28 November 2011

Random Assortment

Hello again, friends!

I am in a dreamy state of mind today, my thoughts scattered. I have a long to do list and many tidbits to share - like the fact that I left my poor camera at home and we won't be reunited until Christmas break.

Oh yes, and Thanksgiving. The holiday snuck up on me, and only now I'm left looking back on all the wonderful things that have happened this year for which I am so incredibly grateful, for the good in my life and those incredible things to come. A short list of gratitude:
  • My family. Words can't express how much I love them.
  • My sweet boyfriend, who has been so patient and supportive this year, even from thousands of miles away.
  • Learning, if slowly, how to reach out for help when it is most needed.
  • Art journaling. I'll need a new book soon.
  • Plans to study abroad in Germany this spring and summer. The plane ticket has been bought; I will see my love in just thirty days!
  • A new warm winter coat.
  • A full belly, a roof over my head, and clean water to drink. 
I am so incredibly blessed.

Other news comes to mind, too, like newly listed prints and a journal in my Etsy shop. Last night I made three mini journals – like my own here – and have a button to sew onto a new leather journal I've made, but without my Nikon I don't know when they will be listed for sale.

And lastly I wanted to share with you a new word I've discovered, one that rolls from the tongue like a laughing brook: quiddity. It means "the inherent nature or essence". What a lovely thought!

Wishing you a magnificent week, loves.

P.S. Check out my Be Inspired page to find the most recent art journal blogs I've discovered. This one is my current favorite!

21 November 2011

Easy Peasy Collage

One of my long-time readers Erica recently requested a video of my collaging technique. Here it is, lovely: quick and hopefully enlightening! Collaging is simple, meditative, and fantastic for starting a textured base layer or for adding detail on top of paint. It requires no special materials and takes just a moment of your time, too; before I edited it, this video was just over twelve minutes long.

Having been on my own art journaling journey for several years, I often lose sight of what might be helpful to share with beginner journalists. If you have any suggestions or requests, I'd love to hear them! What techniques are you unsure about or would like to learn about (or learn more about)? You can write me here or by sending me an email at mypeacetree2 (at) gmail (dot) com, and you can submit anonymous questions here.

All my love!

08 November 2011

White Collage / Learning Balance

"You may not be a Picasso or Mozart but you don't have to be. Just create to create. Create to remind yourself you're still alive. Make stuff to inspire others to make something, too. Create to learn a bit more about yourself." - Frederick Terral

For the past few months I have been submerged in a rushing torrent of academic work, struggling against a current so strong I had no time to breathe, sleep, create, or in fact do my best in classes. I found the strength last week - with much help, especially from my dear brother - to let go of a class in which I was doing fairly well academically but which was severely draining me mentally. And, just like that, I find that I am lighter, happier, and have once again found the time to take care of myself and create.

It's a hard lesson learned; I am fiercely dedicated to things to which I commit, and backing out always feels like I am admitting failure. Yet, while perseverance is in many cases seen as a positive trait, neglecting to give yourself what you need is not.

I am on a quest for balance - balance of emotions, in giving and receiving, of selflessness and selfishness. I am learning, slowly, when to say no, and how feel less guilty in acknowledging that I deserve rest, love, and joy. So, today I forced (yep, forced) myself to turn off the computer and phone and paint for an hour. I created the spread above, a collage of papers and gesso and candy wrappers. And I felt lighter, and happier, and that I was taking care of myself.

And I will continue to practice gentleness with me, starting again tomorrow, and the day after, and the day after that. This, darlings, is a journey of healing through art and self compassion.

What could you do to show yourself kindness?

04 November 2011

Love Note to You

Everything, love, is going to be alright.

In spite of all the loneliness, the horrible days, the darkness, and the tears,
In spite of the hopelessness and the anger and frustration, the feeling of being
   misunderstood and unloved,
In spite of your gremlins whispering to you in the dark,
In spite of the heartbreak and uncertainty and hopelessness -

Everything is going to be alright.

You are loved. You are radiant, bright as the moon, glowing from the inside out. You are wanted, deeply; needed, important, essential, irreplaceable, magnificent. You have so much to give to the world.

You are loved - loved for every single fragile part of your whole, spectacular, captivating, deep, beautiful being.


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