Category Archives: Mini Musings Adv 11-2015

Thoughts on Practice

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I’ve been thinking a lot about my Daily Musings Journal practice this week as I have written the posts with techniques and ideas for you to try during this mini musings adventure.
I’ve been thinking a lot about having a practice and practicing – in general – this week. And part of me wanted to run away before getting to this post I committed to write.

Who am I to be sharing about having a practice?

I feel like the last person to have the discipline to do something consistently.

As I began to journal about this some thoughts formed…
Piano lessons as a kid – I never practiced in between lessons and I didn’t have anyone pushing me to do so. I eventually gave up piano lessons and never really learned to play piano – or any instrument for that matter.
Learning to telemark ski – I wanted to be able to ski in the back country with my new boyfriend (at the time) so I hauled myself out to the mountain on my lunch hour (I was working in marketing for Copper Mountain Resort at the time) with my skinny free-heel skis and stumbled my way down the mountain once or twice a few times a week. I felt like such a geek, especially when I could have popped on my alpine skis and skied on any run I wanted.

I certainly didn’t practice everyday, and for a long time I still defaulted to what I knew better, but little by little the joy of being in the back country over rode that need to be the best. I just wanted to have fun. And little by little I got better at it, too!

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It’s easy to forget that developing a practice can be about the process and about having fun – and not always about the doing and becoming.

For a long time I didn’t even realize that my Daily Musings Journal was a practice – it was just something I did (pretty regularly) because I wanted to …track my ski days; write down my day’s happenings (tracking some things, some times)…have a way to look back on my adventures.

I have found that entering through this back door helps me cultivate stronger practices, and for the right reasons.

Now, years later, my Daily Musings Journal practice has developed into my creative play memoir, of sorts, that I have begun sharing with the world.
It helps me to be present with my days and be grateful for this one wild and precious life.

I have found that now it doesn’t matter if I get off track (and believe me I do get off track) I begin again.

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Begin where you are.

As you know if you watched my How the Daily Musings Journal was born video, I started with pencil – scribbling words & thoughts – on blank journals I was creating as I went along. It has just been in the past few years that I have begun to add more color & sketching, doodling & collage to my day squares. It has been through this creative play practice that I am beginning to gain confidence in my drawing skills…something I have beat myself up about not practicing for many years.

Begin… 

where you are (where you are comfortable)

  • With pencil or pen, color or not, words or doodles.
  • Scribble your reflections of the day
  • Write down something you are grateful for
  • Write down a quote that inspires you
  • Paste in a picture
  • Scrawl across the week — I can’t remember what the heck I did (or just doodle across the week which I have done many times ~ see the image below)

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and Begin again when you need to.

This is what I encourage for you – with any practice you wish to pursue. And I am thrilled if creative play in the Daily Musings Journal is one practice you want to pursue.

I hope these thoughts will be helpful for any practice you wish to begin or that you may be struggling with. Remember why you want to cultivate this practice. Is it something that brings you joy (even if it is not always easy or fun)?

Begin, begin again… 

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A few words on sharing…for me sharing my daily musings is a relatively new practice. It is a challenging one for me and one I definitely get off track from. I begin again because it brings me joy to see others excited about going on a musings adventure (aka doodling & playing with letters & lines, words & color). It brings me joy to hear about others opening up to their creativity and enjoying the process.
Journaling is personal, and sharing is not for everyone. For some of you your journal is for your eyes only. I completely respect and honor this. Please know that just because I share, it is not at all a requirement for going on a musings adventure of your own.

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1stWeekJan2015Begin where you are and EnJOY the process.

If you are inspired to share, I would love to hear about your musings adventure. And/or please share your thoughts on practice. I’d love to hear about how you cultivate any practice that is important to you.

And if you leave a comment by tomorrow, Saturday, November 21 at 10pm MST you will be entered to win* a 2016 Daily Musings Journal!

If you’re on Instagram and you feel inspired to share there, please use the hashtag #musingsadventure so we can see what you’ve created.

Thank you for joining me on this mini musings adventure.

xox,

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P.S. If you did not get to musing as much as you wanted this week, no worries – these posts will be here for you to refer back to. Begin again…

P.S.S. If you want to create a musings adventure between now and the end of the year you can still get your printable download of this week here, or purchase a printable download of the September – December 2015 Daily Musings Journal here.

P.S.S.S. If you’d like to keep up with my adventures I’d love to have you join the band of intrepid mermaids who receive my monthly mermaid tales (you’ll also be the first to hear about anything new I create and receive special offers, too). Click here to sign-up.

* Only U.S. readers are eligible. It is sadly cost prohibitive to send packages internationally these days.

