Encouragement Inspir-action

Encouragement Inspir-action

EncouragementFill up your creative well and find ideas for your next art journal page. Private member galleryInstagram #gmseasonofencouragement[instagram-feed type="hashtag"...

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Making Moveable Collages by e bond

Making Moveable Collages by e bond

HeartYour challenge, should you choose to accept it: Explore how to make moveable collages in your art journal. Action Steps Bring your imperfect, messy self, take what you need, and know that more...

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Lovingly Stitched by Alyssa Griese

Lovingly Stitched by Alyssa Griese

HeartYour challenge, should you choose to accept it: Stitch a love note or kind word to yourself or to someone you love. Action Steps Bring your imperfect, messy self, take what you need, and know...

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Day 31 Celebration

Day 31 Celebration

Remember: Bring your messy self, take what you need (no such thing as being behind), and remember that more than zero is enough. Here's the prompt for today's Messy May:Celebrate your creative month! Write a list of small achievements, add confetti,...

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Day 30 Awe

Day 30 Awe

Remember: Bring your messy self, take what you need (no such thing as being behind), and remember that more than zero is enough. Here's the prompt for today's Messy May:Grab a sheet of paper and collage anything onto it that reminds you of the things...

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Day 29 Serenity

Day 29 Serenity

Remember: Bring your messy self, take what you need (no such thing as being behind), and remember that more than zero is enough. Here's the prompt for today's Messy May:Make your practice today meditative. Some ideas: light a candle, drink some fruit...

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Day 28 Self

Day 28 Self

Remember: Bring your messy self, take what you need (no such thing as being behind), and remember that more than zero is enough. Here's the prompt for today's Messy May:Create a 1 page zine with the theme of your current self. My best advice for...

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Day 27 Mindfulness

Day 27 Mindfulness

Remember: Bring your messy self, take what you need (no such thing as being behind), and remember that more than zero is enough. Here's the prompt for today's Messy May:Use a monochromatic color palette to help bring your mind into a calm and present...

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Day 26 Failure

Day 26 Failure

Remember: Bring your messy self, take what you need (no such thing as being behind), and remember that more than zero is enough. Here's the prompt for today's Messy May:Go back to your unfinished or "failed" pages and rework them. Cover them up, pain...

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Day 25 Bloom

Day 25 Bloom

Remember: Bring your messy self, take what you need (no such thing as being behind), and remember that more than zero is enough. Here's the prompt for today's Messy May:Let it bloom: cultivate your creativity through an expressive floral zine. Don't...

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Day 24 Magic

Day 24 Magic

Remember: Bring your messy self, take what you need (no such thing as being behind), and remember that more than zero is enough. Here's the prompt for today's Messy May:Take a moment to look around you and find the magic in your surroundings. This...

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Day 23 Contrast

Day 23 Contrast

Remember: Bring your messy self, take what you need (no such thing as being behind), and remember that more than zero is enough. Here's the prompt for today's Messy May:Explore contrast through value, complementary colors, and paradoxical subject...

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Day 22 Love

Day 22 Love

Remember: Bring your messy self, take what you need (no such thing as being behind), and remember that more than zero is enough. Here's the prompt for today's Messy May:Use gesso, black paint, a pencil, watercolors, and a vintage image to express the...

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Day 21 Words

Day 21 Words

Remember: Bring your messy self, take what you need (no such thing as being behind), and remember that more than zero is enough. Here's the prompt for today's Messy May:Add journaling to your art journal page. What are you thinking? How are you...

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Day 20 Nature

Day 20 Nature

Remember: Bring your messy self, take what you need (no such thing as being behind), and remember that more than zero is enough. Here's the prompt for today's Messy May:Take your supplies outside and create inspired by the world around you! Follow the...

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Day 19 Less

Day 19 Less

Remember: Bring your messy self, take what you need (no such thing as being behind), and remember that more than zero is enough. Here's the prompt for today's Messy May:Using a base of neutral collage, add a single block of color to create impactful...

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Day 18 Documenting

Day 18 Documenting

Remember: Bring your messy self, take what you need (no such thing as being behind), and remember that more than zero is enough. Here's the prompt for today's Messy May:How do you document your days? What are you learning about yourself as each day...

