3 Ways Art Journaling Enriches Your Life

 Three Ways Art Journaling Enriches Your Life with Roben-Marie Smith. Creative journals take it a step further by giving us the ability to explore our own thoughts, plans and document our lives in a more visual way. @robenmarie

CREATIVE JOURNALS GIVE US THE ABILITY TO EXPLORE OUR OWN THOUGHTS, PLANS AND DOCUMENT OUR LIVES IN A MORE VISUAL WAY.

1. Reflection

When I was young I was obsessed with lists, documenting and the tracking of everything. You might remember those cute little diaries that had the little lock and key?  Well, if not, then you're a baby and I feel old!  

Anyway, I had one and used it faithfully to write down each and everything I wore to school in seventh grade and when it was full I made my own little "clothes book" to cover my eighth grade year.  Insane, right?  

When I went off to college, my mom and dad moved so they boxed up all my stuff and, much later, I was going through the boxes and found my little book among other journals I had kept from my youth. 

  Three Ways Art Journaling Enriches Your Life with Roben-Marie Smith. Creative journals take it a step further by giving us the ability to explore our own thoughts, plans and document our lives in a more visual way. @robenmarie

I thought it was so funny reading through it. Would you believe I still have it?  Want a peek? Click HERE!  Apparently stick pin jewelry was a thing back then!

While I am not sure what my younger self was thinking when she felt the need to list everything she wore to school during eighth grade, it was interesting to look at it as an adult and reflect on it.  

My journals changed once I became an adult and in my thirties, I discovered "art" journaling and I have never looked back.

 

Keeping an art journal has enabled me to reflect back on my story.  The stages of my life are captured on those pages in a way more compelling to me than by words alone. 

 
  Three Ways Art Journaling Enriches Your Life with Roben-Marie Smith. Creative journals take it a step further by giving us the ability to explore our own thoughts, plans and document our lives in a more visual way. @robenmarie

2. Experimentation

Ah, experimentation!  What better way to explore new techniques, test out new art supplies and play than in your art journal?  There are no hard and fast rules when it comes to playing and experimenting, so take advantage of that freedom and allow your skills to develop while discovering your own personal style.


 

3. Builds Confidence

If I shared pages from one of my first art journals, I am certain you would notice a huge difference in my creative abilities.  My life is far more enriched by the confidence I have gained over the years through playing, testing and practice. You know that feeling you get when you have created something you absolutely LOVE? Did it boost your confidence?  Art journaling is therapeutic, gives you a sense of accomplishment and provides enjoyment -- all confidence builders!



My Biggest Challenge

My biggest challenge when I began art journaling was over-thinking the process. I am so neat and organized in so many areas of my life that I brought that approach to art journaling and it just didn't work for me. Once I began to loosen up and relax and just allow the pages to evolve without much forethought is when I truly began to enjoy art journaling.

Do you keep a visual/art journal? If yes, in what ways has journaling enriched your life?

I look forward to hearing from you!

Have a blessed day!

Roben-Marie


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How to Create Amazing Bible Journal Pages with More Confidence

I am a living stone!

This week I'm excited to host the creative prompt for the His Kingdom Come Community which is comprised of a group of christian creatives who provide resources for art journaling, devotions, creative tutorials, classes and more.  I am one of many artists contributing to Take Me Deeper-DNA 2016.

I selected "I Am a Living Stone" for my theme.  I am reminded of what Peter tells us:

As you come to him, the living Stone—rejected by men but chosen by God and precious to Him—you also, like living stones, are being built into a spiritual house to be a holy priesthood, offering spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.
— 1 Peter 2:4–5
 
 Mixed media style Bible Journaling with Roben-Marie Smith.  In this step-by-step tutorial Roben-Marie brings her style to the hot trend that is Bible Journaling.  Part of the 2016 I Am Project sponsored by Take Me Deeper. @robenmarie

Bible Journaling My Way

I've admired a variety of Bible journaling artists over the last couple of years, so when I was invited to participate in this challenge, I was eager to say yes.  I approached my contribution much like I art journal with a blend of paint, stamping, collage and sewing.  Rather than journaling in a Bible I chose to use a handmade journal.  I photo copied the scripture (page in the Bible) and glued it onto a page in my journal.  I worked in my own style and method for a unique perspective that I hope will inspire you!



