Did you do it? Did you survive the holidays?
As much as we love it…there are also definite moments where we are in survival mode during the hustle and bustle of the holidays.
We can get overwhelmed with choices, pulled in all directions by social engagements, deprived of sleep, have our feelings hurt by well meaning (and some not so well meaning) “loved ones” and a whole laundry list of other things that can come to steal our joy during the “most joyful time of the year.”
During those times…we just have to take a few moments to do something you love. Something that refreshes are spirit and even if just for a little while…takes your mind off the “stuff” of life.
I have had next to no time in my studio, so recently I knew I would have a spare 30 minutes after worship team rehearsal one Sunday morning so I brought a few supplies in the hopes of sneaking away and spending some time art journaling.
I had about 30-40 minutes (with a few interruptions) and this is what I came up with:
It’s simply, but speaks volumes: A little bird said…it’s a bad day; not a bad life.
I started with Rhonda Palazzari’s 6×6 Pie Chart Stencil and 4 colors of Tim Holtz Mini Distress Inks.
I unfortunately didn’t get a pic of the pie chart in action (my bad! Do you forgive me?!)
To add more texture to my background, I used my green and purple ink pads to “ink” my Parasol Stencil.
I then “stamped” my background with the Parasol Stencil.
You can also see here my Pie Chart that I simply colored in with my mini ink pads by dabbing in on the open spots and rubbing it with my finger.
To mimic my pie chart, I added circles with my Scribe All pencil and used a little water to activate the pencil.
To finish it up, I drew a little bird (the first thing I’ve drown in over a month!) with a black sharpie and finish it up with a Bronze Faber-Castell PITT Artist Pen.
I also added some more words of encouragement and other messy writing. I wanted to keep the writing messy to show how stressed I was feeling but in the midst of the stress…there is still hope.
I hope you enjoyed this easy (and therapeutic!) art journal project today.
I hope it encourages you to take time..even if it’s a small amount…to let our the emotions your are feeling on to paper.
TCW Design Team and Certified Educator