Each week, I will post up some INKspiration from my art journal.
Even though I have experimented here and there, I regard myself as a complete newbie to the type of visual journaling and I want to share my journey of artzy learning with you! Keep posted each week for explanations of new techniques I am trying, tricks and tips, peeks of my painted pages, important lessons learned along the way and so much more.
We build our confidence through establishing regular practice
Self-confidence doesn’t come out of thin air. I used to think it did, but then someone told me that confidence came from practising what we fear most; the only way we can gain confidence in something we fear is to take action. For example, if we are fearful of public speaking, the only way we can gain confidence is through practicing public speaking.
I work as a high school English teacher (a fact that continually blows my mind because I used to be SO shy) and I remember really resisted the urge to enrol myself in teacher’s college because I was consumed with self-doubt. I thought I lacked the boldness to stand up in front of others; I was a crap speaker, and the thought of standing in front of what may as well have been a slobbering, growling pack of wolves didn’t really strike me as a whole bunch of fun!
But for some reason, I pushed through and decided to give it a shot. I thought that I may not survive the first hour, which became the first day, which became the first week, which became the first month, which became the first placement and so on. Five years later – I am still going.
The same goes for feeling good about ourselves.
I think a lot of women in this world don’t know how to love themselves enough – including me. We are always so hard on ourselves; we buy into the judgments others put upon us and the expectations of society that we absorb through our skin, like osmosis.
We need to work at it – always. We need to practice self-care every single day.
The only way we can become confident in the artists we truly are is to practice art.
And that is exactly what I want you to do.
This week the only prompt I have for you is this: buy a visual diary (if you don’t have one already) or get a notebook that you wish to use as your art journal and leap into the unknown.
Grab your favourite art supplies, whether it be the acrylic paints, the watercolours, the ink sprays, or the pastels and let yourself make a mess on the page.
Look at the blank page before you. Feel the fear and resistance. Don’t let yourself walk away.
Choose a colour that fits your mood and put a blob on to the paper. Smear it across the page in different directions.
Allow yourself to follow your instincts as you go. Don’t have a plan – just go with it and see what turns out.
If you make a mistake, paint over it and carry on with your wild self.
Push the fear of the blank page aside and say hello to your art journal!
- acrylic paints
- gesso – brushed onto blank surface and left to dry before adding paint and used to cover over mistakes!
- hello stencil
- artline calligraphy pens
- hair-dryer – I’m too impatient to watch paint dry!
- basic visual diary – good solid pages for holding paint/inks
We need to approach our creative work with dedication; building a sense of confidence in ourselves and our art takes time and patience. Give yourself that gift – choose your journal and start today!