Inner Hero Creative Art Journal
The Inner Hero Creative Art Journal: Mixed Media Messages to Your Inner Critic helps tackle the noisy inner critic we all have. That loud, sharp voice that tells you can’t, aren’t enough, don’t have enough. You cannot outrun your inner critic; it is always there.
You know what you feel like while the inner critic is yelling at you—small, doubtful, unsure of the next step. Don’t let that be the end. Step outside your fear, and pretended to be a character from a novel—make up someone strong and feisty and no-nonsense. Have this inner hero sit down with the critic and have a conversation. Without attachment or fear, the conversation is quite different. The book has writing and art exercises to help you practice getting help from your inner hero.
What You Can Learn from Taking on The Inner Critic
1. The inner critic is not always wrong. In fact, he drags out the tiniest scrap of truth and sews it into a whole king-size bedspread of judgment to smother you. A weakness turns into a failure, a mistake into proof that you can never do anything right. Your inner critic may not be completely wrong, but he can sure make you feel that way.
2. Your inner hero can speak your truth, even when you cannot. You might not be able to stand up for yourself, but the inner hero, not connected to your anxieties, does a great job of looking at the duststorm the inner critic throws. Once the dust settles, the message is the only one the inner critic know—lack and attack. Your inner hero guides you to clarity.
3. Your inner hero and you have a lot in common. If you take the tiny scrap of truth and use it in a collage of your own design and process, it will grow into a pleasing and sturdy image of your own creative development.
Raw Art Journaling
Raw Art Journaling is about finding soul-deep satisfaction whether or not you are experienced in keeping a journal or know how to draw. Journaling is about exploring answers to the old questions, “Who am I?” “Why am I here?” “Where am I going?” I believe we discover those answers through writing and making art.
Raw art is art you love because it comes from your own life source, the place where you make meaning in life. When we draw, the image on paper might not look like it does in real life. If you draw what is in your heart, soul, or gut, you can’t go wrong.
That may not be what your second-grade teacher or high-school art instructor told you, but the book invites you to try through special exercises, both writing and drawing.
The book is packed with journal prompts and exercises. Unusual ones. Different ones. Ones that admit to anger and revenge, peace and satisfaction. And you don’t have to know how to draw. You already know everything you need for this book.
Two DVDs : Making Free-Page Journals and Monsoon Papers
Working on several art journal pages at once is a big plus. No waiting for one page to dry so you can turn the page. You can create a series, while viewing the others you are still working on.
Loose-leaf journal pages make it easier to create a new page and discard one that won’t stand for one more coat of gesso.
Create pages that you can use like a deck of cards. Carry your loose-leaf pages with you, unbound.
North Light, my publisher, invited me to create a DVD to help other people discover how to carry free-standing pages. I hope you’ll enjoy using unbound pages, too.
Monsoon Papers are named after the Sonoran Desert’s violent summer storms. They roll over the horizon quickly, the clouds saturated with deep, rich colors—purple, green, ochre, violet. I borrowed those colors to dye the papers.
The Monsoon Papers DVD shows techniques to surface decorate papers so they are color-rich and uniquely patterned.
The step-by-step technique appears in both of my books, but there is nothing like a video to help you see exactly how to use dyes, inks and pigments to help create these papers. There are also some tips and ideas how you can use the paper in artistic and decorative ways.