Some friends of mine were having a conversation about creativity, and how difficult it can be to find balance between looking outside yourself on line for inspiration, and ending up spending ALL of your time doing that, instead of creating.
That conversation made me feel the need to share A Year in the Life of an Art Journal. You may not know this, but I own and run an art journal prompt blog. Every year, I come up with a theme for the year, and share prompts twice a month. I also run a Facebook page called Monday Mugshots.
The thing is, it’s not always EASY to be creative.
We put a lot of pressure on ourselves as creatives, to do GRAND things with our time. So often, the idea that what we do NEEDS to be big can actually keep us from creating ANYTHING at all.
At the end of 2012, I was burnt out on creating art journal pages for A Year in the Life of an Art Journal, but I wanted to keep being creative. That was when I started the photo project, Monday Mugshots. I was really liking Monday Mugshots, because I was keeping up with the weekly prompts so easily. I decided to create a collaboration between AYLAJ and MM for the 2013 prompts. The collaboration was a ton of fun, taking pics outside of my weekly Monday shots, with a creative theme.
I am going to continue to keep MM and AYLAJ in collaboration with each other, only I am taking the “cop” theme of Monday Mugshots a little bit further.
No matter WHERE you are creatively, there is a place for you in these prompts!!
They are three part. The theme of the prompt (kind of a jumping off point) A photo prompt for the MM participants (take a pic with the theme, and you’re DONE if you want to be, or you can print it out for binding later) and a prompt for the art journal keepers. This year, we’re going to be playing with some fun portrait work. Trying out new techniques and ideas.
You don’t have to be a great sketcher, or painter to be part of this!!
We tend to forget that part of what an art journal IS, should be TRYING NEW THINGS!! All of the prompts will be geared toward that. Testing and trying things out together.
I hope that you join!
You can read more about what will be happening this year “At the Precinct” by clicking HERE.
Every year, I also choose a word to keep in mind as the year goes by… a word to help with the direction I hope the year will take. This year, I chose FOCUS. I want to sharpen my focus, and keep my mind on things that matter to me…
I also created a window charm/light catcher to hang in the window to remind me. Have I mentioned lately how much adore Creative Paperclay®? I find new things to do with it all the time. This particular project would be great for a Kid Friendly art day!
What things are you thinking about, struggling over, and working on at the start of this new year?