Hi there! My name is Eliza and let me invite you to Art Jar Summer 2017 Edition Revived.
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.
I'm sure you know the feeling when your mind suddenly goes empty and the scary blank page is staring at you saying absolutely nothing.
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.
This is a "revived" edition of Art Jar that has already been available on our old Community in the past. Once you sign up you are going to receive my “packets” of inspirations on a daily 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 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."
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.
What does "Revived" stand for?
"Revived" means that this Art Jar has already been on sale in Summer 2017. We brought it back to our website so if you missed it the first time, you can now fully enjoy it. The only difference between the Summer 2017 edition and the Revived one is that this time you will be getting your inspirations daily. Once you join the class you will get an instant access to the first set of inspirations and then every day, for 12 days there will be another set waiting for you.
What are Eliza's "packets" of inspirations?
Eliza's "packets" are built to get you inspired within the theme - Summer in this case. This can be a prompt + a quote + a 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 edition you will also be encouraged to add more and more inspirations and elements to your own Art Jar.
I've already done the original Summer 2017 edition. Will the Revived version offer anything more?
No, this is exactly same as was sold in Summer 2017, nothing added, nothing changed.
Hi there, my name is Eliza Trojanowska.
I can't imagine my life without art journals.
I never leave my house without at least one in my bag. (yes, usually there are more than one)
I always take at least two on my holidays. Travel journals are among my favourite ones in my collection.
I've counted them all – there are 94 art journals. This includes three that are round robin ones travelling the country, two that I felt I had to purposely throw away some years ago and one that I left behind in a hotel room – I'm still sad about this one.
I have been journaling ever since I can remember.
Being a little girl spending hours cutting, pasting & drawing;
a shy teenager copying poems about unrequited love and collaging around them;
an art history student furiously writing down facts and reflections during my museum visits and art lectures;
a mom-to-be and then a mom squeezing out every available second to write, collage and paint about my new reality;
a hospital patient pouring my experience onto paper to survive another day;
and lately – all the time doing what I have always done – using images, colours and words to redefine myself, to understand my „new normal” and the transformation that I'm going through and to connect with this new me.
As you can see, I can easily tell my life story with my journals.