In line with this year’s One Little Word theme: FINISH, I wanted to share a project you can start and finish in one evening. An art journal.
When feeling anxious, do you find yourself doing something with your hands to help keep your mind off of things? Maybe you clean the bathroom, bake up a storm, or go for a run. I like to create small projects when I’m feeling like I need a little bit of control.
I was inspired to create an art journal after reading through Kara’s new class: Tell a Story. I’m not a big journaler, but I am a big fan of projects where I can use up old supplies that I can’t seem to part with. This project was exactly what I needed.
I made the art journal using a bit of cardstock packaging I got in the mail recently. I covered the label and any stamps with other paper. I sliced the packaging open so it would create a window-like effect. Keeping the top and bottom flaps prevents the pages from falling out — I didn’t want to bind the pages, it would take too much time/energy and I just wanted to finish a project.
There is a combination of images, text, and pieces of “stuff” I had in my supply box. May favorite part of this project (and something I picked up from Kara’s class) was using tissue paper for some of my pages. I had this idea that art journal pages had to be a certain way, but Kara’s class really helped me break down those ideas and inspired me to create what I needed that night — a way to visually remind myself to take some time, to do what I need to do, and that I’m not alone.
If you’re feeling anxious, need to get something off of your chest, or just need to get some supplies off of your desk, may I suggest a project you can finish in an evening? This art journal is going to be what I reach for the next time I’m feeling a bit adrift.
What do you do when you’re feeling anxious/overwhelmed?