Friday Five – Art For Me, Out Of The Game, Fried Plantains

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 Friday Five in your inbox, click here. If you’d like to get all my posts in your inbox, click here.

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Thing One

Last Friday, Sarah Trumpp and her Manflesh arrived for a pajama party, and we did it up right. We played board games, swilled liquid bread (beer), talked & talked, and watched a Louis CK special. So. much. laughter. Sarah and i have been friends for a few years now, but I hadn’t yet met her Manflesh in the flesh, so this visit was especially special.

Coffee + Bedhead post PJ Party

Time in meatspace, with the meat tribe, has become so important to me. The burn out I experienced early in April was utterly healed by the following formula: Less time on line + more time with in-the-flesh people – churning out content all day every day + art just for me. The weekend with my people was at least 80% of my recovery. Love these two *fiercely*.

Thing Two

I have eclectic taste when it comes to music, and I tend to select different genres of music depending on what I’m doing. When I’m doing housework, for example, I’m likely to blast Rage Against The Machine. When I’m exploring spiritual subjects in my journal, I’m likely to listen to Anugama or Afro Celt Sound System. When I’m not sure where my art journal wants to take me, I usually just listen to one of my playlists on Spotify – especially “Swoon”, which is my list of songs that slay me. You can find that here.

When I’m painting on canvas, I’m most likely listening to EDM (Electronic Dance Music). There’s something so motivating about this stuff, which is likely why you’ll find it blasting out of the speakers at most gyms. It gets the heart pumping, the body moving.

One of my favourite EDM artists is Paul Oakenfold, who is a master at taking songs I already know and love, and turning them into EDM. “Dreamstate” just dropped into my Spotify today, and I’m *so excited y’all*!! I’m listening as I type, and it’s *so good*.

Music is *everything* to me, you know? It is such an important part of my life. When an artist I love releases something new, it’s like a reunion and a first date all rolled into one.

Thing Three

Art Just For Me is a thing I keep forgetting I need. I do a lot of content creation for my classes & other projects – so much so that it is easy to forget that in order to be the very best I can be in the world, I need to maintain *my practice*. That practice can look different every day, because SQUIRREL, but it *has to include* art in some form, or I start go to wonky. I touched base with that over the last couple of weeks, and this is some of what’s been happening.

An exploration in my Sweet Trash Journal (which is, essentially, a composition notebook that I’ve altered an stuffed with writing, photographs, prints of my art, and paintings done directly in the notebook.

I had to resist the urge to turn on the camera, which is a thing that happens when you’re running a creative business. It is very easy to get into the habit of leveraging every damned thing for your business, but then your *personal practice* becomes work, and burn out ensues.

This piece is about how disembodied I feel in certain relationships – like I’m all head, all thinking, and the rest of me is erased. I spent about four hours with her before calling it a day. There are about fifteen layers underneath what you see now – layers that were explorations of what I’m feeling underneath the surface, layers that represent the river beneath the river that runs through my inner landscape.

She’s waiting for text. For the words “MORE THAN THIS”, and some other scribbles that will finish her up.

And this is what I do when I’m watching crap on tv. Doodles. This was a study in circles and all the ways you can embellish them. It was just for fun, just for the sake of having something to do with my hands while I binge-watched The Blacklist. I will probably pull this into Adobe Illustrator and play with it, as I’m learning to do in Patterncamp with Jessica Swift (thank you again for helping me with tuition for that, by the way!), but I didn’t create it for that purpose.

Doodling is something I always wanted to do well, but I let a few things stop me. I had a retinal detachment about ten years ago that means I have serious eye wonk. My left eye can’t be corrected with lenses without making me cross eyed, so my right eye does most of the work. I also take a pretty strong asthma medication that makes me shake – like, a lot – so perfect, clean lines are just not possible for me. I’ve learned to embrace the wonk, though, and now I doodle like nobodies business. I let the lines be what they are – sketchy, messy, shaky – and I let that be a part of my style.

And, my love affair with watercolors continues. This was pure therapy. I was thinking about boundaries, about how important it is that I say ‘yes’ to what is desire-led, easy, and full of energy for me, and ‘no’ to what is draining, expected of me, or causes resentment. It was also very much about how fuzzy my boundaries can be in the face of other people’s disappointment. This could easily be a painting of my etheric body, of my aura, and how leaky it gets when I’m over-doing or trying to please.

I’m *not* an art therapist, but I do use art therapeutically. I tend to do this kind of thing on my couch with a Podcast or audiobook playing in the background. I don’t think. I just do. And bleeding colours together like this, or playing with symbols while I contemplate stuff that I’m grappling with is incredibly useful.