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Day 17 Yes

Day 17 Yes

Remember: Bring your messy self, take what you need (no such thing as being behind), and remember that more than zero is enough. Here's the prompt for today's Messy May:What was the last creative impulse you felt? Was it to try a new medium? Attempt a...

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Color & Paper Mixing by Roben-Marie Smith

Color & Paper Mixing by Roben-Marie Smith

MessYour challenge, should you choose to accept it: Gather papers by color and collage them into your sketchbook for project inspiration. Bonus Save this file to your computer, print it out, and...

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Day 16 Belonging

Day 16 Belonging

Remember: Bring your messy self, take what you need (no such thing as being behind), and remember that more than zero is enough. Here's the prompt for today's Messy May:"Belonging is being your authentic self and knowing that no matter what happens,...

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Day 15 Flow

Day 15 Flow

Remember: Bring your messy self, take what you need (no such thing as being behind), and remember that more than zero is enough. Here's the prompt for today's Messy May:Create with as few distractions as possible to achieve a State of Flow. Just....

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Day 13 Home

Day 13 Home

Remember: Bring your messy self, take what you need (no such thing as being behind), and remember that more than zero is enough. Here's the prompt for today's Messy May:Create a collage house with images filled with the comforts of home. Creating art...

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Day 12 Habit

Day 12 Habit

Remember: Bring your messy self, take what you need (no such thing as being behind), and remember that more than zero is enough. Here's the prompt for today's Messy May:Create a habit of seeing possibilities for using recycled materials in your art...

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Day 11 Imperfection

Day 11 Imperfection

Remember: Bring your messy self, take what you need (no such thing as being behind), and remember that more than zero is enough. Here's the prompt for today's Messy May:Make a list of five ways to practice and embrace imperfection in your art. If you...

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Day 10 Connection

Day 10 Connection

Remember: Bring your messy self, take what you need (no such thing as being behind), and remember that more than zero is enough. Here's the prompt for today's Messy May:Create a page that connects you to your art process. You can do this by including...

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Grungy Papers by Melanie Theriault

Grungy Papers by Melanie Theriault

MessYour challenge, should you choose to accept it: Create grungy tissue papers with a gel plate and acrylic paints to use as a quick background. Action Steps Bring your imperfect, messy self, take...

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Day 03 Happy

Day 03 Happy

Remember: Bring your messy self, take what you need (no such thing as being behind), and remember that more than zero is enough. Here's the prompt for today's Messy May:Carefree fun. Create with the joyfulness of a child. Don't take your artwork too...

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Words and Lists by Abbey Sy

Words and Lists by Abbey Sy

OKYour challenge, should you choose to accept it: Create a journal spread with a list of things that make you feel OK. Start with the phrase "I feel ok when..." and get creative with your...

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Feelings from Music by Anouk Karssen

Feelings from Music by Anouk Karssen

VulnerabilityYour challenge, should you choose to accept it: While you listen to a song that moves you, that reminds you of a happy memory or simply inspires you. Take a moment to feel what...

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Our Archaeological Dig by Lisa Goddard

Our Archaeological Dig by Lisa Goddard

VulnerabilityYour challenge, should you choose to accept it: Work in layers to express different aspects of yourself and your life. Imagine an archaeologist peeling back each layer in 200...

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Vulnerability Inspir-action

Vulnerability Inspir-action

VulnerabilityFill up your creative well and find ideas for your next art journal page. Private member galleryInstagram #gmseasonofvulnerability[instagram-feed type="hashtag"...

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Floral Sister Pages by Camila Garcia

Floral Sister Pages by Camila Garcia

EnoughYour challenge, should you choose to accept it: Create a double-page spread in which one flower is explored in two different ways using the same colour pallet.  Work with your favourite media...

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Week 3 – Twigs + gelli plate + thread

Week 3 – Twigs + gelli plate + thread

CourageThis season we are collaborating with a partner, or being our own cheerleader. Download the Season Sidekick for a list of prompts to work from.  Char and Claudette are choosing three items...

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Week 1 – Tea bags + paint + found words

Week 1 – Tea bags + paint + found words

CourageThis season we are collaborating with a partner, or being our own cheerleader. Download the Season Sidekick for a list of prompts to work from.  Char and Claudette are choosing three items...

