Print and Cut Die Cuts for Art Journals, Collage & Day Planner Stickers. The theme of this FREE printable set is positivity, more specifically being brave and moving FORWARD. I hope you will be inspired to create soul-soothing art while reflecting on your unique personal challenges. We all need extra encouragement these days to keep moving forward. Now go forth and Create some collage art in your journal as a reminder to never give up on your dreams!!
BEING CREATIVE CAN HELP!
So, I’ve been feeling anxious. How about you? I know so many of us are feeling uneasy, it’s not particularly an easy time to be focused or creativity inspired, but at the same time, I believe it’s a much-needed respite from reality and can really help with the anxiety at times when nothing else seems to work.
For those of us who aren’t serving on the front lines or part of the essential work-force, we must also figure out a way to cope with this unprecedented time. Now that COVID-19, the coronavirus has been declared a global Pandemic by the World Health Organization, it’s our DUTY to just do what we gotta do –STAY HOME!
(((((((VIRTUAL PHYSICAL DISTANCING HUG TO ANYONE WHO NEEDS ONE))))))))
I don’t know about you, but I often have to remind myself that “It’s okay not to be okay” at least all of the time, yet still necessary to pull on those big girl pants once in a while, even reluctantly, to just get ‘er done even if that means getting myself dressed for the first time in a week! Please, tell me I’m not the only one?
Just know, we will get through this!
HOW I GOT STARTED WITH MY MIXED-MEDIA ART JOURNAL
This series of printable artwork and my journey with art journaling started at the same time. I was looking for something to ease my anxious mind, I remembered Art Journaling, started my research and it all went from there.
All I knew is that I didn’t want to spend more money until I knew It could be a sustainable hobby for me. I have a bad habit of collecting art supplies, being precious with them and not using them enough and I also really needed that to change.
I sketched up a bunch of ideas for ‘clip art’ to cut out, headed to the computer –my creative specialty! and turned them into digital illustrations. I was sticking to my guns, only using what I had available to me instead of going out to purchase more supplies -like the fun Dina Wakley stamps & Stencils I see everyone using!
To get started ARTING, I grabbed myself a regular spiral-bound mixed-media book in which I could create in, nothing precious or pretty, just a book that I could create art without being fearful that I would ‘mess it up.’
I also took some acrylic paint off the shelf that is going past it’s prime getting gloopy, a pair of scissors, glue and some markers. My main objective was creating without pressure, easing my mind and having FUN! The ability to not easily tear out sections of pages to throw the art I made away was an unexpected gift! I was thrilled to be forced to learn to be content with the process and result -that does NOT come naturally to me. I often crumpled up and discarded my art in the past, and looking back, I have serious regrets.
Now I know, I can just paint over it, add to it or leave it. Whatever I wanted, it was mine. Creating in a book form changed things for me, it was so much less pressure.
I printed off my word art and line drawings, turned up the dance music in my headphones, locked my door, so I wouldn’t be startled by well-meaning intruders and started creating art journal pages. Holy smokes, it was FUN and exactly what everyone said, momentary FREEDOM from over-thinking and strong encouragement to keep going because that is what I needed the most.
I was enjoying getting lost in the moment, and proceeded to make ART for a week straight! I am somewhat new at art journaling in this defined way, I now truly see it as a wonderful opportunity to step away and have a pressure-free creative outlet, especially during those times when I am feeling most frustrated or anxious. If you are an Art Journalist, how does it make you feel & how much time do you spend with your journal on average?
There it is! The story of how it all got started… the printables came before the blog! I am hoping to have many more printable Art & Collage Sheets, Plus a scattering of coloring pages and digital files for you to explore your creativity as time goes on so make sure you subscribe to my newsletter!
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Carrie Stephens <3