From Eliza Trojanowska, your host for Art Jar:
Art Jar is a very special corner, a space on the Internet where I'd like us to meet, and create in our art journals – simple as that!
Art Jar is not a course or a class. It's not a challenge either.
Art Jar is a special place destined for everyone hungry for inspiration.
Or days and weeks when you feel burnt out, discouraged and simply blocked.
This is the perfect moment to reach for the Art Jar.
It will be packed with all kinds of inspirations to wake up your creativity, to tickle your imagination, to show you that you too – despite different circumstances, lack of time or your cruel inner critic – you too can express yourself in your art journal.
I am going to share “packets” of inspirations on a weekly basis but it doesn't mean you have to show up regularly and every single time produce a masterpiece.
Quite the contrary in fact...
You may follow the calendar and schedule if you wish or you can choose your prompts at random, its all up to you.
You may turn Art Jar inspirations into a kind of creative ritual, a special “artist date”, me-time once a week or you can visit only when you feel like you need a creative lift.
Whatever you choose, I will be waiting here with my special Art Jar within arm's reach.
Art Jar is also a safe space for making mistakes (if such at all exist) and most of all to keep creating, keep moving, not giving up just because you might lack ideas or feel discouraged.
Your art journals can be meaningful and revealing but also simple fun mark making, cutting and pasting, a beautiful mess.
You decide where my inspirations take you.
There are no rights or wrongs. You may use all of the weekly prompts on one page or just one or... even none... You may collage, draw, paint, photograph or write, but I will also encourage you to... dance, walk outdoors, smell, taste, sing and explore.
Whatever your creative outlet is (you might discover a new one, who knows!), make sure you remember one crucial thing once said by Gerald Brommer:
"In the math classroom each problem has one right answer and an infinite number of wrong ones, but in the art classroom each problem has an infinite number of right answers and no wrong ones."
This year / This spring we will start with celebrating the seasons of the year and all those special fleeting little moments of our everyday lives.
My prompts and inspirations may take you all sorts of places but the most important thing for you to remember is that you may interpret them anyway you feel - remember it's your art journal, your feelings and reflections, your thoughts and your beautiful little worlds.
This is what makes art journals so special – there are no rules or regulations, it's all about You!
There will be no judging here, but friendly meeting and sharing.
If you are a private person, feel free to keep your journal to yourself but at the same time feel most welcome to share your art with us – creative communities have this special power that fuels people's creativity and helps to spread your wings like you couldn't even imagine.
I'm certainly here to help you do that.
Apart from sharing inspirations, I'd love to meet you and see your art and also keep on cheerleading you in your art journal adventures and uplifting spirits when you need it – that's what I do best and what makes my days richer.
I'm really excited to have this opportunity to meet and create with you all – and believe me it's not just a polite thing I feel I need to say.
I truly can't wait to see how enriching and creative this art journal season will be for us all.
- - Eliza <3
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The Spring edition is available to purchase until the 2nd April 2017.
Summer edition goes on sale Mid May 2017
All the “activities” lead by our host Eliza, every Monday for 13 weeks Eliza will be sharing her little “packets” of inspirations. This can be a prompt + quote + creative exercise + something else. Eliza’s ideas are endless and your creativity will surely be ignited. These activities can be interpreted in any way you like. If you do art journaling, you can make an art journal page based around them, if you paint or collage maybe this will inspire you to start a new piece of art, if you like writing, feel free to use it to express yourself, use any form that speaks to you.
Some of the inspirations will be prepared in a printable form so you can cut them out and put into your own real Art Jar - your little source of inspiration that you can actually keep on your desk and reach for whenever you need it. Throughout the whole season you will also be encouraged to add more and more inspirations and elements to your own Art Jar.
Every week on Monday you will be sent an email by Eliza, a short reminder that there is a new “packet” waiting for you on the Community.
Art Jar Summer edition will be available in Mid May 2017.
Still got questions? Please read our F.A.Q. here.