I AM Affirmations
A Guest Post By Artist Nichole Rae
I have been practicing my daily journaling for five months now. I am beginning to settle into this time allowing my spirit to unfold into the process of creating.
Next to me sits my journal, black pens, a cup of coffee and my daily planner. I have always loved using a planner though having a entire week in front of me can be overwhelming at times. I have been adding personal affirmations to my art journaling. Having a love for creating daily, I wanted to utilize my planner in a creative way and explore new journaling possibilities. I also wanted to find a way for me to connect with the weekly tasks in my planner, easing the anxious feelings that arise.
The beauty of this project is that it is small and does not take too much time, allowing you to be creative and still have time to accomplish your daily to-do list.
For this month’s project I chose to create daily affirmations using the “I Am” writing prompt in a small weekly planner.
Here is what you will need to begin:
- a weekly planner (You can choose the size and the layout that you like.)
- old books (to use to cut out words. I use inspirational/self-growth books for this project.)
- a set of small alphabet rubber stamps
- ink pad (black or colored)
- a black felt tip pen or colored
- oil pastels or (markers, colored pencils, crayons)
- masking tape or colored washi tape
- glue stick
First, start with the planner you have chosen to be your “journal” that you will use to create your I Am affirmations in. I chose to use a small planner that I would just have for my affirmations though you can use your daily planner that you keep your calendar in as well.
Once you have your planner you are ready to create your “Day Affirmation.”
Then take the old books you have set aside and begin to page through scanning over the pages. See what positive words call to you, catching your attention.
Once you have found a word to place after “I Am” you can then glue the word onto the page using a glue stick.
Then using your alphabet rubber stamps and ink pad stamp the words “I Am” in the space of today’s date. Explore layout of the letters – centering some, have them off to the right or left, stack the letters or keep them all on one line.
Now you can little bit to the space with your pen/s. Draw, doodle, outline the area. I choose to outline the boxes.
Last month we explored the “words we carry.” I choose to add a word to each day that I can carry with me throughout the day. I choose the word “gratitude” to pair with the words “I am thankful.” Any word that comes to your mind you can add somewhere on the day’s page.
After adding your text it is time to add some color to your page. Have fun here. You can use oil pastel, crayons, colored pencils or markers. Highlight, draw or create a pattern. I have a love oil pastels and adding a bit of highlight to the page.
After adding your color you can then add bits of masking tape or colored washi tape to the page. If you have a larger planner you can also add stickers or images that you may have cut from photos, a magazine, etc. The possibilities are endless and there is no right or wrong way to do this project. Have fun and allow your creative spirit to explore.
Here is a completed weeks DAY BY DAY AFFIRMATION PAGE
Embrace your creative spirit day by day. Honor your journey as you go. Unfolding all you are as you go. Remember you are enough and taking time each day to create a daily affirmation will strengthen your inner spirit.
“Create your life. Live your journey.”
Nichole Rae is a mixed-media artist who has a passion for documenting her life through books arts, photography, writing and typography design. She resides both in Minnesota and Nova Scotia and is the author of the book Art Journal Art Journey: Collage and Storytelling for Honoring Your Creative Process. Visit her website artistnicholerae.com.
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