This year is a new start for me. I am starting to feel more like myself, excited about the year and what it has in store for me and my family. The last 2 years have been tough ones for me. I lost a family member
to a long illness. It took a long time to get back my creative flow
without feeling depressed. I always thought I knew what depression was till I went through a period of grief. It has only been a month since I felt like I have my creative energy back.
I decided to do a few online art courses to get me back into the creative flow again. It is a course by Donna Downey, called Inspirational Wednesday (IW2017). It is a weekly inspirational art journaling course. Each week there are video’s showing you a new technique. As Donna is in the USA, I don’t have all the supplies for each week, but I am sure I can substitute some of the supplies I have for the ones Donna uses. My goal for the IW2017 course is to learn new techniques that I can use in my own art.
I started out the week before IW2017 making my own art journal. The journal Donna uses is made of cloth. I bought the online video that teaches you how to make your own. I didn’t want to buy new fabric, as I have a lot of scrap pieces from when I use to do a lot of sewing. So, I found an old skirt that was my favorite. I decided to use the waist band and the zip of the skirt as inspiration for a skirt shaped journal cover. I think it looks so cute!. Not very square but the zip allowed me to create a pocket for my clips. The back area of the journal I folded over for an internal pocket for pencils and brushes.
I love the stencil I used. It certainly fits in with a Uni course I am doing on “Creativity and Aging”. I love the quote by Enstien, “Imagination is more important than Knowledge”. (The stencil is a Donna Downey stencil I bought when I went to her studio in Statesville, NC. ) It is so true, that you need imagination more than knowledge. Without imagination, I am not sure that Enstein would have been able to discover the theory of relativity.