When I first began blogging I came across Shona Cole's blog & had to order her book, The Artistic Mother. I posted about it and started dabbling in her tutorials. Recently I joined Trudy's blog. She started a group that followed this 12 week class from the book. I’m getting a late start but wanted to post what I’ve done so far.
Background Pages – still not getting the inked edges the way I want them but definitely like the credit card technique the best
Project one – Weekly Creative “to-do” list
I had completed projects two & three earlier & posted about an altered journal & journal tote on this post. I have already filled that journal so did another one this weekend. This began as cardboard color with navy stripes. The image is from Graphics Fairy.
I also want to share some personal insights. My youngest daughter deserves her privacy so I’ll suffice it to say that somewhere along the way…I forgot my way. I focused on doing, not being. Life was about the necessities – work, childcare, dinner, laundry etc. Not that I didn’t spend time with my little one but I handled parenting with my youngest from a more traditional viewpoint and didn’t honor her spirit. As I began my internal shift and started teaching journal writing, I also began using some of those techniques with my little one. Watching her process as she tapped into the right brain was amazing & I learned that writing and making her own little books went beyond arts & crafts and culminated in coping skills, self-esteem and enhanced bonding for us. As I started working with mixed media (tremendous for me as my self-talk has always been that I “couldn’t” do it), I folded my youngest into this process as well. So I thank Shona for her inspiration and I thank my daughters for their inspiration as well.
If a child is to keep alive his inborn sense of wonder, he needs the companionship of at least one adult who can share it, rediscovering with him the mystery of the world we live in.
~ Rachel Carson