Living my Length and Width

As I’ve already said, I’m pretty darn stoked about the Big Picture Classes Big Idea Festival, which is FREE and still going on.

I thought I’d share a project I made inspired by one of the challenges in the festival. This challenge from Ali Edwards (one of the most creatively inspiring people EVER) is to represent how you’re living your LENGTH and WIDTH. You’ll have to join in on the festival to hear her talk about exactly what that means, but I knew that it would make the perfect prompt for an art journal page.

Living my Length and Width

The art journal as a whole is a project for something else, so I have to wait to show you what it’s all about (TEASER!), but I’m lovin’ the start with these pages. I like that art journaling doesn’t have to be perfect. It’s the opportunity to let go and get messy. If I don’t love a page, that’s not a problem. It’s not made for longevity or memory keeping: just artistic expresion and experimentation. Love that.

I painted the letters using Maya Road Charcoal Mist. Just take of the spritz cap and dip a paint brush right in there. I like that the ink from mist soaks in and drys quickly.

The “TODAY IS” stamp is one of my favorites from Elise Blaha Cripe.

Living my Length and Width

“I don’t want to get to the end of my life and find that I just lived the length of it. I want to have lived the width of it as well.” -Diane Ackerman via Ali Edwards-

I believe that, in my everyday life, I live my length and width fully. But I only feel this way with my family. When I’m out in the real world, or with my extended family or friends, I put up a wall. I don’t want to be vulnerable. I don’t want my weaknesses and feelings to show. Closing off–avoiding being wholehearted all of the time–keeps me from experiencing the LENGTH & WIDTH.

Living my Length and Width

I’m excited to jump into art journaling more. I kept journals that were sort of art journals and sketchbooks all though high school, but scrapbooking and blogging took the place of that for me. I don’t know how often I’ll do it, but I like that I have a place to write stuff with an audience of only myself, if that makes sense.

Art Journal Sneak Peak

And there’s a sneak peak at the outside of the journal. You’ll have to wait until October to see the whole thing, but yep, that’s knitted.

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Go check out the Big Picture Classes Big Idea Festival to find more inspiration! I’m hoping to get a few more projects done before the deadline on the 18th. I’ll probably try most of the prompts someday anyway, but hey, prizes are a good motivator, right?