Artist’s Date / Recovering from My Long Weekend Away

by Valerie on August 28, 2009 · 9 comments

More Pink Backgrounds

As Globetrotting Cacti pointed out in her comment here, my trip this past weekend involved a lot of driving and activity. Therefore, I was very grateful to return on Tuesday night but still have Wednesday off to recover from the trip. And what better approach than to play with my purchases from Michaels and have an indulgent Artist’s Date {a concept from Julia Cameron’s The Artist’s Way where you take time to nourish your soul}.

Michaels Shopping Trip

But first, some background. Starting a couple of years after college, I always tried to have some down time between returning from a trip and going back to the office. That habit fell by the wayside when husband and and I were living in separate cities and traveling weekly, but now that we are finally in one city, I am reconnecting with this buffer approach between travel and the office. This time, though, I decided to really take the day off, instead of my erstwhile approach of using the buffer to catch up on errands.

That last part was key to making my day successful and artist date like. I also went with a little less structure than I generally do when I take a creativity day just for me {which is usually on a weekend, involves a yoga class or workshop, absolutely no TV, multiple activities, pre-designated time at a coffeeshop}. I purposefully broke all those rules. I did not plan what workout or yoga class I would do until the morning of, I ate lunch while watching the Food Network and I did not strive to maximize every last minute the way I usually do.

In some ways it was like any other moi days I have taken. But in other, more subtle ways, it was different in that I was breaking my patterns even for my usual moi days.

So what did I do?

* I went to the gym and had a longer, slightly less intense workout that I would on a regular day

*I ate lunch while watching Chefs vs. City, DVR-ed from the Food Network

* I took a spa shower

* I put on the world’s comfiest pants ever, a.k.a. the TranquiliT palazzo pants,with a TranquiliT 2 in 1 long-sleeved top

* I finally finished organizing my vanity/creativity area

* I played with Modge Podge, foam brushes and acrylic paints. I decided to make backgrounds that I would then use later for either collages and/or journaling. I would have liked to collage but realized that my habit to give away magazines caught up with me – I had very few I wanted to cut up. And the layers and layers of paint plus Modge Podge really absorbed me. The idea of making backgrounds for later journaling was from Revisionista’s post on her all day artist’s retreat. I now have 2 double pages of backgrounds to work with:

Pink backgrounds

Blue backgrounds

Pictures by moi.

Disclosure: while I purchase all my TranquiliT items and have done so for a long time, as of last month, I am both a member of the TranquiliT Tribe and an Affiliate.

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1 driftwood August 28, 2009 at 4:39 am

What fun!!
I love buying and playing with stationery, especially hand made paper and journals (I have way too many unused journals of all last time I had a craving to buy a journal, I decided to take a little 'me' time and make one with random cuts of handmade paper. It felt soo good, so I can imagine how much fun you must had on your day off.

And I completely understand the need to break from even your 'rest-day' routines.

ooh- I am lemming the palazzo pants. You are soo right about tranquiliT becoming an addiction. I want



2 Globetrotting Cacti August 28, 2009 at 8:24 am

Sounds like a perfect day. I also try and maximise every moment to its fullest and some-times it is great to relax and go with the flow…


3 Melita August 28, 2009 at 1:45 pm

sounds like a really great day. i too need a day after traveling to rest & recoup before going back to work. i used to be able to go straight back into it but the older i get the more i need that day off in between. plus, moi days are the best :) ps i love the pages that you created, so colorful!


4 Carolyn August 28, 2009 at 7:28 pm

FUuuun!!! I love all your supplies. And SPARKLY modpodge?? I need to get my butt to Michael's b/c Hobby Lobby sure didn't have that!


5 Lavanya August 28, 2009 at 10:12 pm

P.S especially love the teak colored page..:)


6 Lavanya August 28, 2009 at 10:14 pm

I meant teal (actually it is lighter than teal)..:)


7 messybaker August 29, 2009 at 1:39 pm

What a fun day! I love all of your new Michaels goodies – especially the stickers! I can never resist the sticker aisle at Michaels. I bounce back and forth between the stickers and the Wilton aisle like a crafty game of ping-pong!


8 Navita (Gupta) Hakim August 30, 2009 at 7:26 pm

love painting n seeing ur work m off to my weasel n palette.. :)


9 Revisionista August 31, 2009 at 2:25 pm

love your journal backgrounds, especially the pink one! :)

glad you had such a lovely day!!


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