The Waves- Matt Roy’s addition to our COMMUNITY JOURNAL PROJECT! #drawntogether #recycledart

My father and I kept mutual journals and one of our original journals was pulled apart and offered to the community.
My father pointing at a favorite journal page.
My father pointing to a favorite journal page.
I am so excited to be witnessing my Father’s dream project of community journals unfolding. 
The latest addition is by Matt Roy:
He added a page from Virginia Woolf’s The Waves to create a 3-D visual on top of our journal page.  Very gentle, beautiful, healing…
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Now begins to rise in me the familiar rhythm; words that have lain dormant now lift, now toss their crests, and fall and rise, and falls again. I am a poet, yes. Surely I am a great poet.
― Virginia Woolf, The Waves
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Recall: 

ADD TO THE JOURNAL PAGES AND BE PART OF OUR COMMUNITY JOURNAL PROJECT! 

Join now on ETSY:

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Sign up for $30!

YOUR PURCHASE INCLUDES TWO ORIGINAL HAND-MADE DOUBLE-SIDED THERAPEUTIC JOURNAL PAGES CREATED BY MY FATHER AND I FOR YOU TO ALTER AND ADD TO.

YOU ALSO RECEIVE OUR BOOK, “DRAWN TOGETHER: MAINTAINING CONNECTIONS AND NAVIGATING LIFE’S CHALLENGES WITH ART.”

Click on image to sign up:

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My father suffered a massive stroke in 2005 that left him paralyzed on one side at the age of 75. Then on November 8, 2008, Roar’s beloved wife (my mother Karin) lost her battle to pancreatic cancer. Despite all these major life changes, my father’s tenacity, stubbornness, strength, creativity and most importantly his humor- allowed him to forge a life that was both fulfilling and rewarding.

Though he resided in a long term care facility and required assistance in the most basic life necessities like toiletry and dressing, Dad always said, “I love my life.” He would wake each day excited about his next drawing. Creativity has truly saved his mental health and gave him sense of purpose and empowerment.

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My father passed away October 25, 2012. I am blessed because he died knowing we realized our dream of creating a book about his post-stroke art; we pressed send to the publisher on October 15, 2012.

The book, DRAWN TOGETHER: MAINTAINING CONNECTIONS AND NAVIGATING LIFE’S CHALLENGES WITH ART, is now in my hands and ready to be shared with the world!

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READ MORE AT: DRAWN TOGETHER

But I want to share it with you in a unique way by adding YOU to the journey.

Dad’s art provided him with a much needed connection to the world. We made journals together for many years as we processed life’s challenges.

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Dad’s dream was to include the community in these journals. So I am making available pages from our special journals we created around 2002-2005. They are your journal pages to keep, but my hope is that you add to these pages- IN ANY WAY YOU LIKE- and send them back to me to create a COMMUNITY JOURNAL PROJECT that will be exhibited at a DRAWN TOGETHER art event.

BE PART OF OUR COMMUNITY JOURNAL PROJECT!

CHECK OUT GRETCHEN MILLER‘s GLORIOUS PAGES:

"[Added to] December 2002 Page from Kat & Roar’s Journal"
“[Added to] December 2002 Page from Kat & Roar’s Journal”
"[Added to detail] Another December 2002 Journal Page"
“[Added to detail] Another December 2002 Journal Page”

And Jennifer Lyons‘ addition.  She transformed the binding of the journal into a glorious caterpillar:

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“Taming the inner critic” journal exercise revisited.

PART 1:

With your dominant hand write all those nasty things your inner critic hacks away at you.

With your non-dominant hand, tell the inner critic off, tame it, write positive things about yourself.

This exercise allows those racing thoughts to purge out on paper with the hand you usually write with. Forcing yourself to write positive with your other hand, brings out the inner child who does not judge, allows you the time to slow down and concentrate. IT’S BRAIN GYM!

All you really need is the courage to be yourself. Your real value is rooted in who you are, not what you do. The only thing you need actually do is express your real self to the world.

~ Steve Pavlina, Personal Development for Smart People

PART 2:

Dance between taming the inner critic and it taming you. Allow it to guide you and also shut it up. Control it and let go. Be a bitch with it and befriend it. The critic has a life of its own, and needs its voice, but do not allow absolute power.

… Alas! though bards make verse sublime,
And lines to quote,
It takes a fool like me to rhyme
About a goat.