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Challenge: Collage Relaxation

Challenge: Collage Relaxation

Promise#gmseasonofpromiseYour challenge, should you choose to accept it: Relax with your art and get into flow state with this easy art journaling technique. Repurpose scraps...

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Challenge: Three, Two, One

Challenge: Three, Two, One

Explore ways to create pages with a simple formula of 3 colors, 2 words, and 1 image. This formula opens us up to endless possibilities to create unique layouts.

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Promise Inspir-action

Promise Inspir-action

Promise#gmseasonofpromiseFill up your creative well and find ideas for your next art journal page. Private member galleryInstagram #gmseasonofpromise[instagram-feed...

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Challenge: Daily Chroma

Challenge: Daily Chroma

Look for an inspiring object/s and observe all the colors in it, not simply the main hue, but all the shifts in tone with highlights/shadows, etc.

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Challenge: Collage Lines

Challenge: Collage Lines

Use cut paper lines/shapes to create a sense of motion across two spreads in your journal. Working with lines, colors and imagery will create visually interesting and dimensional art journal pages.

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Challenge: Movement as a Distraction

Challenge: Movement as a Distraction

We constantly are moving, doing, and staying busy in our daily lives. How can we carve away slivers of time for peace and creating? In this journal we will connect to a moment of calm in the midst of the chaos playing on contrast and complimentary colors to highlight this dichotomy in our lives.

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Challenge: Repurposed Florals

Challenge: Repurposed Florals

Create loose, abstract florals with paint, markers, crayons and the magic ingredient – acrylic skins. By repurposing (rather than simply throwing away) old palettes and dried acrylic paint, we’ll add some texture and surprising pops of colour to your art journal.

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Challenge: Artist Affirmations

Challenge: Artist Affirmations

I love to incorporate artist affirmations into my art journal practice. Let’s create a beautiful and meaningful art journal spread to silence our inner critics.

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Challenge: The Sticky-Note

Challenge: The Sticky-Note

Get creative using sticky-notes (post-its) in your journal pages. The humble sticky-note is often overlooked as an art material, but there are lots of fun ways of using them. We’ll share a few of our suggestions and we’re sure you’ll have lots more ideas of your own.

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Challenge: Wild Abandon

Challenge: Wild Abandon

Moments#gmseasonofmomentsYour challenge, should you choose to accept it: Create with wild abandon. Let go of perfection and expectations and gather things that you love. Art...

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Challenge: Color Interactions

Challenge: Color Interactions

Explore how colors interact with each other. Experimenting with color in your journal helps you find brush strokes and color combinations you may never have thought to try before! Make rainbows, mix colors, and see which new colors you can make from the tubes of paint you already have!

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Let’s Share a Sketchbook!

Let’s Share a Sketchbook!

Mindfulness#gmseasonofmindfulnessIsn’t it so fun to take a peek into someone else’s art journal? I just love that! It’s so interesting to see...

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Recipe 21

Recipe 21

#getmessyrecipes Background papers (see the PDF for printable options) Clip art (see the PDF for printable options) Scrap paper, ledger paper, favorite paper...

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Recipe 19

Recipe 19

#getmessyrecipes Background papers (see the PDF for printable options) Clip art (see the PDF for printable options) Scrap paper, ledger paper, favorite paper...

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Layers of Reflection

Layers of Reflection

Reflection Reflection happens often for me, I define it as giving serious thought to something. That something usually involves a good measure of self-reflection too. For...

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Silhouette Reflections

Silhouette Reflections

Reflection The end of the year is a good time to reflect on the past year and our hopes and dreams for the upcoming year. This tutorial will show you how to combine written...

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Journal your Dream

Journal your Dream

Reflection We’ll make a journal page reflecting on a dream we’ve had for this week’s Artist Date with Thea. This can be a recurring dream, a recent dream, or a daydream! Thea...

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Messy Mandalas

Messy Mandalas

Reflection In this Artist Date, Clare will guide us on how to make a ‘Torus’ mandala base using a compass, along with a freeform method which needs no equipment apart from a...

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Transformational Tea

Transformational Tea

Reflection In this tutorial, watercolor pens and a squirt bottle magically transform paper towels, as the process of appreciation changes your reflections about yourself....

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Reflection Prompts + Sidekick

Reflection Prompts + Sidekick

Reflection Download the prompts for the season Save this file to your computer, print it out, and keep it inside your journal to spark journal ideas.Prompt #1 “Nothing of me is original. I am...

