I’ve been in a rut. My dragons are flying without pilots, my rebels are probably running amok pillaging the countryside on Alykan, and, on this planet, my flash fiction is being rejected by publishers and I’m losing speech contests. I’ve been demoralized and down resulting in a catastrophic loss of mojo.
It’s been this way for a year now. It’s not really about the writing, but reality leaks, doesn’t it? Chaos at work always translates into chaos in my brain that leaves work and goes home with me. And wow, last year there was a record amount of chaos. Just when I thought I was adjusting, things would change, and then, without warning, change again. It’s hard to get your sea legs when the wind keeps changing direction.
That’s my story anyway. You can believe it or not. I don’t care. I am too busy climbing out of this rut. The way I’m doing it is with art. I love playing with paint. I mean “playing” quite literally. “The messier the better” should be stenciled over my work table.
Last year, I discovered the joy of gelatin, as in gelatin print making. I bought myself a Gelli plate. Have you seen these? O M G. These are so fun they should be illegal! Here’s a speech I gave about them.
The background for this quote is made from one of my Gelli prints:
I’m also art journaling, which is challenging for me since I don’t feel like an artist in comparison to the many wonderful folks I see on YouTube. I’m stretching myself here and posting one of my spreads. Please don’t laugh!
Not all my spreads are that pretty. I won’t torture you with the messier ones. You can look me up on Flickr if you have a brave soul.
Recently I discovered a gal on YouTube who talks about mistakes as “oops – outstanding opportunities presenting suddenly.” She encourages play, while being honest about her mistakes, her lack of patience, and her disdain for rulers. I absolutely fell in love with her videos and immediately followed her blog. You should, too. Her name is Carolyn Dube and her blog is “A Colorful Journey.” (And by the way, her last name is pronounced do-bee, which took me back to my childhood with memories of Romper Room. How could I resist a Do Bee?)
I love Carolyn Dube so much that I almost fainted when she announced she was coming to Mesa, AZ, to teach. I got some money together and the next thing I knew, we were madly stenciling and flinging paint around. Carolyn even let me use sharp instruments to bind my own journal. Check out her summary of the day – lots of pictures of the action, including a couple of yours truly.
Carolyn has caused a big uproar in my world. I am now officially addicted to stencils and binding my own journals. I joined the StencilGirl Club and already have my first shipment. Thank goodness I have tomorrow off work already so that I don’t have to fake a sick day to play with them! Here’s a stenciled page done on vintage ledger paper that I made in the workshop:
So… rut? What rut? I’m busy painting. And gelli printing. And stenciling. And look! I wrote an actual blog post! Watch out world, I think my mojo is coming back!