Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Creativity and overthinking... - Day 20!

Wow, time flies when you are having fun huh? It's been almost 3 weeks already! Today is Jan 20th and the Mandala Magic program I am participating in officially starts today!! WOOOHOOOOO!!!

I have been working on a journal page for what feels like forever. I don't know why I obsessed about it so much, it just... 
I really liked the prompt, I kept thinking I needed to do it "right" and that it needed to be really special. Plus I think part of me was hoping that if I kept snowflakes in my page, then maybe I could avoid getting more on the ground! LOL
I forget that my page IS really special simply because it's part of me. That's part of the art journal process. I tend to overthink projects, to obsess and make myself crazy from time to time and just generally make my own life difficult. I did finish it. 
I DO love it. 
I'm happy I spent the time I did, but I think I'm going to go out of my way to NOT do that again in my journal... the overthinking I mean. 

Whatever you are creating every day, make sure you are having fun with it! :) Art is a combination of creativity and play... at least that's how I get MY art. 
Glaze pens, crystal markers, mirrors and hand lettering.
The quote says:
"Like Snowflakes, the human pattern is never cast twice,
We are uncommonly and marvelously intricate in thought and action" ~Alice Childress

Do you do that too? Make yourself obsess over things or do you find it easier to go with the flow?

For those of you that know, I'm a CZT (Certified Zentangle Teacher) and I've decided to include some of the little Bijiouisms on my daily posts, because I want to spend more time reflecting on them myself. (Bijou is a creation of Rick Roberts and Maria Thomas and you can learn more at Zentangle.com)

Bijou's thoughts about the Zentangle 
Method (and life).


Breathing is very important to me. I breathe through my skin and through something similar to a human nose. If I get anxious, I remind myself to slow down my 
breath. I pay attention to inhaling and exhaling. It may sound simple, but it really helps me relax and focus.


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  2. Oh, I love your snowflake pages - wow! They are soooo pretty and shiny. Absolutely gorgeous!

  3. You have made some really pretty snowflakes!

  4. I did my snowflakes then covered them up. oh well, I still have the stencil and will try again. I added some music to my pages. Only 1 song so far but I will be adding more.
    Hope your Mandala Magic class is going well so far.

  5. I like your snowflakes and the quote. I think we can all sometimes over think things and then we calm down.

  6. Sometimes I have to tell myself, "Step. Away. From. The. Project." Usually if I follow my own advise, nobody gets hurt.

  7. I just submitted a zen tangle that I've been working on for a few days now. It's slow going because I'm trying to do this one with less thought and more freehand (although I am using a ruler)
    It's a work in progress...