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REAPING WHAT YOU SOW Through The Practice of Art Journaling

Have you ever had an epiphany after a period of confusion? This seems to happen to me a lot and on speaking to other creatives it seems pretty universal. And it got me thinking about what an epiphany actually was.

As a definition, an epiphany is an experience of a sudden and striking realization. Generally, the term is used to describe scientific breakthrough, religious or philosophical discoveries, but it can apply in any situation in which an enlightening realisation allows a problem or situation to be understood from a new and deeper perspective. It may not have been a scientific breakthrough or philosophical discovery but it certainly was a situation now understood from a new a deeper perspective.

I have been teaching art & design for over 20 years, from the first drawing workshops I delivered to the new first years when I was in my final year of my fine art degree to now teaching the beautiful practice of art journaling online during a global pandemic. I don't think my 24-year-old self would have quite believed me, the internet didn't really have any part in my life then but I am so so grateful for its technology and possibilities today.

Creating my online class was a dream that I had thought about for so long, so when I had to cancel my in-person workshops I knew I wanted to create an alternative way to teach. A whole new challenge for me, but one which kept me focused and busy during a difficult and uncertain time. A challenge that created a community of inspiring like-minded folk sharing and encouraging each other in their creative work, a challenge that has given me so much and I'm so excited to see where it will go as it grows and develops.

Naming my class, Reap What You Sow, an ancient proverb is for me about doing something for our future selves. If we want to be the person who sits and sketches nature, if we want to be the person who paints a little seascape on a Summer holiday, if we want to be that creative person if we want to make things with our hands, with nature, with all those lovely mediums then we have to start. We have to take the first step.

We are all creative, creativity is a human quality that exists in every single one of us but like everything it needs some tender loving care to grow.

Cultivate your craft.

Water it daily, pour some tender

loving care into it, and watch it grow.

Remember that a plant doesn’t

sprout immediately. Be patient, and

know that in life you will reap what you sow.

So if your heart has been nudging you towards new creative adventures, now is the time! Stepping out of our comfortable zones and trying something new and challenging can be so so rewarding. Pick up a pencil, get paint on your fingers, make a mess, cut it up, rearrange it, get sticky and glue it down. See where it take you.

I have been so inspired by the energy that my members have shown in their work on my class and I wanted to share some of their work and how the lessons have helped their creative hearts.

If you like to read more about my class then you can hop over to my website here. Doors are open and I'd love to welcome you in.