creative process

How I Got Into Art Journaling

People ask me all the time how I got started with Art Journaling. I’ve touched on it some in my blog, but not what led up to it.

I wish I had a rosy story to tell, how the heavens parted and I was given sunshine and rainbows and inspiration galore. But it didn’t quite happen that way.

Back around 2016 I was depressed. Not, “I’m sad” depressed but, “I didn’t want to get out of bed, and why isn’t my brain working like it should?” kind of depressed. 

My creative spark had been GONE for a good three years. 😱

Lori Greenberg making glass beads at torch 2016
Working at my Torch in 2015

At the time I was a glass bead maker and my love for the medium just wasn’t there anymore. I was lost, and knew that something had to change.

During that three years I tried so many things to try to break the cycle. I tried different kinds of glass work. I tried writing a novel, twice. I tried digital art. I created coloring books for adults. That all kept me afloat, but my creative joy did not return. 

Out of boredom I signed up for a three-day out-of-state workshop, totally unrelated to glass and jewelry, just to get away. It was paper arts, collage, painting, and all the things that could be used in art journals. All things I’d always been afraid of because I believed I wasn’t any good.

art journal pages with octopus and astronaut
Early Art Journal Pages

The Art Journal Workshop Effect...

At the beginning of the weekend we made and bound a big blank journal, and each day we filled a different two-page spread with each workshop’s project and techniques.
I didn’t realize it at the time, but that weekend my funk started to lift, and my creativity started to return.
Lately I’ve been getting messages from people asking how they can get started art journaling, too. I get it.

Creating is such a life-changing activity with so many benefits:

  • It boosts your mood.
  • It makes you forget about things for a while.
  • You can express yourself in a safe place and way.
  • And you get pretty stuff at the end, just to name a few. 

I created a free resource so you can experience those things, too, and help you avoid the pitfalls that I spent so much time in.  It’s a  six-step process for getting started with art journaling.

This roadmap literally shows the exact steps you should take (and in what order!) plus common mistakes to avoid to go from stuck and overwhelmed to living in a state of inspired creative flow.

image of art journaling roadmap

Need Help Getting Started?

Jumble Journal Roadmap
will show you how!

It’s a pretty awesome feeling, and I want you to be able to experience it, too.

Mirror Mirror on the Wall

How Inspiration Strikes

To be honest, the inspiration for this upcoming collection came from the stones themselves.

I’ve mentioned before that my rocks talk to me. So, that’s where I usually go first. I had purchased some moonstones a while back and was enthralled with their sparkle and depth.

I loved them so much that I hung them on my desk light above my work bench so we could hang out. As I sat with them I got the distinct feeling that they wanted to be included in a collection that had something to do with the divine feminine. They’re very on trend, these mighty little stones.

You can see where we started. Neither of us were feeling it until about the 8th sketch. Then, bam! There it was.

Mirror Mirror.

As I continue to work on the collection it has me thinking about women’s issues. How we give so much power to what we see in the mirror because of what we’ve lived our entires lives hearing about our appearance.

I started to feel sad and disappointed because I knew that these gems wanted to be uplifting, and I felt that I was failing them with my thoughts

Disney Villains are More Interesting

Then I remembered, part of the problem that we, as women, have taken on is exactly what I was doing. Trying to ignore that there ARE issues, and putting on that smile that is expected of us.

Oh, no, no, no. I couldn’t have that. That’s when I heard the evil queen chime with a “Mwuahahahaha. I have just what you need.”

I decided to dive into the duality that we all have inside us, and harness the power of the evil queen with some poisoned apples and berries.

I know. Taking a little darker turn, yes? But if you think about it, the villains are usually more interesting, aren’t they?

As I worked I wondered why that was. The only thing I could come up with was that I think we secretly long to be able to do some of the shit that they do. I mean, set our sights on something and go for it without having to hold back. Show the world the power that we have inside us because whether good, or bad, we’re pretty damn powerful.

I can’t wait to show you how the next phase is shaping up!

Evil Eye Divider

Standing in my Truth

The process of art-making continues to teach me, every single day. I don’t know why that still surprises me. I could be tooling around, doing the same thing I’ve always done and BAM! something hits me.

Glass chunks. Experimenting for upcoming jewelry collection.

As you know, I’ve gone through a business rebranding this year. Along with that I’ve tried to really hone in on what it is that I’m trying to accomplish. I came up with the name Quirky&Odd because I’ve always been a little quirky, my work has never really been mainstream, and I wanted to stand more in my truth.

Laying out glass pieces in preparation for forming in the kiln.

What I’d realized this week was that I hadn’t been standing in my truth. I was still designing based on a model that doesn’t fit me; one where I consider the market in a way that doesn’t ring clear with me. Don’t get me wrong…I want to make some amazing stuff that y’all will love, that’s for sure!

I think this “issue” is one that separates one type of artist from another. I’m realizing that I’m in the camp of artists that need to create based on what is in them, as opposed to designing with what customers will buy, in mind.

It’s a conundrum. Of course you want to sell your work, and of course you want to make what people love. On the other hand, trying to figure out what people like is not an easy task–at least not for me. I find that people love my work more when I’m creating what I want to create. That’s the quirky stuff. The one-of-a-kind stuff. The “Wow, this is different, I haven’t seen anything like this before” stuff. It’s also what feeds my soul.

Ready to be put though a 5 hour melting, annealing, and cooling process in my Paragon SC3 kiln. Do me proud, babies.

So, that’s where I am right now, and that’s where I’m heading. I’m getting back to listening to my materials and environment for where to proceed next. What to make next. What to explore further. Sometimes it takes me on a wild good chase that comes up empty, but I always learn something in the process. Sometimes it ends up being pure magic.

I’ve decided that it doesn’t have to be all or nothing. I’ll be counting on my Inner Sanctum VIP-ers for their valued input!

NOTE: The pictures in this post are the start of me getting back to following what comes to me. This week, in a meditation I got an idea for a collection. I’ll reveal more as the experiments proceed and it starts to come together physically. I’m really excited about it, and I hope you will be, too.

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