We made painted prayer flags in our art group. Barbara came with all the supplies needed; precut flags in various shapes and sizes, acrylic paints, brushes, stamps and other paraphernalia. I made a heraldic looking prayer flag for darling daughter (see above). We love all things monogramed, hence the scarlet letter. Although she did not enjoy The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne when it was assigned in ninth grade English. I hope she enjoys the prayer flag. I will be sending the flag in a care package this week with other goodies including mittens and chocolates. Who doesn’t like to get chocolate?
In the art group, we brainstormed all sorts of creative projects like small books made of a single 12 by 12 piece of paper, tassel making, and pendants made from watch crystals and old encyclopedia pages. We talked about some field trips we would like to take including to a recycled art center, a bead store, and a large antique co-op. We made plans to transform some furniture with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint and finishing waxes. I am excited about this since the last time I had the ASCP out was for the painted footlocker (see post “The Painted Footlocker” dated July 22, 2014). That was awhile back.
Barbara and I discussed The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron which is a book designed to help people become more creative. Barbara even has Julia Cameron’s second book and her autobiography. I am currently in Week One of the twelve week endeavor. Each section of the book, one for each week, contains assignments to help you become more creative. In addition to completing the assignments, every morning you are expected to write three pages of stream of consciousness writing. I have been doing this for several days. “The Morning Pages”, as they are known, require discipline and about forty minutes. I bought a nice notebook and colored pens to help motivate me. And then once a week, you take yourself on an artist date which is an outing designed to inspire your creative self. The date can be to a gallery, a beach, a bowling alley. It just needs to be something that you do for yourself, by yourself to nurture your creativity.
I bought The Artist’s Way years ago when my daughter was quite young. I remember skimming though the book realizing I didn’t have the extra time to devote to the endeavor. At present, I have the time, the inclination, and even the need to pursue Ms. Cameron’s spiritual path to greater creativity. As an added bonus, perhaps this blog will benefit from a more creative me!