Art Journaling for Relaxation

This week I am trying to create order in my studio, which is hard to do after sifting through storage units last week. I seem to have reached my organizing quota.


I am looking forward to replenishing my musical pendant inventory and creating some Valentines for February when order is restored.


Next week I hope to refresh the shelf at the Pop Up Gallery. Until then my ornaments are still $5 off.

Meanwhile, I am part of an art journaling Facebook group that has been fun.

Mostly I see my pages as backgrounds for future musings, but some might remain as standalone art works.

We get various prompts, like drawing circles, doodling on strips of collaged paper, stamping with various random items found around the house, using colors we don’t normally choose etc.

It helps me to settle to do something like this, and is also fun to do with friends and family.

At a The Collage Cafe drop-in I made a collage from paper scraps.

It got me to dig out some templates I had never used.

Sometimes it is good to have a project that takes me out of solopreneur mode where the outcome doesn’t have to be sellable.

Plus it is fun to see what everyone else does and how other people express themselves.

I had fun with the word cloud challenge when I was in Houston.

Self care is good, and pausing from the daily grind with a bit of coloring is therapeutic.

Some collage snippets even offer wisdom and humor.

We’ll see what these two get embellished with in the future!

Inventorying

Well as much as Spring should be here the weather hasn’t quite made up its mind yet. But my studio is filled with sunlight which has me motivated to continue the inventorying process.

I took a breather from organizing in March, and instead reviewed my life. I dug up my diaries and reread what I’ve chronicled since 1982. It’s been a fun journey and gave me some good perspective on how far I’ve come over the years. Sometimes we need to look back to get out of an ‘existentialist funk’ and appreciate all the things we accomplished that we tend to now take for granted. My 1989 self was quite wise, I have to say, and there are a few pages I’ll refer back to for some good writerly nuggets when my book begins to materialize… 🙂

This past week I perused the wide range of Angel Policies stamp companies have to ensure I’ll be using mine appropriately as I convert to ‘for business use’. Angel policies describe what crafters can and cannot do when they contemplate using craft materials for sale. A good definition is here.

If you’re unfamiliar with Angel Policies, take a peek at these links:

I own just under 700 stamps, but will have to ‘let go’ of some to be compliant with copyright requests. 🙁 In spite of some restrictions, I was happy to find that I have many I can play with. Lost Coast Design made me laugh: “Buy our stamps and use them. Make as much money as you can, and buy more stamps from us.“

As a writer, I want to make every effort to honor the copyrights of others, even if it means giving up using some of my favorite stamps when I open for business. There are some stamps whose companies are out of business, other companies I couldn’t find, and in those cases I’ll err on the side of caution and only use the stamps for personal use (or part with them when I am ready to). But guess what, I can now make a business investment in locating similar stamps (perhaps on Lost Coast Designs)! Nice excuse to go shopping, isn’t it?

I’ll also be looking into making my own stamps. Here’s a lovely link about that process.

Meanwhile, the travel plans are progressing and I am watching every DVD Netflix has about Greece. I’ve also renewed all the library books to continue brushing up on the overwhelmingly rich history I’ll be seeing in person soon!

This coming week, I’m moving on to ribbons and embellishments. Best to tackle it one trinket at a time!

I hope your arrival of Spring is as joyous as it is here, and that whatever Spring cleaning you are doing progresses swimmingly.