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Giving your Self permission to create is not as easy as it sounds, there are always other things that seem to get in the way, other priorities. If we recognize the benefits of a creative practice that focuses on gratitude for others sometimes it is a little easier to justify taking the time.

What if we were to focus on what we have rather than what we don’t have? What if we find joy in the small things in life, the day to day happenings that often go unnoticed during our busy days? What if we allowed ourselves the time and space to acknowledge what we are grateful for daily, no matter how small, in just a few minutes a day? What would happen?

All art arises out of gratitude, a deep pervasive feeling that you are glad something exists outside yourself, that something can complete you.  ~Dorothy Koppelman

With this in mind an idea formed while I was thinking about incorporating more gratitude practices into my own life.  I had rummaged through my supplies and found some cards left over from a random acts of kindness challenge I had participated in. What could I do with these? I’ve done gratitude written journals before and find I loose interest in just writing so I thought why not make an index card journal of gratitude art which can incorporate writing and art making.  It was with this in mind that I have decided to offer a free journey using gratitude art. You are all invited to join me for a Gratitude Art Journey (I don’t like calling it a challenge don’t we all deal with enough challenges already?) This is not an all or nothing thing. The invitation is to create gratitude art daily- but if it is less than that, it’s all good. We will begin Monday October 9 th 2017   for 7 days. My hope is that it will kick-start an arts based gratitude practice as well as motivate you to take some time for yourself to create more regularly.

 

 

This is my gift to you.

 

As time is an issue for me as well I will only be sending out notice during those 7 days, to those who subscribe to the Gratitude Art  Journey. Everyone will be invited to share their gratitude art in the Virtual Art Circle if they choose they can. If you are interested in participating and getting the prompts for those 7 days of the Gratitude Art Journey you can sign-up for the Gratitude Art e-mail list here: (you can unsubscribe at any time) Only those who subscribe to the separate list will get the prompts to get you started.  I will share some quotes and videos to help reinforce the importance of gratitude in general as a regular practice.

 

What is the Gratitude Art Journey?

It is an opportunity to reflect through art on the daily things and people you are grateful for.  It is an invitation to give focus to the simple things in life that give us pleasure through a mindfully focused art practice. You will be invited to practice daily at the time that best suites you, whether first thing in the morning or later in the day.  For each of the 7 days you will receive a separate prompt with a different way to focus on gratitude for that day using art-making.  I will share with you some research about the benefits of having a regular gratitude practice,  some inspiring quotes which may also serve as a prompt for your art making or you may even wish to incorporate these into your daily gratitude art.

 

 

 

 

FAQ

Do I need to create art daily?

That is up to you.  when establishing any routine, consistency is important – but that being said if you know ahead that certain days you will not be able to participate, you can always read and reflect mentally on the e-mail and respond through art on a different day.  Do what works for you.

Will this take a lot of time to do?

It can take as little or as much time as you wish.  You can always begin your art one part of your day, say a few minutes in the morning and if you feel the need for more time you can continue later in the day when time allows.

What if I do not know where or how to start.  

For each of the 7 days you will receive a prompt to help you get started with an idea of something to try.  If it doesn’t resonate with you, no problem, just read and respond in a way that makes sense to you.  Sometimes what I find helps when I do not know how to respond to a prompt is to read it, sit with it and then just make something and don’t worry about trying to connect in any particular way to the prompt.  In other words I let my subconscious do the work.  I like to think of the prompt as the seed and trust that I will respond in a way that is needed for me in that moment.

 

Join me for 7 days of inspiration to create a gratitude art practice.

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