Art,  Life,  Poetry,  Process,  Writing

Finding the Words….

It’s funny what we can learn from seemingly difficult situations if we just take the time and trust the process, isn’t it?

Lately, I’ve struggled with what to do when those voices inside our head take a break.

Find the words and nurture the voices, of course!

For as long as I can remember, words have been an important part of who I am. I’ve loved to write.  Lately though, the quietude has perplexed me.

What can I do to find the words and nurture the voices? I wondered.

After struggling with the quiet for while, I began exploring other creative outlets, each a bit different from the other, each igniting my sense of wonder and curiosity at what I could create, what I’m capable of….

I’m generally a glass half-full sorta’ gal.  😉

1.  Card Design – something I’ve wanted to do for a long time, but never took the time to actually create…. ’til now.  I revamped my writing space to make it part writing retreat/part art studio. Now, my long-lost art supplies are front-and-center next to my new supplies. LOVE it!! The colors, textures, and materials constantly call out to me, making me incredibly happy… and content.  Valentine’s Day was my first attempt, with Easter, babies, ‘Just Because,’ and Mother’s Day in the works now.  Fortunately, we live in an area where local shops feature local artists. Between our local merchants and Etsy, I’m super-excited to develop this creative side of myself.  Best part is, my husband is my biggest cheerleader. Love that man!

The wonderful messiness of creativity....
The wonderful messiness of creativity….


2.  Mixed Media Art – a fascinating (and improvisational) way to use found objects, words, textures, text, typography, stamps, ink, and stitching to share a story.  The possibilities are limited only by one’s imagination….  (which leaves me wide open for ideas!) While I’m not ready to share my own work (several pieces in progress), I’d be remiss if I didn’t show you others’ eye candy….

Mixed Media
Source: Such a Wonderful Mess


Source: Pinterest
Source: Pinterest


Source: Donna Downey


3.  Blackout Poetry – a lovely form of words that I discovered last year, thanks to one of my favorite artists/authors, Austin Kleon.  In his book Newspaper Blackout, we learn how to find poetry in others’ words. I introduced it to my high school students last school year and we had a blast creating our own works.  Now that I’m struggling to produce my own words, I’ve rediscovered this useful writing style… finding stories inside other’s words.  In recent weeks, I’ve created 100+ poems, some to stand alone, many to become a piece in larger, mixed-media art projects.

Here’s a peek at some recent thoughts ~


It’s weird how fast poems, ideas, stories create themselves in my head as I scan random pieces of text. Removing words to create stories is incredibly cathartic for me, with as many as 5 – 10 poems in an evening.  Hubs watches TV; I sit beside him, my pen scratching across the surface, stories unfolding…..


Now if you’ll excuse me, there’s a whole lot of happy calling my name….

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