Creative Energy Journaling

Geometric “Self-Portraits”

Geometric “Self-Portraits”

Artists have created self-portraits for ages, probably more for what the artists discover about themselves than as a way to create a likeness to show to the world. As with most things in Creative Energy Journaling, this activity is design to give you some of the benefits of the exercise of creating a self-portrait, without having to know how to draw or paint, and without spending hours and hours staring into a mirror.

Union of Opposites

Union of Opposites

Often, we mentally place two qualities, choices, or even people, in opposition. Then, we conclude that more of one (or for one) must necessarily come at the expense of the other, without even thinking to ask if the two people/ideas/paths are really opposed. How might your thinking change if you considered whether these two things could be like the warp and weft of a piece of fabric, both valuable and necessary, both contributing to its strength and beauty?

“Stained Glass” Mandalas—Fill Your Journal Page with Beautiful Light

“Stained Glass” Mandalas—Fill Your Journal Page with Beautiful Light

This week’s activity is a feast for those of us (me! me!) who love color and light. It also introduces my all-time favorite watercolor technique—working wet-in-wet within shapes—which you can adapt to all sorts of other situations. Best of all, it’s just about guaranteed to produce beautiful results, even if you are brand-new to watercolor.

What If I REALLY Can’t Draw?—Adding Realistic Images with No Drawing Skill Needed
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What If I REALLY Can’t Draw?—Adding Realistic Images with No Drawing Skill Needed

Oh, my! This was a hard post to write! I had a really hard time staying down off my soapbox on the subject of our cultural attitude towards drawing, and art-making in general. If you are one of those who thinks you “can’t draw” I hope in a later post to give you enough insight…