Here is a small manifesto about you taking the time to finally USE your art supplies. The precious, beautiful, perfect, and expensive ones. It’s time.
It used to be that when I bought a pen I liked or a pretty little journal, I would keep them nice and pretty and “safe.” I still have Twin Star stickers that are in mint condition from my childhood. (Long live Hello Kitty and her friends!) But if there’s one thing my daughter has taught me, it is this:
Art supplies and creative supplies of all kinds are meant to be used.
Since publishing the Kindle version of Happy Journal, Happy Life at the beginning of the month, there have been a few questions as to why I didn’t add more pictorial examples.
There was a reason, actually several, that kept me from adding pages of pictures throughout the book. Believe me, I was tempted. But here is why I ultimately decided to go light on the pictures . . .
Have you heard of the Painting a Day movement? It started back in 2004 when Duan Keiser set out to share his work on the internet. What started with one man has turned into thousands of artists striving to do one small painting a day – mostly every day. I am always looking for practical ways to get creativity into my life so when I discovered this idea years ago, I was intrigued.
What a delicious week of happiness!
Thank you for all of your support of my new eBook, Happy Journal, Happy Life. I have BIG dreams for this little book because I think it is a method of gratitude that is accessible to so many.
You don’t have to be an ARTIST.
You don’t have to have a lot of supplies.
This is the little book that almost didn’t happen. I was writing another book and ran into a major roadblock. And while I was digging myself out, Happy Journal, Happy Life emerged.
It also almost didn’t happen because the concept of drawing my life is one I’m too familiar with. I have been sketching vignettes of my day and the things that make me happy for years.
I think keeping a regular journal is wonderful. I will likely write in one until I’m an old woman. Might as well—I’ve been journaling since I was six years old.
But this drawing-my-day practice? It didn’t even have a name until recently.