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This article is written by Honorata
I would like to tell you the story of the creative magic that happens to me every time I let my inner voice to talk to me through the creative process.
We all love to create- don’t we? But thinking a little bit more about how we create brings one simple questions- is it us, creators making what we plan in our mind or is it actually art talking to us through the process of creation? As I started my innocent journey into art I have realised that the more we trust our intuition we actually can get answers from the art making process.
My favourite medium is a mixed media art journaling where I never really plan exactly what is going to be on that page. I have the feel, general vision and may have an urge to use certain colours but the final results is always unknown and very much unexpected. I trust the process and let it lead me. I strongly believe that art is giving us answers if we let ourselves to be guided.
After putting the background by using variety of mediums like acrylic paints, ink sprays and watercolours I wait and by looking at the background see if there are any hints what to do next. Is there a shape formed from a random paint application, any interesting ink stains? If I feel like painting is the answer I go this route but if something is telling me the collage would be good I start flicking through the magazines. Some people would have the cut outs ready and categorised but I just simply browse my collection of old magazines and see what images are appealing to me. Next step is to alter the imagines so I would colour them, add paper hats, change the outfits, and add freckles or even moustaches! This is the stage when breaking any conventional rules is such fun….
Once all images are completed and I liked the final collage I would see what meaning it has. Was there the message for me? Then something may pop in my head and a quote or sentence giving full interpretation appears. Sometimes I would browse books and magazines for some text or titles to give me a clue. This is how page “Find your soul” was created-the leftover cut out formed something like an empty person so that was a symbol of soul being lost. Another page “We live and breathe words” was simply an answer to may search for a quiet time without speech clutter.
This is how I developed my art journaling when started and was still too afraid to go into painting area. I would just start with random collages and enjoyed it more and more. Sometimes I would open my journal without any plan but the final creation would tell me more about myself that I could imagine. Journals would be telling me to be brave, to heal, accept and seek for my soul. Art is simply sometimes talking from our inner self…And what is your art whispering to you?
Honorata – I am a mixed media artist based in the heart of England. I love to art journal, paint mixed media and collect random objects to create quirky assemblage frames. I am the creative releaser, art listener and convention shaker strongly believing that we can connect with our true selves through the creative journey. I am planning to run on line workshops when my mixed media art process is shining and sharing that magic. You can find me on Facebook or visit my new website artlysing.com.