I am participating at the Art Camp for Women – Art Journal Project. For the purposes of honesty and full disclosure I will tell you that I am one of the partners and facilitators for Art Camp for Women. Follow the link to read and see all about the Art Journal Project .
At first I was just going to use my journal for sample pages and for posting examples on the weekly journal prompts over at the Art Camp blog. But then we, my business partner and I, decided to play too.
After 30 years here in the states, one of my best friends, moved back to Ireland last year. With a surprise change of immigrant policy by our dear Homeland Security, she has returned for an unexpected visit – I decided to send my journal off to Ireland. Hopefully as she builds her new community this will help her include a bit of art into it.
Well heck-oh-dear! That means I have to actually get the my portion of the journal finished so she can take it with her! We had a big brunch/party last Saturday for my friend and all the other people that we have as mutual friends. I was so present and appreciative of the joy of girlfriends that when the dust settled I sat down with the journal and made this page.
I doodled and layered and stamped and drew and at the above stage – got stuck. The page still looks unfinished. So I went to our Art Camp blog and looked at the weekly prompt – so silly, I wrote the prompts – and got just the little kick-in-the-pants I needed. Sheesh. Here is the final rendition of the page.
What did I learn? 1. Total silliness goes a long way in the world of doodling. 2. Prompts really work, regardless of who writes them 3. Sharing art and thoughts makes for a deeper connections in this world that can often feel cold and lonely.
I hope you can use some of the aspects of the Art Camp for Women Art Journal Project for yourself. We expect to expand to a larger community once we catch up – go over and see if there is something there for you.