2015 was a rough year for me. Let’s face it. No matter what you do, or where you go, there’s a lot of sadness in the world. There’s a lot of stress in daily life. There is a lot to struggle over. It’s easy to start to feel overwhelmed, and lose our ability to see past those things.
And that’s fine.
I’m not here to tell you that if you change your focus, you’ll feel better, and all those things will go away. They won’t. You will still have bad days. You will still face loss. You will still be stressed out.
But the thing is this. When all those things become ALL that we see… on the news, in our news feeds, in conversations, in our faces… it becomes hard to see the good things. It becomes hard to find a happy place, and slowly, like that frog that has been slowly warmed up in the pot, we’re done. We’ve lost our focus, and we’re cooked.
A Year in the Life of an Art Journal is taking 2015, and we’re looking past. We’re reconnecting. Finding our focus. Joining me this year, will mean committing to personal connections with others who are taking part. It will mean making time for positive things. It will mean committing to finding the good in your world. Even if, in the moment, good sounds like Pollyanna and her glad game. We will look for it. We will embrace it, no matter how small a good thing it may seem. In fact, that’s really what we’re doing… we’re playing the glad game. We’re doing it out loud. We’re taking the time to spread some good cheer. Taking the time to share a positive focus. There will not be art journaling prompts in the way that you are used to here on the blog, but should any of you prefer to do this with me in an art journaling format, you are WELCOME to.
Are you ready to join me!?
HERE’S HOW IT WILL WORK:
- Use all or just part of the prompts.
- MAKE THEM YOURS. These prompts are IDEAS. They are not set in stone. I encourage you to stretch yourself. If you find a prompt doesn’t speak to you, think on it. Find a way to MAKE it speak to you, and go with that.
- There is NO right or wrong.
- Share your feedback with others here positively. ABSOLUTELY no judging.
- This is a place for you to explore! It doesn’t matter if you’ve just gotten here in the middle of the year, or if you’ve gotten “behind”. START!! (or pick it back up!)
PROMPTS: I will share prompts with you twice a month, on the 15th and 30th as you are used to for the past year’s creative prompts. I will also share posts weekly, on Monday Mugshots. (these posts will not be prompts, just myself, sharing good things I want to focus on) I use Instagram for this, but it is not necessary that you do also. It would be nice, though, for as many of us as possible to use the same platforms, so that we can help spread our new focus, and connect! I would like to encourage YOU to share your photos ANY DAY OF THE WEEK on Monday Mugshots and Instagram. (if you share on Monday Mugshots, please be sure there is a mug or drinking vessel in your photo. Share as many times as you’d like, bits of good you see/find in your life… don’t be limited by posting twice a month, or even weekly on Monday Mugshots!
FORMAT: The format for sharing will be that of the image above. A photo, with some positive thoughts on it. So how are you going to get those thoughts on a picture? I’m going to share some simple and most importantly: FREE ways to do it.
SMART PHONES: If you have a smart phone, you will want to have Instagram, and THIS COOL APP, Phonto. Phonto allows you to put ALL SORTS of fonts over your pics!! It’s free, or you can pay for an add free version for under $2. So you would take your picture, add the font/text over it in Phonto, and then upload the image to Instagram. Phonto has versions for both Droid and iPhones.
COMPUTERS: Don’t have a smart phone? Use your camera and computer! Load your pictures to your computer, and then go to iPiccy.com. Once there, click the START EDITING button,
Next, Upload your picture.
Crop your image if you haven’t already.
Then click the LAYERS tab. (it’s the blue paper tray icon) Select the T for TEXT option there.
Once you’ve chosen your font, put in your text, chosen your color, and whatever else you’d like to add, SAVE back to your computer, and share your photo on Facebook, your blog, here on this blog, etc!!
Lastly, use your HASHTAGS!! Hashtag your photos with #MondayMugshots where ever you are posting.