Follow along with my step-by-step tutorial for creating layered and messy mixed media Bible Journal pages with confidence!! 

Let's Get Started!

  Mixed media style Bible Journaling with Roben-Marie Smith.  In this step-by-step tutorial Roben-Marie brings her style to the hot trend that is Bible Journaling.  Part of the 2016 I Am Project sponsored by Take Me Deeper. @robenmarie

One: Gather random text colored papers.  Stamp images (I like these because they reminded me of stones) with black ink on to text paper.

 Mixed media style Bible Journaling with Roben-Marie Smith.  In this step-by-step tutorial Roben-Marie brings her style to the hot trend that is Bible Journaling.  Part of the 2016 I Am Project sponsored by Take Me Deeper. @robenmarie

Two: Adhere text and colored papers to your journal page with glue.  Using white acrylic paint, smooth over the page with a palette knife.

 Mixed media style Bible Journaling with Roben-Marie Smith.  In this step-by-step tutorial Roben-Marie brings her style to the hot trend that is Bible Journaling.  Part of the 2016 I Am Project sponsored by Take Me Deeper. @robenmarie

Three: Photocopy the page in your Bible with your selected verse and adhere to page with adhesive.

 Mixed media style Bible Journaling with Roben-Marie Smith.  In this step-by-step tutorial Roben-Marie brings her style to the hot trend that is Bible Journaling.  Part of the 2016 I Am Project sponsored by Take Me Deeper. @robenmarie

Four:  Using a Stabilo pencil add random marks around the page. Make marks with a regular pencil.

  Mixed media style Bible Journaling with Roben-Marie Smith.  In this step-by-step tutorial Roben-Marie brings her style to the hot trend that is Bible Journaling.  Part of the 2016 I Am Project sponsored by Take Me Deeper. @robenmarie

Five:  Add colored stickers to the page.

 Mixed media style Bible Journaling with Roben-Marie Smith.  In this step-by-step tutorial Roben-Marie brings her style to the hot trend that is Bible Journaling.  Part of the 2016 I Am Project sponsored by Take Me Deeper. @robenmarie

Six: Add relevant image(s) with adhesive.

 Mixed media style Bible Journaling with Roben-Marie Smith.  In this step-by-step tutorial Roben-Marie brings her style to the hot trend that is Bible Journaling.  Part of the 2016 I Am Project sponsored by Take Me Deeper. @robenmarie

Seven: Create a little stack with random papers and stamped images and stitch, leaving loose threads.

 Mixed media style Bible Journaling with Roben-Marie Smith.  In this step-by-step tutorial Roben-Marie brings her style to the hot trend that is Bible Journaling.  Part of the 2016 I Am Project sponsored by Take Me Deeper. @robenmarie

Eight: Punch a hole in a tab, add a piece of sari or other type of ribbon. Attach the tab to the page with tiny attacher.

  Mixed media style Bible Journaling with Roben-Marie Smith.  In this step-by-step tutorial Roben-Marie brings her style to the hot trend that is Bible Journaling.  Part of the 2016 I Am Project sponsored by Take Me Deeper. @robenmarie

Nine: Add number stickers to highlight chapter and verse.

  Mixed media style Bible Journaling with Roben-Marie Smith.  In this step-by-step tutorial Roben-Marie brings her style to the hot trend that is Bible Journaling.  Part of the 2016 I Am Project sponsored by Take Me Deeper. @robenmarie

Ten: Add doodles and stamped image to enhance the page.

  Mixed media style Bible Journaling with Roben-Marie Smith.  In this step-by-step tutorial Roben-Marie brings her style to the hot trend that is Bible Journaling.  Part of the 2016 I Am Project sponsored by Take Me Deeper. @robenmarie

Eleven: Using a black pen, add doodle marks to the page.  Use a Bic Wite-Out Pen to add white doodles.

