In the past year, I’ve discovered expression through paint. There are times when it’s just too hard to articulate a feeling or capture a thought with words. There are times when we don’t even know how to pin down the things we’re wrestling with internally. Messing around with paints has been a way to help do that. Even if you don’t think you have a creative side, please keep reading. Maybe something will resonate for you.
Art Journaling Experience
Coloring inside the lines can be very safe…and constraining. What would happen if you started laying down layers of paint and let it go where it wanted, let it bloom into something unpredictable?
Art journaling allows us to explore feelings and ideas through color and texture. When focused on a Scripture passage, time-tested text or poems from respected cloistered mystics, it can become a prayer language through which we can be swept up into greater communion with God.
Does this sound overwhelming? It’s really not. It’s something that may already be laying dormant in your spirit. Art journaling can open up a whole new world of creative expression and connection with God.
I’d love to share that discovery and journey with you. If you’re interested in talking more, or if you’d like me to guide you and a group through an art journaling experience, it would be my great joy to explore this with you, so please contact me (firstname.lastname@example.org). Beginning in 2015, I’ll be facilitating occasional workshops with The Urban Retreat. It’s a great resource for investing in your spiritual health. Click here to check them out.
Messy Mischief Online Etsy Shop
Have you ever wanted to make a bet on yourself?
Have you ever wanted to share an idea or feeling with others?
Have you ever had an intersection of something you enjoy doing and something that could provide a monetary reward?
The online shop I opened comes out of these questions and the answers I’m discovering. Etsy provides the platform and technical details, I provide the material. While it’s still in it’s infancy, my shop, called Messy Mischief, already feels worthwhile. I’m not a natural business woman so I can’t analyze the cost benefit scenario on a flow chart, but I feel that the amount of satisfaction I gain from selling my paintings (that sounds fancier than how I view them, but they are paint on a canvas, thus rendering them “paintings”) makes this a sustainable endeavor.
Translation: this is a lot of fun to do and people seem to want to buy what I create.
If you are interested in checking it out, click here to pop over to my shop: Messy Mischief