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My goodness, these pages inspired by the Soul Journal Group have been a little adventure in their own right already.  I’m going to have to learn to go at my own pace here, as I can already feel a bit of tension building up when I see the new projects being posted, yet am being sent spiralling into deep thought by the formation of the first few pages. I need to take my time here…

I’ve worked on the first 3 prompts more or less at the same time, in a bit of a jumble.  First, I completed the ‘Permission Slip’ page…

I made my envelope the wrong way round (I liked this picture & wanted it to show), so had to improvise when it came to sticking it on the page! Inside the envelope is my actual permission slip.  I gave myself all sorts of permission and got quite carried away! 🙂 I also sprinkled a few stars that were left over from my boy’s 18th birthday celebrations earlier this year. I love them, they’re so tiny & shiny! 🙂

…then I began the Instant Gratification piece which I enjoyed focusing on & found it much easier to work on than the other two! (Which tells you something about me straight away! ;-))

I very much enjoyed colouring this page in with pencil crayons – a soothing process 🙂

The most challenging so far, for me, has been the ‘Lost & Found’ prompt. I’ve had this page going on in the background for about two weeks & had to leave it for a while as I got a bit overwhelmed. I came back to it last night & just started writing on it – I’d been forgetting it was a journal page & that I’m ‘allowed’ to do anything I want on it!  Getting uptight about following ‘the rules’ is something that creates unnecessary anxiety & holds me back in Life as well as Art, I realise…

I’m not sure that this is finished yet. I’ll more than likely come back to it again. The subject of Lost & Found really got me thinking, though.  No one gets through life without going through loss of some sort, and I’ve been relatively lucky compared to many, I’m sure.  The loss of an old friend a few weeks ago now had already set me off on a nostalgic, reminiscent train of thought. At the time of loss our senses become heightened, it seems. We are more aware of the fleeting & precious nature of our own lives….

Part of the prompt for Lost & Found was to pick up found objects throughout a day.  I took a walk to the local shop and found so many feathers, I was surprised.  Since then I have noticed feathers everywhere!  I even found the most beautiful drawings of feathers in an old magazine I was looking through and was able to use them to represent all the real feathers I have collected over the last week or so.  Something magical about them, and inspiration for a future project, I think..

This is the most productive I’ve been in a long time, and I love it! 🙂 I hope there’s something in these pages that inspires you in some way…

For now, have a great weekend all. I’ve run out of puff on this post! 😉

Love to All xXx Suze xXx

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Soul Journal 1, originally uploaded by SuzeArt.

Hello Lovelies 🙂

Huge thanks to all of you for your very kind & supportive messages after my last post. Things are settling down a little now, after an emotional rollercoaster of a week…

I took a brave step this week and committed myself to the Soul Journal Group. I’ve only just started following the prompts, but have thoroughly enjoyed myself so far.

This piece you see in the photo is the result (so far) of the ‘Instant Gratification’ prompt for week 1 (Links to the info are on the group’s home page). I’m a bit behind as yet, but it doesn’t matter… the journey is the important thing, and the fact that I have produced something every week for the last couple of months (thanks to Nance for that!) is such a huge bonus! 🙂

I’m rushing this post (again!) as I’ve had the morning off work waiting for a plumber & have to go & get some work done now! Back soon, I hope!

Love to All xXx Suze xXx

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