Perspective: Day Eight

“Sanctify yourselves. Tomorrow God will work miracle-wonders among you.” (Joshua 3:5 The Message)

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inspiration (n): something that makes someone want to do something or that gives someone an idea about what to do or create : a force or influence that inspires someone; a person, place, experience, etc., that makes someone want to create something; a good idea (www.m-w.com)

sanctify (v): to set apart to a sacred purpose; to impart respect to, to give acceptance or approval to

One of my favorite places to find inspiration comes from gluing random magazine images onto a page of of my journal. I learned about this idea in Journal Spilling by Diana Trout. She uses the idea to confound the inner critic. That inner voice that tells us that we will never be good at what we are trying. That twit that causes us to doubt our abilities and creativity. That sense that we lack approval and acceptance. To silence these lies, I set apart time to realize the wonders awaiting me.

I do this by choosing 7-10 images, then randomly dropping them onto the page. By doing so, I disengage my critical mindset, allowing creativity to flow. After gluing the images down, I paint on the page choosing a color that fits the occassion, no real thought, just responding to one of the colors in my watercolor box. If any words pop into my head, as I work on the collage, I write them on the page, wherever they seem to fit.

Inspiration surfaces, and the serendipity of the moment builds up my confidence as an explorer-artist. Here is an example of a random collage that spilled onto my journal page recently.

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On the leather satchel, I wrote: “I wonder what’s INSIDE?”

I made a video of my process. At first I thought it would be a tutorial of sorts, but the video itself became more of a meditation. You can’t see everything that happens, but you get the idea. Enjoy!

Random Collage video

Prompt for today:

I wonder . . .

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