Monday, January 2, 2017

Daily Creative Challenge: Watercolor word circles

I've been making or finding and printing out fun accents to paste into my daily journal. So when I started playing with watercolor circles I thought I'd make them into cut outs that I could paste into my journal. Word added with an ink brush. 5MJ stands for Five Minute Journal, which refers to a set of prompts I use most days. I photographed these on top of a gift bag from Anthropologie.

Sunday, January 1, 2017

Daily Creative Challenge: Butterfly wing title

I wanted to write about my daily creative challenge project in my journal, and made this title at the top of the page. Pretty! I thought that might even count for the daily creative challenge. I want to make sure even the smallest acts of creativity count, so that I have no excuses not to follow through every day. Framing a title with butterfly wings is inspired by the work of Kelly Rae Roberts, who often does this in her work.

May 2017 be filled with lots of creativity (and butterfly wings.)

Saturday, December 31, 2016

Friday, December 30, 2016

Daily Creative Challenge: Love Winter

Last week, I picked up a book by Carol Marine called Daily Painting, where she lays out her argument for painting every single day in order to become more creative, productive and successful as an artist. I am not really a painter, but I still liked the idea, especially if I broaden the concept to creativity more generally.

It got me thinking about setting myself a challenge in 2017 to create something every day, whether that be a painting, or creative writing, or something sewn, baked, photographed, or collaged. Whatever. It could be anything, as long as I create it with my own hands.

Above, a practice piece. Perhaps this will be the first of a series? 

I love the fresh start of a new year, with all it's possibilities.

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

February OPEN challenge: Don't Prepare

As you know if you have been following along here, my word this year is OPEN, and to help me stay connected to my word throughout the year, I've decided to use the book, Improv Wisdom by Patricia Ryan Madson, as inspiration for an OPEN Challenge each month. 


Don't Prepare.

What does "Don't Prepare mean and why it is helpful? In the author's own words, my favorite quotes from the "Don't Prepare" chapter:
“We often substitute planning, ruminating, or list-making for actually doing something about our dreams... The habit of excessive planning impedes our ability to see what is actually in front of us. The mind that is occupied is missing the present.”
“Substitute attention for preparation. Then you will be working in real time. Focusing attention on the present puts you in touch with a kind of natural wisdom. When you enter the moment with heightened awareness, what you need to do becomes obvious.”
“While we can't control what we find inside the box, we can always control our response to it. Discover what is right, what is interesting, what is useful about the gift that appears to you. Avoid expressing disapproval. Be a gracious receiver.”

How “Don't Prepare” relates to Open  

Don't Prepare opens the mind and heart to what is in the present moment.

Preparation can sometimes be born from a need to control an outcome, which is fundamentally a closed process. Don't prepare is more open ended, and brings forth greater trust and is more open-minded.

Don't Prepare leaves me open to fear (of not being prepared) and the opportunity to practice living in that place and learning that everything will be okay.


I'm a planner. Anybody who reads this blog or knows me probably knows this. So, this month's OPEN Challenge is a huge stretch for me. Perhaps I'll start with one day, or even one part of a day, and work up from there. It should be interesting!