We are all amazing. Here, I will show you!

People are incredible and inspiring. They get through really difficult things, hearbreaking losses, and they still manage to get up in the morning and shine their Light around them, in corners and at other people. The thing I am loving about people today, is, they keep going. I am really in awe of how resilient we are.

So what I want to know is how is it the weekend already? I don’t feel like I’ve gotten anything DONE! Which is crazypants because technically I am on vacation* until February and do not need to do anything.

This week I’ve been slowly Unravelling… and realized that I have a stronger foundation than I thought…
the ground I walk on

I’ve been journaling every day. Loving getting back into that practice. It’s been amazing. My journal is the first thing I pick up in the morning and the last thing I do at night.
Journal page recap 1/9

I wanted to show you the pages above precisely because they are not complicated masterpieces. They’re doodles and lists and all I did was go in after I wrote them and apply some plain old watercolor from a cheapie little pan I got at the art store. Except #1, which was a little more work. There, I laid in the framework, then wrote, then used Inktense** pencils to color it in. I know I’ve been harping on this, but it’s been this huge revelation to me that art journaling does NOT have to be layer upon layer of gorgeous collaged masterpieces! I mean, those are super fun. But, I have always found that it’s easier to adopt a practice and make it stick if it is practical, by which I mean, within the scope of what you can do without too much fuss or newness. Giving myself permission for that has been simply huge.

Here, just go read this: This is practical and smart. I love smart things.

Empowering walk on the girl side of the ‘net this week! So many amazing artists, writers and creative souls out there.

This gal, Sunshine Barlow Lewis, is taking Misty Mawn’s Stretching Within course with me. She’s got some lovely prints up in her Etsy shop and I am sort of coveting this one a whole lot. A whole lot, a lot. Also, I might covet her couch. Just saying.

I am super excited about Peony Blue. The artist is someone I know via the knitting community (we’ve never met, just internet acquaintances, but she’s definitely on the short list of internet people I’d like to know better) and she’s recently shifted some of her focus back into the world of art journaling. While probably still having a way better yarn stash than mine. Hmph. Anyway, her updated book “Mind’s Eye” is up for free download on her site (you have to register for a mailing list to get it) and it’s pretty nifty. Worth bookmarking the site. We expect great things from this one…

I know this week was post intensive… but I think I’ve got a 3x a week schedule sorted out that won’t be overwhelming. Stay tuned, next week, y’all! Fiber and knitting! Journal page tutorial! Shiny, thinky thoughts!

*okay seriously, this may be the busiest vacation I have ever had, just saying…

About Maia Rainwood

Owner and Maker at Maia Rainwood Design. Wearable art for wise women, birth keepers, witches, and world-builders.
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5 Responses to We are all amazing. Here, I will show you!

  1. Lalove says:

    Love your thoughts on journaling. I have never been much of a journaler, but I am good at spider graphs & lists… So I like the concept of turning those things into a fun journal. Thanks for the inspiration!

    • Rainy says:

      Hi Lalove,
      What are spider graphs? I’m going to have to go look this up. I’ve been looking at “zentangles” which are kind of fun. 😀

  2. Marilyn says:

    Good luck with the journal journey and unraveling.

    • Rainy says:

      Thank you Marilyn! Have you heard of Unraveling? It’s just the kind of thing you might like, actually, and she’ll open registration for hte next round in February. It’s a really beautiful experience.

  3. dorrie says:

    checked out two unravelers blogs today and both are wonderful. love what you wrote… feeling the same way…we are all amazing…
    p.s. your journal seems like a masterpiece to me…inspiring

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