OK – so you all know how much I love creating – especially my art journalling right? Well you should – it’s all I ever talk about on here it seems.
I discovered art journalling in the middle of 2014 when I was looking for a creative outlet that would take me away from the computer. You see I am creative all day in my job, on a computer, 8 hours a day but I still have the itch to make stuff at the end of the day. I have dabbled in scrapbooking and knitting and crochet over the years but was looking for something different. I stumbled across the #getmessyartjournal soon after it was established I think and thought – now that’s something I could do – I have paint and I have pens – so I made a page, and was hooked.
From then on I have been creating almost daily (with the exception of a few weeks when we moved house this year and I was busy packing, cleaning, unpacking, cleaning and settling in – you know, life stuff). It’s become my routine that as soon as dinner is done and the kitchen is clean I head to the office and get messy. And just lately I have started a morning routine where most days, well work days really, I get up an hour earlier and make a little mess then as well.
The thing about art journalling for me is that it gives me a place to get my thoughts, feelings, emotions and extra energy out of my head, as well as try new things. At first I enjoyed just making whatever came to me, I searched Pinterest and found things I liked and copied them. In fact I still do that a fair bit but as time has gone on I use them more for inspiration and the end result has my own twist. This last twelve months with Get Messy 2.0 I have really enjoyed the weekly prompts and the seasons as they have made me think about (and write about) stuff that I probably wouldn’t normally choose to do. Being taken out of my comfort zone has been extremely therapeutic and has really helped me out of an anxiety funk on more than one occasion.
So basically art journalling has pretty much been a life changer for me.
Along the way I have met some amazing people who have the same interests as me – the members of the Get Messy community have become really good friends. And I don’t say that lightly as I’ve never ‘met’ any of them – but it feels like I could just bump into them in the street and chat like we have known each other all our lives. The online world is funny like that – and this community is a good one. Everyone is so inspiring and motivating.
I was so inspired in fact, I applied to be part of the 2016 Creative Team, and guess what – I was chosen – ME – are you for real????? It is such an honour and a privilege to be a part of this group – seriously you should see some of the work these ladies create. Take some time and check out the links below, you won’t be sorry.
So this is what I’ll be doing in 2016 – art journalling my own thoughts away, but also encouraging anyone who wants to listen or read to play along as well. You don’t have to be a creative genius to art journal, honestly, anyone can do it. Its just about putting paint to paper, or cutting and pasting from magazines and expressing yourself, either with words or pictures. But the number one rule – don’t compare yourself to others – create things because you want to and because they make you feel good.
Happy Creating Everyone.