Nurt Thurs :: Expression

Refreshing and creating

Expression is the essence of thought.

Tony Calderone

We all need fresh air from time to time, to open up our mind and let our feelings surface. It’s like that say: Thinking outside the box!

Expression is the mystery of beauty.

Edward Bulwer-Lytton

There are so many rules and directions to be followed for each task at any moment. We get lost in the middle of them. Where is the creativity in all of this?

To express one’s inner self so that others can understand you, is art. If your expressions are elevated and beautiful, it is good art.

Anonymous

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100 day project – part 1

Hello, how are you doing? A new week is starting and we are still in STAY HOME mood!

I’m trying to be creative and keep up with few projects. One of them is the 100 day project that I started last week. You can see the introductory post here.

I’m using a mix of collage and painting for creating my art cards. Below are few of them I made this past week.

Have a great and safe week ahead!

A random page # 17

Good Morning! Here are a few pages from an IG art party this weekend:

prompt 1: yellow and turquoise
prompt 2: a quote

It’s the journey that’s important, not the getting there.

John McLeod

prompt 3: growth

Today is starting #100dayproject, where we choose one creative project and stick with it for 100 days. I’ve joined it for many years and it’s great to see all the work done at the end of the project. This year I’ll make an art card per day.

Have a great and safe week!

A random page # 15

Journaling is helping me to stay grounded during this time of lockdown. I’ve been up and down with my feelings, but in a way or another when I sit at my desk and start to write it’s like the world is back to its usual flow.

I haven’t done much art journaling recently, but here are the pages I did a few weeks ago.

Acceptance and self-care
Letting go
Being comfortable at home

And you? How are keeping your sanity these days?

a random page # 14

Happy Women’s Day!

The new season is coming and it’s time for changes. Starting by changing the clocks today, this means more day light, more outdoors activities, but the self-changes are the most important: our body, our mood, expectations …

With the Spring knocking on the door, it’s time to get rid of what doesn’t serve us anymore and make space for new things. I’m not talking about material stuff, but thoughts, regrets and old ideas. I try to live a minimalist life style, so I don’t have many things to get rid off. I don’t like cluttering, when I buy something new, the old one has to go out. What I need is to apply the same style to my mind, generally I keep everything in there, and I’m tired of the mind-cluttering.

I need to make more space for the things that make me happy and give me pleasure. More writing, gardening, cooking delicious and healthy food, in summary I need to nest the good thoughts and get rid of the bad ones.

And you? Any plans for the new season?

E.

Art party

This weekend was busy in the online world for me. Saturday I co-hosted an art party on Instagram and Sunday I joined a blogging party organized by Bella from Thoughtsnlife blog! It was lovely! I met some wonderful bloggers and caught up with some old friends.

My friend Yvonne @yvonne.creates from Instagram invited me to co-host the #febgluebookparty2020 with her. We chose the theme Valentine’s Day, I know it isn’t the day yet, but it’s not too late to spread love, so we decided to do it all about self-love and -care. Below you will find the prompts and my pages.

Prompt 1: Be your own beloved

For this prompt, I chose images that pamper me up, like gorgeous shoes, flowers and healthy food.

Prompt 2: The colour Red

Red lipstick, so glamorous, but I don’t own one! I think it’s too much and doesn’t match my lifestyle, but of course, I can still admire it. And flowers, always the red ones call my attention.

Prompt 3: A quote

For the 3rd prompt I chose Rumi’s quote: “Let yourself be drawn by the stronger pull of that which you truly love”. Isn’t this quote wonderful?

I chose flowers to represent nature, one of my greatest sources of inspiration and quiet moments at home, represented here by the cup of tea and a kitchen table.

We had so many lovely ladies joying the party, including my blogger friend, Rupali. I’m so happy she decided to give a try and shared some awesome pages.

All the parties have a giveaway, so I put together a journaling set for it.

Giveaway: A journaling set

One of the new ladies at the party was the lucky one, I’ll mail it to her this week.

Hope you had a great weekend and wish you a lovely week ahead!

E.

Creating

Old art journals

Art journal, visual journal, collage journal… there are so many names for it. I don’t know which one I prefer to use, but I do enjoy to express my feelings adding images to the pages of my notebooks.

This weekend I joined a art party on Instagram, few hours creating together with other ladies from around the world. Three prompts in 2 hours.

Polka dots

The first prompt was Polka dots. This is my new journal, you can see the cover on the first photo (bottom right). I was using it for the first time, it’s not easy to start a new journal, the first page is always a challenge. I wanted it to be messy and full of possibilities to give me freedom to work on the other pages without boundaries.

Travelling

Second prompt was about travelling. Places we want to visit. This is a difficult one, I want to go to many places from deserts to mountains. Of course, beaches are always on the list.

A quote

The third and last prompt was a quote by Oscar Wilde “Memory … is the diary that we all carry about with us.” We always want to carry good memories, things that have made us happy and loved. Tiny moments along the road.

I’ll be co-hosting next month art party, please let me know if you would like to join it.

E.