Hello Artist Friends,
Today is my 27th post written for the artistcellar blog. I am about to go deep, so you may wish to take a centering breath before you read on.
The art I would like to share today, is a page in my journal, inspired by listening to the audio book Miracles Nowby Gabrielle Bernstein.
In the introduction of Miracles Now, Gabby says
Over the last several years, our collective negativity and fear have adversely affected the economy, the environment, and the health of all beings on this planet. Due to new technology, global warming, financial crises, violent crimes, political turmoil, and planetary shifts, we’ve become more sensitive to the energy around us and the pace of life. The world has sped up, and the changes we’re experiencing can be difficult to navigate. The intensity of this time can be very uncomfortable and, in many cases, paralyzing. (p. 1, Miracles Now, Gabrielle Bernstein, 2014)
First of all, I want to say that creative expression is so important, as we practice self-care in this tumultuous time. Keeping an art journal is salve for the soul. Of course, any form of creative expression is encouraged. For me, art journaling and writing are my go-to forms of self expression.
Second, I am a fairly happy, healthy human, but in no way is my life perfect. I don’t believe anyone’s life is “perfect”. We are all struggling; because working through life’s challenges is how we learn, grow, and transform.
I also want to say that creative expression does not need to take a lot of time to create a shift in how you are feeling. I did this journal page rather quickly, but felt very connected to something greater, full of light, hope, and inspiration.
That feeling of inspiration led me to look up the meaning of the number 27, after noting this is my 27th blog post for artistcellar. I had a sense there was something there for me to learn.
According to this numerology site here, 9 is quite a significant number.
“Number 9 is the number of Universal love, eternity, faith, Universal Spiritual Laws, the concept of karma, spiritual enlightenment, spiritual awakening, service to humanity, humanitarianism and the humanitarian, lightworking and lightworkers, leading by positive example, philanthropy and the philanthropist, charity, self-sacrifice, selflessness, destiny, life purpose and soul mission, generosity, a higher perspective, romance, inner-strength, public relations, responsibility, intuition, strength of character.”
And then I also noticed this:
Okay, let’s get grounded by taking a look at the art journal page.
Allow me to share the steps I took to create in my art journal. Again, this may quick and easy.
Step 1: Grab needed supplies
Step 2: Create some marks on deli paper with Distress Crayons. Spritz with water.
Step 3: Make a print in your art journal to get rid of the blank page. (Honestly, this didn’t turn out like I had hoped, but it didn’t really matter. I did get rid of the blank page.)
Step 4: Draw into the wet areas and other parts of the journal page, using Distress Crayons.
Step 5: Create a focal point that will be decorated using Inka-Gold.
Step 6: Open the Inka-Gold container and revel at its beauty. : )
Apply the gold paint with a brush to the focal point.
Step 7: Using a pencil, write “Miracles NOW” in the gold circle.
Step 8: Use a black paint pen to make the words stand out.
Step 9: Meditate on “Miracles NOW” in that shimmering gold circle.
In summary, I do recommend Miracles Now by Gabrielle Bernstein. Even if you only get one take away item to use and practice, that is enough.
Please take good care of yourself in these challenging times. There’s a lot happening globally and in each individual person’s life. Spread as much love as you can muster, starting with self-love.
If you feel inspired, keep a journal. Writing and art making are extremely beneficial.
Thank you for reading this post. May you be well in mind, body, and spirit.
May it be so.
Blessings and Peace to you,
Briana of OrangeSpiralArts.com