When I was a little girl, I wanted to be an Artist when I grew up. I loved to draw, to color, and to make up stories. My Dad was a sketch Artist for the local police department, and my Mom has always loved to do crafts, doodle, and design, too. So, I come by this creative spark naturally.
However, when I was in grade eleven, I took an independent learning course in graphic design. And, when I handed in the one drawing project, my teacher sent it back with the comment that I “draw like a 2 yr old”. Being insecure enough already, I took that comment to heart, and let it squash all dreams of pursuing a career in the arts.
I went on to take office administration in college, and then get married and have kids very shortly after college, and my art stayed mostly in the background. I still liked to doodle, but it wasn’t my focus any more. My kids basically took over my life. 😉
Now that my kids are getting older — both in their teens — I am finding more time for myself, and decided I should start seeking out others who love to be creative. So, when I saw a flyer at the local library, advertising an upcoming Art Journaling class for women, I decided that’d be a good place to start, and I signed up.
At first, I thought it was only going to be the one class — a 2-hour gathering. But, as it turns out, the class is a once-a-month event for the entire year! 😀
And so… my creativity is being renewed!
Through my Art Journaling class, I’ve discovered that I love sitting down to be creative… painting, drawing, doodling, and even Zentangling! I can lose myself for hours in my crafty messes. 😉
Here are some of the things I’ve done, to date…
Each month, in our class, we have a “theme” word. For March, it was “Magical“… for April, “Courage“… and for May, “Imagine“.
I’m really enjoying the class, and I am loving getting to know the artsy ladies in the group, too! I even got invited, by one of those ladies, to go speak to a quilters’ group about creativity! So fun!
I’ll be sharing more of my artwork here, as time goes on. But, I’d love to know…
Do you make time for YOUR creativity? How so? What’s your favorite medium, so far?