  Mixed media style Bible Journaling with Roben-Marie Smith.  In this step-by-step tutorial Roben-Marie brings her style to the hot trend that is Bible Journaling.  Part of the 2016 I Am Project sponsored by Take Me Deeper. @robenmarie

Twelve: Using watercolor in a bright, complimentary color, highlight the verse you have selected.

  Mixed media style Bible Journaling with Roben-Marie Smith.  In this step-by-step tutorial Roben-Marie brings her style to the hot trend that is Bible Journaling.  Part of the 2016 I Am Project sponsored by Take Me Deeper. @robenmarie

Thirteen: Write or cut out words from a magazine or old book to create your statement.

 Mixed media style Bible Journaling with Roben-Marie Smith.  In this step-by-step tutorial Roben-Marie brings her style to the hot trend that is Bible Journaling.  Part of the 2016 I Am Project sponsored by Take Me Deeper. @robenmarie

Fourteen: Use pen, pencil and crayons to doodle and finish the page.


I love it when things are happening while I create that are not immediately noticeable to me.  

•The picture of the rocks was torn from an Anthropologie Magazine. The rocks caught my eye and only later did I "see" the wooden cross in the bottom left of the photo.

The stamps I chose are among my favorites and I use them a lot, but when I started placing them around the page, I realized how much they looked like stones.

 

After participating in this project I see how easy it is to incorporate the concept of Bible Journaling into my own style of art journaling.  I love that I can create in a way I am comfortable with and express myself confidently.

Thanks so much for dropping by my space and I hope you were not only inspired but blessed by your visit. Please let me know in the comments if you have any questions or would like to share anything with me!

Have a  blessed day!

Roben-Marie


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DIY: Kantha Quilt Curtains

Looking for a Way to Freshen Up Your Windows?

Last year I updated my art studio.  I actually took everything out and started over, but more on that coming soon!  I have very high windows and standard curtains are not long enough.  Being a fan of Kantha quilts I found one that I knew would match my studio theme perfectly and it was long enough to use as a curtain...yeah!

Rather than buying two quilts, I opted to order one and cut it in half, creating two curtains.

Gasp!

Yes, I cut the quilt in half.  I reconsidered this plan when the quilt arrived.  It was too beautiful to cut.  What if it didn't work? What if I ruined it?

Snip, snip, snip!  Step #1 completed!

 DIY - Kantha Quilt Curtains with Roben-Marie Smith.

I love easy and I did not want to stitch a rod pocket or tabs. Enter, drapery clip rings!  I was skeptical the clips would be strong enough to hold the curtains but they have worked perfectly. 

Clip & Hang!  Step #2 completed!

What is a Kantha Quilt?

Our neighbors are from India and their two young children have found their way into our hearts.  Last year, their grandmother came for a six month visit.  She did not speak English with the exception of, “Did you eat lunch?”  Every time she saw me she would ask me if I'd eaten. 

She wore the traditional Sari, which traces back thousands of years in India.  They are pieces of cloth worn by women, creating unique and beautiful outfits.

Her saris were exotic and stunning!

I would watch her each day from my window as she walked up and down the sidewalk, excited to see what she would be wearing.  One day, those lovely fabrics will likely be sewn into a Kantha quilt.

These family garments are recycled into Kantha quilts and many are passed down to children and are often made into baby blankets.  Kantha refers to the type of stitch used, which gives the sari quilts their general wavy, textured quality. Each quilt is unique in the stitching, patches and unique blends of fabrics.  

Image Source: HandandCloth

Kantha Quilts are full of life, funky patterns and colors! Wrapping up in one of these exotic beauties is such a treat!

My Favorite Uses for Kantha Quilts:

Table cloth/Covering - I have one on my dining room table and a coordinating one as a runner.
Pillow covers
Drape on a couch or chair
Handbags and pouches
Pot holders



When Things Come Together!