Robert William Service

PART 3:

Just sit in front of your journal and breathe. Now start drawing (or writing) without thought. Where does the journey take you if you release the obstacles the inner critic tries to place in your way?

PART 4:

Self-harm and inner critic exercise (with Jennifer Lyons).

Reflect on the reason we inflict pain on ourselves. Find a partner and sit and chat about your own versions of the inner critic. Chat about self-harm and what it means to you and hear and make note of how your partner expresses him or herself.

Numbing self… Am I alive? Am I real? Do I exist? Eliminate the pain by numbing self… The numbness becomes intolerable… Regain control by inflicting pain… Escapism… No one can see the pain on the inside, so make a physical manifestation… Invincibility… Regret… Shame. Guilt. Anger… Push those that care away as they don’t deserve to see your shame… The blame, shame game… Triggers and coping skills… The feelings are real…

Draw the human figure.

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Play with the image, cut it out. Glue it in your journal or on a board and process the inner critic around it.

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Jennifer processed with her usual full-on creative self. Always such a joy to watch.

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By Jennifer Lyons

It felt like I had to write for this process yet I also wanted to draw. This frustrated me initially. My writing within the piece reflects how I interpret how people see me. How I see my insides. I envision it uglier than what actually comes out. My perception is harsher.

– Jennifer Lyons

Jennifer of @SketchChange’s genius addition to our COMMUNITY JOURNAL PROJECT! #drawntogether #recycledart

Our original journal was pulled apart to offer to the community.
My father pointing at a favorite journal page.
My father pointing at a favorite journal page.
I am so excited to be witnessing my Father’s dream project of community journals unfolding.  Take a look at what my dear friend Jennifer did!!!
Jennifer Lyons pulling apart the journal
Jennifer Lyons pulling apart the journal and choosing her pages!

Take note of the spiral binding from the journal.

She transformed the spiral binding into a magical caterpillar filled using recycled materials.  It’s GENIUS.  Filled with empowering sayings, endless visual candy.

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He even has a pair of glasses and his own little copy of Drawn Together!

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She created beautiful cards out of the pages.

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Kat Thorsen always brings tears to my eyes and a smile to my heart. I love her raw enthusiasm and character. I jumped with excitement when I found out that the journal pages that inspired drawn together were being shared to re-make. As an avid recycler and re-purposer I thought it was brilliant and courageous to let the pages that held her and her father go to be re-born through others creativity. Thank you for sharing Kat and ecstatic to keep re-making with the pages! For me the process of creating art from recycled materials is like a metaphor for my life. what was once old can now be new through the process of transformation, much like the caterpillar. – Jennifer

THANK YOU JENNIFER!  Check her out:

CREATIVE LIFE EXPRESSION ON FACEBOOK

JENNIFER ON TWITTER@sketchchange

JENNIFER is an INSPIRED AUTHOR at INFLUENCE PUBLISHING:

The Sketchpad that Changed the World
Making world peace your personal mission through the use of imagination in the change process.

If you have ever wanted to change the world be inspired to make your own difference. This story presents how a sketchpad changed the life of a people pleaser trapped in a box. It is an inspirational message that shares the tools Jennifer used to release her past and embrace her gifts while following the joy of her hearts desires.

Biography

Author Photo: Bopomo Pictures

Author Photo: Bopomo Pictures

ADD TO THE JOURNAL PAGES AND BE PART OF OUR COMMUNITY JOURNAL PROJECT! 

Join now on ETSY:

Screen shot 2013-02-19 at 8.39.02 AM

Sign up for $30!

YOUR PURCHASE INCLUDES TWO ORIGINAL HAND-MADE DOUBLE-SIDED THERAPEUTIC JOURNAL PAGES CREATED BY MY FATHER AND I FOR YOU TO ALTER AND ADD TO.

YOU ALSO RECEIVE OUR BOOK, “DRAWN TOGETHER: MAINTAINING CONNECTIONS AND NAVIGATING LIFE’S CHALLENGES WITH ART.”

Click on image to sign up:

Screen shot 2013-02-19 at 8.38.00 AM

My father suffered a massive stroke in 2005 that left him paralyzed on one side at the age of 75. Then on November 8, 2008, Roar’s beloved wife (my mother Karin) lost her battle to pancreatic cancer. Despite all these major life changes, my father’s tenacity, stubbornness, strength, creativity and most importantly his humor- allowed him to forge a life that was both fulfilling and rewarding.

