Today I have a two part post for you. I’ll get to my Get Messy art journal pages in a moment, but I wanted to let you all know about a website I discovered recently. Why here? Well, simply because a lot of creative people will be coming through this post while they do their daily rounds!
Each month, Creative Mornings teams around the world host lecturers who addresses that month’s theme. They’ve talked about Failure, Childhood, Happiness, and more! This month’s theme is Color, and I think my GM visitors will appreciate that!
The talks are free of charge, and if you’ve got a Creative Mornings team in your city you might want to check it out! (There’s one in DC, so you can be sure I’ll be there a few times– but the ones in Baltimore have also looked pretty interesting in the past.)
Not near a Creatives Morning city, or unable to attend? That’s fine! You can still access talks online, read inspiring speaker quotes, browse the site by theme, visit a different city, or keep up with their blog for other ideas and resources. What’s not to love?
Why am I standing by this? It promotes creative thinking every day, right at the beginning. Some of you might be groaning, thinking: I’m not a morning person, grumble grumble, but at some point in your life you might wake up hours before your alarm. We all know that (most of) you stay up late in bed reading blogs or social networking on your phone. Why not visit Creative Mornings one of those days you wake up too soon, rather than lying awake in bed for a few hours? And for those of you who are morning people, this is a great opportunity to kick-start your day with some mental exercises! Watch a lecture, take some inspiration, and start your day right!
(Of course, you can visit any other time of the day, but I’m really inspired by the concept of waking up and diving into creativity!)
I’ve been thinking about voice a lot lately. Last week I wrote about words, and Sarah asked if I was trying to avoid words. I’m not really trying to avoid words, I don’t think. I’d just like to find my visual voice.
But what does that even mean?
I wrote 18 of my frequently done creative activities that have/crave voice. The truth is, everything we do has voice, and it’s always unique to us: it’s made by our perspectives and the way we understand the world. Those who try to mimic others’ voices may succeed, but they’ll always be imitation. Creative staleness, for me, is simply a lack of something. I’m craving it, but I don’t know what it is or how to get it.
Perhaps if I explore my creative voice in other forms of expression, I’ll get a hint of how to find what I’m looking for.
This isn’t related, but yesterday was my 2-year anniversary. Sunflowers are our relationship flower, like how states have birds.
Get Messy is an art journal challenge where a gang of crafty vixens are sharing art journal pages we have created to practise our skills and push past our creative limits with hopes to inspire. We share our pages without restraint every week, and once a month we create around a prompt. Go check out these crazy talented ladies who are creating pages who each have a unique perspective and style. We will be sharing our work around social media so follow the hashtag #getmessyartjournal.