Ironically, once an entrepreneurial business is in motion it's almost impossible to carve out big retreats of time to vision and plan! Luckily, for those of us following a feminine (muse-led) model, what we usually actually need is a simple nudge - a subtle readjustment to roll us in the right direction and then the momentum will carry us forward.
This last week, for my Giddy Up crew I revisited a favorite collage divination prompt of mine. For this simple session you use collage as an oracle to help you see what you haven't been seeing about your business. I don't want to ruin the game by sharing the key before you collage but I will say that the poetic information I found in my towers completely opened up the floodgates with clear actions for what's next. I hope you have the same experience!
I've got the PDF up where you can grab it. No sign in required but I do hope you'll share what you discover:
All you'll need for this first foolhardy leap is a magazine, scissors and glue. (Watch video above).
Second Step. Grab that magazine and your scissors and let's head out on a treasure hunt. (Don't glue those 9 circles down. We're revisiting them in part 3.)
Third Step: You just need glue and gumption for this final leap!
Okay. I've got to laugh at invoking the Fool and then trying to be correct! Those three circles? I was - delightfully - mostly wrong in my translations.
As I went through my days I saw the broom show up where it was important to pay attention (not just for clearing). I saw the patterns in a new project that I wouldn't have anticipated. And the glass took on a whole different meaning after an unexpected experience.
Stay open and in conversation. The Fool has information for you!
There's just nothing like the freedom of being flung from the rigid stand you were taking. It's a bit bumpy...but better!
Mystic Tune Up (available with a monthly subscription) is one of my most favorite extended journal courses. Turns out I was a smarty pants while pregnant with Hazel! In this class we take a creative pass through the Tarot and the evolutionary sequence of the Major Arcana. Each "week" has a delicious diverse selection of prompts based on the themes, inherent inquiries and the gestalt of the card at hand. Videos, audio recordings, and simple written instructions alternate through the 160 prompts in this 22 card series.
Your instructions are to create three tower possibilities - a random magazine column for each. Gently cut out the top of the tower and then turn your attention to finding a conversation that is contained in...
This is my favorite sneaky way of making magic. Art along with me or just watch and consider. Part One is above and parts two and three below.
Creating an Ordinary Talisman
And Part Three: Activating a New Story
This mini was delivered as part of Imagine in 2017. My specific & favorite supplies are listed in the menu. We'd love to see a peek at your journal page. There's an option to upload photos in the comments section below.
How do you spend your art time? Why do you make art? The biggest shortcut I take is that 7 times out of 10, when I'm creating a painting, I start by following the lines of a person in a photo. I coooooould be spending my art time teaching myself to draw by hand. But that part is a bit yawn for me. My favorite parts are playing with the paint as it layers on the canvas and finding the story that my developing character wants to share. So I jump right to those parts!
There are some seriously crazy ways to transfer images out there. Light machines, unwieldy tracing paper, a ridiculous technique where you lay down matte medium and then rub it away with water. Gracious, I don't want to spend my time doing any of that either! The easy peasy way is to use charcoal (esp on a canvas) or even colored pencil if you're in your journal:
Following the shape, choosing what to accent and what to adjust, feeling the grace of a curve, noticing the lift of a line - fun!
video above is video five of eight in FOCUS: Find Your True Priority
Can I be honest? I didn't really feel like doing art journaling for the New Year. I had to tie myself up and walk myself down the proverbial plank to get started. And I only did it because I knew from experience that the collage excavations I did using FOCUS both last year and the year before, were absolutely foundational in how I held and contextualized my entire year.
It doesn't really work for me to use pretty affirmations or the kind of happy go lucky word of the year that I can easily scrape off the top of my head. I need a theme that is a bit weird, something with back door of information, something Muse inspired.
So, sighing and grumbling I did a quick and dirty run through the eight videos, all in my small daily planner. Quick writing, slap dash collage and line drawing instead of printed photograph...all with my 4yo "helping".
And HUZZAH I still got what I was looking for: A potent...
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