This page is done in my recycled recipe book. I love this little book. It has thick coated pages that take wet mediums so well. I started this page with no idea in mind except to use paint. The need for paint was strong this day. The page already had big dots of paint on it because I used it to cleaned my brushes one day. The colors are mostly Distressed Paint by Tim Holtz and Adirondack paint by Ranger.
When you are a collector of what other people are giving away, you often end up with supplies with no brand name on them. I'm that person.... the one people think of when they don't want to throw something away but don't want it anymore. Down the road, they call me and say... can I borrow that thing I gave you. LOL... I'm the collector. I come by it honestly. My dad has a wood shop full of nails that his company was getting rid of before he retired. He's been retired 20 years!
Thoughts and FeelingsI believe that playing feeds the soul. This subject has been on my mind recently. I have friends who don't know how to play. Everything they do has to have a purpose. Even reading for one is for escape. They don't know how to do things just for fun.
Just typing that made me feel tired. I know that my mind, body and spirit need to relax and unwind. Life is sometimes stressful. That is unavoidable so I have things that help me. There are three things in my life that help me relax and remove the effects stress.
The first is reading. I read novels. I have very eclectic tastes. I might read a romance one day and an FBI thriller the next. I don't read to improve my mind. I read totally for entertainment and relaxation. If I go too many days without reading I get irritable and discontent.
The second is talking with a friend, usually about art. A friend who will listen when I'm down and rejoice with me when I happy is rare and wonderful thing.
The third thing I do is Art Journal. I try to do something creative everyday. I don't always art journal and on days when I can't journal, I doodle or practice my lettering. Art Journaling is the best form of play I've found. I'm not a very physically active person so playing ball or exercising doesn't do it for me. Art does.
I can arrive home tired and stressed and after an hour at my art table I feel so much better. I love to have painty fingers. Some days I get so involved in the process of creating that two or three hours will go by with me even realizing it. That is the perfect form of play for me.
Why Art Journaling? NO RULES!! That is why it a form of play for me. I am totally free to do whatever I want. I can just scribble if I want. It's my book and anything goes in it. I feel totally free when I art journal.
I hope you will give art journaling a try. Remember.... No rules... just fun.
Thanks for stopping by and visiting with me. I'd love to hear what you think about art and play.