I love art journaling because of the freedom it evokes. It is the same freedom I felt creating when I was a child. Ok, being totally honest, videotaping myself right now didn’t increase my freedom. But I deal with it because it was my idea in the first place to videotape myself so you guys can see what I am up to. I videotape to share my process, to show you my faves as well as experiments that didn’t go to well so you don’t have to waste creating-time by trying them. I was a stamper, and then a scrapbooker, but even before all that I was a little kid that enjoyed drawing, coloring and drawing out the stories I had in my head.
Even now, I sometimes have to remind myself my tongue belongs in my mouth when I’m drawing 😉 I believe our inner child is in fact the better party of our inner critic. If the inner critic is the black devil on your left shoulder, I imagine your inner child is skipping on your right shoulder, singing you funny songs to cheer you on. It wants you to come out and play!
So the first time I really felt the shackles of expectation fall of my creative soul, was whilst creating this page:
I created it after watching the ‘how to’ video’s by Teesha More. She is one of my idols! I took my beloved pile of ‘Flow’ magazines. These Dutch magazines are so beautifully made, different kinds of paper, artwork, but I got my courage and scissors together and cut apart the magazines to pieces I could use Teesha-style. This page was created directly after that. Man I had so much FUN, i was giggling out loud. Mainly when I’d put the mushroom on the sheep’s head for some reason. Secretly, I have always wanted to put clothes on animals. I know it freaks out people, but to me it just seems fun!
After I did this page, I called out to my lovely friends through Facebook to find someone who had some magazines to spare so I could collect more eyes, mouths, ect. You should see the pile of magazines I have laying around now 😀 I love this kind of random act of kindness. It is so totally not my style to ask for anything, and thus my amazement and gratitude for what people would willingly share with me so I could create weird collages was even greater then the pile of magazines.
This page I created with a picture of one of my cats, Ferro. She looks rather french in her fishnet tights doesn’t she?
So, here is my quest for you… If you, like me, enjoy to get in touch with your inner creative child, look up this video by Teesha Moore, gather some magazines and just jump in. It really is as easy as that. I really hope you try it on for size, and let me know how you felt!