some of my finished pages from today
Earlier this year, I was introduced to art journaling when I attended an art journaling playshop lead by Kimberly Wilson. And I was immediately hooked. Although I don’t do much journaling on my own, I have lots of fun when I art journal with friends. So in September, my friend Valerie and I took up residence at the Starbucks in Clarendon for another afternoon of art journaling. And soon after, we have begun scheduling monthly artist dates to art journal and catch up.
the Sky Studio at Tranquil Space Dupont... i love this space, it was a perfect venue for the workshop
This weekend, Kimberly hosted another playshop and I couldn’t pass it up. It was another opportunity to be surrounded by creative, positive energy. And it’s so much fun to socialize while setting goals, gauging where I want to be at the end of 2011 and where I hope to be going in 2012, reflecting on what we are thankful for, and thinking of more ways to incorporate creativity and creative activities into my every day life.
me with my spread of art journaling supplies, doing a little knitting before the workshop started
When I arrived at the Sky Studio, I set up my nest, equipped with blanket, meditation cushion, knitting, and all of the supplies I bought.
just some of the ephemora that Kimberly provided
Just like with the workshop I attended in July, Kimberly provided us some fun ephemora that we could incorporate into our journal pages.
the contents of my ephemora packet - thank you Kimberly!
The ephemora packets were full of so many fun things. (I can’t wait to work on a page where the leopard print ribbon resonates with my theme of the day.)
After we introduced ourselves and shared our reasons for coming to the workshop, Kimberly started providing us with our journaling prompts. The first prompt was to reflect on where we want to be or what we’d like to be doing by the end of 2011. I took this a step further and thought about where I’d like to see myself going in 2012. This is the evolution of my reflections:
the blank canvas I started the day with
sorting through and selecting words and images that resonated with me today
the backgrounds before I collaged over them
the finished pages - things i want to do the rest of 2011
I also decided that I wanted to add some inspiration from nature…
inspiration from nature (framed with the tissue paper background from the next page)
inspiration from nature
Everyone was having a lot of fun and finding inspiration and creativity.
my friend Valerie working on her journal pages
the other workshop participants
me and Kimberly
Similar to the first workshop that I attended, we closed out the afternoon sharing our take-aways about the afternoon. It seems that we all found something therapeutic about our journaling experiences this afternoon. I enjoyed pulling words and images together again, in such a positive and creative environment. It was such a great way to spend a Sunday afternoon.
Check out Valerie’s blog for her take on the afternoon.
I’m looking forward to my next scheduled afternoon of art journaling and definitely looking forward to future art journaling workshops.