Quote of the Day: If I had my life to live over again, I would have made a rule to read some poetry and listen to some music at least once a week; for perhaps the parts of my brain now atrophied would have thus been kept active through use. The loss of these tastes is a loss of happiness, and may possibly be injurious to the intellect, and more probably to the moral character, by enfeebling the emotional part of our nature. – Charles Darwin (the beginning quote in my favorite poetry book The Music Lover’s Petry Anthology)
(I would say do those things at least once a day. Creativity, art, music, nature, poetry, all the arts stimulate our minds.)
A few of you guessed it. We made journal books. The little one is an accordian fold book. The larger one is made with nicely textured Japanese paper and an accordian spine. We put three sections of paper in it. The purple one is a multi-sectioned French twist binding.
Georgia has also taught me a modified Japanese book binding which I’ve used when teaching journal making, and writing. I’d love to do more of this, both making the books and teaching.
I get all excited about the different kinds of paper you can find at art stores. I love the textures and the things that are embedded in the fibers. It stimulates my creativity.
My sister Joy and cousin Angie are visiting for a couple days. We’re off to the coffee shop where I do my writing for a cup of inspiration.
Journaling Prompt: What stimulates your creativity? Are you a teaching artist, or an artist who teaches, or would you rather not teach? I think my first calling is teacher.
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Those look nice! And I don’t think I have the patience to teach.
Very nice! I had no clue…
You are multi-talented!
I love the journals…and so wishing you lived closer so I could attend one of your classes!
I really enjoy teaching what I know, but I don’t like to gain knowledge in order to teach, if that makes sense. Those journals look spectacular. I miss a good arts and crafts shop. Not very prominent here in Athens, Greece. :o/
I used to teach, but now I choose not to. Something about getting frustrated that I couldn’t make my students learn. You must be patient.
Those journals are lovely!
I tried journal making once in the past, from a book called “Cover to Cover.” I wasn’t too great at it, although it was an interesting process. Maybe I would learn better from a live teacher.
I am usually a patient person to others (not so patient with myself), but too shy to teach.