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The 5 Paths of Journaling

The 5 Paths of Journaling

Reflection Journaling takes us travelling through wide-ranging landscapes and across wild terrain. This adventure is like a guided tour down five paths leading toward...

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Create a Life Mind Map

Create a Life Mind Map

Reflection Life Mind Maps are a fantastic way to reduce anxiety. They give a bird’s eye view of your life and helps you be objective. When you know exactly...

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Japanese Ledger Binding

Japanese Ledger Binding

Reflection Learn how to create a beautiful art journal with a quick and easy binding. The Japanese Ledger binding looks impressive but it’s very simple and can be made with an...

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Season of Habit Reflection

Season of Habit Reflection

HabitOh, Messians, did this Season ever enable us to push our art further or what? There was so much to learn and so much to bring into our daily life that writing this is an...

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Creative Warm-Up Exercises

Creative Warm-Up Exercises

During this hangout, Jenny shared a creative warm-up exercise that can be used for those busy days when it’s hard to fit art in.

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121 Hours: How to build an art habit

121 Hours: How to build an art habit

Habit 20 minutes a day will build an art habit. Start today!Supplies paper paint glue magazines gelli plate scissors tape sewing supplies friends to cheer you on and for whom you...

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Making and filling a grid

Making and filling a grid

Habit Gilly guides us through the relaxing art of making a grid by colour, doodle, paint, collage or mixture of different things.Using a thick piece of paper or art journal we'll...

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Habit  Prompts + Sidekick

Habit Prompts + Sidekick

Habit Download your habit tracker Save this file to your computer, print it out, and keep it inside your journal. Tick off each day that you were creative. Prompt #1 Make some art on Monday. No...

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Season of Documenting Reflection

Season of Documenting Reflection

Documenting This Season was so FULL don’t you think? There is something about having two long months to really explore a subject and to get our creative juices flowing. Here is a look at...

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Documenting the Roller Coaster

Documenting the Roller Coaster

Documenting DEBBIE BAMBERGER Debbie is a sexual and reproductive health nurse practitioner in Berkeley, California. She began art journaling in 2016 with no prior art...

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Floral Junk Journaling

Floral Junk Journaling

Documenting In this lesson, you'll learn what junk journaling is and see examples of Meg's own junk journals. She'll show you how you can create your own floral inspired junk...

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Document your Inner Landscape

Document your Inner Landscape

Documenting In this lesson Caroline shows you how she uses her everyday journaling practice as a resource for art projects and inspiration. She believes that our inner...

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Documenting  Prompts + Sidekick

Documenting Prompts + Sidekick

Documenting Download the prompts for the season Save this file to your computer, print it out, and keep it inside your journal to spark journal ideas. PROMPT #1 - HE(ART) BY CINDY Document...

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How to include yourself in your art

How to include yourself in your art

Documenting Sasha Zinevych Sasha is a memory keeper and mixed media artist from Ukraine who currently lives in Poland. She is mesmerized by other people's journals and...

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Season of Documenting Intentions

Season of Documenting Intentions

Documenting For the season intentions, I'd love you to trust me. We're going to do things a bit differently. Dig Deeper Let's start this season in the deep end. Let's jump...

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Embodying the Fool: How to feel the fear and take the leap anyway

Embodying the Fool: How to feel the fear and take the leap anyway

Starting can be difficult. The way ahead is obscure, we are afraid of failing or of getting lost on our journey. So how can we set off boldly, how can we be daring? We must embody the Fool. The Fool is an archetype that allows us to take a leap of faith, to go ahead even if we are fearful. When we are able to look ahead with enthusiasm and energy and when we know that whatever lies ahead is part of our journey and will support us, we are embodying the Fool archetype. This allows us to feel free as well as (perhaps paradoxically) in control of our own destiny. That is when we are happy to start. We will use water soluble media to create an inspiration wave to encourage us to start. Let’s gather this wave of positive energy and let’s be intentional in finding the mantras that carry us forward and let’s take that leap! Let’s start in this creative journey together.

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Season of Starting Intentions

Season of Starting Intentions

Starting Beautiful artist! Welcome to the Season of Starting. No matter what kind of starting you are doing, I'm excited for you. The first week of a season is dedicated to...

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