I’ve always had a creative itch and enjoyed painting and drawing, but as the years go on and your family grows, you tend to put your own life and what you enjoy on the back burner. I have always been trying to make time to do more of my own creations but my inner critic kicks in and stops me from creating and makes me doubt myself. But, that all changed when my path crossed with Jane Davenport at the Craft Expo last year. Jane put on a mini demonstration of how to draw a face and I sat there mesmerised by Jane’s enthusiasm and ease of teaching. The creative side of me was bursting at the seems and I visited Jane’s stall to find out more. Jane had some wonderful Art Journals at her stall and spoke about how she used her art journals as a place to play, explore and improve her artwork as well as write down all her frustrations and then paint over them. It’s also your own private place to make mistakes and explore different ideas without being judged. I’d never heard of an Art Journal before, but it sounded like just what I needed to get back into painting and drawing without worrying about everything turning out perfect. I signed up for Jane’s online Supplies Me Course and enjoyed every minute of it. I had forgotten how much I enjoyed painting and drawing. I’ve created a few pages in my art journal which I am happy to share with you (being brave):
Jane’s course has given me the confidence to start creating again and is a great class for beginner to advanced people. Since discovering Art Journaling I’ve found a greater community of inspiring people, so I’ve listed them below and that may help you kick start your creative journey too! Enjoy!