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Found Words Inspiration Collage

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I truly believe that our everyday moments are where the magic is (#everydaymagicmoments)– so when these words came together from my found words mess this afternoon, I knew it was the perfect one to open this post with.

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I always start my found word inspiration collages by pulling out my envelopes full of words and phrases and putting a bunch out before me to play around with.

It always intrigues me to see what will take form from a bunch of disparate words. My found word collage usually hits upon something that is somewhere in my spirit at that moment. And you can see that my found words inspiration from today changed a wee bit from the working image just above.

Once I hit upon the inspiration I want to glue down I push the words aside and pull out my pencils or markers to create a background. I love this time when I can just play with color and create something for the words to lay upon.

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My friend and fellow creative, Julie Gibbons, turned me onto the idea of these found word collages – or Found Inspirations as she called them. I began making them in a small pocket journal and would use found images as background or to illustrate the page.

Now these inspirations have found a home in my Daily Musings Journal, and I really love creating my own backgrounds for the words.

Feel free to use either technique to illustrate your found words inspiration collage…or leave the background blank. There is no wrong way (as I’ve mentioned before;) so whatever inspires you in the moment is the way to go.

And if you take a liking to this form, I highly recommend going through some magazines and gathering, into envelopes, words and phrases you may want to use. This way you have them handy anytime you feel drawn to creating a found words inspiration collage.

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I hope these ideas will inspire you to play around with some found words. What will take form from a bunch of words from different places?

I would love to hear about what you get up to. Please share about your musings adventure in the comments. You’ll be entered to win* a 2016 Daily Musings Journal if you do!

And if you’re on Instagram and you feel inspired to share, please use the hashtag #musingsadventure so we can see what you’ve created.

See you tomorrow for some musing on my personal practice and some ideas on creating one of your own.

xox,

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P.S. If you’re just finding the mini musings adventure and you want to play along, click here for all of the details.

P.S.S. If you did not get to musing yesterday, no worries – these posts will be here for you to refer back to.

* Only U.S. readers are eligible. It is sadly cost prohibitive to send packages internationally these days.

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Creating Personal Iconography with Shapes & Lines

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In Colorado it is the time of year for sunshine and snowflakes, and we have been experiencing a bit of both these past few days. These are two of my favorite icons – besides bicycles, of course.

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I hope you had fun playing with letters & your handwriting yesterday, and now you’re ready to combine this with some icons, shapes and lines.

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Creating Icons

I started creating simple little icons back when I began the practice and I was only using a #2 lead pencil. When I felt intimidated I might mess something up these simple icons gave visual interest to my musings…and helped me remember what the day might have held without reading the words.

These icons can be created for anything that speaks to you — I have created a few examples on a page of the Daily Musings Journal (which I’ve shared in this image), and I am sure there are many more that may have personal meaning to you.

You do not have to create something that is completely realistic, and in our digital age you can always do a search and find an image to reference to get you started. I encourage to make your icons something you can doodle easily, and make your own.

Lines & Borders & Simple Shapes

In addition to creating icons I like to use curved lines that I add writing to, borders, and simple geometric shapes – circles, triangles, squares – to embellish my musings.

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I hope these ideas will inspire you to play around or make up some fun doodles however you are called to. There is no wrong way to do this. What lines, shapes & marks can you use to represent something that has meaning to you?

I would love to hear about what you get up to. Please share about your musings adventure in the comments. You’ll be entered to win* a 2016 Daily Musings Journal if you do!

And if you’re on Instagram and you feel inspired to share, please use the hashtag #musingsadventure so we can see what you’ve created.

See you tomorrow for some musing on creating found word inspiration collage in your journal.

xox,

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P.S. If you’re just finding the mini musings adventure and you want to play along, click here for all of the details.

P.S.S. If you did not get to musing yesterday, no worries – these posts will be here for you to refer back to.

* Only U.S. readers are eligible. It is sadly cost prohibitive to send packages internationally these days.

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Love YOUR Letters

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Please notice that I have I put an emphasis on the word YOUR. Love YOUR Letters!

Even with handwriting & lettering we can run into the comparison gremlin, and I want to encourage you to let that go and have fun with YOUR handwriting and your letters.

I get a lot of compliments on my lettering and handwriting so I know you may be saying — “ha – easy for you to say, look at your handwriting.”
But the truth is – we all have our places we compare.

GreensCrkLetteringSince I can remember I have loved playing with letters – drawing and embellishing them, and playing with my handwriting; changing how I write certain letters at different times.

I have studied formal calligraphy quite a bit, too. There was a time I thought I wanted to be a “calligrapher”, but the pressure to feel like my letters were perfect was heavy and lettering & lettering & lettering felt tedious. My letters and letter spacing were never “good enough”.

