Kick Your Excuses to the Curb for 2014!

Kick Your Excuses to the Curb

Am sharing this great jumpstart message for the new year.  As a snowbird, art journaling or making Artist Trading Cards are perfectly portable, don’t take up much space in your suitcase/malleta and can be worked on in fits and starts. They also are fantastic souvenirs of your travel experiences! Get a blank book or sketchbook and g get started!

January 3, 2014 from the Mixed Media Magazine, Cloth, Paper, Scissors

Make Time for Art with Journaling

Do you have all the time you need for art? I’m guessing the answer is no. We are all so busy with family obligations, our “real” jobs, and all the day-to-day activities required for getting along in this world, that it can be hard to make the things we truly want to do a priority.

Keeping an art journal can be an easy way to
work art into your daily schedule.

I’m no different. But I recently came across two pieces of wisdom that made me rethink my assumption that I “don’t have enough time.”

One was a web seminar on quick-starting your art business, with Lesley Riley. Lesley has built a career as an artist, author, teacher, and art coach, all while raising six children and assisting in her husband’s business.

How did she do it? She started by committing to working on her art just five minutes a day. Lesley set up her supplies in her bedroom (usually working right on the bed), and worked for five minutes every day on her art. Some days she was able to spend more time, but she always spent at least five minutes. And little by little, she created art.

The second bit of wisdom was in a blog post on work/life balance from Paul B. Brown on Paul says that instead of keeping two “to-do” lists, one for work and one for home or personal activities, you should make a combined list ranked in order of priority. Each day, work your way down the list, and the most important things in your life will get done.

If you combine Lesley and Paul’s strategies and you still can’t fit art into your day, then maybe (barring illness or disaster) “I don’t have enough time” is an excuse for not spending time on your art. Maybe you’re afraid the results won’t be “good enough” or maybe you feel guilty for spending time on something “frivolous.”

But if you truly want to make to make more time for art, follow these tips:

1. Make art-marking a priority and put it high on your daily (or weekly) schedule or to-do list.

2. Commit to the smallest doable amount of time (such as five minutes).

3. Set up a small space with your tools so that you are ready to create and don’t have to spend time gathering (or finding) materials.

One of the easiest ways of getting started with regular art making is to keep an art journal. You don’t need a lot of supplies (you can get by with pens, some watercolor pencils, a water brush, and a glue stick or washi tape), and it’s compact and portable.

There are many resources for art journaling techniques, but there’s a new book that is perfect for beginners or artists who are short on time. In No Excuses Art Journaling: Making Time for Creativity, Gina Rossi Armfield demonstrates how to prepare and use an art journal that is within your comfort zone. You’ll also learn techniques and tips from a dozen other well-known art journalers—including Lesley Riley.

P.S. How do you make time for art? Share your tips on the Cloth Paper Scissors Today blog.

Cate Prato, Online Editor
Cloth Paper Scissors

“Whether you have never picked up a paintbrush or you are a seasoned artist, this method will lead
you on a path to creativity. Everyone has five minutes, so if you have the desire, you have No Excuses!”
—Author Gina Rossi Armfield

No Excuses Art Journaling

Refuse to give into the complaints like, “I don’t have any time to create!” or “I’m just not the artistic type; I’m not a creative person!” Instead of making excuses, embrace your creative nature and learn which methods of expression best fit your personal style.

In No Excuses Art Journaling you’ll find:

20+ mixed-media art journaling techniques demonstrated step-by-step
6 pages of art journal prompts and tips for every month of the year
Dozens of inspirational art journal pages by Gina and 12 guest artists

Whatever your reason for neglecting your art journaling, take advantage of what this book has to offer, make time for creativity, and kick your excuses to the curb.

Learn more about No Excuses Art Journaling

Shop all books at the Cloth Paper Scissors Shop!

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3 thoughts on “Kick Your Excuses to the Curb for 2014!

    1. Well, I’m gonna learn some new techniques at this art journalling class I’m joining tomorrow afternoon. I brought some minimal art supplies and a couple of art journals to fill up while I’m here. It’s a very portable art form! Thanks for reading my blog and taking the time to respond!

    2. Hola Jane, Well, you may not finish a page in 5 minutes but it s like anything else, it s good to keep the pump primed. I went to a great art journaling workshop at the studio of a local artist on Friday and I really got into the groove by treating my journal as a whole where I keep adding components. I ll post a picture of it as it progresses in this blog at a later date. In the meantime, all the very best in 2014! Abrazos from Mexico! Joanne

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