Be stirred by Rosie

Why do you art journal?

Because I feel like I’d go insane if I didn’t. It helps me process my thoughts and make time for myself.

How do you live a creative life?

I try to see the beauty in the little things, having a little girl helps with this, because she helps me see the world with a sense of wonder. I do lots of creative activities with her too. I cook dinner from scratch each night and I make time for art journaling.

Define art journaling.

Creating art to help you to process your life – in a journal or wherever.

What is your biggest barrier to creating? How do you conquer that hurdle?

Finding time. But not spending time creating is harmful to me – I have to have a creative outlet or even I don’t want to spend time with me. I make time for myself – I have a full time job, a child, a husband, dog and a house. It would be easy (and true) to say I don’t have much time, but I make time. I use the spare minutes in the day while my little girl eats or while I’m waiting for the kettle to boil. My husband and I take turns in doing the bedtime routine, so on the nights that it’s his turn, I go create art.

What has been your biggest lesson when it comes to creating art?

Not to compare yourself to anyone else, your art is meaningful and worthy. It’s so easy to look at someone’s instagram page and see their wonderful art and wonder why you can’t make anything as beautiful as that. But I don’t do that anymore. I keep working on myself and my art – comparison is the thief of joy

What is the best art advice you’ve ever received?

My Nan told me when I was little that I should do whatever makes my heart happy. Art and Get Messy do that for me.

What is your go to technique or tool?

At the moment, collage, my favourite way to do this is in layers with napkins.

What do you do when you don’t like a page you’ve made?

Sometimes I keep them and look at them with fresh eyes another day, that way I can search for something I like more objectively. Other times I gesso the life out of them so that I never have to look at them again! The key thing for me is though, that it’s the process I enjoy and the end product is not the most important part of my art making.

Have you ever been through artist block? How do you overcome it?

It’s ironic that the only time I get artist block is when I know I have an extended period to do nothing other than make art – maybe the pressure of having a few uninterrupted hours gets to me? To overcome it, I usually give myself a set of small tasks to get into the rhythm of art (make a postcard, decorate an envelope) and luckily that’s always worked for me.

What does community do for your creating?

The Get Messy community inspire, cheer, push and collaborate. I’m not sure I would still be art journaling if it was not for the Get Messy community. I have created at least one art journal page for every week I have been a member of Get Messy and that is the result of the encouragement and accountability that the Get Messy community have given me.

What tips do you have for beginners?

Just start – make a mark, stick something down. Watch videos and find out what speaks to your heart. Don’t buy everything at first, just make something with what you have and find out what you like and don’t like first.
What do you do when you don’t know what to make?

Search the Get Messy library for inspiration, or look through my book of favourite quotes to find something that inspires me.

How do you find the time to make things?

I make time. I promise myself that if I do one work task that is essential that I’ll take 15 minutes break to work on art. I sometimes neglect the washing pile for an extra day. I use the spare minutes when I’m waiting for the kettle to boil, or for my daughter to find and put on her shoes (at least 10 minutes here!) to stick something down or splatter some ink.

Do you have a creative process?

No, not really. A lot of the time I just use little pockets of time, so I’m not sure I’ve ever developed a process.

Rose Sheridan

Rose is a mama to a 5 year old human and an 11 year old Jack Russell. She is a lecturer in psychology and child development and is a lifelong learner. Art is her magic.

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