If I turned the camera on during any of these activities, the wisdom, the pleasure, the relaxed state would have immediately evaporated. I *love* teaching, but it is *work*, and all work and no play make Effy a very burned out, miserable, reactive mess. Doing art just for me reminds me, too, that I exist when no one is watching, and I can do a thing without anyone knowing *and it still matters*. It might even matter more than anything else, because these things we do when we’re alone, when no one is watching, feed our souls.

A canvas I’ve been throwing paint at every day for about two weeks. Soul food.

This blue green over this gold on my palette + this space in my little apartment + that frog + these paints + the time to dance with the canvas. Soul food.

Thing Four

I shut down all my online dating profiles. Like, all of them. And I made a vow to myself that I would be with myself and only myself for awhile. I have embraced the idea of being an art monk (or nun) for the time being. I’ve come to grips with some unraveling I have to do around grief & love & what really makes me happy.

This is who I want to be right now. This is where I want to be. I want to paint. I want to indulge myself in ample navel gazing. I want out of the game, because if I’m being honest, my heart isn’t in it.

I’m embracing my inner Frida.

Thanks to Shana for alerting me to this gorgeous painting that could, frankly, be a mirror to my soul right now.

Also, I just really like saying “I’m Out Of The Game” because this:

Thing Five

This recipe for Cuban Beef Picadillo with Fried Plantains

I’ll see you next week

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An Update On Journal52

I’m extremely pleased to announce that all Journal52 posts have now been updated up to Week #16 (current week) with watermarked images and clear terms of service!

Here are the posts for Week #15 & Week #16 with images and prompts, as promised!

I have also installed an index of posts here on the blog + in the Facebook Group, which will be kept updated for your ease of use.

I am presently working on a printable e-book for you that includes unmarked images + the prompts, which will be available for sale shortly. Those of you who have already donated to Journal52 in an amount that covers (or more than covers) the cost of the e-book will be invited to write to me with your transaction number, and you will receive the e-book at no additional cost!

This program is still free. The e-book is a supplemental designed to both protect my intellectual property, and make it easier to print & use the cards. You can opt into or not as you see fit.

Thank you for helping me through this learning curve with grace and patience. I appreciate you *so much*.

Let us carry on with our gorgeous sharing & communing around this project. I look forward to seeing you in the Facebook Group!

Have a Great Week!

 

 

Journal52 – Week Sixteen – Rise

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P.S. I have successfully watermarked all art cards for use in this space. There will be a version of these cards that are unmarked available for purchase with a full colour printable guidebook available shortly. Stay tuned! Please note the terms of service as described above each card. The cards and written text are for personal use, are copyright ©Effy Wild 2017, and are not to be shared except as described in the terms of service. Thank you!

Every week in 2017, you will receive a new prompt card from Effy Wild. Designed to jump start your next art journal spread, these cards are printable for your future use as well, so you can expect to collect 52 cards by the end of the year!

Each card comes with a word, definition, synonyms, art prompt, and ‘oracle prompt’. You can copy/paste this information for your own records, and use it & the card in meditation, or in written or art journaling as you see fit!

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ONWARD TO WEEK #16

Feel free to save this image, and print it for your own personal use as an art journal prompt card OR as an oracle/meditation card.

In sharing your responses to these prompts on line, I ask that you use the following format:

“This week I’m working with the prompt “word” from Effy Wild’s Journal52 <linked to http://journal52.com>. You can find the prompt and art card here. <permalink to the post for that week.>.

Please don’t lift the cards or written prompts from my website to share in your own spaces. Direct folks to the original post at journal52.com so they can find it themselves.

Thank you.

Feel free to copy/paste this information for your own records:

Rise
To get up from a lying, sitting or kneeling position. To get up after falling or being thrown down. To spring up or grow.

Synonyms
Ascend, breakthrough, climb, grow, soar.

Prompt
Create a spread that explores what it means to you to rise or ascend. Ask yourself what you need to rise above and journal about that.

Oracle
What would ‘rising’ provide in terms of perspective? What are you ‘rising above’ right now? What do you need to ‘rise above’? Where in your life are you soaring?

Have a Great Week!

As always, do whatever you feel inspired to do! Use what you have! Create in anyway you are inspired to create!

Journal52 – Week Fifteen – Soft

Journal52 is member supported. Please tip generously! Thank you!

