DAY 1: Mindset


Hi I'm Cait, I'm a mixed media artist who lives on a farm in Maryland.  Art journaling has taught me so much about who I am as an artist and about managing my own creative tide.  I wanted to make this email course to share what I have learned and to encourage people to get started if they feel the pull.

What's that Rumi quote? "Let yourself be silently drawn by the strange pull of what you really love. It will not lead you astray."

You can trust your own artistic instincts.

 If you have signed up for this, you are probably feeling that pull inside.  That nagging feeling that you should be creating something. Or that you should be creating more often. You are now on a visual arts path--it does not matter where you are on the path.  So the idea with this mini course is to practice identifying those internal creative urges and externalizing them through a safe daily art practice which we will work on cultivating over the next week or so.  

I began art journaling when I was about 17 years old (I'm 31 now.)  But it wasn't until a couple of years ago when I did a self-imposed challenge of "30 Days of Art Journaling" that I committed to a daily practice and realized how transformative regularly art journaling could be.  By arriving at the page and allowing whatever there is inside you to come out into the visual world on paper you are taking one single step on your creative path.  The amazing thing is that taking those actions, as opposed to only thinking or strategizing in your mind, leads you places you couldn't have predicted.  Taking daily artistic action takes you places as an artist.

An art journal is a private place for artistic experimentation, where you can take creative risks.  Really, you can take creative risks anywhere you want, but there is something about the energy of a book that allows you to unfold authentically.  No one else will see what you create unless you want them to. 

Each day I will be supplying an optional prompt.  Please don't feel obligated to follow the prompt.  It is meant to be helpful if needed.  The only requirement is that you will work in your art journal.  I'd aim for 30 minutes if possible, longer is even better.  But on a day when too much is going on and there's "no time",  do 5 minutes, 2 minutes, 30 seconds of scribbling even.  Do something.

In tomorrow's email I am going to talk more about supplies and your art making environment, but I want you to start your daily practice today.  

I also want to add--who cares what I think?  I am just some random person on the internet.   Trust your own artistic intuition above what I suggest.  Being an artist is about making artistic decisions, learning to trust your own artistic intuition.  What I offer here is based on what I personally have come to believe through practicing art.  Again, who cares what I think?

 TL;DR of video, as a nice graphic

Rumi quote image printable

Optional free-writing prompt: What is your biggest vision for yourself, artistically, from where you stand right now?

Optional art prompt: Make some backgrounds using any supplies you have on hand.  You can use paint, glue down paper or magazine clippings.  Don't overthink--just act.  You can even create backgrounds over your writing.  I love doing that and usually cover up all of the writing I do in my art journal.

My writing prompt


My art prompt

Video: painting backgrounds.

Talk to you tomorrow!