The Effect of an Artist Date?

So I was inspired to do something crafty and creative again.

Monday Morning

This afternoon it’s our monthly special ladies gathering.  Thoughts trickling through my mind: I’m not going to go… Too much work to get through, a big workshop tomorrow… I’m too grumpy..


I have a stern talk with myself. I am cutting off my own nose to spite my face. By not going I am denying myself an afternoon of connection with special people, an afternoon of fun, support and laughter. Me time, self-care…

So I said f**k it and went. 

Later Monday Evening

Absolutely 100% pleased that I went. It was one of the best meetings we’ve had.

We are given a small piece of pine wood, the size of a bread board. Our creative activity is to decorate it as something we could use in our creative space, or when we were mediating.

We set about staining the wood in our favourite colours and let them dry in the sun. Time runs out and we decide we would finish them at home and post piccies on our WhatsApp group.

Tuesday Evening

My board lingers in the bag I took to the gathering. I take it out, feel uninspired and put it back.

Wednesday Evening

I take myself on an Artist Date this afternoon.

These are something that Julia Cameron, author of the Artist’s Way suggests we do once a week, on our own to fill our creative well. She believes that an Artist Date can trigger synchronicity and the flow of creativity in our lives. On her blog Julia describes these as:

a weekly expedition to explore something that enchants or interests them. It may be a trip to a bird store, to a children’s bookstore, to a flower shop, to a museum. It does not need to be “high art.” In fact, if we think of our creative self as being an inner youngster, we will be on the right track … think mischief more than mastery. Artist Dates fire up the imagination. They spark whimsy. They encourage play. Since art is about the play of ideas, they feed our creative work by replenishing our inner well of images and inspiration.
[Julia Cameron]

I admit openly that I find these hard to do. I have been happily doing morning pages (her other creative tool) since December and love them. But this, this is a different story. This is the first time I manage to do one of these, and I only do it because I committed to it by blocking off time in my diary.

It is not an exciting date. Just a trip to the Crazy Store to buy some cute stickers to reward myself for doing the dates. I also go to the book shop to buy The Subtle Art of Not Giving a Fu*k, a book recommended by someone at our gathering on Monday.  I think I might enjoy it since I said f**k it on Monday!!

After work I get home and look at the tip in my bedroom and decide to tidy up a bit. As I do, I discover my board in the bag and immediately I’m galvanised into action. The tidying up is abandoned for later.

I dash about the house finding things to add to the board and pile them on the table. I grab my glue and scissors. I locate my favourite silver pen. I dig out numerous rolls of Washi Tape.

I’m ready.

Alter board Aug 2018

I wrap purple Washi tape around the edges of the board. At the bottom of my ribbon stash, I find some long-lost fabric tape that makes a perfect border.

I colour some wooden pegs green. Fiddle for what seems like ages (because I don’t have the right tools with me) to get some brads into the wood. I hang green cord between the brads and pop the pegs on the cord. Attach a small card to the pegs.

I add words harvested from magazines… The words “what life can deliver, in quiet, conscious moments, is an abundance of joy” are a quote from an interview with Nigella Lawson, someone I truly admire.

I make 3D hearts and use a wooden button as a base for a butterfly. I mark silver crosses onto small purple glass tiles. My silver pen comes in handy for this. A few buttons, a blue and purple pin, a guineafowl feather.

The final touches – a stick of lavender incense (it has to be purple, of course) and a rock with a saying about courage. which I think originates from Matthew Kelly:

Courage is not the absence of fear, but the acquired ability to move beyond fear

E voila! A happy hour later, it is done!

Altar board Aug 2018-5Altar board Aug 2018-6

What do you think?

Was the need to be creative a result of my first Artist Date, the gathering on Monday or a combination of both? I don’t really mind – I’m happy I was inspired to do something, especially after a long day at work, mid-week.

What was the last thing you did that you felt was really creative and out of the ordinary? Leave me a comment, I’d love to know!

Debbie blog sign off 2018


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