Sunday, February 28, 2010

Enjoy the Unknown When Creating

A few weeks ago, I stumbled on and a group called "A Year in the Life of an Art Journal."  I looked around and was amazed at what I discovered...a great group of inspiring people discussing, creating, and posting their art journal pages. 

Every month members are given an art journaling prompt to complete.  Sometimes it is a thought to expand upon, other times the prompt is as simple as a word to think about.  February's one-word prompt had me thinking immediately... 


To an artist, the unknown is what we live for as we sit down to create.  Sure, we flesh out the the ideas/concepts, pick out the colors, and select the mediums to use...

but do we really know what will be the end product of our creations?

That's where our muses come in.  They whisper in our ears.  They inspire.  They make us excited and help us bring our ideas from the depths of our minds and out through our pens, drawing pencils, and paintbrushes.  Face it and let yourself go!  For  creative folks, it's all about the unknown. 

“Who knows where inspiration comes from. Perhaps it arises from desperation. Perhaps it comes from the flukes of the universe, the kindness of the muses.”
~Amy Tan

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Materials Used: acrylics, gesso, modpodge, magazine clippings, various pens (brand: Le Pen), alphabet stamps, paint brushes, scrapbook paper, saved-up fortune cookie fortunes.


Heidi said...


Jenifleur-de-lis said...

Thanks Heidi! :)

Rita said...

Nice! How appropriate that you have things coming and going off the edges of the paper. ;)

Sounds like a good group. Have fun!! :)

Jenifleur-de-lis said...

Thanks Rita! I really had fun with this first prompt.

Anonymous said...

Great! Love the little map and fortune cookie.

Great post too.

I just had someone ask me where the ideas come from and I said part forethought and part intuition. I love that about journaling, not knowing what the end result will be.


Jenifleur-de-lis said...

Hi Monica,

Thanks for the compliments! The unknown is so exciting when creating/journaling, isn't it?

Anonymous said...

Hey, you haven't blogged in a while. Are you still journaling/creating?


Jenifleur-de-lis said...

Hi Monica,

I've done a little bit but unfortunately not much creating/journaling lately. I'll get back at it soon though! I have another entry to blog about. Thanks for stopping by! :) Your blog is looking awesome by the way! I love the videos you've been doing.