I love my new "curtains" and how they have brightened my studio.  The extra bonus was discovering that an antique light fixture I bought when I was 17 on a shopping trip to Myrtle Beach with my mom, matched the quilt perfectly.

I love when the unexpected happens and things come together!

Have a  blessed day!

Roben-Marie


All studio photos by Rachel Estrada Photography.

3 Tips for Overcoming a Creative Block

It is Either Creative Feast or Famine!

For me, creative blocks come in two forms -- no ideas are flowing or there are too many and I can't focus and get anything done. 

 3 Tips for Overcoming a Creative Block by Roben-Marie Smith with free pdf download of the post for easy reference.

It goes something like this -- I sit at my art table and rearrange pens and brushes and get easily distracted while I channel surf, waiting for a brilliant idea to suddenly appear out of nowhere.  

Or, I move about the house doing mundane things to distract me because my mind is ready to burst with ideas and I can't focus for the overwhelm.  

I am sure as you are reading this, you can relate, right?  You are not alone!

Let's chat about three of my favorite ways to overcome a creative block and I will throw in ideas and dive a little deeper into the recommendations:

1. Listen to Podcasts

It took me way too long to jump on the podcast bandwagon, but I am so glad I did!  I have been binge-listening to several of my favorites while I drive, do household chores and workout.  

Some podcasts are super short, so you can consume them in a quick drive to the grocery store and back. My suggestion is that you find some podcasts that interest you, but cover a wide genre, so you can expose yourself to lots of ideas.

The difficulty lies not so much in developing new ideas as in escaping from old ones.
— John Maynard Keynes

Listening to podcasts is much like participating in a scavenger hunt.

What, you ask?

Yep!  You listen to a podcast and find the guest very interesting so you immediately go to Google and track down his website, then you read a few posts, sign-up for his newsletter and download this super cool (fill in the blank).  Now, you want to consume more information so you buy his latest book and then it opens your mind to a whole new way of thinking about (fill in the blank).  You start jotting down all these ideas you had no inkling were swirling around in your brain and voila -- you have broken through a block!

I Am Crushing on These Podcasts Right Now:

The Good Life Project with Jonathan Fields
The Owner's Mind with Chris Brogan
Elise Gets Crafty
#Create Lounge with Kayla Hollatz
Smart Creative Art with Monica Lee

2. Change Your Surroundings:

This one sounds really simple, but it is very effective, and you don't have to go out of town or on a long vacation to get a change of scenery.  Freeing our minds of our regular routines give it a chance to be challenged so we open ourselves up to new possibilities.

It’s good as an artist to always remember to see things in a new, weird way.
— Tim Burton

Simple Ideas for changing it up:

Go shopping and be sure to visit stores like Anthropologie, West Elm and Pottery Barn.
Take your journal to the local coffee shop and jot down ideas while you people watch and drink a fruity tea.
Go for a walk with your camera and view your surroundings from behind the lens.
Take a different route when you run your errands.
Visit the beach or a local park with your sketchbook.
If you work inside, move outside to a porch or patio.
Go to the gym or workout at home.

3. Sleep, Watch & Eat:

I remembered a day not long ago when I hit the wall creatively and this affected me not only mentally but physically.  I was frustrated and knew I had to do something, so I did what any desperate creative person with no brilliant ideas would do to move herself forward...I took a nap and then I binge watched six hours of the Hallmark Channel while downing a pan of boiled peanuts and spicy guacamole dip!

While I am not recommending you follow this exact plan, I do suggest that during a creative block you take a rest from your work and get plenty of sleep (this works wonders).  Am I the only one who gets excited when she can curl up at 9PM and go to sleep?  I also like to watch funny or romantic movies while eating something I love.  Sounds simple, right? Give it a try!

Wrap Up

There are many ways to overcome these times in our creative journey so never fear.  I believe this is part of the process so I try not to beat myself up. 

I would love to hear your ideas.  Pop them in the comments and share.

Have a blessed day!

Roben-Marie


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