To Practice Any Art

“To practice any art, no matter how well or badly, is a way to make your soul grow. So, do it.” — Kurt Vonnegut

I hope you all have a wonderful, creative and relaxing weekend. Today I’m sharing a few pages from my journal that I recently created. I am still doing my Art 30-Day Challenge and can’t wait to share the final pages when the time comes. Please be sure to check out yesterday’s post here and I want to inspire those who have not read a story in a while, to find a book you might enjoy and read. I’m hoping to start The King’s General on Saturday. I’ll be listening to this particular story on audible.

As we know, there are so many wonderful benefits of reading and one of those is finding creativity. Often times. I’ve been inspired to create fun journal pages from stories I’ve read/listened and love. -Stephanie Hopkins

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30 Day Mixed Media Art Challenge

On May 12th I started a 30 day art challenge of using black, white and pink stains, paint and ink for background colors. I want to see how many creations I can come up with just using those combinations. I’ve created quite a few journal pages so far and will be working on other art projects with this challenge.

Below is a sneak peek of just a few that I’ve made and at the end of the 30 days I will be doing a slideshow of all the art I created with this challenge. I left a lot of free space on a few of the pages to write down some thoughts, quotes, my poems and bible verses.

Stephanie Hopkins

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How Painted Papers Evolve

This pass Saturday I created mixed media homemade ephemera with my painted papers I made with left over paint, inks and gesso from various art projects. Then I cut out different shapes using file folders for the base. The paper dolls and lettering and number 5 is by Tim Holtz. I forgot who the ribbon is by. I love blending abstract with vintage themes and seeing how they come together. This is a great craft for meaningful imagery for your art projects and journals. -Stephanie Hopkins

“I begin with an idea, and then it becomes something else.” -Pablo Picasso

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Start Living Today

“Who you are tomorrow begins with what you to today.” -Tim Fargo

“Keeping a journal of what’s going on in your life is a good way to help you distill what’s important and what’s not.” Martina Navratilova

Art Journal Pages by Stephanie Hopkins

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Daily Art Therapy

Last night I sat down and created two new pages in my Mixed Media Altered Book. I love how they turned out and how much it helped me to end my day on a positive note. -Stephanie Hopkins

A Art Pages Edited

“Imagination is tapping into the subconscious in a form of open play. That is why art or music therapy, which encourages a person to take up brushes and paint or an instrument, and just express themselves, is so powerful.”
― Phil ‘Philosofree’ Cheney

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The Road Less Traveled

The road less traveledLast night I created this piece for a journal page and thought to put it in my Smash Book. I was super tired and it had been a long day. I thought to myself that I just need to go to bed but instead I sat at my desk and created. This piece is a reflection on how I felt yesterday. The windows are crooked and the doors look like they have seen better days. I was frustrated, tired, unsteady and had so many different thoughts running through my mind. I wanted to cover the page up and start over again. I posted this art page in The Paper Outpost Facebook Group I’m a member of and have had all sorts of different reactions from it. I wanted to their opinions before making a final decision. I needed some clarity one might say.

The members of the group are amazing and so encouraging. They lift each other up and all share the same passion of Junk Journaling. Many people don’t understand the term or premise to Junk Journaling and I’ve seen people criticize the past time. Not this group. I feel at home with them and our fearless leader, Pam is an extraordinary lady. The group also reminds me that art isn’t about being perfect all the time. Its a self-reflection, expression and that not everyday goes the according to plan, just like our creations. That is a big part of what makes creating so special. We learn, we grow and we inspire. My decision to share to the group was the right one and I’m glad I did.

 

Judy, one of the members, made a comment saying, “If you want my humble opinion, this turned out really well. It reminds me of a street in St. John’s Newfoundland (brightly coloured houses.) And the woman in the foreground is remembering…” I quickly googled search St. John Newfoundland and wow, wow! She was right and she opened the door for more inspiration! I want to go there and explore! I’m adding St. John Newfoundland to my bucket list. Meanwhile, I’m going to be doing some features and inspirational art based on this discovery.

Judy also said, “The woman in your picture was such a contrast. Newfoundlanders are resilient people. She could represent their stamina and determination.”

Other inspirational comments about the piece:

“Keep it. it’s cool. Plus, if you look at any museum, they have all kinds of art that isn’t perfect. That’s the beauty of it. I like it. I vote to keep.”

“It’s abstract.”

“I think your houses have charm. Get some rest and start fresh tomorrow.”

“I think you should add it. It’s a reflection of how you got your daily art in despite being tired, thereby winning. And besides, I think it’s quite charming.”

“Keep it! Shows you don’t have to be perfect to do beautiful work. By the way, I think it’s fab!!!!”

“I like how the figure stands out in the foreground as though she represents that she is bigger than all of it!”

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To further add, there are a couple lines in The Road Not Taken by Robert Frost that reminded me last night of what I was working on.

“Oh, I kept the first for another day!

Yet knowing how way leads on to way…”

A big thank you to Judy and to everyone who commented about the picture. Your take on the piece and compliment put me back in the right frame of mind. Love to you all.

~Stephanie

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Saturday Sunday: The Mighty Smash Book

Often times traditional scrapbooks or journaling entail lots of expensive supplies, planning and aren’t always easily travel friendly. With smash books and glue books, you can just paint, glue, draw, doodle, write on the go and keep all your thoughts and memories with you without all the fuss of supplies. For your books, you can use old books, little notebooks, note pads, mix media pads of any size and so on…. anything you choose. You can even make your own smash book/glue book out of your own pages. It is that simple. You can even glue up-cycle envelopes to your pages to add your notes and thoughts on paper. For travel adhesive I recommend glue sticks. No mess and no fuss. As I say a lot, “The skies the limit.” I also use smash books for my master boards.

I have different sizes of smash books and glue books. Some are not finished; some are complete or some I will just keep adding to. They don’t have to be themed, or they can be. They can be random things you love or random things you don’t like so much. Anything goes. They are so much fun and you’ll enjoy them always. If you don’t have a lot of supplies to scrapbook the traditional way, I highly recommend you use this method. Below is a bigger size book I started in the beginning of February. This particular smash book will stay home.

Supplies you can use you probably already have:

Newspapers

Magazines

Junk Mail

Old Books

Old Wrapping Paper

Note book Paper

Wrapping Tissue Paper

Spiral Notebooks

Card Board from your groceries

Receipts

Your pictures

Pens

Pencils

Your kid’s old paints

Crayons

Postcards

Tickets

Stickers

Mini Watercolors kits for painting are great for travel and you just need one brush and a little water. I have one of those brushes that you can fill with water. So cool!

These are just the start of what you can use…

Don’t think about it, just get started and create. Make it your own. -Stephanie