I recently decided to start blogging more to make myself accountable for my commitment of wanting to create more often. I like creating to be a way of life, rather then just a hobby I do in my spare time.
Up till now I would see creating as something I do in my spare time when all the chores and all the work is done. With other words creating would come last on my to do list. Lately I have decided to make creating a more important part of my life. I notice that I feel great when I create. It makes me feel calm and at peace. It is like an active meditation. In meditation we try to just be aware of one thing at a time and when our minds wanders bring it back to the one thing. It might be a word or our breath or the awareness of how our body feels. While creating our full awareness goes to our project in front of us. I feel it is a great way to switch of from the world around us for a little while and go within. Express ourselves through the media at hand. They say we benefit most from meditation when we practice it regularly. So I figured the same will apply for creating every day. Then on the weekend I stumbled onto this blog: Creative Every Day where Leah runs: November is Art Every Day Month. What a coincidence. Even though it is already half way through November I decided to still give it a go for the remainder of the month. And I am glad that she says we don't have to post every day, only when we get a chance. As the idea is to bring more creativity into our lives not to feel overwhelmed or pressured.
Tonight I started another 13 x 13 page whilst cooking dinner at the same time.
Here is the start of the page:
Then for the next layer:
Added a bit of scrapbook paper and some paint.
When I work on these little 13 x 13 pages I often put them on top of a page of my bigger art journals. That way when I use spray inks and stencils the extra spray will cover on the page in the art journal. This then can be part of a background of a future page in my art journal. The page below is the page that was under my project today and also under my project of my previous post.