Mixed Media Art Journaling

Try as I might, I won’t be making bags and hats for a time, a couple more months anyhow. The ‘rest’ is to heal a herniated disk in my neck due to repetitive strain injury. Yes, I am officially on hiatus from Josephine and Big Greta, from the cutting table and the steam press. But not from creativity!

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I’ve set up a side-studio for playing with varied art materials… watercolour, craft and acrylic paints, inks, texture paste, glue and découpage finish, stencils, brushes, sponges, markers… Most important for my situation, I am learning to use a stand-up easel to keep my neck facing straight ahead. That, plus chiropractic and daily exercises – and sunshine, audio-books, King Cole tea, and my sister’s leftover popcicles.

I am treating this down-time as a wonderful opportunity to explore my creativity in new ways.

But did you know that I still should not paint for 8 hours straight if I do not wish to feel the overwork effects the next day? And likely further delay my healing? Me neither!

Oh, right! It’s about B – A – L – A – N – C – E . . . How easily this girl forgets!

I am slowly remembering now, how central that notion of balance has been in my life, especially for healing big bo-bo’s. I guess this down-time is also serving to re-centre myself on the core needs of which creativity is one, albeit a hugely important one. But, so is keeping the human machine functioning and healthy. Right.

Love,

Michèle

2 thoughts on “Mixed Media Art Journaling

  1. Sylvia Swiderski says:

    Michèle, J’adore tes (…?…) ne sais pas trop comment les appeler, haha. (peintures, aventures, recherches créatives), surtout le premier des petites bonnes femmes! You never cease to amaze me!
    Your sis,
    Sylvia

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