Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Introducing Advent Words 2017

Over the past five years participating in an Advent art project has become one of my favorite events of the year. Daily reading a passage of Scripture or an Advent devotion or related article and then responding to it in some creative way has been a way of intentionally slowing down the season. This intentional period of slowing down has provided time to reflect and ponder the deeper things of this season - it's a time of preparing my heart for the coming of Christ.

This  year I decided to create my own Advent challenge and I would like to invite YOU to participate with me! Advent Words will be a daily challenge during the Advent season which runs December 3-24 this year. Each day there will be a word prompt along with a passage or two of related Scripture. You can choose to connect this word to whatever form of creativity you like - art journaling, collage, memory keeping, planner art, photography, poetry, painting - the creative practices to choose from are endless! You choose how you would like to participate.

Would you like to join me in slowing down the Advent season? It's simple:

  • Follow this blog by putting your email address in the box in the right hand column. I will post the full Advent Words calendar on Friday, December 1. Then there will be daily posts through Advent sharing my art and my thoughts. At the end of each week of Advent I will share some of the creativity others have shared in the Facebook group and on Instagram.
  • Join the Advent Words 2017 Facebook group where you can share your art and ideas and join the conversation through the Advent season. My friend, Bernice Hopper, will be helping me moderate the Facebook group. You can visit her blog Newly Creative here.
  • Share on Instagram and other social media with the hashtag #adventwords2017.
  • In the days before the Advent season begins reflect and prepare: choose the creative form you will use for your daily practice. Make a journal if that fits your creative form.
As I said in my last blog post, I made a small journal from a book to use for my Advent journal this year. I have completed my background pages and intend to fill it with Scripture passages and quotes, using two pages per day.

What creative form might you choose?

Monday, November 6, 2017

A Little Art Catch-up and the Coming of Advent

Art journaling does not always come easy for me. 

Some days I have a lot of background pages covered with painted papers from hours of fun just playing, but I struggle with what to put on those backgrounds. I find my well is dry of things to art journal about. 

Other days I have so many ideas of things to journal about that I'm almost paralyzed and veg out on flipping through Pinterest instead. I do eventually get most of those ideas onto my pages. 

I think I have creative attention deficit disorder. I generally will have multiple journals going at the same time (I think what I really enjoy is making journals!) and have multiple styles of art I am drawn to. I like messy paint filled pages, yet I also like a minimalist page with lots of white space and simplicity. So I dabble around playing with different art forms in different journals.

For the Get Messy Art community Season of Connections I've been adding pages to my accordion journal, recording things that connect with my soul.

Some pages in my commonplace book:

And some pages in my Traveler's Notebook:

Each journal gives me opportunities to work with some different styles.

Advent is just around the corner. This year it takes place December 3-24. Over the past few years I have enjoyed doing some type of art journaling on a daily basis to help me slow down and experience the season and its deeper meaning. Last year I did a book study using Kris Camealy's book Come Lord Jesus. In previous years I have participated in challenges offered by various art groups. But this year I have not found an art challenge to participate in, so I have decided to put one together myself using words of Advent as prompts for creativity.

I plan on doing my Advent art journal in a commonplace book style this year. I made a mini binder journal out of an old book.

Join me for Advent! Details on how you can participate will follow on the blog over the next few weeks.

Sunday, October 29, 2017

Guest post at Creative & Free

This month author and poet, Christina Hubbard, invited me to participate in her series for creatives called 31 Days of Good Enough:Courage and compassion for the imperfect creative. My contribution is a part of today's post on Christina's blog Creative and Free. You can read today's post here:

To read the previous posts from this series click here:

Enjoy your Sunday!

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Completed September Tag Book

Last month I was inspired by a challenge Roben-Marie Smith to use shipping tags for art. I took this mini tag book I had found at a thrift store and decided to make an art journal about some of the things I like about the month of September. My completed book:

I really enjoy making books. Whether I fill them completely or not, the joy for me appears to be in the making! I made an accordion book for my next project and intend to fill it with things that connect to my soul for the Get Messy art community Season of Connections.

For most of the year I haven't felt like going thrifting, but I took some time last weekend and went to some estate sales and thrift stores and had a great time. I'm adding a few of my finds to my Etsy shop this week. Tomorrow my sister and I are taking a much needed and long overdue sisters adventure day. We'll see what we can find in Lansing, MI!