Welcome to this week’s edition of Friday Five! Five things that are rocking my poptarts! Good things. Moving things. Things that restore my faith in humanity, or my faith in myself. Artsy things! Nerdy things! ALL THE LOVELY THINGS!* If you’d like to get my blog in your inbox, click here. If you’d rather just get my weekly newsletter (with a round up of my blog posts included in link form + subscriber perks including discounts), click here.
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Look at this face. Just LOOK AT IT! She is my very favourite person in all the world, and I am hopelessly devoted to her for life. My relationship with her has been the most solid, the most consistent, the most healing relationship I’ve ever had.
She has many names, including Sookie (her ‘official’ name), Sook, Sookaroo, MeesahSookie, Meesah, and lately WOOSAHMEESAHSOOKIE. She answers to all of them.
You’re welcome. :)
One of the things I struggle with in my journaling practice is making faces *that don’t take two or three hours* to complete. What this means is that when I just want to be in my journal for a little bit, and I want to express something that would best be expressed with a face, I end up frustrated. I just can’t do a ‘quick face’.
In an effort to change that a bit, I’ve been taking classes with Micki Wilde. Her faces are *quick* and adorable, and I love her teaching style.
One of my favourite ways to take classes is to sit down with a notebook, read the PDF content, watch the videos, take notes, and then art on my own. This allows me to integrate what I’ve learned in a way that lets my own style shine through.
Here’s an example of what happens when I do classes this way:
While you can definitely see Micki’s influence in this face, you can also see *my own voice*
What I loved about creating this little face was that it took me about a half an hour (instead of two hours or more). It was *fun*. I didn’t stress while creating it. I loved the quirkiness and imperfection of it. I love how much her face *says* to me as I gaze at it.
Micki’s teaching style is lovely, too. She does an intro, and a includes some basic face painting walk throughs, and then the instructional videos are *captioned* so you can turn off the sound altogether and listen to your own tunes (or as in my case, listen to an audiobook or podcast while working). I love this because I’m visual learner. Audio instruction is great, but I tend to get bored very easily if I’m focusing on one thing. With Micki’s classes, I can turn the audio off altogether, watch and take notes while listening to something else, and get a lot out of the learning experience.
Micki is wonderful. You can find her classes listed here on Etsy. You won’t regret it.
This mini-collab is coming soon! It’s three weird girls, music + art journaling and will open with the creation of a journal pamphlet to go along with a pre-recorded tutorial in how to create a large traveler’s notebook style art journal pamphlet binder I call The Effydori. Once we’ve created or chosen our journals, we will spend EIGHT GLORIOUS WEEKS exploring art journaling with music as our inspiration and portal. There will be six Effy lessons, one Cristin lesson and one Sarah lesson with the inevitable bonuses.
Registration will open SOON so if you’re not already subscribed to my newsletter, you might want to get on that so you can get notified! Hint: Subscribers also get discounts, so duuuuuuuuuuuude. Sign up today!
In Book Of Days this week, I taught my peeps how to begin a spread with all your feels, throwing paint and other mediums at the page in an effort to ‘discharge’ whatever is overwhelming you, and then calm it down with a series of glazes that unifies the hot, holy messes we make in our journals. One of my favourite journaling techniques, “Mood Journaling” starts out looking like this:
And ends up looking like this:
The interesting thing about this process for me is how often the symbols I find myself impulsively adding to the resulting spreads (in this case, the flowering wands you see on the right hand side) have relevance to my present state of mind. I work with tarot quite extensively, so when I looked at these five flowering wands, I knew I was dealing with the Five of Wands – Hassles, petty annoyances, the tyranny of details, trivialities, and irritations.
The spread started with an outpouring of frustration at having too much to do and not enough time to do it. The appearance of the wands was like a medicine for me – eyes front, Effy. Look *past* all of the trivialities. Do the work. Keep your eye on the prize. The next step is the Six of Wands, which is a card of victory. The only way out here is *through*.
We do stuff like this a lot in BOD – work with our deeper voices, our inner wisdom. Meet ourselves on the page, and then listen to what the page has to tell us about where we’re at. I love this part of the work I do *so so* much, and I love how well these practices serve me and my peeps.
BOD is still open for registration if you’d like to join us. You can have the entire year of journaling inspiration and instruction for $99 if you use this link.
My babies. Need I say more?
Need I say more?? <3
And that’s it for this week’s edition of Friday Five! I hope you enjoyed this peek into what’s delighting & inspiring me this week. Have a beautiful weekend and I’ll see you back here soon. <3 Frida