Though he resided in a long term care facility and required assistance in the most basic life necessities like toiletry and dressing, Dad always said, “I love my life.” He would wake each day excited about his next drawing. Creativity has truly saved his mental health and gave him sense of purpose and empowerment.

2-back-cover-photo-of-roar-and-katarina

My father passed away October 25, 2012. I am blessed because he died knowing we realized our dream of creating a book about his post-stroke art; we pressed send to the publisher on October 15, 2012.

The book, DRAWN TOGETHER: MAINTAINING CONNECTIONS AND NAVIGATING LIFE’S CHALLENGES WITH ART, is now in my hands and ready to be shared with the world!

IMG_9644

READ MORE AT: DRAWN TOGETHER

But I want to share it with you in a unique way by adding YOU to the journey.

Dad’s art provided him with a much needed connection to the world. We made journals together for many years as we processed life’s challenges.

Screen shot 2013-02-18 at 12.18.04 PM

Screen shot 2013-02-18 at 12.17.53 PM

Screen shot 2013-02-17 at 9.48.05 AM

Dad’s dream was to include the community in these journals. So I am making available pages from our special journals we created around 2002-2005. They are your journal pages to keep, but my hope is that you add to these pages- IN ANY WAY YOU LIKE- and send them back to me to create a COMMUNITY JOURNAL PROJECT that will be exhibited at a DRAWN TOGETHER art event.

BE PART OF OUR COMMUNITY JOURNAL PROJECT!

AND CHECK OUT GRETCHEN MILLER‘s GLORIOUS PAGES:

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"[Added to] December 2002 Page from Kat & Roar’s Journal"
“[Added to] December 2002 Page from Kat & Roar’s Journal”
"[Added to detail] Another December 2002 Journal Page"
“[Added to detail] Another December 2002 Journal Page”

GORGEOUS!!!

The Creative Life Expression of Jennifer Elisha, @SketchChange

I am delighted to be working with Jennifer Elisha, aka Jennifer Lyons, Playshop Facilitator, Artist, Author, Speaker and Creative Goddess!

China marker, acrylic on newsprint
China marker, acrylic on newsprint

My passion is guiding entrepreneurs who are today’s change makers- facilitating innovative personal and professional development playshops using imaginative tools and practical action plans to achieve well being and balance.  I am also passionate about empowering individuals to use imaginative solutions to flow with life challenges.

– Jennifer

Busy Bee by Jennifer Elisha. Old plastic containers, bead and string odds and ends, ect.
Busy Bee by Jennifer Elisha. Old plastic containers, bead and string odds and ends, etc.
I love watching the way Jennifer observes the world.  Fully.  With heart.
I love watching the way Jennifer observes the world. Fully. With heart.

CREATIVE LIFE EXPRESSION ON FACEBOOK

JENNIFER ON TWITTER@sketchchange

JENNIFER is an INSPIRED AUTHOR at INFLUENCE PUBLISHING:

The Sketchpad that Changed the World
Making world peace your personal mission through the use of imagination in the change process.

If you have ever wanted to change the world be inspired to make your own difference. This story presents how a sketchpad changed the life of a people pleaser trapped in a box. It is an inspirational message that shares the tools Jennifer used to release her past and embrace her gifts while following the joy of her hearts desires.

Biography

Author Photo: Bopomo Pictures
Author Photo: Bopomo Pictures

Jennifer has extensive experience and education in wellness, coaching, counselling, group facilitation and leadership. Her passion is inspiring change on the planet through earth based living, and imagination. She guides people to live their purpose outside the box. She enjoys the power of group work and gathering .

Jennifer has a community of professionals she connects with to build whole and heart centered programs to suit your needs. She believes that together we can make a difference and leads her own life by being the change she desires for humanity.

Jennifer is an entrepreneur with a heart. She is an active member of groups and has been involved in various community projects since the age of five. Recently Jennifer traveled with Canadian Humanitarian to Ethiopia to work with the medical team and lead Youth Projects.
In Jennifer’s spare time you will find her creating a masterpiece of recycled art, on an outdoor adventure, or getting in touch with her inner nerd through a book or research.

Jennifer in Ethiopia.  Photo by Leslie Taylor White
Jennifer in Ethiopia. Photo by Leslie Taylor White
Revision- the art of recycling. By Jennifer Elisha
Revision- the art of recycling. By Jennifer Elisha