Journal52 – Week #25 – Ripen

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On An Enchanted Note

Ever After starts on July 1st. Are you ready to explore style development and fairy tales all in one fell swoop? I’ll be working with the Baba Yaga in a ‘two for one’ exploration of wisdom & resilience. Blind contour painting will feature strongly along with a more composed portrait. Come on over and check it out! The class also features this line up of your favourite mixed media art teachers!

ONWARD TO WEEK #25

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:

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RIPEN
To make or become ripe. To come into maturity.

Synonyms
Age, mellow, come of age, grow up.

Prompt
Create a spread about the areas of your life that are currently ‘maturing’ or ‘ripening’. What does it feel like to ‘ripen’? What does it mean to you to ‘come of age’?

Oracle
What conditions are needful for a ripening to happen in your life at this time? What is coming into fruit? What isn’t? Where are things just right? Where is more time needed?

Enjoy! And 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!

Friday Five – Festing, Society6, and These Delicious Elongated Faces.

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Thing One

You may have noticed that there was no Friday Five last week. I had a very good reason for that, though, so read on!

Every year, for about ten years now, I’ve done my best to make it out to at least one festival of the ‘revel fire ’till dawn’ kind. This year, I had planned on going to Wic-Can Fest for the weekend, and I was really excited about it because I haven’t had any time off of the ‘away from home’ variety since last October.

Well, on Monday, I wrote to the organizer to confirm what I’d need to pay for the weekend, and she wrote back to ask me to come in for the entire duration, since she needed someone to help with registration. BOOYAH!

So, off I went for four glorious nights, and five glorious days in the best weather we’ve seen in Southwestern Ontario so far this year! I danced. I feasted. I imbibed. I indulged in adornment (henna, y’all. I love the stuff). I bought a few festive things to wear. I listened to live music every night. I got wickedly sunburned, and then discovered the wonders of cannabis cream. I communed with the oaks. I shook my ta tas at the fire. My bestie came up on Saturday, and we spent the day and night quietly enjoying one another’s (platonic, but precious) company.

A friend asked me why I love pagan festivals so much, and I declared that for years, as a spiritual lone wolf, I’d lost and missed the communal things – the feasts, the raising of voices in song, the revel fires, the long talks into the night, the beauty of ritual, the ways we mark our milestones, and pagan festivals give those things back to me, and then some. Having gone to this particular festival for nigh on a decade now, it feels, every single time, like a family reunion.

Wic-Can Fest and Harvest Fest aren’t the ‘biggest’ festivals in Southwestern Ontario, but they are my favourite. I always meet someone new while surrounded by the comfort of the familiar. I watch children grow up, and beloved friends grow older, year after year.

I don’t have a blood family to speak of, except for those blood kin that issued forth from my body, so this is as close as I ever get to that familial feeling.

I love it, y’all. Love it. And I love the people that inhabit this gorgeous home away from home that I get to revisit year after year.

Thing Two

Lately, when I post a piece of art I’ve finished, I often hear things like “I want a print of that” or “Can I buy that?” or “That would look great as an <insert thing with my art on it here>”. So, voila.

Yup! I’m on Society6, y’all! Someone already has a bathmat winging its way toward them as I type! Check it out here, and thank you for your support! <3

Thing Three

I finished this lesson for Book Of Days in the nick of time to wing my way off to Wic-Can fest. She is glorious, no? I created her to express what best nourishes me – earth & fire. She’s a kind of an homage to Klimt & Modigliani – two of my favourite artists.

I know we’re half way through the year, but that really shouldn’t stop you from joining me in Book Of Days 2017! You get indefinite access (so, like, as long as I’m alive and teaching), so you can take your time. You won’t want to, though. You’ll want to dive in and do ALL THE THINGS, but it will be nice to know you don’t have to. Content is also downloadable so if you’d love a mixed media art buffet just waiting for you to gorge on, I’m your huckleberry.

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Thing Four

Since my return home this past Monday, I’ve pretty much barricade myself into my studio. As much as I enjoyed the time away from work, I really missed my painty table and my ridiculously large array of supplies. I started a background on Monday, and finished it yesterday. Then, I sketched one of the elongated faces I’ve been loving lately. I’m thinking about merging the two into a complete spread later today, if time permits. If not, maybe tomorrow.

Look at her little face! I posted her with the caption “I wonder what she’s thinking” and someone suggested she’d lost her under eye concealer. *Giggles* I loved that comment so much!