Now that I have let go of this need for perfection, I just let myself have fun with my lettering (most of the time that is:), and I enjoy creating hand lettering in my journal and even for pieces for others.

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Here are some ways you can play with your hand writing and lettering.

  • Play with your handwriting as it is — using colors to create texture.
  • Play with scale – making a word or two larger and then pen some details with smaller writing
  • Write around in a square(ish) from the inside of the day box to the outside or from the outside to the inside
  • Add thickness to certain words by creating a double line for each letter

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  • Create a word with block letters and then add color or shapes to each letter
  • Embellish letters with swirls
  • Copy Letters from a logo you like

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Let go of your need for your handwriting and letters to look a certain way. If you feel you need or want some letter examples to work from I’ve created a few exemplars you can use. Click here to download – one of capitals and one of lowercase.

These are not perfect letters, but rather a form of my handwriting to give you some an example of another way to make your letters.

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I hope all these letters I’ve shared provide you some fun inspiration to play with your lettering! I would love to hear about what you get up to. Please share about your musings adventure in the comments. You’ll be entered to win* a 2016 Daily Musings Journal if you do!

And if you’re on Instagram and you feel inspired to share, please use the hashtag #musingsadventure so we can see what you’ve created.

See you tomorrow for some musing on Personal Iconography: Lines, Marks & Shapes.

xox,

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P.S. If you’re just finding the mini musings adventure and you want to play along, click here for all of the details.

* Only U.S. readers are eligible. It is sadly cost prohibitive to send packages internationally these days.

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A little backstory & tools for the adventure

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The Daily Musings Journal began as my personal practice quite a few years ago, and I thought it might be fun to tell you the story…

It is really quite astonishing to me that my personal practice has turned into a wonderful creative outlet for so many. I love how each of our musings adventures can create a “creative play” memoir of sorts.

So — are you ready to begin our mini musings adventure together?

If you don’t have a 2015 Daily Musings Journal, and you want to give this a whirl I hope you’ve found your way to my web page where you can sign-up and receive a download of the journal pages for this week. Click here, if not – it’s free to join in the fun!

Today I’m just going over my favorite and most used tools…I’m guessing many of you have some form of these tools already in your tool kit. And if not, you can definitely begin with what you have.

Tools for the Adventure

markersI love using markers, and when I found the Staedtler Triplus Fineliner markers I was in heaven. I love their fine point, their array of bright colors and that they last a good long time!

Another important factor is they don’t bleed through the paper on the printed edition of the journals (which is a nice 80# stock).

There are other great markers out their – I know the Stabilo Point 88 markers are a favorite of my friend Lindy over at The Collage Cafe.

Sharpies, on the other hand, will bleed through…they bleed through on most text weight stock. I love Sharpies for some things, but not my musings adventure.

I also like gel pens although they don’t have the same writing smoothness (for me) as markers (for me), and some of these will bleed through.

I always recommend testing a pen you have not used before. I did not create a page specifically for that in the journal (on the 2017 edition list:), but there are plenty of musings pages that you could devote one to testing if you wanted to.
Pencils

Colored pencils are another favorite tool, and my favorite is the Prismacolor Premier Pencils. They are so creamy to work with, and blend really well. The downside to these pencils is their points break quite easily.

I have begun to experiment with the Faber-Castell Polychromos pencils. They have a harder lead, but still seem to go on the paper nicely.

Pencils-clos-upI like being able to make a nice point on my pencils – and any pencil that will do this should work just fine.

As you can see from the image on the right I have amassed quite a collection of pencils. I love my carrier (actually a jewelry case by Papaya Art), which I received as a gift, as it rolls up and ties together so I can carry all my colors safely in my bag!

collage-toolsThe other thing I love to do in my Daily Musings Journal is to collage inspirations with found words & phrases from magazines.

For this you need some magazines with words that inspire you, and that you’re willing to cut-up, some scissors and a glue stick.

I like to keep some cut-up words handy in an envelope…and I’ll talk a bit more about that in Thursday’s post.

I admit that sometimes I might make a quick pencil sketch before I pick-up my marker, so two final things I keep handy are a pencil and eraser.

For now I will leave you to muse over my story and where you want your musings adventure to take you. The only wrong way to do this is to not show up and play! And even if that happens you can begin again – believe me you won’t be alone. I often find myself beginning again:)

Thanks for listening to my story & going on this musings adventure with me. Let me know where you’re headed on your adventure (in the comments) for a chance to win a 2016 Daily Musings Journal.

And I’ll meet you back here tomorrow!

xox,

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