P.S. I have successfully watermarked all art cards for use in this space. There will be a version of these cards that are unmarked available for purchase with a full colour printable guidebook available shortly. Stay tuned! Please note the terms of service as described above each card. The cards and written text are for personal use, are copyright ©Effy Wild 2017, and are not to be shared except as described in the terms of service. Thank you!

Every week in 2017, you will receive a new prompt card from Effy Wild. Designed to jump start your next art journal spread, these cards are printable for your future use as well, so you can expect to collect 52 cards by the end of the year!

Each card comes with a word, definition, synonyms, art prompt, and ‘oracle prompt’. You can copy/paste this information for your own records, and use it & the card in meditation, or in written or art journaling as you see fit!

Want to commune with over 11 100 art journalers? Join our Facebook Group Here! Want Journal52 in your inbox? Click here to get RSS to e-mail. xo

ONWARD TO WEEK #15

Feel free to save this image, and print it for your own personal use as an art journal prompt card OR as an oracle/meditation card.

In sharing your responses to these prompts on line, I ask that you use the following format:

“This week I’m working with the prompt “word” from Effy Wild’s Journal52 <linked to http://journal52.com>. You can find the prompt and art card here. <permalink to the post for that week.>.

Please don’t lift the cards or written prompts from my website to share in your own spaces. Direct folks to the original post at journal52.com so they can find it themselves.

Thank you.

Feel free to copy/paste this information for your own records:

Soft
Yielding readily to touch or pressure. Smooth and agreeable to the touch. Producing agreeable sensations. Pleasant or comfortable.

Synonyms
Easy, pliable, bendable, comfortable, flowing, fluid, silken, yielding.

Prompt
Celebrate your softness. Explore how being soft makes you feel. Feature soft objects in your spread.

Oracle
What needs softness in your life right now? How soft are you able to be? What is crying out for softness or yielding? How open are you?

Have a Great Week!

As always, do whatever you feel inspired to do! Use what you have! Create in anyway you are inspired to create!

Journal52 – Weeks 15 & 16 + Some Changes

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This week, I will be giving you the prompt key words for weeks 15 & 16, and then I will be taking a brief break from posting so I can take the time I need to properly watermark the images I have been sharing throughout this program.

It came to my attention last week that there has been some copy/pasting shenanigans with the work I do here, so I feel it necessary to shift things in order to protect my intellectual property and ensure that there is no further unauthorized use of the content. (BAH! I *hate* this stuff.)

The art cards I provide each week are meant for your *personal* use, which means you are welcome to print them off for your own reference. Personal use doesn’t include posting them on your website, blog, or showing them in your YouTube videos without my permission. The written prompts are meant for your *personal* use, which means you can copy/paste them into a file for your own records. They are not to be shared in your website, blog, or read out loud in your YouTube videos.

Thank you for respecting the hard work I do to create and maintain this project! I am happy to continue doing it, but things will be tweaked as follows:

The prompt cards will be watermarked with journal52.com. Unmarked cards will be available as a collection for sale in PDF format with the prompts included for those who want to collect them as a prompt deck + guidebook. This will allow you to print the ATC sized cards all at once, and laminate them or cut and paste them to playing cards or ATC cards.

The prompts themselves will remain the same, but they are not to be copy/pasted to your space on the web. If you are blogging your Journal52 journey, please link back to the original post if you want people to see where your inspiration came from. You can copy the url from your browser address bar in order to paste the link into your blog.

YouTubing your creations in response to the prompts is *totally fine* but sharing my images and prompts in the videos isn’t. Please refer your audience back to http://journal52.com in order to view the cards/prompts.

For this week, I leave you with these two prompts, text only, since watermarking everything is going to take some time:

Week Fifteen – SOFT

Week Sixteen – RISE

I know this is way boring in comparison with what you usually get week to week, but I will be back for week 17 with the usual content for your enjoyment and personal use with safeguards in place so that my work can’t be lifted and used without credit or links back.

I genuinely hate this stuff, and I know that 99% of you are enjoying this program in exactly the way it is meant to be enjoyed. It is unfortunate that there are those who mistake ‘personal use’ for ‘any way i want to’, and make it necessary for these kinds of tweaks to be made, but that’s life, and I am adapting accordingly.

That being said, I’m grateful for the 99% of you who receive this in the spirit in which it is offered. Thank you for playing along with me as we journal our way through 2017. I love sharing this with you, and your work as seen in the Facebook group inspires me, and makes me chuffed up with pride. <3

I will post a reminder next Wednesday in our Facebook group that you’re on your own with the keyword for week 16. I’ll be back on week 17 with full posts including prompts and a way to purchase the unmarked ATC prompt cards.

See You In Week #17!