Thing Five

I finished the last details for my lesson for Art Journal Summer School, which begins on July 1st! Here’s a sneaky peek of the PDF. This collection of very quick tutorials will keep you creating all summer long!

My contribution includes a DIY watercolour travel palette, and a postcard project that made me wish *I* was traveling abroad this year, and you know that says something because, unless we’re talking about a festival that’s just an hour and a half up the road, I do not travel well. Still, even though I’m not traveling abroad, this project can be adapted to the staycation with ease.

I hope you join me, since it’s going to be super fun, and I’ve come to really value the benefit of quick tutorials that get me creating in 20 mins or less.

Want something more in depth and full on? Try Ever After 2017.

I guarantee you will be enchanted by the lessons in painting fairy tales AND developing your own style. I will be working with the tale of Baba Yaga as told in Clarissa Pinkola Estes’s book “Women Who Run With The Wolves”. In this two for one portrait lesson, we will create a blind contour painting of our inner wise old hag (we’ve all got one) and more composed portrait of our inner princess (we’ve all got one of those as well.). See you there!

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

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Journal52 – Week 24 – Unfurl

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On An Enchanted Note

Ever After starts on July 1st. Are you ready to explore style development and fairy tales all in one fell swoop? I’ll be working with the Baba Yaga in a ‘two for one’ exploration of wisdom & resilience. Blind contour painting will feature strongly along with a more composed portrait. Come on over and check it out! The class also features this line up of your favourite mixed media art teachers!

ONWARD TO WEEK #24

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.

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

UNFURL
To spread or shake out from a furled state. To unfold. To become unfurled.

Synonyms
Unfold, unwind, develop, display, expand, open, spread.

Prompt
What is unfurling or unfolding in your life as a result of your creative practice? Create a spread that includes unfurling imagery, like butterfly wings, or tender plants unfurling into blossom.

Oracle
What needs to be shaken out so that you can understand it better? Where do you feel you are ‘spreading your wings’? What does unfurling feel like to you?

Enjoy! And 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 23 – Abide

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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.

On A Festive Note

I’m heading out to a festival this week, which will mark my first camping/outdoors fun since October of last year. I’m very excited to go commune with my hippy/pagan friends under the stars! I’ll be gone from this afternoon (Wednesday) through ’till Sunday evening, and will be giving myself Monday to regroup and recover from ‘fest head’. I’ll be back in full swing on Tuesday, June 13th.

ONWARD TO WEEK #23

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.

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

ABIDE
To remain; continue to stay. To continue in a particular relationship, attitude, relationship, etc. To tolerate. To endure.

Synonyms
Accept, tolerate, bear, consent, withstand, live with.

Prompt
List what you can and can’t abide. Explore where you are ‘abiding’, and where you are resisting. What does it mean to you to ‘abide’?

Oracle
What do you need to accept and live with that you might not want to? What things have you been tolerating that you can shift or change? How can you better ‘abide’?

Enjoy! And 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 22 – Blossom

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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.

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On A Timely Note

Early Bird Registration for Art Journal Summer School ends *today* so if you wanted to get in on this lovely summer class at a discount, now’s the time! This class is a collaborative e-course that includes eleven guest teachers whose sole purpose in this class is to get you creating over the holidays. The class is designed so that instead of being tethered to your computer for the duration, you are given quick lessons (ranging from 8 – 15 minutes or so) designed to inspire you to use that travel kit while you’re on holidays. Even if you’re ‘staycationing’ this season, you’ll find it useful, since this class was designed to be done in its entirety with a limited supplies list that consists of just a few of your favourite products.

If you’ve ever been out in the world and wished you had an easy to take along collection of things so you could art journal anywhere, this is definitely the class for you!

I’ll be demonstrating a cute postcard project that you can use to document your summer holidays, or to begin a ‘mail art’ practice. Sign up here! Class starts July 1st!

ONWARD TO WEEK #22

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.

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

Blossom
The flower of a plant. The state of flowering. To flourish; develop. To open.

Synonyms
Flower, bud, efflorescence, floret, flourishing, opening.

Prompt
Create a spread that uses blossoms as a focal point. Create a garden spread that represents your inner state.

Oracle
What is coming into being in your life? What is in the early stages of manifestation for you? How can you nurture what is blossoming in your life?

Enjoy! And 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!

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