Getting my mojo back!

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It’d been about a month of okish, it’ll do, kind of pages in my journal. They weren’t especially inspired or exciting but the outcome isn’t the reason for keeping an art journal. That said, when I managed to create these pages this weekend I was pleased/proud/relieved. Relieved because a month of so so pages was starting to feed the voice that says I’m not creative, I can’t do this etc. Some pages, not necessarily the most attractive pages, feel right. They make your heart sing a little. This is how I feel about this weekend’s pages.

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These pages were in response to a wanderlust prompt: what do i see in the mirror. My face was a photo printed in grayscale, glued onto the gesso and covered with gesso, paints etc. Much easier than trying to draw it and far less painful for my hands.

And if that wasn’t enough, I even unpacked (yes, I’ve moved house, whoop! But that’s another post) my scanncut machine to make a few cards.

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Art to heal

The idea of this piece is to work through a difficult situation or experience.

Stage 1:: gesso your surface.

Stage 2: cut out and glue down words which are related to your situation, experience or things you have lost. My canvas is about leaving work. I have applied to retire due to ill health which, at 29, is a very difficult thing to accept.

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Stage 3: cover the canvas in dark blue acrylics and modelling paste

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The idea is to cover the words but maintain some of the texture from them.

Stage 4: cut out stars and write on them what good you want to come from your situation. Paint them and glue them down, word side down. These are the shining lights in your darkness.

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Stage 5: this is probably more guided by the nature of your issue. In my case, it’s either about a huge ending or a huge beginning. And I’ve chosen to represent this using a crescent moon. Other suggestions include a full moon, large star, shooting star, planet. Think about what symbolises your situation or what it will look like once you’ve started to move on or through your issue.

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Stage 6: words. Perhaps there’s a particular word or phase which resonates or brings you peace. Use paint pens to add this to your picture. You might want to paint the edges of your canvas if they show.
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Stage 7: hang it somewhere you’ll see it regularly.

Nb, this isn’t about ignoring those hard feelings. They are there and ignoring them or forcing yourself to move on too fast is not helpful. Instead this process is about acknowledging the pain, and also acknowledging that it will not be this way forever.