It seems like an unlikely conundrum for a lover of words. When I am working for a long time with language on a specific problem, I find myself most able to gain insights when I step away from language and work from a non-language approach. I have been working on re-branding my creative life coach and soul growth business and I bumped into a language barrier. I moved to mixed media and the layers - and images - and vintage book pages - and layers - and images - and colors - started to do their magic and speak to me differently than if I had just sat at my desk and attempted to “figure it all out”.
Mixed media works differently.
Mistakes lead to the choice to add more colors or layers of paint or
paper or ink.
Found language lifts words which speak to the language blocks differently. It isn’t a collision of words or ideas, it is a periscope or a tunnel into a breakthrough that wasn’t previously there.
This helped me immeasurably. I have moved forward in ways I never could have without taking the time away from the written word and language and into the beyond language space. Have you tried mixed media? If you haven't, why not try something new? This June and July I will be participating in the Daisy Yellow Index Card a day art challenge. I encourage you to consider it.
This post is being linked to Creative Every Day, the website and inspiring space for artists to share their creative work. I am grateful for the years of focus Leah Piken Kolidas generously offers to all of us.
Julie Jordan Scott inspires people to experience artistic rebirth via her programs, playshops, books, performances and simply being herself out in the world. She is a writer, creative life coach, speaker, performance poet, Mommy-extraordinaire and mixed-media artist whose Writing Camps and Writing Playgrounds permanently transform people's creative lives. Watch for the announcement of new programs coming in Spring, 2015 and beyond. To contact Julie to schedule a Writing or Creative Life Coaching Session, call or text her at 661.444.2735.
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