Nature Creates with Wonder
If you've been following the Journey Within 2016 blog hop, then you know today is a challenge from one of our Core Instructors -- Kelly Johnson of Wings, Worms, & Wonder.
Kelly is a fantastic nature journaler, garden guide, and workshop leader. She lives, eats, breathes and sleeps nature and art. It's a huge part of who she is in the world and I love that her art and her life fit so beautifully together.
So when she said YES to joining us for this year long adventure, I was thrilled because she brings a passion for nature that I've not seen before. She reminds me to get out of the office/house/studio and go commune and appreciate nature. I'm grateful to have her in my ear reminding me to spend time outside -- it really does change your perspective.
TODAY'S CHALLENGE -- from Kelly Johnson
Go outside and sit in nature for about 5 minutes. During this time, close your eyes and breathe deeply. Once you settle in to the space, spend about 5 breaths focused on the senses of hearing, smell, touch and skin, and sight (do this one last because you'll open your eyes for this one.)
While focusing on a sense, observe what you are feeling, smelling, hearing, and seeing around you. Notice and feelings or memories that come to mind as you open up your senses to the natural world.
Once you have connected and tuned into each of your senses, talk a slow walk around the space. Collect 3 items that seem to speak to you. If you are in a park or garden that doesn't allow collecting, you can snap a picture.
Back in your studio, or out in the field, use these 3 items as textural, form, or color inspiration to create a journal page that expresses the feelings or memories that you had while opening and connecting your senses to nature in that space. What you create could be representational, abstract, or a little of both!
Here's my interpretation of this challenge. I made a little photo tutorial for you as I was doing each step. Click the first image in the gallery and walk through my process step-by-step.
The page turned out so much better than I thought it would. I loved printing with the leaf using the Distress Ink Pad. The stick didn't do what I thought it was going to do, but I ended up liking the result in the end. That's what I love about art journaling, it's a place to play and explore and try new things.
Make sure to check out all the teachers in the blog hop.
HERE'S THE LINE UP
December 1 -- Mimi Bondi -- MimiBondi.com
December 2 -- Cindy Gilstrap -- Junque Art Studios
December 4 -- Tiare Smith -- TiareSmith.com
December 7 -- Julie Baker -- Creatively Onward
December 8 -- Amanda Trought -- Reality Arts
December 9 -- Andrea Gomoll -- Cre8tive Cre8tions
December 10 -- Nicole Piar -- GhostKitten.com
December 11 -- Lisa DeYoung -- Mountain Mermaid Studios
DAY FIFTEEN-->December 15 -- Kelly Johnson -- Wings, Worms, and Wonder
December 16 -- Tori Weyers -- DrawRiot.com
December 17 -- Sadelle Wiltshire -- Tangle Vermont
December 18 -- Barb Owen -- HowToGetCreative.com
December 21 -- Hali Karla -- HaliKarla.com
December 22 -- Yuko Miki -- Honeyberry Studios
December 23 -- Lisa McLoughlin -- Lisa McLoughlin Art
December 28 -- Virginia Simpson-Magruder -- Kentucky Girl Designs
December 30 -- iHanna -- iHanna.nu
Are you creating with me this month?
Tell me so I can check it out. Follow me on Instagram -- @kialagives and use the hashtag #journeywithin2016 -- see you there.
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I'm Kiala, a student of life first and foremost. And I'm also a published poet, book binder, fountain pen collector, Life Alchemist & Intuitive Soul Guide. I make things, paint things, and write things. I love teaching & empowering women to live with intention. Please, grab a cup of your favorite warm drink, a fountain pen, and your favorite journal. Let's connect!
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